OGP Provides 5000th SmartScope Flash to the International Industrial Marketplace ROCHESTER, NY—Optical Gaging Products (OGP), a division of Quality Vision International Inc. (QVI), marked a proud milestone this week with delivery of the 5,000th SmartScope Flash multisensor measuring system. SmartScope Flash systems are high performance dimensional measurement tools for components used in industries ranging from consumer products to aerospace components to medical devices. OGP launched the SmartScope Flash line in 1999 with the original SmartScope Flash 200. System No.1 was delivered to Stanadyne Corp. of Windsor, CT. Today, the Flash product line includes nine models from the compact benchtop 200 to large area models with more than 1.5 meters of measuring range. SmartScope Flash No. 5,000 is the popular 300 model, delivered to a large Swiss watch-making group. “The SmartScope Flash CNC is an excellent tool for the precision watch-making industry,” said Salvatore Spica of OGP AG, the company’s representative in Switzerland. “It can measure the very small features in these assemblies quickly and with good precision. Versatility is the key to this business, since there are so many micro parts in the time-keeping mechanism, and all of them must meet very tight tolerances.A conventional CMM cannot handle these small, intricate features. The SmartScope system with its excellent zoom optics and integral laser, has the flexibility and speed to measure these small components.” The customer is a maker of fine wrist watches marked with its own brand, and is also a major supplier of timing mechanisms for other Swiss-made timepieces. SmartScope Flash No. 5,000 is the latest in a series of precision measuring systems OGP has supplied to the firm since the early 1990s. The multisensor capabilities of SmartScope Flash enable it to perform many types of measurements. The combination of AccuCentric self-calibrating zoom optics, integral laser, and optional touch probe, enable SmartScope Flash to measure surfaces, edges and inside dimensions with equal precision. NAVITAR AND SPECIAL OPTICS ANNOUNCE SEVERAL APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS ROCHESTER, NY and WHARTON, NJ—Navitar, a manufacturer of precision optics and imaging system components, has named David Manzi chief technology officer, Steven Morales as general manager of Special Optics, and Thomas Young as controller of Special Optics. David Manzi, formerly president and CEO of Special Optics, has been appointed chief technology officer of Navitar and Special Optics. In this newly created position, he is responsible for managing the development of new products, directing corporate business strategy and identifying new market focus areas. With more than two decades of experience at Special Optics, Manzi is uniquely poised to direct the division’s technical growth and OEM optics. Mr. Manzi holds a bachelor of science in physics from the Pennsylvania State University. Steven Morales, who has worked for Navitar’s Special Optics division for more than 14 years, has been Promoted from sales manager to general manager. His new role involves overseeing all administrative functions of the company, including leading and directing employees and ensuring efficient and proper implementation of policies and procedures. Morales holds a degree in Applied Information Technology from Pace University, and is currently pursuing further education in engineering science and computer science. In addition, Tom Young has joined Special Optics as Controller. Young replaces Matthew Thomas, who retired in July. He comes to Special Optics with more than 20 years of diversified accounting experience in manufacturing, business services, construction, advertising and non-profit healthcare. Young holds a bachelor of arts in accounting from William Paterson University, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Manzi, Morales and Young are all based in the division’s Wharton, NJ office. LEICA MICROSYSTEMS ANNOUNCES A CHANGE IN DEALER OPERATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA IN FLORIDA BUFFALO GROVE, IL—Leica Microsystems, a microscope and image analysis technology solutions company, announces a strategic transition in its market representation for industrial, forensic, and educational microscopy and imaging sales and service in Florida. Effective Nov. 3, 2012, Leica Microsystems’ industrial and microscopy customers should contact Vashaw Scientific for all sales and service related issues in Florida. As of the effective date, Micro Optics of Florida will no longer be representing Leica Microsystems as a regional dealer. “We look forward to working more closely with our customers in Florida to provide customized, advanced imaging systems for their industrial instrumentation requirements,” says Tom Chowaniec, vice president, sales, North American Industry division. ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES TO OPEN SALES OFFICE IN SHANGHAI, CHINA SHANGHAI, CHINA—Allied Vision Technologies (AVT) has announced the opening of a new sales office in Shanghai, China. Located at the heart of the Xuhui district, the Shanghai office will oversee AVT’s expanding business in mainland China and will provide technical support and customer service to local clients. This also coincides with the hiring of Qingtao (James) Liu, sales manager at Allied Vision Technologies (Shanghai). Liu has a background in electronic engineering and 15 years’ experience working in the semiconductor, consumer electronics and manufacturing industries in China and South Korea. “The Chinese market is one of the largest machine vision markets in the world and had tremendous potential” says Frank Grube, president & CEO at Allied Vision Technologies. “We are truly excited to strengthen our position in East Asia.”
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