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SME Scholarship hopes to bridge engineering talent gap.

July 15, 2010

SME Education Foundation announces creation of Walter E. Panse Scholarship with $270,000 gift from his estate. Available in 2011, scholarship requires applicants to be full-time North American undergraduate students studying engineering and/or technology. Preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership skills in community, academic, or professional environment. Applicants must possess overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Read More

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Annual Survey shows decline in new business volume in 2009.

July 15, 2010

According to ELFA's 2010 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, new business volume among sample of ELFA member companies declined 30.3% in 2009, in contrast to 2.2% decline in 2008. Pre-tax income and net income, in dollar terms, declined by 55.7% and 54.4%, respectively, while decreases in revenues and total headcount were only 13.8% and 5.8%, respectively. For first time in past 10 years of SEFA, weighted average return on equity was in single digits at 5.2%, a decline from 11% in 2008. Read More

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Congress Urged to Act on transportation reauthorization bill.

July 15, 2010

On Transportation TV, AASHTO President and Executive Director of Mississippi DoT Larry Brown said costs of freight and goods are increasing due to inefficiencies caused by underinvestment in transportation infrastructure. Two-Minute State DOT Update, posted online, shares Brown's views on how transportation network could be improved if lawmakers recognize existing problems and commit to increased funding as part of a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization measure. Read More

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Papers invited for ASTM pervious concrete symposium.

July 15, 2010

Scheduled for December 4, 2011, ASTM International Symposium on Pervious Concrete will discuss importance of having testing standards for segment of industry that has been placing pervious concrete for more than 30 years in the United States. Event will provide forum for presenting data collected on pervious projects relating to fresh concrete properties, hardened properties, durability, permeability, and mix design alternatives. Read More

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Workshop to cover air barrier systems for Green buildings.

July 15, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 26, 2010, workshop will explain why Green buildings cannot be built without air barrier systems. Participants will learn about significance of air control and barrier technology; see case studies of successful implementation of airtightness requirements; examine issues as seen by industry association; explore air barrier testing and commissioning; and discuss need for future technical developments. Read More

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BSA forecasts 4.8% sales growth in 2010.

July 15, 2010

Based on results from 2010 Distributor Survey, BSA is forecasting 4.8% compound industry sales growth in 2010. Although only 60% of BSA's distributor members responded to survey, response rate among larger distributors was much higher. Survey results also revealed that BSA member distributors represent 76.8% of MRO authorized distribution in U.S., demonstrating significant marketplace role played by association's factory-authorized distributor members. Read More

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Budapest Electronics Conference is seeking participants.

July 15, 2010

IPC Electronics Assembly Quality and Reliability Conference and table top exhibition will be held October 6-7, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary to help international electronics assembly suppliers reach Central and Eastern European electronics market. By participating in this inaugural conference, industry leaders can increase their companies' visibility in this pivotal region. Conference will emphasize technical exchange on new products and research. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address surface and dermal sampling.

July 15, 2010

Since role of surface and dermal sampling to assess contamination levels and to detect harmful agents is growing, agreement is needed on sampling protocols. Scheduled for Oct 14-15, 2010, Symposium on Surface and Dermal Sampling will include presentations on sampling protocols; samplers and sample collection media; target analytes; application of surface and dermal monitoring techniques to real-world problems; and quality assurance and method performance. Read More

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ANSI Courses address key issues of standards and accreditation.

July 15, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 5, Course 287 will prepare those who are considering becoming an ANSI-accredited standards developer. Course No. 208, scheduled for Oct 6, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO. On Oct 7, Course No. 205 will help stakeholders obtain insight and advice on every aspect of successful ISO committee management. Additionally, two 2-day workshops will cover certification and accreditation issues. Read More

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FDIS on Social Responsibility is now available for vote.

July 15, 2010

Slated for publication by year's end, Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, is available for 2-month period and vote by member countries of International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is intended to assist organizations toward more sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation. Read More

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IPC to collaborate on Midwest exhibition/technical conference.

