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Printed Board Standard covers handling, packaging, storage.

September 13, 2010

As sole standard on handling, packaging, and storage of printed boards, IPC-1601 provides guidance on how to protect printed boards from contamination, physical damage, solderability degradation, ESD, and moisture uptake. Document covers all phases of production in addition to directions on proper handling, packaging material types and methods, production environment, and transport. It also covers impact of baking on printed board solderability. Read More

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Proposed TSCA IUR Rule calls out electronics industry.

September 13, 2010

Electronics manufacturers who send byproducts and waste for recycling are included among targets of proposed rule from EPA, which expands reporting requirements under Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory Update Reporting rule that requires manufacturers of chemical substances to report on manufacturing, importation, processing, and use of those chemical substances. IPC urges members to oppose EPA's regulation of byproducts and waste under TSCA as well as proposed changes to reporting requirements. Read More

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Open Meeting for Corporate Sponsors seeks input, comments.

September 13, 2010

Corporate Sponsors Open Reception and Meeting will take place October 5 at 5:00 pm in Waverly room at Turf Valley Hotel in Ellicott City, MD. In addition to renewing friendships and introduction of AFS Corporate Sponsors, 8-member AFS Corporate Sponsors Committee will present its work on developing educational Webinars, progress on industry market research studies, AFS website redesign, as well as metric feedback for Corporate Sponsors, distributor training, and other activities. Read More

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ASTM Sports Equipment Standards focus on elliptical equipment.

September 13, 2010

Standards F2810, Specification for Elliptical Trainers, and ASTM F2811, Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Elliptical Trainers, have been approved under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F08.30 on Fitness Products. Test methods in ASTM F2811 allow designers, manufacturers, and test houses to access fitness product design. Subcommittee is also working on proposed standards for plate loaded fitness equipment and inclusive fitness products. Read More

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Call Issued for Abstracts on thermal treatment technologies.

September 10, 2010

Abstracts are needed for 2011 International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC), which takes place May 10-13, 2011 in Jacksonville, FL. Due by October 29, submissions should focus on approaches to safely managing waste streams amenable to thermal treatment processes; practical applications of thermal treatment technologies; or waste to energy applications and impact of thermal treatment technologies on GHG inventories and climate change. Read More

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U.S. Stakeholders Participation Sought for key ISO activities.

September 10, 2010

Following updates address active ISO Project Committees and Technical Committees that may interest U.S. stakeholders. Interested participants for U.S. TAGs to these committees are encouraged to contact ANSI for more information. While ISO PC 253 addresses use of treated wastewater to irrigate crops, ISO PC 252 was established to develop standards pertaining to natural gas fueling stations. Other opportunities range from amusement park facilities, biogas, and coloring materials. Read More

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ASTM Crib Safety Standard Revisions approved by CPSC.

September 10, 2010

Updates of ASTM F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and ASTM F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, have been approved by U.S. CPSC. Standards will be part of regulatory requirements of section 104 of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Guidelines were developed following CPSC chairman's request to ASTM to enlist industry's help with its initiative to have new regulation, covering both crib types, in place by end of 2010. Read More

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SME Presents Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference.

September 10, 2010

To help practitioners better understand how green efforts can create growth and improve competitiveness, SME is presenting a Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference October 26-29, 2010. Conference will feature presentations, workshops, and case studies of successful methods attendees can implement to reduce environmental concerns. Some session topics will include Creating a Sustainable Facility through Energy Efficiency Design, and Best Practices in Being Green, Productive, and Profitable. Read More

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Demand for Lighting stagnates during second quarter of 2010.

September 10, 2010

During second quarter of 2010, NEMA's Lighting Systems Index dipped 0.3% on quarter-to-quarter basis. On year-over-year basis, index registered 5.3% gain versus 2Q 2009. However, since that quarter marked lowest reading ever recorded for LSI, rate of year-over-year growth indicates that lighting equipment demand remains at a very low level. Miniature lamps, large lamps, and fluorescent ballasts expanded on year-over-year basis while fixtures and emergency lighting systems posted sizable declines. Read More

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Fluid Power Challenge introduces students to engineering.

September 10, 2010

Any middle school, university, or fluid power company, using online instructions, can run NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, which tasks eighth grade students with solving engineering problem using hydraulics and pneumatics. Student teams of 4 have to design and build fluid power mechanism and then compete against other teams. Online instructions include budget, timetable, and sample emails as well as detailed information for Challenge coordinators, facilitators, and judges. Read More

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Committee Members Needed for louver testing standard review.

