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IPC releases PCB industry results for September 2012.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 6, 2012 According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.3% in Sept 2012 from Sept 2011. Bookings decreased 1.8% year over year, and book-to-bill ratio slipped to 1.00. Compared to Sept 2011, flexible circuit shipments were down 19.9%, and bookings were down 20.9%  In addition, flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio dropped to 0.71. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments were down 6.7% and bookings decreased 3.3% , compared to Sept 2011.
OPC Technology Summit highlights OPC solutions and benefits.
OPC Foundation, The    Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1830
November 6, 2012 OPC Technology Summit concluded on Oct 18, after multi-day program that brought together OPC technologists, solution providers, and end-users to discuss next-generation OPC Unified Architecture technology. Summit kicked off with OPC UA technology overview and value proposition presentation, and included OPC UA Technology Roadmap presentation featuring technologists from ABB, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Yokogawa, who mapped out their companies’ OPC UA adoption strategies.
Report Shows North American Robotics Industry up 20% in 2012.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
November 5, 2012 According to RIA, North American-based robotics companies reported new orders up 20% in 2012. Total of 16,363 robots, valued at $1.1 billion were ordered in first 9 months, representing increase of 20% in units and 29% in dollars over same period in 2011. Including numbers outside North America, totals are 18,844 robots valued at $1.25 billion. While automotive OEM and component suppliers were largest contributor, other industries include metalworking and life sciences/pharma/biomedical.
IPC APEX EXPO to hold hand soldering competitions.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 5, 2012 During IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition, February 19-20, 2013, skilled competitors will attempt to build functional electronics assembly within 30-minute time limit and earn coveted spot in IPC World Championship on February 21. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly and speed at which assembly was produced. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 will be awarded to top 3 finalists.
Chrysler Group LLC'S Supercar named VETA winner.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
November 5, 2012 For the second year in a row, a vehicle from Chrysler Group LLC has been named Vehicle Engineering Team Award winner by the Automotive Division of SPE, as part of group’s 42nd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. The winner is the 2013 model year (MY) SRT Viper® supercar from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology brand. Plastics and composites were key enablers in creating their most outstanding vehicle to date while lowering vehicle mass approximately 100 lb.
First Publicly Accessible Airbag System wins SPE award.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
November 5, 2012 Driver and front passenger airbags on 1974 Oldsmobile® Toronado® luxury 2-door hardtops, produced by then General Motors Corp., are 2012 Hall of Fame winner of SPE's 42nd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. To be considered for award, automotive-plastic component must have been in continuous service for at least 15 yr. John Calabrese, VP-Global Vehicle Engineering at General Motors, will accept award on November 7, 2012 at Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in Livonia, MI.
AUTOMATICA and MAINTAIN 2014 parallel for first time.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
November 5, 2012 Complementing each other, trade fair for Automation and Mechatronics and trade fair for Industrial Maintenance will take place parallel from May 20-23, 2014 on the grounds of the Munich Trade Fair. Focal point of 4-day visitor forum at AUTOMATICA 2014 will be the topic Industry 4.0. Other topics will include collaboration between man and machine, energy efficiency, and continuation of VDMA sustainability initiative BlueCompetence. Industrial maintenance will fill one hall with trade fair MAINTAIN.
AASHTO Report explains how to communicate funding issues.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
November 5, 2012 AASHTO's peer exchange report, "Communicating Transportation Funding Issues," provides transportation agencies with practical approaches to effectively make their cases for transportation investments to general public and key decision makers. Specifically, report includes best practices from state DOTs that have effectively communicated complex issues surrounding finance, funding, planning, project selection, as well as program management and implementation.
AASHTO Broadcast looks at USA's transportation investments.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
October 30, 2012 AASHTO's Transportation TV today announced its first program of series called Asset Management Now with Matt Hardy. As AASHTO's program director for planning and policy, Hardy will host this monthly show to highlight ways in which state transportation departments and other agencies use asset management to stretch dollars and streamline project delivery. First program will feature interview with AASHTO President and Director of Michigan Department of Transportation Kirk Steudle.
Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence remains steady.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
October 30, 2012 According to October 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is 53.3, relatively unchanged from September index of 53.0, reflecting steady industry confidence despite economic, political, and regulatory concerns. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 8.6% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, relatively unchanged from 8.8% in September, and 74.3% believe business conditions will remain the same.
