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SME, STIQ, and REAI announce strategic partnership.

March 14, 2013

SME, Sous-Traitance Industrielle Quebec, and Regroupement des Équipementiers en Automatisation Industrielle have announced their strategic partnership to support Quebec manufacturing companies at an upcoming manufacturing event this April 23- 24. Plant Management and Design Engineering Show, which will be co-located with AmExp and Contrex, will feature approximately 80 companies exhibiting and showcasing ways to improve production processes and offer alternative solutions to enhance production. 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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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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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