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FAA addresses Minneapolis-St. Paul air traffic procedures.

September 2, 2015

On July 24, FAA temporarily suspended certain operations on Runway 30-Left and Runway 35 at Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl. airport based on NTSB recommendation to modify arrival/departure procedures at airports with runway configurations that create intersecting flight paths. To comply with new safety requirements, arrivals on Runway 35 and departures on Runway 30-Left will be alternated. Resumption of arrivals to Runway 35 could result in 15-18% increase in capacity under optimum conditions. Read More

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SPE Foundation Scholarship gains new sponsor.

September 2, 2015

Committed to helping American companies reshore plastics manufacturing and addressing U.S. skills gap in industry, Jade Molds of West Bend, WI sponsored scholarship for U.S. students studying in field of plastics. Jade also contributes through volunteer service with Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation. Appointed to Scholarship Review Committee, Jennifer Snodgrass has also been working with Jade to explore options for partnerships to promote plastics careers and education in USA. Read More

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IPC releases PCB Industry Results for July 2015.

September 2, 2015

According to IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board Statistical Program, year-over-year sales and order growth continued in July and book-to-bill ratio strengthened to 1.09. Total shipments increased 2.7% in July 2015 from July 2014. Year-to-date shipment growth remained at -0.3, reflecting negative growth rates seen earlier this year. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 14.3%. PCB bookings grew 5.8% compared to July 2014, increasing year-to-date order growth to 3.9%. Read More

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IPC Lauds Launch of Flexible Hybrid Electronics Institute.

September 2, 2015

On behalf of IPC and ~800,000 people employed in 2,200 U.S. member facilities, IPC President and CEO John Mitchell applauded launch of public-private institute on flexible hybrid electronics in Mountain View, CA. Mitchell noted how said IPC is committed to join Flexible Hybrid Electronics – Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHE-MII), which is part of National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and will work on technical/business challenges of flexible hybrid electronics. Read More

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IPC Releases White Paper on conflict minerals due diligence.

September 1, 2015

IPC-1081, Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper, provides electronics industry with practical examples for developing conflict minerals compliance program within company. Designed to help with reporting, document also contains examples of information on where tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold are used in electronics. Further discussion involves methods for engaging suppliers. Included tools and techniques help companies establish and sustain working relationship with suppliers. Read More

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Registration Still Open for certificate accreditation workshop.

September 1, 2015

ANSI invites interested stakeholders to sign up for Certificate Issuers’ Accreditation Workshop. This 2-day workshop (September 29–30) event will introduce attendees to American National Standard ASTM E2659-09 as well as requirements for developing quality education/training course ending with assessment to determine comprehension. Specific areas covered include terminology, significance and use, certificate issuer requirements, and certificate program and certificate issuance and use. Read More

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Did You Know? highlights recent accomplishments.

September 1, 2015

Did You Know? offers quick look at broad scope of activities underway within ANSI Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization. From September 9–11, NIST will host the 2015 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C. NFPA has released a video in American Sign Language in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. RIA will hold free webinar on current state and future possibilities of vision guided robotics. Read More

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MESA Announcement names first MESA-Recognized Business.

September 1, 2015

As announced by MESA International, ATS Global in Haarlem, The Netherlands completed requirements to become first corporate member of MESA to earn its MESA-Recognized Business title. MESA International President Mike Yost issues comments and congratulations to ATS. MESA's Recognition Program builds market awareness for individuals and businesses dedicated to educating global marketplace on how and why to leverage modern Information Technologies in production operations. Read More

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NASA awards contract for Mission Launch Command Center.

September 1, 2015

NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, MD, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA. This 14,174 sq-ft facility will serve as hub for interfacing with and controlling rockets, their payloads, and associated launch pad support systems during flight operations at Wallops. Award is a firm-fixed price contract with a value of $5.6 million. Read More

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WESTEC 2015 Exhibitors showcase new manufacturing technology.

September 1, 2015

Scheduled for September 15–17, WESTEC 2015 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Event will draw more than 10,000 attendees and feature more than 250 products from 500 exhibitors. Technologies include: assembly and automation equipment, CAD/CAM systems, cutting tools, electronic manufacturing, laser systems, machining centers, quality/measurement systems, rapid/additive manufacturing, robotics, waterjet cutting, and many others. Read More

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FAA Releases Statement on automation problems at Washington Center.

