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Safety Recommendation will prevent taxiing airplane collisions.

September 6, 2012

NTSB recommended that FAA require large airplanes to be equipped with anti-ground collision aid, such as on-board external-mounted camera system, to provide pilots with clear view of plane's wingtips while taxiing. This would ensure clearance from other aircraft, vehicles, and obstacles while eliminating need for pilot to extend his or her head out of open cockpit window to see airplane's wingtips. NTSB made same recommendation to European Aviation Safety Agency. Read More

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Solder Skills Competition heading to Northeast.

September 5, 2012

Scheduled for Sept 18 in Boxborough, MA, Northeast Regional Solder Skills Competition will pit expert technicians against each other to build functional electronics assembly within 30-min time limit. Judges will evaluate soldering assemblies in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, cleanliness, and technique. Cash prizes will be awarded to top 3 finalists, and first place winner will earn complimentary airfare, hotel stay, and entrance into international grand championship at IPC APEX EXPO®. Read More

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Aerospace, Defense OEMs to help build AeroDef Manufacturing 2013.

September 5, 2012

SME executive committee comprises high-level manufacturing professionals from aerospace and defense OEMs that will assist in development of AeroDef Manufacturing 2013. To be held in Long Beach, CA from March 19-21, this aerospace and defense event is supported by OEMs looking for solutions from suppliers and extended manufacturing enterprise to keep industry competitive despite economic and public policy challenges. Read More

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SME Composites Conference to co-locate with SAMPE Tech.

September 5, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 22-24, Manufacturing with Composites will have technical sessions to showcase manufacturing applications specific to aerospace, automotive, wind energy, tooling for aircraft primary structural components, and non-aerospace composite applications. SAMPE Tech 2012, taking place Oct 22-25, will include 200 exhibiting companies, 4 panels led by industry leaders, and 150 applications and research presentations. Tracks will cover rapid processing, sustainable energy, and nanocomposites. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition winners announced.

September 5, 2012

Brian Wade, senior technician at CAMtek (Bloomington, IL) took first place in second annual hand soldering competition at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition. Second place went to Alyssia Demetropoulos of Pro-Active Engineering (Sun Prairie, WI) and third-place went to Sue Fischer of Plexus (Appleton, WI). Points were awarded based on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, speed at which assembly was produced, and overall functionality of assembly. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for July 2012.

September 4, 2012

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 4.2% in July 2012 from July 2011, and bookings decreased 5.7% year over year. Book-to-bill ratio registered 1.00, exactly at parity. Flexible circuit shipments in July 2012 were up 15.4%, while bookings were down 35.0% compared to July 2011, and book-to-bill ratio dipped to 1.03. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments in July 2012 decreased 2.6% and orders booked decreased 8.4% from July 2011. Read More

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Most Swing State Voters want action on sequestration.

September 4, 2012

According to Harris Interactive online poll released on behalf of Aerospace Industries Association, 80% of likely voters in Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Missouri want leaders in Washington DC to find alternative to sequestration budget cuts before November elections take place. Poll found that concern over sequestration cuts across age, party, race, and regional lines. In addition, 77% of likely voters said they were aware of this issue prior to taking poll. Read More

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NEMA publishes revised DICOS Standard for airport security.

September 4, 2012

NEMA has published NEMA IIC 1 v02 Digital Imaging and Communications in Security Information Object Definitions. Revised standard maintains extensible, interoperable data format that enables integration of security screening technologies across multiple vendor platforms. Standard now includes Advanced Imaging Technology or AIT, which is used to examine passengers at airports, and a more complete definition of one type of Threat Detection Report, known as Operator. Read More