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IPC releases quality benchmark study.

June 17, 2010

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2009 provides information to EMS companies interested in comparing their key 2009 operating variables to those of other EMS providers by net sales and type of product. In addition to financial and production data, assembly attributes, yields, and defect rates, survey-based study covers customer returns, supplier performance, customer satisfaction, and certification data. Read More

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MESA publishes white paper, announces conference topics.

June 16, 2010

MESA Announces the publishing of "Integration of Manufacturing Intelligence with MOM." The white paper details uses of ISA-95 to monitor and maintain goals alignment between both financial and operations metrics, and applies an ISA-95 integration process to business intelligence and manufacturing operations management (MOM) for a packaging line example. The paper will be presented at the MESA 2010 North American Conference to be held June 21-23 in Dearborn, Michigan. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is up 50.6% year-to-date.

June 16, 2010

According to AMT and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association), US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $222.36 million in April. This total, as reported by companies participating in USMTC program, was down 15.6% from March but up 102.7% from total reported for April 2009. With year-to-date total of $783.03 million, 2010 is also up (50.6%) compared with 2009. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides economic indicator. Read More

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DoE Asst.. Sec. Cathy Zoi to give keynote at upcoming BIO event.

June 16, 2010

In plenary session to be held on Monday, June 28 at 4:30PM, that will explore development of full biofuels value chain, U.S. DoE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi will present keynote address. "We are thrilled to have Ms. Zoi join us at the 2010 World Congress to provide her insights into development of renewable energy and biobased products," said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO. Session will also be presented via live webinar. Read More

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IRIS Assessments on Hold pending EPA review.

June 16, 2010

U.S. EPA is holding 4 of its ongoing IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System) assessments pending review of underlying studies used therein. Assessments are being held due to National Toxicology Program (NTP) report that outlines review of research study completed by Ramazzini Institute. Report, which discusses findings from assessment by NTP pathologists of animal study on methanol, recommends further pathology reviews to resolve differences of opinion in diagnoses of certain cancers. Read More

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NREL Partners with U. Delaware on offshore wind research.

June 16, 2010

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Delaware (UD)announced that they will work to establish potential offshore test site for commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast. NREL and UD will develop test procedures specific to area's harsh offshore wind environment, and establish methods for predicting wind energy costs in the U.S. Test turbines can also potentially serve as classrooms for training future wind energy professionals, scientists, and engineers. Read More

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Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Industries call for clean energy investment.

June 16, 2010

NHA, along with Electric Drive Transportation Association and US Fuel Cell Council, support increased U.S. investment in clean energy technologies. In a joint statement, organizations said hydrogen and fuel cell technologies "will deliver clean, efficient energy at home and at work, create hundreds of thousands of American jobs and, together with other technologies, eliminate the need for gasoline for passenger vehicles." Read More

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IPC comments on European Parliament's Environment Committee decision.

June 16, 2010

IPC was disappointed at European Parliament's Environment Committee vote to include broad families of chemicals, such as organobromines, in Annex III for priority assessment. Of specific concern was how process outlined in amendments approved today does not define rigorous scientific methodology. According to Fern Abrams of IPC, proposed process could "lead to additional substance restrictions that provide neither environmental nor human health benefits." Read More

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IPC-9592 Power Conversion Standard update is released.

June 15, 2010

IPC has released A revision of IPC-9592, Requirements for Power Conversion Devices (PCD) for the Computer and Telecommunications Industries. Document provides more definitive preconditioning tests for Category 2 printed board SMT PCD modules with DC-to-DC converters that also simulate stresses encountered during solder reflow assembly process. Revision also covers moisture sensitivity levels for PCDs, corrosion, as well as highly accelerated life testing (HALT) for PCDs. Read More

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NREL Research Facility to help study renewable energy systems.

June 15, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL has signed contract with JE Dunn and SmithGroup to begin design and construction of Energy Systems Integration Facility. To be 175,000 sq ft in size, building will house space for 200-250 researchers and support staff. It will be nation's only facility that can conduct megawatt-scale testing of all components and strategies for deploying renewable energy and other energy-efficiency technologies into electric grid. Construction will start in spring 2011. Read More

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2010 ASHRAE Ventilation Standard adds new requirements.