August 31, 2015

According to FAA's statement, it has identified recent En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) software upgrade at Leesburg, VA, high-altitude radar facility as the source of Saturday's automation problems and is working closely with contractor Lockheed Martin Corp to prevent future occurrences. During said outage, air traffic controllers safely handled 70%–88% of Saturday’s scheduled arrivals and departures at 3 major regional airports using backup systems and procedures. Read More

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FABTECH 2015 increases its number of offered events.

August 31, 2015

Taking place November 9–12 in Chicago's McCormick Place, FABTECH 2015 will offer 1,500+ exhibitors and 40,000 attendees full access to special events, presentations, educational sessions, and Industry Night (chance to network over games of bowling or billiards). This metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event will feature live technology demonstrations, one-on-one exchanges with exhibitors and industry leaders, as well as keynote presentations and industry panels. Read More

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Comments on Proposed New ISO Field Activity are due Aug 31.

August 31, 2015

ISO has submitted proposal for new field of activity on solid recovered fuels. Proposal specifies that intended program of work for the standardization of solid recovered fuels would include: basic standards, including terminology; standard for describing and defining classification system; and standard defining quality management for production of SRF. It would also include testing and analysis standards and technical specifications for sampling and sample preparation of solid recovered fuels. Read More

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Brian Baenig to lead BIO's Food and Agriculture Section.

August 31, 2015

BIO announced that longtime agriculture policy expert Brian T. Baenig will be joining BIO as Executive Vice President, Food & Agriculture Section. Baenig comes to BIO from the USDA, where he most recently served as Chief of Staff to Secretary Tom Vilsack. In that role, Baenig was responsible for general management of USDA’s programs and processes and the oversight of approximately 97,000 career, noncareer, and seasonal employees with annual budget of $155 billion. Read More

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Magazine educates readers about 3D metal printing technology.

August 31, 2015

Precision Metalforming Association, in partnership with MecklerMedia, New York, NY, announces launch of 3D Metal Printing magazine. With its first issue slated for spring 2016, 3D Metal Printing will target designers, engineers, executives, and others working in aerospace, automotive, tooling, medical, and other industries where applications for metal additive manufacturing promise to rapidly expand. Read More

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Robotic Surgery Service helps hospitals brace for change.

August 31, 2015

Now that Intuitive Surgical, Inc.® has announced that it is decommissioning the Da Vinci S™ surgical robot, hospitals with robotic surgery programs need to think about robot replacement plans. ECRI Institute announces a new robotic surgery planning service designed to help hospitals and health systems navigate complexities of robotic surgery. As part of service, ECRI experts work with hospital decision makers to define clinical, safety, technology, and business requirements of robotic surgery. Read More

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ELFA Economic Activity Survey reports July new business volume.

August 28, 2015

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for July to be $8.2 billion, which is up 4% from July 2014 and down 14% from June. Year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 8% compared to 2014. Receivables over 30 days were 1.0%, down from 1.1% previous month and unchanged from 2014 period, and charge-offs remained at 0.2%. Credit approvals totaled 79.0%, down from 79.4% in June, and total headcount for companies was up at 5.4% from 2014. Read More

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ISO announces workshop on drip irrigation.

August 28, 2015

Proposed by the Standards Institution of Israel, in agreement with ISO’s Technical Management Board, international workshop on drip irrigation is intended to foster discussions for an international agreement that would serve as means to advance the use of drip irrigation worldwide. Ultimately, adoption of drip irrigation—which can be operated remotely—can help achieve sufficient fresh water for domestic uses while increasing farmers’ income with yield increment and cost reduction. Read More

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Winning World Standards Day Video shows why signs matter.

August 28, 2015

With near half of public's 6,500 votes, one team from Mexico has been selected as winning group of World Standards Day video competition. This challenge called for contestants to submit videos showing something that would not work or would be much more difficult without support of international standards. Their animated video, "Signs Matter," depicts how certain situations would be much more difficult without graphic symbols. Like standards, symbols represent common language. Read More

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IPC Welcomes Wynne and Nickerson as senior directors.

August 28, 2015

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced that Russell Wynne and Ayana Nickerson will respectively serve as senior director of IT/Software and senior director of training and certification programs at IPC headquarters in Bannockburn, IL. As IPC president and CEO, John Mitchell noted "wealth of knowledge and experience" brought by both Wynne and Nickerson that will "help IPC grow as an association and further enhance our members' success." Read More