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NTSB Safety Alerts hope to improve general aviation safety.

March 14, 2013

Concerning most frequent types of general aviation accidents, NTSB issued 5 Safety Alerts: Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen!; Reduced Visual References Require Vigilance; Avoid Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude; Mechanics: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety; and Pilots: Manage Risks to Ensure Safety. Each provides brief information sheet pinpointing safety hazard and offers practical remedies to address issue at hand. Short videos for each Safety Alert will be available in spring. Read More

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Comments Sought on ISO field of activity on water re-use.

March 14, 2013

Standardization Administration of China (SAC) submitted proposal for new field of technical activity on water re-use. Proposal cancels and replaces 2012 proposal regarding creation of new technical activity on re-use of treated wastewater in urban areas. If approved, proposal will be merged with ISO Project Committee (PC) 253, Treated wastewater re-use for irrigation. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on proposal by April 19, 2013. Read More

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FAA approves Boeing 787 certification plan.

March 14, 2013

FAA approved Boeing's certification plan for the redesigned 787 battery system, after thoroughly reviewing Boeing’s proposed modifications and company’s plan to demonstrate that system will meet FAA requirements. Certification plan requires series of tests which must be passed before the 787 could return to service. It establishes specific pass/fail criteria, defines parameters that should be measured, prescribes test methodology, and specifies test setup and design. Read More

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TRIB to Give Away Retreaded Tires at Mid-America Trucking Show.

March 14, 2013

Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) is renewing its "Spot The Retreads" competition at Mid-America Trucking Show, which takes place March 21–23 in Louisville, KY. Participants who correctly identify range of new and retreaded tires will be entered into daily drawings for sets of 8 commercial truck tires, which will be retreaded on participants' own casings. With seven sets of retreaded tires to be won, total value of said tires to be given away during show exceeds $10,000. Read More

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Jan U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders drop 12.2% from January 2012.

March 14, 2013

As reported by companies participating in USMTO program, January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $370.62 million. This total is down 26.5% from December and 12.2% from January 2012. With year-to-date total of $370.62 million, 2013 is down 12.2% compared with 2012. AMT President Douglas K. Woods called drop-off between December and January typical and pointed out "that orders were exceptionally strong at the end of 2012, outperforming much of the broader economy." Read More

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PCB Market Report from IPC predicts growth in 2013.

March 14, 2013

North American PCB Market Report, published by IPC, predicts modest return to growth in North American PCB market in 2013 and also contains market data and 2013 monthly sales forecast for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits. While sales and orders are down slightly for rigid PCBs and positive for flexible circuits, book-to-bill ratios for both segments are strengthening. Order backlogs are lower than average, but finished goods inventories are normal. Read More

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Discussion Draft focuses on tax reform for small business.

March 14, 2013

Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement in support of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-MI) release of discussion draft on small business tax reforms focusing on easing tax compliance for these firms. According to Coleman, if manufacturers in U.S. are to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global economy, it’s important that policymakers continue to move forward to develop a pro-growth, pro-manufacturing tax system. Read More

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Digital Video Coding Standard reaches final draft status.

March 14, 2013

Promoted to status of Final Draft International Standard, ISO/IEC 23008-2 is intended to reduce bit rate required to deliver high-quality digital video to array of technologies and applications. Technical standard was developed by MPEG in collaboration with ITU's Video Coding Experts Group and will succeed MPEG-4 AVC standard. By improving approaches to digital video compression, standard is expected to bolster future of video by reducing demand for bandwidth on overburdened global networks. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses inactivation of enveloped viruses.

March 13, 2013

ASTM International Committee E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products is developing proposed standard that will document set of process steps that can reproducibly inactivate or remove any potential retrovirus in new biological products, particularly antibodies and antibody-like compounds. Once approved, ASTM WK39883, Practice for Process of Inactivation of Enveloped Viruses Using Detergent, will benefit producers of biological drug substances and their patients. Read More

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LIA Organizes Conference at LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA 2013.

March 13, 2013

Laser Institute of America (LIA) will be at booth No. W3-3706 in Shanghai New International Expo Centre from March 19–21 for LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA. To promote continuous innovation in laser processing and development of laser application market, LIA will be co-organizing eighth International Conference on Laser Processes and Components (LPC). LPC conference will focus on topic of Advanced Lasers and Automated Laser Processing Technology. Read More

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Power Management Software aids system design.