September 10, 2010

Volunteers are being sought to serve on AMCA 500 L Review Committee. Members would be expected to participate in drafting, review, and resolution of any and all comments on Standard 500-L, which establishes uniform laboratory test methods for louvers, until revised standard is approved by ANSI as American National Standard. Once technical committee is formed and approved by AMCA International Board of Directors, it is anticipated that work could be completed within 6 months. Read More

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AMCA seeking volunteers to serve on AMCA 500-D Review Committee.

September 10, 2010

Standard 500-D establishes uniform laboratory test methods for dampers. Characteristics to be determined include, as appropriate, air leakage, pressure drop, dynamic closure, and operational torque. Committee members would be expected to participate in drafting, review, and resolution of any and all comments on standard until revised standard is approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. Read More

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Annual Rocket Launch Challenge seeks student participants.

September 9, 2010

Registration for 2011 Team America Rocketry Challenge is open through November 30 for up to 750 student teams in grades 7-12 from any US school, home school, or non-profit youth organization. As catalyst for generating student interest in math and science, annual rocket contest challenges teams of 3-10 students to design and build one rocket that will climb to 750 ft with raw egg payload and stay aloft for 40-45 sec and return to Earth with egg intact. Read More

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MESA International opens registration for 2010 European Conference.

September 9, 2010

MESA International's European Conference will run from November 8-10, 2010, in Düsseldorf, Germany. Event will focus on theme "Unlocking Your Operations Potential" and on how plant floor visibility will help manufacturers and producers improve their performance and measure value of enterprise solutions. Presenters will share experience with MES and how information technology is used, while pre-conference will include sessions on MES selection, KPI model, metrics, and real-time enterprise. Read More

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NIST continues to recognize ANSI as accreditor.

September 9, 2010

ANSI is pleased to announce that NIST has extended its recognition of ANSI as accreditor of Telecommunications Certification Bodies for an additional 2 years. ANSI's continued recognition as accreditor is granted under NIST-National Voluntary Conformity Assessment System Evaluation program, which helps federal agencies organize product certification and related activities for ensuring that products or processes comply with U.S. or foreign requirements included in trade agreements. Read More

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Educational Courses address key standards, accreditation issues.

September 9, 2010

NYC courses will take place October 5 for those considering becoming ANSI-accredited standards developer, October 6 for exploring processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO, and October 7 for obtaining insight/advice on successful ISO committee management. Held in Washington, DC, accreditation workshops will introduce stakeholders to international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 (October 7-8) and American National Standard ASTM E2659-09 (September 23-24). Read More

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NTMA/PMA Fair to help OEMs find job shops in U.S.

September 9, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 29, 2010, NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair connects U.S. and foreign OEMs with leading U.S. manufacturers to source precision components and tooling. Event will highlight export concepts as well as NTMA/PMA Reshoring Initiative, a non-protectionist, efficient way to reduce U.S. imports, increase net exports, and create jobs. Going local can reduce company's total cost of ownership while bringing U.S. manufacturing jobs back home. Read More

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NASA Equipment Demonstration to be held in Arizona desert.

September 9, 2010

NASA's Research and Technology Studies, or Desert RATS, will make its 13th trip to desert to test rovers, habitats, and robots that could be used in future exploration missions. Media day for tests will be held on September 15 and media must be pre-registered and have letter of assignment on company letterhead. NASA will demonstrate 2 rovers, simulated habitat, 2 heavy-lift rover platforms, portable communications terminal, and geology sample collection tools. Read More

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AIA supports White House transportation investment.

September 9, 2010

AIA strongly supports President Obama's proposals for investment in nation's transportation infrastructure, particularly the effort to modernize nation's air traffic control system. Economic analyses show that federal investment in NextGen airborne infrastructure has potential to create more than 150,000 direct and indirect jobs in near term. AIA looks forward to working with administration to identify which aviation infrastructure investments bring most immediate economic benefit. Read More

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AASHTO Official supports proposal for transportation investments.

September 9, 2010

John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO, says agency is supportive of President Obama's proposal to immediately invest $50 billion to rebuild roads, expand high speed rail, and rehabilitate airport runways. "If Congress wants to pass legislation investing in our transportation infrastructure, the states stand ready to put those dollars to work," said Horsley. AASHTO January 2010 survey of states showed 9,800 ready-to-go projects valued at nearly $80 billion. Read More