THE ASSOCIATION FOR MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ELECTS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS MCLEAN, VA—The Board of Directors of the Association that represents approximately 600 American manufacturers and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machinery and related products, named R. Stephen Flynn, president, Optical Gaging Products, Inc. (Rochester, N.Y.), to serve as chairman. He follows cochairmen Timothy B. Dining, president & CEO, Greenerd Press & Machine Co. (Nashua, N.H.), and Ronald J. Mager, president & CEO, Machinery Systems Inc. (Schaumburg, IL). The Board elected Kevin Kilgallen, president-owner, Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc. (Harrisburg, PA), to serve as first vice chairman/treasurer in the coming year. Also elected was Jerry Rex, president, Hegman Machinery, LLC, A Morris Group Inc. Co. (Maple Grove, MN), to serve as second vice chairman. Brian J. Papke, president, Mazak Corp. (Florence, KY), has been elected secretary. Newly elected to a three-year term as a member of the association’s Board of Directors are Richard Gilchrist, president and CEO, Felsomat USA, Inc., (Schaumburg, IL), and Thomas R. Dillon, vice chairman, Mori Seiki USA (Hoffman Estates, IL). Returning Board members include David J. Burns, president and COO, The Ex One Co. (Irwin, PA); Ronald S. Karaisz, president, KAR Enterprises Inc. (Brighton, MI); Lee Morris, CEO and chairman, The Morris Group (Windsor, CT); Michael Powell, president, Master WorkHolding Inc. (Morganton, N.C); Larry G. Schwartz, Executive Consultant, Okuma America Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.); Richard L. Simons, chairman, president and CEO, Hardinge Inc. (Elmira, N.Y.); and Steven R. Stokey, executive vice president/owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. (Dover, OH). “After many years of being involved with AMT and its many committees, including the IMTS Show Committee, I am honored and very much looking forward to my term as AMT Chairman,” says Flynn. “This is such an exciting time for manufacturers as innovation and technology leaping forward and positioning U.S. manufacturing as the world leader.” JANUARY U.S. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS OFF 12. 2% FROM JAN. 2012 MCLEAN, VA—January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $370.62 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 26.5% from December and down 12.2% when compared with the total of $422.33 million reported for January 2012. With a year-to-date total of $370.62 million, 2013 is down 12.2% compared with 2012. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. “The drop-off between December and January is typical for technology orders, and it’s important to keep in mind that orders were exceptionally strong at the end of 2012, outperforming much of the broader economy,” says Douglas K. Woods, AMT president. “While the manufacturing economy continues to be strong, we may see its growth undercut by fiscal uncertainty due to the impact from sequestration.” The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (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. U.S. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for six geographic breakdowns of the United States. Northeast Region Manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast region in January totaled $50 million, down 34.1% from December’s $75.83 million and down 17% when compared with the January 2012 figure. At $50 million, 2013 yearto- date is down 17% when compared with 2012 at the same time. Southeast Region Southeast Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $35.53 million in January, down 47.6% from the $67.84 million total for December but 34.4% higher than the total for January 2012. The year-to-date total of $35.53 million is 34.4% more than the comparable figure for 2012 North Central-East Region At $98.54 million, January manufacturing technology orders in the North Central-East Region were down 15.1% when compared with the $116.01 million total for December and down 13.1% when compared with January a year ago. With a year-to-date total of $98.54 million, 2013 is down 13.1% when compared with 2012 at the same time. North Central-West Region January manufacturing technology orders in the North Central-West region totaled $72.41 million, 34.1% lower than December’s $109.92 million and down 4. 0% when compared with the January 2012 figure. At $72.41 million, the 2013 year-to-date total is 4.0% less than the comparable figure for 2012. South Central Region January manufacturing technology orders in the South Central Region totaled $72.44 million, 8.1% higher than December’s $67.02 million but down 25.8% when compared with the January 2012 figure. At $72.44 million, the 2013 year-to-date total is 25.8% less than the comparable figure for 2012. West Region West Region manufacturing technology orders in January stood at $41.69 million, down 38.6% from the December total of $67.89 million and 15. 