Clarification: In our December Vision & Sensors article, “3-D Vision Made Easy,” LMI‘s Web address at the end of the article was incorrect. The correct address is www.lmi3d.com. We apologize for the error. JOHNSON JOINS EDITORIAL TEAM DEERFIELD, IL—BNP Media announces Gena Johnson has joined the Quality and Appliance Design editorial staff as an associate editor. Johnson is the fourth editor to join this growing staff and group of magazines. She is based at BNP’s world headquarters in Troy, MI. Johnson has worked in all forms of media—Web, print, television and radio.She joined BNP as one of the original members of the Online Development team where she grew the digital footprint of six of the company’s brands. She brings more than seven years experience in news and publishing. She has worked as a reporter, writer, editor and producer for many media outlets including The Oakland Press and several CBS and Fox radio and television affiliates. In her new role, Johnson will contribute to the breadth of offerings provided to the readers of Appliance Design and Quality, as well as Quality’s Vision & Sensors and NDT market coverage. “I look forward to growing the Appliance Design and Quality magazines’ Web, digital and print presence by providing innovative content and implementing new ideas that bring our readers and visitors, who are industry decision makers, closer to their customers,” says Johnson. YEAR-TO-DATE U.S. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS UP 5.3% OVER 2011 MCLEAN, VA—October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $459.16 million, according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was down 31.3% from September and down 0.1% when compared with the total of $459.41 million reported for October 2011. With a year-to-date total of $4,753.68 million, 2012 is up 5.3% compared with 2011. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. “Orders continue to be on pace for a record-setting year, and a monthly drop was fully expected in the month following IMTS,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT president. The USMTO report, compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. At $162.75 million, October manufacturing technology orders in the Midwest region were down 20% when compared with the $203.33 million total for September but up 10.3% when compared with October a year ago. With a year-to-date total of $1,530.30 million, 2012 is up 4.9% when compared with 2011 at the same time. U.S. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic break downs of the United States. Central Region October manufacturing technology orders in the Central region totaled $124.77 million, 30.2% lower than September’s $178.71 million and down 8. 8% when compared with the October 2011 figure. At $1,341.76 million, the 2012 year-to-date total was 6.8% more than the comparable figure for 2011. Western Region Western region manufacturing technology orders in October stood at $47.27 million, down 54.6% from the September total of $104.07 million and14. 3% lower than the figure for October2011. The $557.56 mil lion year-to-date total was 5.7% above the total for the same period in 2011. Northeast Region Manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast region in October totaled $63.69 million, down 19.7% from September’s $79.27 million and down 3. 6% when compared with the October 2011 figure. At $640.83 million, 2012 year-to-date is down 5.7% when compared with 2011 at the same time. Southern Region Southern region manufacturing technology orders totaled $60.69 million in October, down 41.1% from the $102.99 million total for September but 12.8% higher than the total for October 2011.The year-to-date total of $683.23 million is 15.3% more than the comparable figure for 2011. Midwest Region At $162.75 million, October manufacturing technology orders in the Midwest region were down 20.0% when compared with the $203.33 million total for September but up 10.3% when compared with October a year ago. With a year-to-date total of $1,530.30 million, 2012 is up 4.9% when compared with 2011 at the same time. COORDINATE METROLOGY SOCIETY RELEASES 2012 REPORT: “THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICAL TESTING” BENBROOK, TX—The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced the results of its third large-scale measurement study conducted at the 28th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) held in New Orleans The 2012 measurement study was developed to support the organization’s Certification Cognitive Examination development process, which will culminate in the industry’s first level-one personnel certification program for portable 3-D metrology. The study’s main focus was to test the methodology of practical testing rather than the evaluation of the measurement results.The 83-page report titled “The Importance of Practical Testing” details the results and analysis of the interactive measurement study.Metrology is the science of measurement and professionals in this field work in diverse industries such as aerospace, automotive and power generation. The report can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/UPMe0X. Throughout a two day period, more than 90 CMSC conference attendees participated in a data collection activity that provided a hands-on challenge, regardless of experience with large volume measurement systems. The study was coordinated by the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and event sponsor Metrologic Group, assisted by members of the CMS Certification Committee, Coventry University and volunteers from many OEMs and software developers in the metrology industry. Author Keith Bevan from the National Physical Laboratory performed statistical analysis of the study and compiled those conclusions into the new report, which was peer-reviewed by the organization’s Executive and Certification Committees. An evaluation of the