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IPC releases PCB industry results for August 2009.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 29, 2009 According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 27.4% and bookings were down 13.0% in Aug 2009 from Aug 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments grew by 4.8% and rigid bookings increased 12.2%. Flexible circuit shipments in Aug 2009 went down 13.7% and bookings increased 7.5% compared to Aug 2008. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments went up 2.1% and bookings increased 26.5%.
ASTM Paint and Coatings Committee approves 2 new standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
September 29, 2009 ASTM D7489, Practice for Evaluating Touch-Up Properties of Architectural Coatings Under Various Environmental Conditions, covers variations in color, gloss, and sheen that impact touch-up capacity of paint. To assess capability of architectural coatings for blocking ink stains from bleeding through to topcoat, paint companies and raw material suppliers will be able to use ASTM D7514, Test Method for Evaluating Ink Stainblocking of Architectural Paints Systems by Visual Assessment.
ASTM Standard covers bicycle front wheel retention systems.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
September 29, 2009 Adoption of quick-release devices on bicycles has led to heightened potential for injuries due to front wheel separations. ASTM F2680 Standard defines performance of primary and secondary retention systems, with focus on preventing unintended wheel separation. David Montague, president, CLIX Systems Inc., and member of F08.10 task group that developed ASTM F2680, notes that complete bicycle assemblers as well as hub and fork makers will find standard beneficial.
Construction Backlog Indicator is up 8.9%.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
September 29, 2009 July's Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI), which gauges the amount of construction work to be completed, measured in time, currently under contract, rose to 6.1 months from June's 5.6 months. Anirban Basu, ABC Chief Economist, noted that while this monthly increase was significant and impressive, June was the lowest point for the CBI since November 2008. At that time, according to Basu, the CBI stood at 7.1 months - 14 percent above its current level of 6.1 months.
Nanochemistry Technique encases molecules in microdroplets.Nanochemistry Technique encases molecules in microdroplets.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 29, 2009 Scientists at NIST have employed microfluidics to make microdroplets that contain single molecules of interest. By combining this microfluidic droplet-on-demand method with optical tweezers that could merge multiple droplets and cause their molecular contents to react, research may ultimately lead to compact, integrated setup for obtaining single-molecule information on structure and function of important organic materials, such as proteins, enzymes, and DNA.
NIST Researchers collaborate on beryllium reference material.NIST Researchers collaborate on beryllium reference material.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 29, 2009 Researchers at NIST, in collaboration with private industry and government agencies, produced Standard Reference Material SRM 1877, Beryllium Oxide Powder. It consists of high-fired crystalline beryllium oxide with particles about 200 nm in diameter, which have been separated into aggregated clusters that will pass through 20 mesh screen. Material closely mimics form of beryllium to which workers would be exposed. Development was sponsored by U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration.
NIST sends campus master plan to Capital Planning Commission.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 29, 2009 Updated Master Plan for Gaithersburg, MD, campus of NIST lists planned and possible future additions/improvements to campus. It describes new construction projects totaling 100,000 sq ft, including NIST child care, robotics research and development, and consolidated fire/police emergency services facilities; National Structural Fire Research Laboratory; and Net-Zero Energy Residential Building. NCPC commission will review and consider finalized version of plan at December 3 meeting.
Gary Locke unveils plan for Smart Grid interoperability.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 29, 2009 Commerce Secretary Gary Locke unveiled accelerated plan for developing standards to transform U.S. power distribution system into secure, more efficient, and environmentally friendly Smart Grid and create clean-energy jobs. Produced by Commerce Department's NIST, 90-page document identifies about 80 initial standards that will enable vast number of interconnected devices and systems that will make up the nationwide Smart Grid to communicate and work with each other.
NACD appoints new staff members.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
September 29, 2009 Appointed Director of Member Advancement and Strategic Communications, Matthew T. Glaser will oversee all aspects of NACD's member retention and engagement activities. Larry Bafundo, Manager, Member Advancement and Communications, will serve as primary membership recruiter and assist in implementation of new strategies to engage membership. As Manager, Government Affairs, Chris Parinello will run Responsible Distribution PAC and grassroots programs and advocate for sound government policies.
IPC Members celebrate anniversary and donate to education.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 28, 2009 Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. and Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego were honored at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition for 50 years of continuous site membership. Both companies chose Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center at Binghamton University to receive IPC donation of $1,500 for each company for scholarships, equipment, or programs related to electronics manufacturing and printed board technology.
