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North American PCB Orders show improvement.

August 4, 2014

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, sales growth was flat in June, but orders were up and book-to-bill ratio returned to parity. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 0.9% in June 2014 from June 2013, leaving year-to-date shipment growth flat at -0.3%. PCB bookings increased by 4.2% compared to June 2013, making this the first year-on-year bookings increase in 8 months. In addition, order growth jumped 28.3% in June over previous month. Read More

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Aluminum Association gains new members.

August 4, 2014

Aluminum Association announced 2 new member companies: Black4 and Danieli Corporation. Total number of members comprises 48 producer members and 48 associate members. According to Aluminum Association President and CEO Heidi Brock, "The addition of Black4 and Danieli underscores the global reach of the aluminum industry" and will benefit entire membership via addition of their voices and perspectives. Read More

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Thermoforming Conference Speakers to address innovation, culture.

August 4, 2014

Keynote speakers for 23rd annual SPE Thermoforming Conference®, taking place September 15–18, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL, will focus on importance of innovation, branding, and corporate culture to thermoforming industry. Pathways to Growth – Better Pick the Ones That Work! Tales from Reality on Business Innovation and Branding will be presented September 16 by Christian Majgaard. Culture is No Longer the Softer Side of Business will be presented September 17 by Tony Bridwell. Read More

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ASQ Courses help increase efficiency, profitability, workflow.

August 4, 2014

Redesigned by ASQ, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt courses teach participants how to improve workflow, increase efficiency, and maximize profitability. Courses address primary objectives in today’s competitive business environment using lean and Six Sigma tools. Applicable to all sectors and industries, courses will be held in Phoenix (beginning September 8, 2014) and Orlando, FL (beginning January 26, 2015) and include instructor-led classroom training and one-on-one coaching. Read More

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CEQ, EPA, GSA, and USPS meet to discuss sustainable electronics.

August 1, 2014

Leaders from White House Council on Environmental Quality (Kate Brandt), U.S. EPA (Lisa Feldt), GSA (Kevin Kampschroer), and U.S. Postal Service (Tom Day), along with electronics industry stakeholders, will meet on August 4, 2014 at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Discussion will address progress on National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship as well as participation in U.S. Postal Service BlueEarth® Federal Recycling Program. Read More

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Enrollment open for 2015 Management Development Academy.

August 1, 2014

PMA's 2015 Management Development Academy consists of 3-part series of forum-style workshops, coursework, seminars, and structured networking designed exclusively for mid-level managers. Participants will learn practical skills and strategies about how to succeed when analyzing metalforming markets, conducting marketing research,  managing assets and budgets, communicating in workplace, and developing and managing supply chain, financial and customer accounts, contracts, and human resources. Read More

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SCSI Trade Association highlights important role of SAS.

July 31, 2014

During panel presentation scheduled at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit, leading storage industry experts from SCSI Trade Association will discuss challenges of distributed storage systems and how the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage protocol is uniquely positioned to handle the mixture of workloads and I/O demands required. Titled "Scale-out Storage Solutions for Today and Tomorrow," panel presentation will take place Wednesday, August 6, from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m. Read More

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FABTECH 2014 to be held at Georgia World Congress Center.

July 31, 2014

Scheduled for Nov 11–13, FABTECH 2014 is expected to attract over 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies. In addition to live equipment demonstrations, event will include keynote presentation on "Creating U.S. Jobs and Bringing Manufacturing Back Home" by Walmart VP for U.S. Manufacturing Cindi Marsiglio; special panel discussion on "Bridging the Manufacturing Skills Gap with Veterans" to be held on Veterans Day; and keynote speech by former Pittsburgh Steeler great Rocky Bleier. Read More

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NEMA Holds First Meeting for electrical submetering manufacturing.

July 31, 2014

To constitute new trade group under its umbrella, NEMA organized electrical submetering manufacturing industry representatives meeting. Participants discussed industry-wide concerns and opportunities that, if properly addressed, could accelerate growth of this new industry segment. Participants voiced interest in being involved as representative stakeholder in related codes and standards development as well as regulatory activities and promotional programs. Read More

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PTDA releases 2014 Membership Directory.