appropriateness of practical testing was undertaken during the measurement study, involving the use of an articulated arm and/ or a laser tracker measuring either a dedicated test piece or a motorcycle product. More than a third of the participants had less than five years of measurement experience, while 64% were veteran metrologists with more than five years of hands-on experience.Forty-one percent of the study’s participants take weekly measurements. Nearly 95% participated in the measurement study conducted in 2011. A workshop was held on the third day of the conference to review the results and to ascertain information about future measurement studies for CMSC. CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIAL METROLOGY ACQUIRES HGV VOSSELER OBERKOCKEN, GERMANY— Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology has acquired HGV Vosseler, strengthening its presence in the market for process control and inspection in car making. “With HGV Vosseler, we have acquired the best technology available on the market,” says Rainer Ohnheiser, president and CEO of IMT. “The products have a good reputation with customers. This move enables us to provide our customers with total solutions in the field of quality processes in car body manufacture.” HGV does 3-D inline measuring solutions based on optical 3-D measuring technology on robots which are primarily used for car body inspection directly on the production line in the automotive industry. Effective immediately, Kai-Udo Modrich will be responsible for the new company, Carl Zeiss Machine Vision GmbH & Co KG. Under the ZEISS brand, the approximately 60 employees in Öhringen, Germany, will focus on further growth. GOVERNMENTAL SAFETY REGULATIONS GLOBALLY INCREASE DEMAND FOR NONDESTRUCTIVE TEST EQUIPMENT MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—A wave of highly publicized infrastructure failures such as pipeline explosions and refinery blasts have spurred governments to tighten safety regulations, escalating the need for nondestructive test (NDT) inspection. Moreover, with end-user industries eager to lengthen the life cycle of existing infrastructure to save time and costs, the global demand for NDT equipment is on the rise, positively impacting this mature market. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan of the global nondestructive test equipment market finds that the market earned revenue of more than $1.39 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $2.03 billion in 2016.The study covers technologies ranging from ultrasonic testing, magnetic and electromagnetic testing, visual inspection, radiography testing and penetrant testing for various enduser industries, including oil and gas, aerospace, military and defense, automotive and transportation, foundry and power generation. “The high costs and challenges involved in building new infrastructure have led to end-user industries extending the useful life of their existing infrastructure,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Nikhil Jain.“This, therefore, spurs demand for NDT equipment.” While aging infrastructure is a global trend, it is extremely pronounced in the United States, where the average age of a refinery or power plant is more than 40 years. These aging assets are required to run at high capacities, and thus need to be inspected periodically to prevent catastrophic failure. The NDT industry is characterized by a reluctance to adopt new technology caused by a number of factors, including the conservative nature of end-user industries, sluggish approval times for standards, and lack of proper training for technicians. However, the most significant factor hindering adoption of new technology is the structure of the industry as a whole. “The NDT industry is structured such that the equipment manufacturers sell a majority of their equipment to the NDT inspection service providers,” explains Nikhil. “It is therefore difficult to aid market adoption of new technology unless the inspection services providers are prepared to make an investment in purchasing equipment operating on new technology, or through governmental regulations stipulating the use of the latest technology.” With the challenging nature of the NDT industry, the equipment manufacturers are utilizing conferences and seminars to educate end-users about benefits of new technology.Additionally, the market participants are investing in automating the NDT equipment to limit the role of NDT inspection service providers in the NDT industry value chain. MSCI STRESSES NEED FOR BUDGET CHANGES FOR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY GROWTH ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—As Congress returns to work, Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) President and CEO M. Robert Weidner III expressed the need for Congress and the Obama administration to refocus their energy and efforts on issues critical to manufacturing and the metals industry. Since August, MSCI held 11 manufacturing summits across the country, drawing more than 3,000 members and their employees and customers to discuss issues important to the industry. “Over the last three months, our members and others within the manufacturing industry have made it clear: Their success is dependent upon political leadership and promanufacturing policies,” Weidner says. “Our elected leaders have a responsibility to deliver meaningful results for the American people and the U.S. metals industry. We have real challenges ahead and MSCI is eager to roll up its sleeves and immediately get to work with our elected leaders.” On a global scale, members are dependent on our leaders to expand access to global markets and enforce trade agreements.In particular, MSCI strongly encourages the Obama administration to demand that China comply with all of its WTO obligations and allow its currency to trade freely on the global foreign exchange markets. For a