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IPC APEX EXPO to highlight 11 new products.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 4, 2011 Eleven products have been selected for inclusion in the Innovative Technology Center at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), April 12-14, 2011. Assessed by review board of industry experts, products were selected based on representation of new or emerging technology of significant value and relevance to electronics manufacturing industry. Some products include Dual Nozzle Selective Soldering Feature, Nano-ProTek Fluxophobic Stencil Technology, RT/duroid® 6035HTC laminate, and SMT 520 Low Gold Immersion Gold Plating.
Energy Policy must help U.S. companies commercialize biofuels.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 4, 2011 To promote energy security and reduce over-reliance on imported oil, U.S. policymakers must remain committed to expanding the market for U.S. produced biofuels and biobased products as well as commercialization of new technologies. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, policies announced by President Obama will provide important support to path-breaking biotechnology companies seeking to build commercial-scale cellulosic and advanced biorefineries.
NIST Collaboration demonstrates spin-orbit coupling of atoms.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 4, 2011 Physicists at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. The new work, published in Nature, demonstrates this effect for the first time in bosons, and same technique could be applied to fermions, according to the researchers. Technique has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation spintronics devices, and even atomtronic devices built from ultracold atoms.
International Petrochemical Conference opens with growth forecast.
National Petrochemical & Refiners Association    Washington, DC 20006
April 1, 2011 At NPRA's 36th International Petrochemical Conference, Charles T. Drevna said, "For the world's petrochemical producers, the overall progress toward economic recovery brings a renewed demand for products and signals revitalized prospects for growth." Drevna added that natural gas reserves in U.S. could grow petrochemical industry, manufacturing in general, and American economy. Key governmental, economic, and environmental issues affecting petrochemical manufacturing were also covered.
AAMA Official discusses energy efficiency with Maine Senator.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173
April 1, 2011 Rich Walker, AAMA President and CEO, spoke with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) during their visit to Mathews Brothers Company in Belfast, Maine, on March 22. Senator Snowe discussed importance of small businesses and expressed interest in returning 25C tax credit for energy-efficient windows that expired back to the $1,500 amount. Oldest window company in U.S., Mathews Brothers produces window systems with triple-pane insulated glazing, which contributes to energy-efficient home environment.
ASTM Standard addresses agricultural raw materials in construction.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 1, 2011 Proposed ASTM WK30419 standard may foster greater use of agricultural raw materials, which consist of ligno-cellulosic fibers, similar to wood fibers and particles. With standard, companies that want to bring agricultural fiber products to market will have a way of documenting performance and reliability. Alternative building industries will use standard to improve quality and distribution, and regulators can use standard to help with approvals and safety of alternative materials.
Electroindustry Business Confidence Index points to continued growth.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
April 1, 2011 Senior executives at NEMA member companies reported that, on balance, business conditions facing their firms improved for fifth consecutive month in March. Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions measured 60.9. However, concerns over disruptions emanating from events in Japan and the Middle East contributed to decline in level of index from 69.6 a month ago. Also, survey's measure of intensity of change slipped to +0.3 from +0.6 in February.
NEMA welcomes Rogers-Carnahan legislation.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
April 1, 2011 NEMA supports introduction of Smart Technologies for Communities Act by Congressmen Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Mike Rogers (R-MI). Introduced as HR 995, legislation would direct U.S. DOT to create a competitive program that would allow local governments and teams of regional governments to receive grants to support deployment and operation of Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies, which help reduce congestion and improve safety on highways and arterial roads.
Solar Tracking Algorithm serves diverse applications.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
April 1, 2011 NREL Senior Scientist Ibrahim Reda and NREL programming expert Afshin Andreas developed a Solar Position Algorithm (SPA) to calculate sun's position with low uncertainty of ±0.0003° at vertex, which is more than 30 times more precise than uncertainty levels for all other algorithms used in solar energy applications. Algorithm and its software are helping solar power manufacturers build more precise trackers, and it also has implications for cellular telephone and agriculture industries.
ASTM Standard helps determine open time for latex paint.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 1, 2011 Developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings, ASTM D7488 provides means of determining the time available in which paint can be worked into previously painted area. Open time is a key performance property for coatings, particularly for brush applications. According to Carol Hawkins, a scientist with Dow Chemical Co., and chairman of D01.42, as we move away from using solvents in coatings, it is important to develop a test method that formulators can use to determine open time.
