How can ultrasonics enhance the value of your business?
UIA is the international business forum for users, manufacturers, and researchers of ultrasonics. Our members use acoustic vibrations to improve materials, industrial processes, and medical technology. We call this "powering sound ideas."
Let's work together to power your sound ideas. Contact a member consultant or company through our Forum and Referral Network, learn about ultrasonics with our extensive set of learning materials, or meet industry leaders at our next symposium.
The 42nd Annual Symposium of the Ultrasonic Industry Association
2013 April 22 / 24 at the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Florida
Calling ultrasonic cleaning and sonoprocessing users and manufacturers!
The 42nd Ultrasonic Industry Association Symposium comprises a valuable opportunity for manufacturers and users of ultrasonic cleaners and processors to influence forthcoming IEC regulations and measurement standards in the industry.
Dr Bajram Zeqiri (Fellow, National Physical Laboratory, UK) is worldwide convenor for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) group responsible for developing new measurement standards for High Power Ultrasonic Transducers, including cleaning systems, sonoprocessors and welders.
On Tuesday 23rd April, he will be organising a technical forum, which will:
- Introduce IEC's purpose, and discuss its relationship to other standards bodies
- Describe the historical and current standards in the area
- Invite you to put forward your interests, insights and innovations, to influence the development of the next generation of measurement standards in this application area, which is moving rapidly into new modalities, such as megasonic cleaning for microelectronics.
This is a unique opportunity: usually, the privilege to contribute formally to the development of IEC standards requires membership in your country's IEC National Committee. However, this session leverages Dr Zeqiri's leadership of IEC TC87 WG3, and will ensure that your views will be represented at technical discussions as new standards evolve.
Ask yourself and your colleagues:
- "What should be changed about the existing standards?"
- "What ultrasound devices and modalities are not represented?"
- "What difficulties have we experienced when we apply the standards?"
If you have an opinion on these or any other questions about the content and scope of the next generation of measurement standards, you should not miss this chance to be heard NOW, and suggest your changes BEFORE revisions are finalized and published.
This year's symposium features three invited speakers
Dr. Tony Jun Huang, Pennsylvania State University
"Acoustic Method of Moving Small Particles"
Dr. Alfredo Vazquez Carazo , Micromechatronics Inc.
"Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Transformers for Power Conversion"
Dr. Laura Kloepper, Brown University
"Dynamics of Echolocation in the False Killer Whale"
Monday's focus is on Medical issues. Tuesday is devoted to ultrasonic workshops and standardization. Wednesday's focus is on Industrial presentations. An updated program is available.
UIA Rates at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel are $189 plus tax, single/double. To make your reservations, call +1 800 782 4414 and reference the code UAA. To make your reservation on line, go to http://tinyurl.com/UIA2013
Online registration is now open via My UIA, or use the registration form on page 13 of the symposium brochure, where full details about the conference, including abstracts and timetable, are available.
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Therapeutic ultrasound in the popular press
Focused ultrasound surgery was named one of Time Magazine's 50 Best Inventions in its November 28, 2011 issue (subscription link), describing "multiple beams of acoustic energy [guided] into a concentrated hot spot deep inside the body to heat and melt away tumors..."
Members in the news
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