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NAM's Jay Timmons addresses fiscal cliff discussions.

November 16, 2012

Following meeting between business leaders and President Barack Obama, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said manufacturers and employees are already struggling due to uncertainty of fiscal abyss. Timmons said by end of 2012, U.S. GDP will have declined 0.6% as result. Also, he said manufacturers believe solution should focus on repairing structural imbalances in entitlement programs. Explaining impact of fiscal crisis, NAM study details outcome if President and Congress don't find solution. Read More

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NAM Letter urges Congress to allow U.S. exports to Russia.

November 16, 2012

NAM sent Key Vote letter to members of House of Representatives urging passage of Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act. Legislation will grant U.S. Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia to grow U.S. exports and secure market access. According to NAM's Aric Newhouse, it will support jobs and provide intellectual property protections. Newhouse also said less than 5% of Russian imports were U.S. goods in 2011, providing opportunity to increase exports if bill is passed. Read More

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Silver Anniversary Baldrige Awards honor 4 sectors.

November 16, 2012

U.S. Commerce Department named 4 U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients include Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, TX (manufacturing); MESA Products Inc., Tulsa, OK (small business); North Mississippi Health Services, Tupelo, MS (health care); and City of Irving, Irving, TX (nonprofit). Read More

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NIST, USC Researchers discover nanotube growing process.

November 16, 2012

University of Southern California (USC) and NIST researchers demonstrated technique for growing virtually pure samples of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with identical structures. If it can be scaled up, approach could solve problem in nanoelectronics of producing carbon nanotubes of specific structure to order. Technique developed by NIST researchers for extracting nanotubes of specific twist from solution involves using DNA molecules that bind to one particular nanotube chirality. Read More

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ICUEE 2013 sells 1M ft² of exhibit space in record time.

November 16, 2012

While scheduled to take place in Louisville, KY from October 1–3, International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2013 has already sold over 1 million net square feet of exhibit space. Biannual event was ranked number 3 among all trade shows in North America for 2011 in annual Gold 100 ranking of exhibit space size by Trade Show Executive magazine. Hands-on demonstrations let attendees test-drive underground, at-ground, and aerial equipment in job-like conditions. Read More

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Software Engineering Exam Study Guide is available from IEEE.

November 16, 2012

Study guide for those planning to take Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Software Engineering exam – PE Software exam – includes 40 representative questions and solutions, a suggested reference list, and test specifications. After calling this study guide "an essential tool in preparing for the exam," IEEE Fellow Dr. Phillip Laplante said reviewing guide will help identify weaknesses in knowledge before taking exam. Read More

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Session 5 Agenda Announced for cleaning and coating conference.

November 16, 2012

IPC and SMTA jointly announced agenda for Session 5 of High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, which will take place November 13–15, 2012.  Chaired by Dave Hillman of Rockwell Collins, this session will reach outside of assembly residue failures and address failures due to ionic contamination and tin whiskers, creep corrosion, conformal coating over residues, soldering material combinations used to build assemblies, and residues trapped under bottom termination components. Read More

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ISPE Updates Standards for laboratory computerized systems.

November 16, 2012

Revised to ensure conformance with GAMP® 5 concepts and terminology as well as recent regulatory and industry developments, ISPE GAMP® Good Practice Guide: A Risk-Based Approach to GxP Compliant Laboratory Computerized Systems (Second Edition) contains steps that those involved in managing laboratory computerized system acquisition, implementation, and operations can use to verify that those systems are fit for their intended use. Read More