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IPC releases PCB industry results for February 2012.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 2, 2012 According to findings from IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 1.9% in February 2012 from February 2011, but bookings increased 6.9% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 5.9%. Book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCB industry climbed to 1.04 in February 2012. In February 2012, flexible circuit shipments were down 6.4%, bookings were up 1.8% compared to February 2011, and book-to-bill ratio rose to 1.10.
Flexible Printed Boards Standard now includes design guidance.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 30, 2012 Updated IPC-2223, Sectional Design Standard for Flexible Printed Boards, now includes new design guidance and requirements for preformed bends, irregular folds and creases, staggered flexible layer bands as an alternative to bookbinder designs, and depanelization methods for flexible and rigid-flex array sub-pallets. Appendix A is new design tutorial with guidance on material selection, size and shape of flex circuits and fabrication allowances.
BIO Explains Economic Importance of Renewable Fuel Standard.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 30, 2012 Biofuel and renewable energy organizations asked Congressional leaders to continue full support of Renewable Fuel Standard. With this standard in place, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood argues, private companies have moved toward commercialization of advanced biofuels as quickly as possible, that they are "playing by the rules," and that they only ask federal policy remain stable in order to "continue putting steel in the ground" and creating permanent biotechnology/energy jobs.
BIO Business Forum to include one-on-one partnering.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 30, 2012 With 7 FDA drug approvals this year, BIO Business Forum(TM) anticipates record breaking number of partnering meetings at 2012 BIO International Convention. Powered by BIO's One-on-One Partnering(TM) System, BIO Business Forum(TM) fosters opportunity for companies to initiate business contacts in friendly environment and schedule meetings prior to conference. New to convention, Exhibitor Partnering will allow qualified exhibitors to hold meetings in their personal exhibitor booths.
Symposium to look at viscosity and rheology of in-service fluids.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 30, 2012 To be held in San Francisco, CA on June 27, Viscosity and Rheology of In-Service Fluids as They Pertain to Conditions Monitoring will provide technical forum for presentations and discussions related to current research and practices. Impact of ASTM International standards on condition monitoring and associated businesses will also be addressed. Session presentations and papers will reflect future direction and suggest new standards for viscosity and rheology within CS96 to investigate.
Webinar highlights findings from breached PHI report.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 30, 2012 More than 160 participants tuned in for webinar introducing report titled, The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security. Publication explores reputational, financial, legal, operational, and clinical repercussions of PHI breach on an organization. Report also provides PHIve (PHI Value Estimator) - a 5-step method to estimate overall potential costs of data breach to organization.
Green Building Code references ASTM standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 30, 2012 In 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) published by International Code Council (ICC), there are 46 ASTM International standards cited that cover various aspects of building construction. There are 13 ASTM technical committees which have standards referenced in IgCC, with topics from air quality to thermal insulation. Standards developed by ASTM Committees E06 on Performance of Buildings and E60 on Sustainability are well represented.
ASABE to Revise Shallow Post Foundation Design standard.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
March 29, 2012 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to update and revise ANSI/ASAE EP486.1, Shallow Post Foundation Design, in order to better address numerous considerations. In addition to in-situ determination of soil properties, prescriptive soil bearing capacity values, and modeling analogs, concerns include safety factors relating to ASD and LRFD design methodologies, ultimate lateral strength of foundations, and minimum footing sizes.
White House Biotech Director to keynote 2012 MichBio meeting.
MichBio    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
March 29, 2012 Dr. Michael Stebbins will serve as keynote speaker at MichBio's 2012 Annual Business Meeting and Showcase on April 19 in Livonia, MI. MichBio president and CEO Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, said no one knows that public policy dictates aspects of bioscience discovery and commercialization better than Dr. Stebbins. Rapundalo cited Stebbins' understanding of sound science policy and perspectives on evolving dynamics playing out towards national bioeconomy policy.
EPA Proposes Limits to new potentially harmful chemical uses.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 29, 2012 U.S. EPA has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of 5 groups of potentially harmful chemicals. Chemicals targeted by EPA are polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), benzidine dyes, short chain chlorinated paraffin, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), and phthalate di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP). Also, EPA is proposing additional testing on health and environmental effects of PBDEs.
