BUSINESS NEWS | COMING EVENTS | PEOPLE NEWS | MERGERS FROST & SULLIVAN: ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AHEAD MEANS MORE OUTSOURCING DIMENSIONAL METROLOGY MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—The threat of a second economic downturn has cast a gloom over various verticals, causing them to carefully plan capital expenditure and opt for cost-effective alternatives, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. This situation bodes well for the dimensional metrology services market, as even its premium inspection services are more affordable than a new precision system. Customers with low-volume processes account for almost a third of inspection service contracts. These customers also consider outright equipment purchase an unnecessary expense. Analysis of the global metrology services market finds that the market earned revenues of $382.6 million in 2011 and is estimated to reach $529.6 million in 2016. Dimensional metrology services also got a boost from the lack of a universal system that can be applied across verticals. Every technology has a limitation. Although some are the best fit for a particular system, they can be unfit for other applications. “Large, top-tier customers can afford different types of equipment that serve all required applications,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Vigneshwaran Shanmugam. “However, small-to midsize companies prefer to outsource their dimensional inspection requirements, because it gives them access to numerous technologies at low prices.” Expensive precision systems are gradually phasing out, making way for attractively priced metrology systems. As this happens, service providers will be watching the metrology market closely. Additionally, the market will be buoyed by the lack of technical expertise among end users. “A shortage of skilled precision machine operators is a continual problem in the metrology market that drives end users to outsource metrology services,” Shanmugam adds. “In most cases, customers have little or no knowledge of the data collection process, making a robust case for inspection services companies.” NASA‘S 2013 LUNABOTICS COMPETITION OPEN FOR REGISTRATION WASHINGTON, D.C.—NASA is accepting applications from teams of U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate students for the fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition. The event will be held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida May 20-24, 2013. Participants in the competition will design and build a remote controlled or autonomous robot. During the competition, the teams’ designs, known as lunabots, will go head-to-head to determine which machine can excavate and deposit the most simulated lunar dirt within 10 minutes. Registration is limited to the first 50 teams submitting applications. The competition is designed to engage and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA’s missions. GLOBAL CMM MARKET TO EXCEED $5 BILLION BY 2018 San Jose, CA—Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) reigned as the supreme technology in dimensional metrology for a long time, due to the high reliability and accuracy standards proffered by the systems for inspection processes. The CMM market is relatively mature, driven by steady demand from the aerospace, automobile, military and job shop verticals. Owing to the nature of components involved, the automotive, aerospace and defense sectors represent the leading end-use segments for the CMM industry. Bridge CMMs dominate the global CMM market. Meanwhile, articulated arm machines are gradually branching out from their traditional enduse sectors (automotive, aerospace, military, and machine shops) to newer markets. These devices are preferred due to their light weight and flexibility offered by multi-axis arms in measuring parameters that are beyond the reach of fixed CMM configurations. The market has lately been witnessing an increasing demand for Portable CMMs (PCMM), driven by the growing scope from the semiconductor and mechatronics industries, as well as industries that make use of digitizing and reverse engineering applications. Mid-range models constitute the bulk of the market. The automotive and aerospace industries are the largest end-use sectors for premium articulated arm products. The research report titled “Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) : A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the CMM markets, impact of recession on the markets, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for the years 2010 through 2018 in terms of sales revenues for seven major geographic markets, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The study also provides historic data for an insight into market evolution over the period 2004 through 2009. COMING EVENTS OCTOBER 17-19 ISO/IEC STANDARD 17025 TRAINING FOR TESTING AND CALIBRATION LABORATORIES International Accreditation Service Upper Marlboro, MD firstname.lastname@example.org www.iasonline.org/ More/2012/17025-1012.pdf 29-11/1 ASNT FALL CONFERENCE American Society for Nondestructive Testing Orlando, FL (614) 274-6003 www.asnt.org/events/conferences/ fc12/fc12.htm NOVEMBER 12-14 FABTECH 2012 Las Vegas, NV (702) 892-0711 email@example.com www.fabtechexpo.com/registration.cfm PEOPLE NEWS FRED PARSONS was presented with ASME’s Patrick J. Higgins medal on July 13, 2012, at Mahr Federal's headquarters in Providence, RI. Parsons was recognized for his contributions in developing and promoting a range of consensus- based standards spanning dimensional metrology, surface metrology and engineering specification and for consensus building leadership in working to align national and international standards development in these areas. He has been a vital asset to the standards industry and ASME for more than 30 years, aiding in the development and promotion of standards spanning dimensional metrology, surface metrology and engineering specification. Microscan (Renton, WA), a global technology company in barcode, machine vision and lighting solutions, has hired SCOTT MCKAY for its newly created global director, channel management and commercial marketing position. McKay will be responsible for channel strategy, recruitment, training and program development working with the field sales organization, as well as commercial marketing and operations, functions that have a significant impact on Microscan’s channel. He assumes these responsibilities as Andy Zosel, former vice president of marketing and commercial operations, takes on a new role at Microscan as vice president, engineering and vertical solutions. DR. JOHN J. MOSKWA, professor at the University of Wisconsin, was honored with the SAE International Edward N. Cole Award for automotive engineering innovation during the SAE 2012 World Congress held in Detroit. Moskwa is the first university professor in the 34-year history of the award. View the latest in quality industry news by visiting our headlines at qualitymag.com—updated daily. Just click the tag now and see what you’re missing. If you don’t have the mobile app on your smart phone, visit http://gettag.mobi to get started.
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