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IPC Commends President Biden for Executive Order on Industrial Supply Chains

Bannockburn, Ill., USA, February 24, 2021 – IPC commends President Biden for ordering a review of industrial supply chains critical to U.S. economic growth, innovation, and security. The crippling shortage of semiconductor chips underscores the economic and national security importance of restoring U.S. leadership in electronics manufacturing.      The U.S. printed circuit board industry,...

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AWC Applauds Vilsack's Confirmation to be Agriculture Secretary

LEESBURG, VA. – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Jackson Morrill released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Thomas Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture. “Secretary Vilsack is the right person to lead the Department as it seeks to implement the President’s policy priorities on climate change and the economy. “Wood products sourced from sustainably managed...

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AIM North America Comments on FDA Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods

Dedicated to developing interoperable technical guidance and standards. February 23, 2021 – Pittsburgh, PA – AIM North America (AIM NA), the premier alliance for the automated data capture technologies industry, including barcode, RFID, IoT, NFC, and RTLS, submits comments on the FDA’s Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods. These comments stem from the...

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OAGi and IOF Agree to Produce Industrial Ontologies

ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Application Group (OAGi) and the Industrial Ontologies Foundry (IOF) have signed an agreement to produce industrial ontologies. OAGi will establish an IOF membership category, accept ownership of ontology artifacts developed by the IOF, and release them under MIT and CC BY 4.0 (or similar) licenses. Further ontology development will occur in...

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Surge 2.5% in January, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17— Construction input prices increased 2.5% in January 2021 compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 2.1% for the month. Construction input prices rose 4.8% from a year ago. Nonresidential...

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Releases IPC-7093A, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for Bottom Termination Components (BTCs)

Bannockburn, Ill., USA, February 15, 2021 – The long-awaited release of IPC-7093A, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for Bottom Termination Components (BTCs) is here. Revision A is a complete overhaul of IPC-7093 which provides design and assembly guidance for implementing BTCs and focuses on critical design, materials, assembly, inspection, repair, quality, and reliability...

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Copper Surfaces Provide Continuous Protection Against SARS-CoV-2

EPA registration means copper alloys can be sold and distributed with virus-killing claims McLean, Va., February 12 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently that certain copper alloys provide effective long-term protection against viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The EPA's approval makes these alloys the first and only products to be...

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Executives to Discuss Managing Challenges in Periods of Transition at IPC APEX EXPO 2021 Managers Forum

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, February 12, 2021 — New and experienced managers will gather at the Managers Forum at IPC APEX EXPO on March 8 to discuss strategies for thriving during times of crisis. Internationally recognized executives and technologists will offer lessons learned during past disruptions such as transportation interruption, trade restriction, labor shortages, lockdowns, and...

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Construction Backlog and Contractor Optimism Rise to Start 2021, According to ABC Member Survey

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.5 months in January 2021, an increase of 0.2 months from its December 2020 reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2. Despite the monthly uptick, backlog is 0.9 months lower than in January 2020. ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings...

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Is Your Knowledge Up to Standard?

Sprinkler Challenge Webinar Series Debuts DALLAS, TX - The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is excited to debut its new Sprinkler Challenge webinar series on the first Thursday of each month in 2021. This game-show formatted webinar series reviews the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and tests participants' knowledge in a fun environment. In these 60-minute...

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