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AASHTO Issues Praise for proposed transportation funding levels.

March 14, 2013

AASHTO expressed strong support for proposed transportation funding levels in Senate's version of continuing resolution that would fund government operations through September 2013. In comment, AASHTO executive director Bud Wright said resolution "provides for the full funding of all the programs included in MAP-21" and added that continuing resolution recognizes U.S. economic recovery is dependent on MAP-21 funding levels and that "now is not the time to deviate from those levels." Read More

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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