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NIST and Harvard Researchers share 2010 Julius Springer Prize.

October 29, 2010

NIST physical scientist Henri Lezec and Federico Capasso of Harvard have received the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics 2010 for their pioneering achievements in nanoscale physics and applications. Lezec, who joined NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology in 2007, received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1992. His work spans broad range of topics associated with interaction of light with materials and nanoscale structures, i.e. plasmonics and nanoplasmonics. Read More

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Interagency Conference called to address import safety.

October 29, 2010

Representatives from 10 federal agencies gathered at Interagency Import Safety Conference to focus on efforts to protect health and safety of U.S. consumers and the environment from unsafe imports. Among other measures, agency leaders agreed to enhance efforts to help private sector comply with import safety requirements, use risk-management strategies to streamline lawful trade, and adhere to consistent enforcement measures to deter imports of unsafe products. Read More

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Student Hydrogen Design Contest gains new teams, supporters.

October 29, 2010

With team registration deadline of November 1, Hydrogen Education Foundation's 2010-2011 Hydrogen Student Design Contest, Residential Fueling with Hydrogen, continues to receive interest from universities worldwide as well as companies in hydrogen and fuel cell industries. Pool of entrants has grown to include 47 teams from 17 countries and 5 continents. Among these, registrants include 8 teams from top 50 engineering schools in world and 7 teams from top 20 engineering schools in U.S. Read More

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International Trade Expert addresses BSA Fall Meeting.

October 29, 2010

When Suzanne Richer, President, Customs and Trade Solutions, Inc., addressed attendees at BSA 2010 Fall Meeting, she pointed out that the bearing industry is very unusual in that it has no international trade imbalance. Richer's presentation on "International Trade Issues Affecting the Bearing Industry" went on to consider factors and opportunities impacting customs and trade, as well as government programs that can facilitate customs transactions. Read More

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Joint IPC and UBM Canon Event generates sales and solid leads.

October 29, 2010

Electronics Midwest, a joint production of IPC and UBM Canon, generated confirmed 3,138 business opportunity meetings, many of which resulted in immediate sales on-site. Event attracted qualified attendees from across Midwest to visit exhibition, attend the technical conference, and participate in standards development meetings. Preliminary attendee surveys show high satisfactory ratings in technical quality and, most important to exhibitors, influence on future buying decisions. Read More

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USFCC, NHA Merger will unify voice for clean energy.

October 29, 2010

US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) and National Hydrogen Association (NHA) are merging in order to form the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), which aims to accelerate commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. Through its unified voice, organization will drive need for fuel cells and hydrogen as integral components of clean energy portfolio. Organization, led by President and Executive Director Ruth Cox, will be headquartered in Washington, DC. Read More

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Worldwide EMS Industry Study forecasts growth through 2014.

October 29, 2010

According to IPC's 2009-2010 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, world market for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) is returning to double-digit growth. Study presents data and analyses, examines critical trends, and provides forecasts for market expansion. While global EMS market is projected to grow 12.2% annually through 2014, assembly market growth in North America is forecasted to spike 28% in 2010 as recovery takes hold and resume normal growth of 12% in 2011. Read More

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Registration Expires Soon for homeland security meeting.

October 28, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) reminds interested stakeholders that registration for HSSP's ninth annual plenary meeting closes November 1. To be held in Arlington, VA from November 9-10, meeting will focus on standards for aviation, border and maritime security, crisis management, and global supply chain security. Attending experts will share information on these topics, focusing on identifying areas where standards may be needed. Read More

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IAQ Conference to focus on creating infection-free environment.

October 28, 2010

Recognizing the challenge of controlling spread of infection, ASHRAE will hold its IAQ 2010 Conference series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov 10-12, 2010. Conference will explore related questions on role of HVAC in airborne infectious disease transmission, evaluation of various design and control strategies and technology, pandemic preparedness, and airborne infection control for various applications such as healthcare facilities, air/surface transportation, schools, and offices. Read More

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ANSI Caucus to feature cybersecurity expert Melissa Hathaway.

October 28, 2010

Scheduled for Nov 12, 2010, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature remarks by Melissa Hathaway, continuing ANSI's efforts to develop and promote solutions for mitigating cyber risk. Ms. Hathaway is president of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC and senior advisor at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. From Feb-May 2009, Ms. Hathaway led President Obama's 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review, which found that American business losses due to cyber attacks had grown to more than $1 trillion from 2008-2009. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2011 to include keynote speech by Steve Wozniak.