stronger America and a growing economy, members also need a clear energy policy—one that produces steady, reliable and affordable energy from all domestic sources. “Manufacturing could be the primary force of change in turning around the economy,” explains Weidner, citing a study commissioned by MSCI. The study revealed the metals industry has a total economic impact of more than $550 billion or more than 3.5% of GDP. In addition, companies involved in the production, wholesaling and primary processing of metals provide more than 2.4 million jobs nationwide that pay more than $55 billion in wages to families throughout the country and approximately $65 billion in local, state and federal taxes. CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIAL METROLOGY ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT MAPLE GROVE, MN—Carl Zeiss announces the appointment of Michael Kirchner as the new president for the Industrial Metrology group in North America, effective January 1, 2013. Kirchner succeeds Greg Lee, who retired after more than 30 years. Prior to this role, Kirchner had successfully established a manufacturing operation for Carl Zeiss Shanghai Co. Ltd., where he was general manager for more than eight years. In 2012, he helped implement manufacturing in India. Kirchner began his career with Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology as an intern in New York, where he first met his predecessor, Greg Lee. Working his way through the company, Kirchner has held various management positions with increasing responsibility. These positions included product manager, regional sales manager, area sales manager, customer care manager and vice president of service in North America prior to his last role as general manager for manufacturing in China. 3D SYSTEMS TO ACQUIRE GEOMAGIC ROCK HILL,SC—3D Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic Inc., a global provider of 3-D authoring solutions including design, sculpt and scan software tools that are used to create 3-D content and inspect products throughout the entire design and manufacturing process.This acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013. The combination of Geomagic’s powerful sculpting, modeling, scanning and inspecting software tools with 3-D Systems’ portfolio strengthens its 3-D authoring platform and positions the company for accelerated growth in the fast-growing, 3-D content-to-print space. The transaction adds complementary products and technology, increases the company’s reseller coverage globally and is expected to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in the first full year following the completion of transaction. HEXAGON ACQUIRES PORTABLE METROLOGY SOFTWARE PROVIDER STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Hexagon AB, global provider of portable metrology software, has acquired New River Kinematics (NRK), a U. S. based engineering company founded in 1994 that specializes in 3-D analysis software for portable metrology applications. “A strong resource in the field of measurement automation, NRK provides excellent growth prospects for Hexagon as more and more manufacturers look to increase efficiencies,” says Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additional opportunities include leveraging Hexagon’s distribution network and existing customer base to increase SA’s penetration in international markets and growing segments like aerospace, and to team up with Intergraph to strengthen applications in shipbuilding, component fabrication and other large-scale markets.” NRK, based in Williamsburg, VA, was fully consolidated as of January 1, 2013 and will immediately contribute to Hexagon’s earnings. COMING EVENTS MAY 14-16 EASTEC Society of Manufacturing Engineers West Springfield, MA (800) 733-4763 firstname.lastname@example.org www.easteconline.com 14-17 CONTROL P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG Stuttgart, Germany email@example.com www.control-messe.de/en JUNE 3-6 HEXAGON 2013 Hexagon Global Network Las Vegas (256) 730-1000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hexagonconference.com 18-20 MD&M EAST Philadelphia, PA (310) 445-4200 www.mdmeast.com PEOPLE NEWS SACRAMENTO, CA—Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that Technical Principal DR. GARY LUKE was presented with the R.B. Young Technical Innovation Award at an award ceremony held December 3 in Luke’s honor. Luke received the award for his development of a Transient Energy Management & Performance (TEMP) Code, a multidimensional physics-based “branching” computer code used to analyze complex 3-D systems. “TEMP significantly and cost-effectively enhances Aerojet’s modeling capabilities and is applicable to a wide array of current and future products,” says Aerojet President Warren Boley.“We’re extremely proud to have innovative leaders such as Gary on our team.” CALEDONIA, MI—TÜV Rheinland Industrial Solutions Inc. (TRIS) has named DENNY A. STAPP chief operating officer. In his new role, Stapp will be responsible for all operational aspects of TRIS. Stapp has a wealth of engineering and testing experience. Most recently, he served as vice president for TRIS where, in addition to operations management, his duties included working as a senior member of the acquisition team to integrate Woodstock, AL-based Unified Testing & Engineering Services Inc. (UTS) into TÜV Rheinland. Before the acquisition, Stapp served as vice president of UTS, where he worked for 16 years. BUSINESS NEWS JACKSON, MS—TÜV RHEINLAND INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS INC. (TRIS) has opened a new testing operation in Richland, MS. Equipped with a variety of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) equipment, the new 3,000-square-foot facility provides testing, inspection and certification of materials, components and structures. The services feature a full range of NDE tests, including computed radiography, film