IPC Standard helps determine PCB current-carrying capacity.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 28, 2009 IPC-2152, Standard for Determining Current-Carrying Capacity in Printed Board Design sets industry standard for determining appropriate sizes of internal and external conductors as a function of current-carrying capacity required and acceptable conductor temperature rise. It provides guidance on how thermal conductivity, vias, power dissipation, printed board material and thickness, and presence of copper planes factor into relationship between current, conductor size, and temperature.
IPC honors George Milad with Presidents Award.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 28, 2009 IPC has honored George Milad, of Uyemura International Corp., with IPC Presidents Award at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition on September 23, 2009. Milad has 25 years experience in PCB manufacturing industry and has participated in standards development since 1995. Serving as regular presenter and moderator, he joined IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee in 2003 and became Lifetime TAEC Member in 2008.
Therapeutic Nanoparticles may help kill cancer cells.Therapeutic Nanoparticles may help kill cancer cells.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 28, 2009 In cooperation with colleagues at The Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, the University of Manitoba, and 2 biopharmaceutical companies, a NIST research team has demonstrated that particles - essentially sugar-coated bits of iron oxide about 100 nm wide - could be potent cancer killers. Interactions help larger particles heat up when subjected to alternating magnetic field, and resulting heat destroys cancer cells.
Radio-Controlled Clock Guide offers rules, recommendations.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 28, 2009 NIST's guide to radio-controlled clocks helps manufacturers develop reliable and usable radio-controlled clocks as well as help consumers select appropriate products, learn how they work, and troubleshoot reception issues. WWVB Radio Controlled Clocks: Recommended Practices for Manufacturers and Consumers (2009 Edition) contains revised rules for Daylight Saving Time, corrections in time zone tables, and recommendations for manufacturers. It also lists latest WWVB specifications.
NIST to Receive 2008 Federal Library of the Year Award.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 28, 2009 The Library of Congress Federal Library and Information Center Committee announced that NIST Information Services Division (ISD) will receive the 2008 Federal Library of the Year Award for the Large Library/Information Center Category. This division will be recognized for its Lab Liaison Program, implementation of electronic resources management system, and creation of Vision Implementation Project to engage staff in understanding ISD's vision and participating in strategic planning.
AWWA issues Call for Papers for April conference.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
September 28, 2009 AWWA announced that 2010 Sustainable Water Management Conference and Exposition Call for Papers is now open. Scheduled for April 11-14, 2010, conference is co-sponsored by Water Research Foundation, WateReuse Association, International Desalination Association, and Sandia National Laboratories. It will feature combination of interactive learning tracks, including workshops, panel discussions, and oral presentations focusing on demand management and meeting water supply needs.
LaHood and Babbitt react to NATCA ratification vote.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
September 28, 2009 According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the union's ratification vote is great news and marks a new day between controllers and FAA. Secretary LaHood thanked Chairman Jane Garvey and mediators Rich Bloch and Dana Eischen for making agreement possible. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was pleased that the hard work that both negotiating teams devoted to this intense 3-month effort was affirmed overwhelmingly by NATCA'S membership in a ratification vote.
FAA-ATA Better Way Winners announced at 52nd NDT Forum.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
September 28, 2009 In association with the FAA, ATA recognized the recipients of the 2009 FAA-ATA Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Better Way award. This year's winning team - Application and Validation of Comparative Vacuum Monitoring (CVM) Sensors for In-Situ Crack Detection - was recognized for accomplishments in testing, evaluation, and validation of a sensor that detects cracks and flaws during inspection processes, especially in hard-to-access areas.
NFB to honor Apple, GE, and Newegg.com.
National Federation of the Blind    Baltimore, MD 21230
September 28, 2009 On Sept 22, National Federation of the Blind will hold its first-ever Web Accessibility Day. Teaming up with the Maryland Technology Assistance Program, NFB will host day-long, in-depth panel on how to create accessible Web content that complies with federal and state regulations. Apple will be recognized for making its iPhone accessible to blind users, while GE and Newegg.com will be recognized for continued commitment to ensuring equal access to their Websites for blind consumers.
AMCA International Members convene for 54th Annual Meeting.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
September 28, 2009 Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA) members convened for their Annual Meeting in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada from September 10-12. AMCA President, Denis Labelle, and President of Mechanovent Corporation Chairman of the Board, Gary Benson hosted meetings. The in-person business and networking event enabled members and staff to discuss ideas such as CRP certifying process modernization and increasing acceptance of CRP on key products internationally.

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