March 13, 2013

Providing optimized capabilities for power system design, engineering, and operations, ETAP Power Simulator and ETAP Real-Time™ Power Management System v12.0 offer variety of features and functions, including Interharmonics, Arc Flash Sequence-of-Operations, DC/AC Arc Flash Viewer, and Auto-Connect One-Line Diagram. Program also provides Cable Armor and Cable Sheath Thermal Calculation. Available in multiple languages, software is equipped with import/conversion tools and real-time web browser. Read More

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ANSI opens nominations for Leadership and Service Awards.

March 13, 2013

ANSI has announced Call for Nominations for 2013 Leadership and Service Awards. Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of the global standards system. Read More

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Draft Agenda Has Been Released for March NESCC meeting.

March 13, 2013

Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC) released draft agenda for March 28, 2013 meeting in Washington, DC. This includes status reports from NESCC Task Groups on welding, construction speed, electric cable, and concrete repair; review of 2012 action items; and discussion of new action items. Participants will also consider possible updates to NESCC charter and hear reports on HDPE piping systems use as well as on ASTM's roadmap for bolstering commercial nuclear power. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending falls 3.3% in January.

March 12, 2013

According to March 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending fell 3.3% in January. Outlays decreased to seasonally adjusted annual rate of $572.1 billion, and year over year total nonresidential construction spending was up 0.8% (unadjusted for inflation). Private and public nonresidential construction spending were respectively down 5.1% and 1% for month, values which are 4% higher and 2.7% lower compared to 2012. Read More

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SME launches Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series.

March 12, 2013

With its Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series, SME aims to help medical device manufacturers generate innovations and overcome barriers that are particular to the industry. A key component of MMI will be live, interactive panel discussions and new technology displays and demonstrations, held throughout the year at SME events nationwide. Each series will be localized to region and/or technology of particular event, and will include live streaming of some segments. Read More

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Survey shows manufacturers' concerns over health care costs.

March 12, 2013

According to quarterly survey by NAM and IndustryWeek, rising health care and insurance costs is manufacturers’ top concern followed closely by political uncertainty and unfavorable business climate. Manufacturers overwhelmingly support comprehensive immigration reform at 68.4%, which explains manufacturing’s advocacy efforts in the current debate in Washington. More than 75% of survey respondents said that foreign-born workers are an integral part of the production process. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Steps Taken toward export control reform.

March 12, 2013

AIA welcomed announcement of formal notification to Congress of first tranche of impending revisions to U.S. Munitions List, calling action "a critical step toward implementation of comprehensive export control reform." AIA went on to commend Obama Administration's "commitment to common sense reform of our export control system" and urged Congress to review and approve necessary changes. AIA is committed to working to see reforms continue and expand to benefit economy and national security. Read More

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AIA Receives Award for workforce development activities.

March 12, 2013

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey and AIA Director of Workforce Susan Lavrakas were honored at Aviation Week and Space Technology's 56th annual Laureate Awards banquet in workforce category for AIA STEM education activities, which include Team America Rocketry Challenge. In comment, Blakey said honor represents "tremendous initiative" by AIA's workforce team, member companies, and Aviation Week to develop next generation of engineers and scientists. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO receives positive feedback.

March 12, 2013

From insights into advancements that the electronic manufacturing industry will help drive to solutions to today's manufacturing challenges, IPC APEX EXPO® 2013 provided information, exchange, and connections that helped 4,568 attendees from 42 countries prepare for the future. Total of 8,598 visitors attended event, which was comprised of 130,340 sq ft of show floor space and 425 exhibitors. More than 90% of respondents to post show survey said show met or exceeded their top objectives. Read More

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Organizations, Individuals Honored for climate change leadership.

March 11, 2013

U.S. EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership hosted second annual Climate Leadership Awards in Washington DC, where 23 winners were recognized for their leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change. Honors included Organizational Leadership Award, Individual Leadership Award, and Supply Chain Leadership Award as well as Goal Setting and Goal Achievement Certificates for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management. Read More