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IPC Trend Studies pinpoint top 10 trends to watch.

November 17, 2010

Research conducted by IPC indicates that the top 10 technology trends to watch in electronics manufacturing include miniaturization, high-performance, HDI, embedded technology, flexible circuits, lead-free, halogen-free, LEDs, optoelectronics, and printed electronics. Free white paper is first in series of studies to assess current state of development and likely future direction of these trends, and to quantify market opportunities these trends represent to electronic interconnect supply chain. Read More

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NTMA and PMA announce major convention in March.

November 17, 2010

NTMA announced election of Grady Cope as chairman of its board of directors and David Tilstone as its new President, while PMA announced election of Bob Clay as their board of director's chairman. Cope and Clay jointly announced that NTMA and PMA will join AMT and AMTDA to co-host Manufacturing for Growth Meeting, which will bring together business owners and executives to combine resources and explore opportunities to reestablish manufacturing as primary engine driving U.S. economy. Read More

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FMA Elects New Members, Officers to 1- and 3- year terms.

November 17, 2010

At their annual meeting, Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) announced election of new board of directors members. Those elected include Teresa Beach-Shelow of Superior Joining Technologies Inc.; William "Jeff" Jeffrey of IRMCO; Carlos Rodriguez-Borjas of Ferraloy Corporation; Edwin Stanley; and Al Zelt of ASKO, Inc. All will serve 3-year terms on 15-member board. Also, George Bogan and Robert Clark were appointed to 1-year terms as associate directors. Read More

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ANSI calls for comments on proposed revisions to ANS process.

November 17, 2010

Proposed changes, which relate to alleged conflict and duplication within American National Standards process, would amend ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for ANS and the Operating Procedures of ANSI Executive Standards Council. Proposed revisions are intended to clarify procedural requirements; propose definition for duplication within ANS process; incorporate added details that define good faith efforts; and offer sample PINS Deliberation Report. Read More

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North Central Chapter Meeting includes lab tour, presentations.

November 17, 2010

Taking place in Baltimore, MD on November 23 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (EST), Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting is open to members and non-members alike. After registration and chapter meeting, E. Mayer of DuPont will speak on filter media testing. M. Doby, also of DuPont, will subsequently address cross-validation and fragile media issues applied to capillary flow porometry. Other events include tour of ATI Lab and D. Largent's "ATI Introduction and Capabilites." Read More

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PTDA's 50th Industry Summit included motion control showcase.

November 17, 2010

Comprised of educational sessions on industry trends, distributor-manufacturer meetings, and peer networking forums, PTDA's 50th Anniversary Industry Summit provided networking and learning opportunities for those in power transmission/motion control industry. Highlights included information on emerging wind energy market, specifics on driving new business by leveraging Web 2.0, and advice on how to maintain corporate expertise via intra-company skills and knowledge transfer. Read More

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ANSI and NIST announce agenda for upcoming NESCC meeting.

November 17, 2010

Agenda for Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC) meeting, released by ANSI and NIST, includes updates on advanced manufacturing and small modular reactors by U.S. DOE representatives. Highlights also include status report on ACI's Nuclear Concrete Inspection and Training Program, while representatives from NIST and NRC are set to discuss task group reports on concrete, polymeric piping, and standards database initiatives. Meeting will take place Monday, November 22, 2010. Read More

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Press Conference to discuss Most Wanted Safety Improvements.

November 16, 2010

NTSB will hold press conference to update status of its Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements directed at state governments. Items currently on list are state laws to require booster seats for young children, primary seat belt laws, graduated licensing laws for young drivers, hard core drinking driver laws, and recreational boating safety laws. Despite the fact that all of these laws have been proven to save lives, many states have not yet adopted them. Read More

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EPA Releases Reports on dioxin emitted during BP spill.

November 16, 2010

US EPA released 2 reports concerning dioxins emitted during controlled burns of oil during Deepwater Horizon BP spill. Summarizing EPA sampling effort, first report indicates dioxins were created from burning of oil on ocean water but at levels similar to emissions from residential woodstoves and forest fires. Second report indicates increased cancer risk due to exposure to dioxin release was less than 1 in 1,000,000. Read More

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WFD Mandate for Aging Aircraft increases operational safety.

November 16, 2010

To address aging aircraft issues, FAA finalized rule is designed to protect commercial planes from structural damage as they age. Rule requires aircraft manufacturers and certification applicants to establish number of flight cycles or hours plane can operate and be free from widespread fatigue damage (WFD) without additional inspections for fatigue. Regulation applies to airliners with takeoff weight of 75,000 lb and heavier. It also applies to all future transport designs. Read More

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ASHRAE awards NIST grant to study IAQ in retail stores.