October 28, 2010

Apple Computer Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will deliver keynote address, How to Foster Creativity and Innovation in a Technical Environment, at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Following address, Wozniak will sign copies of autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. He will also attend PCB and EMS Executive Management Meetings dinner on April 11. Event runs from April 12-14, 2011, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas. Read More

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Manufacturing Faculty explains Auto ID, Mobile IT benefits.

October 28, 2010

AIM Expo, taking place from November 1-3, will feature case studies that give specifics about how leading companies improve operations, streamline production, increase performance, and enhance overall business fluidity throughout manufacturing process. Faculty - global manufacturing representatives from Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, and The Boeing Company - will share their opinions on evaluating and implementing viable Auto ID and mobile IT solutions. Read More

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FAA dedicates new Reno air traffic control tower.

October 28, 2010

FAA dedicated modernized 195 ft tall air traffic control tower at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Controllers will now have multicolor radar displays, touchscreen voice communications, and touchscreen work stations that provide instant information on everything from weather conditions to air traffic manuals. Double-thick sun shades will help prevent glare inside 610 sq-ft controller work area, while two backup power systems will help ensure uninterrupted operations. Read More

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ELFA Finance Report shows strong gains in September.

October 28, 2010

Reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for September as $5.8 billion. This figure is up 23% compared to 2009 and is largest annual increase in 2 years. Credit quality is mixed, with receivables over 30 days decreasing to 3.4% in September from 4.3% in August and losses increasing to 1.7% from 1.3%. Improving from 56.9 in September, Monthly Confidence Index for October is 58.8. Read More

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BIO International Convention returns to Philadelphia.

October 28, 2010

Highlighting latest advancements in biotechnology, BIO International Convention will return to Philadelphia, PA in 2015. Convention attracts more than 15,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. Pennsylvania Bio is proud that Philadelphia has been chosen for convention as Pennsylvania offers world renowned research institutions; emerging and mature biotechnology, pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic companies; and strong network of supportive service companies. Read More

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European Industry Group promotes engineering thermoplastics.

October 28, 2010

Formed within PlasticsEurope, Engineering Thermoplastics Working Group supports and promotes benefits of the engineering thermoplastics class of polymeric materials and their responsible use in industry. Group's mission is to serve as focal point for issues related to ETP resins in EU, endorse attractiveness of ETP industry in terms of career potential, and support content, priorities, and implementation of general work of PlasticsEurope. Read More

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ISPE Philadelphia Training Event to offer 21 CFR Part 11 course.

October 28, 2010

Taking place from December 6-9, 2010 ISPE Philadelphia Classroom Training will feature 7 training courses, including one session focused on complying with 21 CFR Part 11. Intermediate-level course will feature information about FDA's re-examination of 21 CFR Part 11 and European regulatory expectations as reflected in draft revised Annex 11. Participants will learn how to implement risk management approach to ensure compliance of regulated electronic records and signatures. Read More

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IPC's PCB industry results released for September 2010.

October 28, 2010

IPC announced rigid PCB shipments and bookings in September 2010 were up compared to September 2009, year-to-date, and previous month, with book-to-bill ratio of 1.03. Flexible circuit bookings were down compared to September 2009 and previous month, as ratio fell to 0.97. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments and bookings increased as ratio declined to 1.03. Denny McGuirk of IPC noted that growth in orders has led to sales growth which has decreased book-to-bill ratio. Read More

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EPA announces winners of first National Building Competition.

October 27, 2010

U.S. EPA's Energy Star program has announced that Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won first EPA National Building Competition, which challenged teams from 14 buildings across country to measure their building's energy use and reduce waste with help from Energy Star program. Morrison Residence Hall reduced its energy use by 35.7% in 1 year, saving more than $250,000 on energy bills and reducing more than 730 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

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Wear/Erosion Committee plans to visit Tribology Laboratory.

October 27, 2010

For its December 8-9 meeting, ASTM Committee G02 on Wear and Erosion is including plans for field trip to Tribology Laboratory in mechanical engineering department at University of Florida in Gainesville. Tribology Laboratory primarily conducts studies in solid lubrication, with research goals to engineer and design materials that have improved wear resistance, have reduced friction coefficient, and can survive environments where conventional fluid lubricants are not effective. Read More