June 15, 2010

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. Among changes to this standard are modifications to Natural Ventilation Rate Procedure, relocation of requirements related to exhaust systems to new section, and increased requirements for IAQ procedure. Standard also contains table of VOCs designers might want to consider as possible contaminants of concern. Read More

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Vision Show Attendance Doubles and certification launch was a success.

June 15, 2010

Held in Boston, MA from May 25-27, The Vision Show doubled previous 2009 attendee levels. Positive response to the show and conference parallels recovery of market and growth in industries seeking vision and imaging solutions. Also, AIA launched its Certified Vision Professional (CVP) program that will, according to AIA Vice-Chairman Greg Hollows, "be an asset to individuals who want to establish their knowledge base within their company and industry." Read More

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2010 SAE Fellows have been announced by SAE International.

June 15, 2010

During SAE 2010 World Congress Awards Ceremony, 24 engineers and scientists from industry and academia were awarded SAE International status of SAE Fellow. SAE Fellowship status recognizes outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technology. Established in 1975, program recognizes average of 20 worldwide recipients each year. Read More

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Battery Separator Requirements promote safety, integrity.

June 15, 2010

Evaluation to Subject 2591 will assist separator manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of lithium batteries who use separators, to control critical separator parameters in order to reduce potential for product failure and enhance consumer confidence in their products. UL offers testing and certification services pursuant to new requirements. It also provides manufacturers with technical information and guidance needed to maintain compliance. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit is presented to Reinhold Strnat.

June 14, 2010

Reinhold Strnat, President and Technical Manager of Magnet-Physics, Inc., has been presented with Award of Merit and title of fellow by ASTM International Committee A06 on Magnetic Properties. Strnat was honored for his leadership and work in developing test methods and material specifications while on committee. He joined A06 in 1992, served as Secretary and Vice Chairman, and was named Chairman in 2010 and also leads Subcommittees A06.01 on Test Methods. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit is presented to Steven R. Thompson.

June 14, 2010

Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture has honored Steven R. Thompson with 2010 ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow. Thomson, Senior Materials Engineer at Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was cited by E08 for leadership and technical contributions to development of standards for characterization of fatigue crack growth rates. He also received Awards of Appreciation in 2000 and 2008 and has been member of ASTM since 1988. Read More

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BIO announces partnering event in China.

June 14, 2010

BIO® China International will bring together biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders from North America, Europe, and Asia to explore business opportunities with life science companies in China. Two-day conference will be held in Shanghai, China in October 2011 and will feature plenary sessions and workshops, company presentations, partnering meeting opportunities, and an Exhibition. Read More

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to give keynote at BIO World Congress.

June 14, 2010

Biotechnology Industry Organization today announced an additional plenary session for the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, scheduled for June 27-30, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The session will feature keynote address by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Novozymes CEO Steen Riisgaard and other industrial biotechnology company executives will present data from a new report on the contributions of industrial biotechnology to worldwide economic growth. Read More

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Revised Buildings Codes are based on NIST WTC recommendations.

June 14, 2010

The 2012 edition of ICC's I-Codes - International Building Code and International Fire Code - will include changes based on recommendations from NIST that were based on World Trade Center and WTC 7 collapse investigations. Specifically, changes will lend to accelerated and more efficient emergency evacuations from buildings, as well as improved communications between first responders during emergency. In all, 17 major and far-reaching building and fire codes will be affected. Read More

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Baldrige Award is being sought by 83 organizations in 2010.

June 14, 2010

Established by Congress in 1987, Baldrige Award is named after 26th Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige and promotes excellence in organizational performance. Award recognizes achievements and results of US organizations and publicizes successful performance strategies. Since 1988, 80 organizations have received Baldrige Awards, and this year there are 83 organizations running for recognition of their organizational performance excellence as shown via innovation and improvement. Read More