November 16, 2010

Research on improving ventilation and indoor air quality in big box retail stores has begun under project awarded by ASHRAE and funded with $1.5 million grant from NIST as part of 2009 Recovery Act Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program. Building measurements will take place in at least 16 buildings. Half of the buildings will be located in hot and humid climate of central Texas, while the other half in the cold and dry climate of central Pennsylvania. Read More

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FAA proposes Safety Management Systems for airlines.

November 16, 2010

To take U.S. aviation system to next level of safety, FAA has proposed to require Safety Management Systems for most commercial airlines. Systems provide business processes and management tools to examine data from everyday operations, isolate trends that may be precursors to incidents/accidents, and develop and carry out appropriate risk mitigation strategies. They are a formal approach to managing safety through safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. Read More

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SME announces certification for green manufacturing specialists.

November 16, 2010

SME has partnered with Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to create Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate Program. Training program was developed by Purdue TAP, while SME has developed outcome assessment. SME Green Specialist Outcome Assessment can be used to measure knowledge and identify areas to focus training, which can be provided by Purdue or with online tools such as SME Tooling U. Practitioners can then sit for exam to earn certificate. Read More

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Multiple Awards from NEMA bestowed upon electroindustry leaders.

November 16, 2010

NEMA honored electroindustry leaders at its annual conference. Honorees included Joel A. Spira of Lutron Electronics, who received 2010 Bernard H. Falk Award for important contribution to industry through technology, marketing, education, and public affairs. Also, Kite and Key Awards for those who advanced interest of electroindustry via involvement in NEMA activities went to John P. Goodsell, Helen J. Harris, Frank K. Kitzantides, Vince Saporita, and Harry R. Solomon. Read More

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Steel Tube Institute announces Product Certification Program.

November 16, 2010

STINA announced that it is establishing an industry-wide, structural steel tubing Product Certification Program designed to provide assurance that the HSS certified by STINA has been produced to, and tested to meet, ASTM standards. Intertek, a product testing and certification company, is helping to develop criteria and procedures for program and will administer evaluation and product testing required for producing companies to earn certification. Read More

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Automatic ID Industry honors achievements of 4 individuals.

November 16, 2010

During AIM Expo the association for Automatic Identification and Mobility recognized 4 individuals for their contributions to development and growth of automatic ID and mobile IT community. Richard R. Dilling, Don Percival, Ted Williams, and Excellence in Journalism Awards, were respectively presented to Steve Halliday of High Tech Aid, Carlo Nizam of Airbus, Morris Brown of Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), and Bert Moore of IDAT Consulting and Education. Read More

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Steel Tube Institute establishes product certification program.

November 16, 2010

Steel Tube Institute of North America is establishing HSS Product Certification Program that will assure product specifiers and users that HSS they use in U.S. and Canada meets ASTM standards. To be administered by Intertek, program will be governed by Certification Program Procedural Guide, being developed by STINA's HSS Committee. Companies must undergo quality control audit by Intertek to qualify for HSS certification, and then have facilities evaluated twice annually. Read More

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Light, Weatherfastness Textiles Conference to be held in India.

November 15, 2010

International Conference on Textiles - Light and Weatherfastness will be held January 21, 2011 in Mumbai, India and feature international experts providing information on topics of light and weatherfastness. Platform for knowledge and information exchange will support demand for technical and high performance textiles. Prospective attendees include QC managers of textile laboratories, product designers, R/D staff in dyestuff industry, and textile specification developers. Read More

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Power Transmission/Motion Control products show increase in sales.

November 15, 2010

According to September 2010 sales data released by PTDA in its Market Outlook Report, sales of power transmission/motion control products by U.S. and Canadian manufacturers grew for second consecutive month. In U.S., year-to-date sales are up 11.9% over same period in 2009. In Canada, sales are 13.0% ahead of 2009. Confidence in market by U.S. manufacturers rose from 4.8 in August to 4.9 on scale of 1-10, while Canadian manufacturers' confidence decreased slightly from 5.2 in August to 5.1. Read More

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TRFA calls for technical papers for 2011 Annual Meeting.

November 12, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 11-13, 2011, TRFA's 2011 Annual Meeting will include at least 3 technical paper presentations from each of TRFA's Market Focused Product Groups: Coatings, Civil Engineering, and Flooring; Adhesives and Sealants; Composites and Tooling; and Potting, Encapsulation, and Electrical. Technical Papers are chosen based on technical content, timeliness of subject, and relevance to TRFA members and the industry. Read More