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Manufacturing Employment improves in December.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 10, 2012 According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rate fell from revised 8.7% in November to 8.5% in December. In addition, nonfarm payrolls increased by 200,000, exceeding expectations which had predicted rise of 150,000. Manufacturing employment jumped by 23,000 net new workers in December, nearly mirroring increase found in recent ADP report. In 2011, U.S. economy added 1.64 million new jobs, surpassing 940,000 net new workers created in 2010.
IPC Standard covers Surface Mount Placement Characterization.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 10, 2012 To help determine best placement equipment setup to meet needs for speed, capability, and accuracy, IPC released IPC-9850 Rev A, Surface Mount Placement Characterization, making it easier to quantify performance of placement equipment. New method calculates Expanded Measurement Uncertainty, which combines all measurement uncertainty of system. Individual factors included in EMU are gage repeatability and reproducibility variance, non-linearity, resolution, hysteresis, and artifact uncertainty.
IPC Membership reaches record number.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 10, 2012 IPC ended 2011 with 3,215 members, the greatest number of members ever achieved in organization's history. Members are companies from every level of electronics supply chain: printed board manufacturers, electronics manufacturing services companies, OEMs, and industry suppliers. According to communications study by third-party consultant, 94% of IPC members surveyed agreed that IPC offers the most comprehensive and reliable information for electronics industry professionals.
Manufacturing Technology Orders up 73.9% from 2010.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
January 10, 2012 According to AMTDA and AMT, November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $430.17 million, which was down 6.9% from October but up 26.6% when compared to total of $339.68 million reported for November 2010. With year-to-date total of $4,956.51 million, 2011 is up 73.9% compared with 2010. Order slowdown in metal cutting equipment was countered by acceleration in fabricating sector and contributed to an increase over 2010 of nearly 75%.
Transportation TV Program highlights innovation.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
January 9, 2012 AASHTO has announced the launch of News in Design with Keith Platte, AASHTO's associate program director for project delivery. Show will feature innovative transportation products and programs being tested and/or implemented by state departments of transportation across the country. Platte will also inform viewers about upcoming events and profile people on the cutting edge of transportation.
RIA transfers Certified Rug Specialist certification.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
January 9, 2012 RIA Board of Directors has voted to transfer ownership and administration of its Certified Rug Specialist certification program to Association of Rug Care Specialists, effective January 5, 2012. CRS is nation's only certification program that focuses on advanced technical study of Oriental and specialty rugs with emphasis on history of handmade rugs, rug identification, cleaning and repair techniques, and potential cleaning problems based on rug's origin and construction.
IEEE Experts predict 12 consumer technology trends for 2012.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
January 9, 2012 During Consumer Electronics Show, IEEE technical experts will be discussing 12 top consumer electronic trends in 2012. Some trends will include: constant connectivity, watching Internet video on full-sized TV screens from embedded IP video-capable devices, patient monitoring in home, and home networking technologies as well as advancing long-term data storage with ceramic, consumerization of IT, consumer electronics as a service, and smartphone hacking.
AIA calls for measured approach to defense budget.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 9, 2012 According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, aerospace industry has advocated that reductions in defense budget be made on basis of new national defense strategy that seeks to secure America's future rather than applying lower numbers across-the-board. AIA therefore appreciates the hard work and thoughtful process that President Obama and Secretary Panetta described in developing the new strategy and their commitment to avoid arbitrary cuts.
NSF and UL to partner on standard for product emissions.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 6, 2012 NSF International and Underwriters Laboratories have announced agreement to partner on health-based American National Standard, NSF/UL 440, for volatile organic emissions from building products and interior materials, furnishings, and finishes. Under partnership, standard will be developed in accordance with NSF's ANSI accredited procedures, with project management support provided by both organizations.
NEMA publishes insulated stranded wire standard.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
January 6, 2012 NEMA HP7 covers specific requirements for PVC, PVC/polyamide, PE, and PE/polyamide insulated stranded wire designed for internal wiring of high reliability electrical and electronic equipment. Publication addresses 600 V (Type B, BN, J, and JN), 1,000 V (Type C and CN) and 3,000 V (Type D and DN) wire and permits continuous operating temperature ratings of -55 to +105°C or +75°C (type J and JN only) with either tin or silver coated conductors.
