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NIST Software checks performance of biometrics applications.

October 24, 2012

Biometric Conformance Test Software for Data Interchange Formats (BioCTS2012), developed by NIST, is used to assess implementations of biometrics data standard ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011, which defines method for digitally encoding and storing biometric data so it can be shared by ID systems used by law enforcement, military, and homeland security agencies.  Solution expands types and amounts of information forensic scientists can share and is being adopted worldwide to identify people. Read More

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Reference Materials to help get lead out of paints.

October 24, 2012

To help manufacturers adhere to new regulations intended to reduce risk of lead poisoning in children, researchers at NIST have developed standard test samples of lead paint films that are sometimes found on children's products as well as a guide to their use. Manufacturers can use "reference" materials to demonstrate that test methods yield accurate results when used to show compliance of products with CSPIA of 2008, which requires that paints contain no more than 90 mg of lead per kg of paint. Read More

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IPC Symposium examines cost, quality, productivity issues.

October 24, 2012

IPC Symposium on Lean for the Assembly Industry: Putting Theory Into Practice will take place December 4–5, 2012 in Costa Mesa, CA and focus on implementation of lean concepts in electronics manufacturing. Presented by IPC, event will bring participants in contact with electronics industry experts who have successfully executed lean practices within their own organizations. Goings-on include technical conference, workshops, tabletop exhibition, and networking opportunities. Read More

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Registration, Housing Available for BIO International Convention.

October 24, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from April 22–25, 2013 BIO International Convention will feature educational sessions, interactive panel discussions, and informal room set to foster audience engagement. Programming on Monday will include International Spotlights and Policies Track, focused on BRIC countries, as well as BioTech Primer, Translational Research Forum, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, Breakout Sessions, and International Market Briefings. Read More

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ASTM Plastics Committee approves insulated vinyl siding standard.

October 23, 2012

ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics, recognizing emergence of vinyl siding with integrated foam plastic insulation as separate product category, has developed ASTM D7793, Specification for Insulated Vinyl Siding. According to D20 member Dave Johnston, standard provides "uniform basis for producing the siding according to recognized levels of quality and performance, especially with respect to claims for thermal insulation." Standard will also serve as basis for product certification program. Read More

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ASTM Standard provides guide to interlaboratory studies.

October 23, 2012

Developed by D02.94, Coordinating Subcommittee on Quality Assurance and Statistics, part of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, ASTM D7778 provides overview of steps needed in an interlaboratory study to obtain precision and bias statements, particularly as they relate to standards for petroleum products. Standard was developed as companion document to ASTM D6300, Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report forecasts slight decline.

October 23, 2012

Of 134 metal forming companies from USA and Canada in October 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, 15% anticipate economic activity improvement, 55% predict unchanged conditions, and 30% foresee decline over next 3 months. Participants also expect decrease in incoming orders during same time period, with 24% for increase, 41% for no change, and 35% for decrease. Average daily shipping levels remained fairly steady, and participants with workforce on short time or layoff increased to 16%. Read More

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IPC and SMTA to host conformal coating conference.

October 23, 2012

IPC, in partnership with Surface Mount Technology Association, will host High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference, Nov 13-15, 2012. Event will provide focus on electronics assembly reliability and influence of cleaning and coating on production of reliable hardware. Prior to conference, half-day technical workshop will cover fundamentals of conformal coating and coating processes, popular myths and misconceptions as well as common causes of coating problems. Read More