Hydraulic Institute announces Standards VIPs for 2011.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
March 29, 2012 Hydraulic Institute (HI) recognized 2011 Standards VIP (Very Important Participant) recipients at 2012 HI Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Distinguished recipients who achieved milestone VIP service pins for 2011 include Arnold Sdano (20 years), Randal Ferman (15 years), John Anspach (10 years), and David Brockway (10 years). In total, there were 36 HI member and standards partner companies represented by 2011 Standards VIPs.
EFI Monthly Confidence Index increases in March.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
March 29, 2012 According to March 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is 61.7, up from February index of 59.6. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 28.9% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, up from 23.5% in February. Also, 34.2% of respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures will increase over next 4 months, an increase from 26.5% in February.
NAM Urges President to approve entire Keystone XL pipeline.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 29, 2012 In his statement regarding President Obama's remarks on energy in Cushing, OK, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said President Obama's "all of the above" energy policy "should include all available domestic sources of energy as well as resources from our North American allies." Expounding on his meaning, Timmons said "This means expanded exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf, additional development of shale, nuclear, clean coal, and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline."
IPC Conference to address tin whiskers.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 29, 2012 Scheduled for April 17-19, 2012, IPC Tin Whiskers Conference will focus on tin whisker growth, risk mitigation, detection, and failure analysis. Conference is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and will feature leading experts who will explore full range of whisker theory and practice for military/aerospace, automotive, medical, and consumer sectors. Three-day event will include 2 half-day workshops, 1 day technical conference, and variety of presentations.
FCHEA Details Transportation Working Group activities.
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association    Washington, DC 20036
March 29, 2012 FCHEA Transportation Working Group (TWG) is meeting monthly. It has been discussing areas of interest and priority, including deployment of hydrogen infrastructure, codes, standards and regulations, and how to maximize effectiveness of TWG with limited budget. Also, TWG is helping create key messages on issue of natural gas as transition strategy for hydrogen and seeks subject matter expert in piping codes. Next meeting will be held via webinar on April 10th.
Revised Report details basic hydrogen safety considerations.
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association    Washington, DC 20036
March 29, 2012 Second edition of ISO/TR 15916, Basic considerations for the safety of hydrogen systems, is in final preparation for review and comment. This update of ISO Technical Report on basic hydrogen safety information provides guidelines for use of hydrogen in its gaseous and liquid forms, identifies basic safety concerns and risks, and describes properties of hydrogen that are relevant to safety. Publication of Amended Technical Report is expected in November 2012.
ANSI-hosted Meeting to discuss Energy Efficiency Standards Panel.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 29, 2012 On April 25, ANSI exploratory meeting will examine need for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel (EESP) to develop standardization roadmap for energy efficiency initiatives in U.S. Meeting will help define scope and areas of focus for potential standards panel concerning standards, codes, and conformance programs needed to advance nation's energy efficiency agenda. Resulting standardization roadmap would help foster innovation and advance energy efficiency technology market.
ANSI Joint Member Forum focuses on quality workforce.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 29, 2012 Held on March 20, ANSI's Joint Member Forum focused on range of activities underway aimed at helping nation meet President Obama's goal of doubling credentials of American workforce by 2020, enhancing credentialing of personnel, and supporting secondary and postsecondary career pathways. According to Roy Swift, Ph.D., ANSI's senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs and event moderator, the skills gap has left 3 million jobs vacant in the U.S. today.
ELFA releases February Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
March 29, 2012 According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business for February was $5.0 billion, up 22% from $4.1 billion in same period in 2011. Volume was down 2% from previous month, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume was up 22%. Receivables over 30 days increased to 2.5% in February, up from 2-year low of 1.9% in January, and charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.5%. Credit approvals rose to 79%, up from 77% in January.
Electroindustry Business Confidence Index remains positive.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
March 29, 2012 Following run-up of more than 20 points in January and February to highest level in more than 6 years, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions retreated slightly in March, slipping 0.5 points to 72. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions remained at its highest mark in almost 2 years at +0.7. EBCI for future North American conditions remained strongly positive, jumping 11 points to 86 in March.

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