ZigBee to develop open standard for LED lighting control.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
January 6, 2012 ZigBee Light Link(TM) will help manufacturers develop interoperable wirelessly controlled lighting products for the home. Light bulbs, LED fixtures, sensors, timers, remotes, and switches built using ZigBee Light Link will not require special devices to coordinate in home's network. Like all devices in ZigBee portfolio, ZigBee Light Link devices can be controlled over Internet via computer, tablet, and smart phone.
IPC Conference supports electronics assembly in Eastern Europe.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 6, 2012 To support rapid growth in Eastern Europe's electronics assembly industry, IPC will hold second annual IPC Conference on Electronics Assembly: Soldering, Assembly and Inspection in Budapest, Hungary, on March 20-22, 2012. Three-day event includes workshops, 2-day technical conference, and tabletop exhibition, providing opportunities for participants to network with industry experts and gain insight into new technologies and trends in this key market.
CEA Innovation Policy Summit to include top government speakers.
Consumer Electronics Association    Arlington, VA 22201
January 6, 2012 Scheduled for January 10-13, 2012, CEA Innovation Policy Summit at the 2012 International CESŪ includes top government officials who will underscore relationship between product innovation and technology policies. Speakers will discuss topics such as online piracy, intellectual property, environmental standards, and legislation that authorizes FCC to hold incentive spectrum auctions. Speakers will include representatives from Congress, Department of Commerce, DHS, EPA, FCC, FTC, and OMB.
EPA releases Toxics Release Inventory analysis.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
January 6, 2012 Toxics Release Inventory program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other releases into air, land, and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. According to 2010 TRI data, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into environment nationwide, a 16% increase from 2009. Total air releases decreased 6% since 2009, continuing trend seen over past several years.
Nonresidential Construction Spending increased in November.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
January 5, 2012 According to January 3 report by U.S. Commerce Department, total nonresidential construction spending increased 0.9% in November to seasonally adjusted annual rate of $555.7 billion. However, total nonresidential spending is down 0.1% from one year ago. Private nonresidential construction spending was unchanged for the month, but is 4.5%higher than November 2010. Public nonresidential construction jumped 1.8% in November, but is still down 4.4% year-over-year.
CES SuperSession will feature technology and government leaders.
Consumer Electronics Association    Arlington, VA 22201
January 5, 2012 During 2012 International CESŪ Conference, scheduled for January 10-13, Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn will join CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro to discuss opportunities and challenges in consumer electronics retail. Also, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will join Shapiro for candid conversation about Chairman's vision for and tenure at the FCC. Another 2012 CES SuperSession panel will include "CNET Presents the Next Best Thing in CE," featuring Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Welding and Gases Today launches professional networking group.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
January 5, 2012 Welding and Gases Today launched a LinkedIn group where distributors and suppliers can share views and experiences in a professional setting and stay connected to latest industry news. By joining group, users are granted access to network of people with whom they share something in common. Discussions within groups - in which every group member can view and participate - offer opportunity to talk about industry-specific issues, lend expertise, and help fellow members.
EPA recognizes National Radon Action Month.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
January 5, 2012 As part of National Radon Action Month, EPA is encouraging Americans to take steps to test their homes for harmful levels of radon gas. Approximately 21,000 people die from radon related lung cancer each year in U.S., yet elevated levels of this health hazard can be prevented. EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes, both with and without basements, be tested for radon through DIY test kits or by hiring qualified tester. Action should be taken if radon levels are above 4 pCi/L.
ANSI and IREC announce pilot accreditation program.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 5, 2012 ANSI and Interstate Renewable Energy Council invite certificate-awarding entities that develop and administer energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to apply for participation in pilot accreditation program. Successful participants will be awarded accreditation under program designed to provide quality assurance. Certificate programs will be evaluated against draft IREC Standard 14732: 2012, General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities are available at NIST.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
January 3, 2012 NIST is accepting applications for 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships programs at its Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO campuses. Programs provide opportunities for undergraduate students to work with internationally known NIST scientists and gain exposure to cutting-edge research. Programs are open to colleges/universities in U.S. and its territories with degree-granting programs in computer science, mathematics, materials science, chemistry, biology, engineering, and/or physics.

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