NTSB issues safety recommendations A-12-54 through -58.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
October 30, 2012 According to NTSB, FAA should inform domestic and foreign manufacturers of airplanes that are certified under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 23 and 25 about circumstances of accident. FAA should also work with Flight Test Safety Committee to develop and issue detailed flight test operating guidance that addresses deficiencies documented in this report, and to develop and issue flight test safety program guidelines based on best practices in aviation safety management.
Manufacturer Discussion to show optimism about business in 2013.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
October 30, 2012 As part of FABTECH 2012 exhibition, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV from November 12–14, State of the Industry: Manufacturers' Executive Outlook roundtable will feature CEOs who remain optimistic that growth experienced by manufacturers since 2010 will continue for third year. This event, to be moderated by FMA economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl, will feature CEOs that represent diversity of businesses that specialize in different technologies and serve different customer base.
SME receives U.S. Department of Energy grant.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
October 30, 2012 SME has been granted $292,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to partner SME Student Chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers at universities nationwide. IAC assessments focus on industrial energy conservation techniques through energy audits and assessments of manufacturers. In total, SME will partner with all 24 IACs participating in DOE program, providing invaluable hands-on industry experience for future manufacturing professionals.
AIA President looks at sequestration talk in Presidential Debate.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
October 30, 2012 In her statement regarding discussion of sequestration during final Presidential Debate, AIA President Marion C. Blakey said "It's good to see basic agreement between the candidates" and added that a solution must be found immediately. "While President Obama and Governor Romney disagree on their approach to deficit reduction," continued Blakey, "the fact remains that sequestration would be a serious mistake." Blakey also called upon Congress to act quickly to stop said impending crisis.
APICS Announces Corporate Awards of Excellence winners for 2012.
APICS The Educational Soc. For Resource Mgt.    Alexandria, VA 22312
October 30, 2012 Caterpillar Inc. and Hewlett-Packard were chosen as 2012 APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence winners. Education Award of Excellence winner Caterpillar Inc. was recognized for its "Integrated Supply Chain Strategy" initiative, which improved expertise in APICS body of knowledge. Innovation Award of Excellence winner Hewlett-Packard was commended for its solution to supply chain challenges that built strong supplier partnerships while reducing costs and maintaining high customer service.
ASTM Award of Merit has been presented to Wallace Munden.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 30, 2012 ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe presented Award of Merit to Wallace J. Munden. Member of ASTM International and Committee C13 since 1994, Munden works on several C13 subcommittees and was chairman of Subcommittee C13.07 on Acceptance Specifications and Precast Concrete Box Sections from 2002–2010. He was also member-at-large on C13.90 Executive Subcommittee from 2005–2011 and has provided significant technical knowledge in development of several concrete pipe standards.
ASTM Nanotechnology Standard focuses on zeta potential.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 30, 2012 ASTM E2865, Guide for Measurement of Electrophoretic Mobility and Zeta Potential of Nanosized Biological Materials focuses on zeta potential in systems containing biological material, such as proteins, DNA, liposomes, and other organic materials. Developed by Subcommittee E56.02, standard would be used by protein formulation personnel in pharmaceutical industry – particularly those concerned with protein therapies and shelf life stability of preparations.
PTDA welcomes 4 new members in third quarter.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
October 29, 2012 CU Americas of Plymouth, MI, was founded in 2008 and is a division of one of the largest bearing manufacturers in China--CU Group. Infor of New York, NY joined PTDA as an associate member, and offers distributors enterprise software solutions. Located in Croydon, PA, Macron Dynamics, Inc. is a manufacturer of linear robots and mechanical motion components and systems. Finally, Sedis of Troyes Cedex, France, manufactures industrial chains and was founded in 1866 as Peugeot.
Papers Invited for small specimen test techniques symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 29, 2012 Papers are invited for Sixth International Symposium on Small Specimen Test Techniques, which will be held January 29–31, 2014 in Houston, TX and address experimental, analytical, or computational aspects of small (and miniature) specimen techniques as well as their applications. To participate, presenters/authors must submit 250–300 word preliminary abstract by February 28, 2013 that includes clear definition of objective and approach of work discussed.
ASTM Standard to aid in designing building acoustic properties.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 29, 2012 ASTM WK37294, Test Method for the Laboratory Measurement of Mechanical Impedance of Building Elements and Prediction of the Sound Transmission Loss Performance, is being developed by Subcommittee E33.03 on Sound Transmission, part of ASTM International Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics. Standard measures loss factor and equivalent bending rigidity modulus of composites, drywall, plywood, and similar building elements with aim of comparing damping properties.

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