NTSB Safety Recommendations aim to improve airplane safety.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
April 1, 2011 NTSB has made several recommendations, A-11-18 through A-11-31, to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Suggestions address committed-to-stop point, checklist standardization and use, as well as work with National Weather Service. Prescription sleep medication use and education on fatigue factors as well as common sleep-related conditions were also covered, along with runway excursion prevention technology research, wet runway landing distance data, and terrain database installation.
NTSB Chairman hits the road with professional truck drivers.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
April 1, 2011 NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman departed on 2-day, 4-state journey from Washington D.C. to Louisville, KY in a long-haul tractor trailer driven by Stephanie Klang to get a cab's eye view of the commercial truck industry. Chairman Hersman, who holds a commercial driver's license, is traveling to the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville where she will honor America's professional women truck drivers at the second annual Women in Trucking "Salute to Women Behind the Wheel" event on April 2.
IPC Standard provides test methods for pad cratering.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 1, 2011 To help eliminate pad cratering in lead-free assemblies, IPC-9708, Test Methods for Characterization of PCB Pad Cratering, offers 3 standardized test methodologies that let product developers determine best material for their application. Cold ball pull, ball shear, and hard pin pull test methods can be used to rank order and compare different printed board materials and design parameters in order to evaluate susceptibility to cohesive dielectric failure underneath SMT attach pads.
Rockwell Award earned by long-time teacher, Vangie Dennis.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
April 1, 2011 Vangie Dennis, RN, BSN, CNOR, CMLSO at Gwinnett Hospital, was awarded 2011 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Educational Achievement Award for accomplishments in laser safety education. With over 3 decades of nursing experience, she has been instrumental in development and instruction of many laser safety programs for professional societies. Upon receiving the award, Ms. Dennis commented that she was humbled and honored and remains a teacher at heart despite her current managerial role.
IPC Apex Expo 2011 will feature over 250 new products.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 1, 2011 Showcasing more than 250 new products and services that demonstrate advancements in electronics manufacturing industry technologies and processes, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) will take place April 12-14, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Over 350 exhibitors serving electronics assembly and printed board industries are set to display technologies, materials, and processes designed to help companies meet evolving industry challenges, such as those regarding environment, compatibility, reliability, and storage.
Steps towards U.S. Earthquake Resiliency are mapped out in new study.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 1, 2011 National Earthquake Resilience-Research, Implementation, and Outreach, presents 20-year roadmap for increasing U.S. earthquake resiliency. Prepared by National Research Council, report describes 18 categories of focused activities necessary for accomplishing strategic plan adopted by federal government's National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), which is led by NIST and includes Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey.
NIST debuts online museum of quantum voltage standards.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 1, 2011 On April 8, 2011, scientific community will celebrate centennial of the discovery of superconductivity - the ability of materials to conduct electricity without resistance when cooled below specific temperature. To mark anniversary, NIST has created online museum highlighting important accomplishments and historical images from voltage standards program. Over 4 decades, NIST has developed voltage standards based on superconducting Josephson junctions, which are used to calibrate voltmeters.
NREL Fellow Honored for outstanding solar research.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
March 31, 2011 Dr. Arthur J. Nozik, senior research fellow at U.S. Department of Energy's NREL, will be awarded Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest. Award honors Nozik's solar research, including exploration of future generation concepts for lower cost and more efficient solar conversion. He has published more than 250+ papers and book chapters on basic research in photoelectrochemistry, solid state physics, semiconductor nanoscience, and related interdisciplinary science.
IPC Flex Conference host speakers from key electronics companies.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 31, 2011 To be held June 21-23, IPC International Conference on Flexible Circuits will provide participants with insight from key leaders in industry - Research In Motion (RIM), Lockheed Martin, Mayo Clinic, DuPont, and Rockwell Collins - into engineering and business challenges concerning flexible circuitry. For more in-depth training, 3 workshops will be held to provide overview of process, review special considerations, and explore options for optimal manufacturing reliability.
ASTM Training Courses to cover environmental assessment standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 31, 2011 Two-day ASTM International training courses will cover ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process; and ASTM E1528, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process. Developed by ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, training courses will also detail U.S. EPA rule on All Appropriate Inquiry. Courses will be held 9 times between April 26 and November 16.

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