July 15, 2010

IPC and Canon Communications have joined forces to produce Electronics Midwest, to take place September 28-30, 2010, at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. Event will feature working assembly line on show floor, with equipment to demonstrate SMT assembly and through hole technology. IPC will host technical conference on electronics sustainability, professional development workshops focused on changes to key industry standards, and more than 70 standards development meetings. Read More

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SPE Seeks Nominations for Vehicle Engineering Team Award.

July 14, 2010

SPEĀ®'s Automotive Division called for nominations for its Vehicle Engineering Team Award, which recognizes technical achievements of teams whose work has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on notable vehicle. Any automaker can nominate its vehicles for their innovative plastics content, but submission deadline is September 1, 2010. Accepted nominations will be presented during first round of judging at 40th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Read More

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AASHTO names winners of America's Transportation Awards.

July 14, 2010

During America's Transportation Awards western regional competition, 16 transportation projects from 10 western states were judged in 4 categories: Best Recovery Act, On Time, Under Budget, and Innovative Management. Five winning projects from South Dakota, Washington State, Nevada, and New Mexico are now in the running for the America's Transportation Awards Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, which will be presented in the fall. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses medical device cleanliness.

July 14, 2010

Medical Device Cleanliness: How Clean is Clean Enough? will be held on November 16, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, workshop will address how reusable devices should be cleaned and validated as well as acceptable residue limits for implants and other medical devices. Presentations are invited on cleaning, testing, and limit values; interested participants must submit 300-500 word abstract before August 31. Read More

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Market Outlook Report shows stabilizing PT/MC sales in U.S.

July 14, 2010

May 2010 sales data released in PTDA's Market Outlook Report showed sales of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products by U.S. manufacturers rose 2.0% while those by Canadian manufacturers dropped 13.1%. For each country, comparing May 2010 to May 2009, sales were respectively up 13.2% and 5.5% and market confidence held neutral positions of 5.0 and 4.9. Full report includes data for sales and order trends for specific product types. Read More

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AIA President urged Supplemental Appropriations Bill passage.

July 14, 2010

Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO, said it was important that Congress complete passage of 2010 Supplemental Appropriations Bill to avoid disruptions to ongoing military operations and impacts in private sector. If bill wasn't passed, Defense Department would need to take dramatic action to fund obligations to ongoing operations. Resulting disruptions to industrial supply lines will cause delays in critical equipment delivery, increased costs, and lost jobs. Read More

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IPC and ESDA release ESD training video for electronics assembly.

July 14, 2010

ESD training video, DVD-74C, ESD Control for Electronics Assembly, helps operators deal with effects of shrinking geometries, increased performance requirements, and lower operating voltages. It features overview of ESD physics, including static electricity generation and triboelectric charging, and ESD failure models as well as techniques to control ESD in accordance with ESDA standard ANSI/ESD S20.20. It is also available in online video format, OVT-74C, that is offered in two versions. Read More

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EPA proposes 2011 renewable fuel standards.

July 14, 2010

Under Renewable Fuel Standard program, EPA proposed percentage standards for 4 fuel categories. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established annual renewable fuel volume targets, and to achieve these volumes, EPA calculates percentage-based standard for following year. Proposed 2011 volumes include 0.80 billion gal, 0.68% biomass-based diesel; 1.35 billion gal, 0.77% advanced biofuels; 5-17.1 million gal, 0.004-0.015% cellulosic biofuels; and 13.95 billion gal, 7.95% total renewable fuels. Read More

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IPC and IPCA Comment on India's proposed E-waste Rules 2010.

July 14, 2010

Addressing proposed substance restrictions, IPC and Indian Printed Circuits Association (IPCA) submitted comments in response to Indian Government's Ministry of Environment and Forests draft notification of E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2010. Proposed Chapter V simultaneously restricts 20 substances that will not contribute to environmentally sound disposal of electronic products. Also, list of substances for restriction should be harmonized with RoHS Directives in EU and China. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address static and dynamic spinal implants.

July 14, 2010

Scheduled for November 16, 2010, ASTM International's symposium titled "Static and Dynamic Spinal Implants: Are We Evaluating Them Appropriately?" will provide scientific forum to evaluate existing standard test methods for spinal implants. Participants will learn how current standards are succeeding in predicting clinical failure modes, where current standards are lacking and how they should be changed, and what new test methods are needed. Read More