radiography, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, visual, phased array and positive material identification (PMI) tests. TRIS is the only inspection company in the area. Located near the crossroads of Interstate 55, Interstate 20, and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, Richland is well-positioned to serve the local Department of Transportation, automotive manufacturers, commercial contractors, fabricators, machine shops, refineries and other businesses. The region’s manufacturers are well within reach of TRIS field testing capabilities. CHANTILLY, VA—INFINITYQS INTERNATIONAL INC., a global manufacturing intelligence and enterprise quality company, announces a strategic partnership with Keops Technologies Inc., an IT company focused on the integration and deployment of manufacturing operation management systems (MOMs) that increase efficiency and improve quality. With offices in Montreal, Madrid and Paris—and a recent expansion in Dubai—Keops has formalized its partnership with InfinityQS to complement its existing manufacturing solutions with ProFicient, InfinityQS’ enterprise quality hub powered by statistical process control (SPC). AURORA, IL—In 2013, MITUTOYO AMERICA CORP., a global provider of metrology solutions, will kick-off a year of celebration to commemorate 50 years of precision measuring success in America. Mitutoyo America (previously known as MTI Corporation) was founded in New York City in 1963, as the first U.S. distributor of Mitutoyo Corp. of Japan products. Continued growth allowed Mitutoyo to re-locate to Paramus, NJ, and later the company made the decision to officially move the corporate headquarters to Aurora, IL, in 1988, where Mitutoyo America continues to reside. Mitutoyo is pleased to announce the ground breaking for a new corporate headquarters building located at 945 Corporate Boulevard in Aurora, IL. The 159,300-square-foot, multi-million dollar facility will include an M3 Solution center offering the ability to provide interactive product demonstrations; an A2LA accredited calibration lab, supported by fully staffed field service and repair departments; warehouse space necessary for timely distribution of product, parts and accessories; a premier educational facility (Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology), for all training and instructive metrology resources; and free flowing office areas to encourage interdepartmental collaboration and communication. RANDOLPH, NJ—BRIGHTON CROMWELL has completed the rigorous quality systems review process to attain certification to the SAE Aerospace Standard AS 9120 (AS9120A 2009).Brighton Cromwell is a certified small business supply chain integrator providing purchasing, logistics and kitting services to the DoD and prime contractors globally. CENTER VALLEY, PA—In conjunction with the release of its newly enhanced DSX Series Opto-Digital Microscopes, OLYMPUS announced that LECO CORP. will be serving as an authorized DSX Series distributor to customers in North America. A manufacturer of analytical instrumentation for the material sciences for over 75 years, LECO also has more than 35 years of experience in the development and distribution of metallography and optical equipment. LECO’s full-service metallographic/optical service center provides field and in-house services such as preventive maintenance, alignment, adjustment, repair and applications support. ASTORIA, NY—KEYSTONE ELECTRONICS CORP. has launched a new blog with the tagline: “There’s a keystone in every great invention.” It explores this theme by focusing on the origins of the great inventions that have changed the world, the company says. ST. LOUIS, MO—LMI AEROSPACE, a supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components and provider of design engineering services to the aerospace and defense industries, has agreed to acquire Valent Aerostructures for approximately $237 million, plus approximately $9.7 million of certain retained obligations. Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, Valent is a leading provider of complex, structural components, major sub-assemblies and machined parts for OEM and Tier 1 airframe manufacturers in the aerospace and defense industries.The company is well-positioned, providing significant content for several major commercial, business jet and military platforms, including the Boeing 737, 747-8, 777, 787, V-22 and Gulfstream G650. Like LMI, Valent has established a reputation as a highly regarded supplier, evidenced by recent awards. The Boeing Company has previously awarded Supplier of the Year to both companies. ASSOCIATION NEWS BENBROOK, TX—THE COORDINATE METROLOGY SOCIETY (CMS) announced its call for papers is now open for the 29th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) to be held July 22 - 26, 2013 in San Diego, CA. The CMS is the eminent membership association for measurement professionals around the globe. The organization cordially invites its community members and metrology professionals in manufacturing, science research, and academia to submit abstracts for technical papers and presentations. The CMS accepts submissions covering the successful deployment of 3-D coordinate measurement systems, industry best practices, and scientific research and developments. The Coordinate Metrology Society convenes each year at the CMSC, a unique event designed for users of portable, high-precision measurement technology utilized to inspect manufactured and assembled components on the factory floor. The CMS Executive Committee peer-reviews and considers each abstract for presentation at CMSC 2013. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will occur on April 1, 2013. The CMS Executive Committee appraises all technical papers presented at the CMSC, and selects the conference’s best papers for publication in The Journal of the CMSC.
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