July 31, 2014

PTDA's 2014 Membership Directory provides resource for connecting with top decision-makers of the global power transmission/motion control industry. Through Directory, users will find phone, fax, address, and website listings for all PTDA distributor, manufacturer, and associate members. Networking resource includes corporate headquarters listings as well as top management contacts, distributor branch locations, and manufacturer lines carried; manufacturer listings include products manufactured. Read More

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Safety Manuals outline directional drilling best practices.

July 31, 2014

AEM has produced new Directional Drilling safety manual and updated Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment safety manual to reflect latest industry best practices for drilling safely. Keyholing and cross boring are featured in safety procedures for underground utility damage prevention. Developed by manufacturers under auspices of AEM’s Underground Equipment Manufacturers Council, industry-consensus safety documents are written in clear language and presented in easy-to-follow format. Read More

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IPC Training Video focuses on FOD issue prevention.

July 31, 2014

DVD-172C, "FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly," addresses foreign objects and debris (FOD) issues impacting electronic device reliability/functionality. Training video provides information and techniques to help eliminate FOD during electronics assembly, including hand soldering, SMT and plated-through hole assembly processes, and box build/wire assembly. Also, video explains 6 proper housekeeping steps and covers tool control, hardware control, material handling, and ESD prevention. Read More

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IPC and HKPCA renew show partnership for next 4 years.

July 30, 2014

Following successful 2013 International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair, IPC and Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association are extending their alliance to host the event for another 4 years. Introduction of the IPC APEX brand last year helped strengthen the exhibit scope as it catered to the rapid market development of the electronics manufacturing services sector in the country. Participation of IPC members in the show increased nearly 200%, contributing to growth in attendance of 20%. Read More

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Wearable Device detects diabetic neuropathy.

July 30, 2014

Group of researchers in Taiwan has developed optical technology that may be able to detect diabetic autonomic neuropathy sooner, when it is more easily treated. Condition progressively affects autonomic nerves controlling vital organs like the heart and gastrointestinal system. Described in paper published in OSA’s journal Applied Optics, the new technology is a small, wearable device called a pupillometer that hangs on a pair of eyeglasses and measures 5 parameters associated with pupils. Read More

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NEMA calls Congress to action on energy efficiency.

July 30, 2014

Recently, the House of Representatives has passed bills to streamline administration of funding support for energy efficiency retrofits of schools (HR 4092) and to report on likely energy and water efficiency gains of thermal insulation of potable hot and chilled water in federal buildings (HR 4801). NEMA is calling for the Senate to pass the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S 2262) sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). Read More

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TRIB Video explains true causes of rubber on the road.

July 29, 2014

TRIB has joined forces with Tire Industry Association to launch video that explains true causes of rubber on the road. State and Federal studies have shown that rubber on the roads is primarily created by tires that fail from being run underinflated or overloaded, have run over some type of road hazard, or have some other improper maintenance or operational issue. These issues affect both new and retreaded tires equally and have nothing to do with the manufacturing or retreading process. Read More

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Electronics Assembly Quality Benchmark Study was released by IPC.

July 29, 2014

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2014 provides data to electronics assembly companies interested in comparing their key 2013 quality metrics to those of other assembly companies by company size, region, and type of product. This annual, survey-based study addresses manufacturing and service measurements regarding production, QC, customer satisfaction, supplier performance, and certification data. Read More

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NACD ChemEdge Conference expects near-record attendance.

July 29, 2014

Hosted by NACD, ChemEdge will take place in Nashville, TN from August 19–22. This annual operations conference, designed for chemical distribution industry, will feature keynote address by James Arendas on safety management responsibilities and evaluation. Attendees can also participate in educational sessions to learn how to better manage complex regulations, requirements under NACD's Responsible Distribution® program, and other business issues affecting chemical distribution. Read More

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EPA Furthers Tribal Health Research through ~$5 million in grants.

July 29, 2014

EPA is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to 6 groups, including universities and tribes, to identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other concerns. Recipients include Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Yurok Tribe, Little Big Horn College, University of Tulsa, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read More

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Advanced Manufacturing Expo to be held Sept 23-24.

July 29, 2014

Taking place at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON, AMExpo 2014 is Canada’s premier forum for industry professionals to study, assess, and compare latest products and services in advanced manufacturing technology. Expo will feature RAPID Canada alongside Medical Manufacturing Innovations. Educational and technical sessions will cover topics such as Designing for Additive Manufacturing, 3D Metal Processing, 3D Polymer Processing, Finishing and Plating, 3D Scanning, and Bioprinting. Read More