3% lower than the figure for January 2012. The $41.69 million year-to-date total is 15.3% below the total for the same period in 2012. THOMASNET LAUNCHES NORTH AMERICAN MANUFACTURING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM NEW YORK CITY—In a move to attract the brainpower and creativity of the next generation, and draw them into manufacturing, ThomasNet announces the launch of its North American Manufacturing Scholarship Program. Up to 30 graduating high school seniors with an interest in manufacturing careers will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue studies at a two-year or four-year college, or a vocational-technical school. “For more than a century, we’ve supported American manufacturing by connecting buyers and suppliers,” says Eileen Markowitz, president of ThomasNet. “We hope to have parents, educators and the manufacturing community join us in encouraging young students to transform their ingenuity and passion into a career in this exciting industry. With the launch of ThomasNet’s first North American Manufacturing Scholarship program, we will recognize those star performers who have already demonstrated achievement in their schools and communities, and who plan to bring their skills and talents to this important industry.” The timing of the program is no accident. According to ThomasNet.Com’s 2012 Industry Market Barometer (IMB) survey, almost 50% of manufacturers are seeking to bring on new staff, including engineers, line workers, and skilled trade workers. Yet, despite high unemployment rates in the United States and Canada, manufacturers often have more jobs than talented people to fill them. That spells new professional opportunities for high school graduates who want to innovate, make products that are used all over the world, and leverage their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training. ThomasNet is inviting the manufacturing community to show support for the new Scholarship Program by signing up for any one of ThomasNet.com’s free newsletters such as the new IMT Career Journal. For each new subscription, ThomasNet will make a contribution (up to $30,000) to the Scholarship Program. To be eligible for the ThomasNet North American Manufacturing Scholarships, applicants must be Graduating U.S. high school seniors or Canadian secondary students who plan to major in engineering, supply chain management/business operations, or learn a skilled trade. Interested students and educators can find out more about the scholarship by visiting ThomasNet.com and applying directly at www.thomasnetscholarship.com . The application deadline is July 1, 2013. ASSOCIATION NEWS TROY, MI—THE FABRICATORS & MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, INTL (FMA) is pleased to announce an affinity partner program with Kelly Services, a leader in providing workforce solutions. The program, that took effect on March 1, provides FMA member companies with the opportunity to obtain skilled manufacturing and logistics talent through Kelly Services. FMA research shows that today’s manufacturing and logistics environments require highly-skilled employees in order to remain successful. Only the most qualified and well-trained employees are able to ensure that a company maintains optimal productivity and customer satisfaction. However, the skilled labor shortage continues to be a challenge for many companies in the industry. «The primary goal of FMA is to help its member companies navigate and resolve their most vexing problems; for several years the skilled labor shortage has been at the top of this list and we anticipate the challenge to continue as more Baby Boomers retire,» says Jim Warren, senior director of Member Services, Education and Foundation at FMA. «Kelly Services has a long history of serving the manufacturing sector. With offices located throughout North America, and the world, Kelly can tap into their network to identify the right employees for specific manufacturing situations. We›re pleased to offer our members this preferred talent program.» «The partnership with FMA helps to bridge the gap between the demand for skilled production talent and the supply of candidates,» said Gabrielle Caputo, Manufacturing Product Manager for Kelly Services. «Kelly can provide small and midsized manufacturers with access to national talent search resources.» PEOPLE SANTA BARBARA, CA—Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments company, has appointed AMIR MOSHAR to West Coast US Technical Sales. Moshar began his career at Asylum more than nine years ago as a test engineer, then continued to lead AFM technical support in the United Kingdom for two years. Upon returning to the US, Amir has served as an applications scientist, gaining unique insights into customer support and user needs. He has been instrumental in new applications development, user training and running customer demonstrations. Amir received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. HATFIELD, PA—BRANDON MCVAUGH has been promoted to destructive testing manager (Mechanical Testing & Machine Shop) at Laboratory Testing Inc. McVaugh has served as assistant manager of the department since August 2012 and prior to that worked as LTI’s customer service supervisor since joining the company full-time in January 2010. Brandon’s new responsibilities will include staffing, training, overseeing order processing, budgeting and monitoring quality and turnaround in mechanical testing and the machine shop. ROANOKE, VA—SUE SYNDER was recently named president at D’Ardenne Associates as part of the company’s long-term growth strategy. D’Ardenne Associates is a leader in ISO management standard services, training and auditing. Snyder has 15 years of experience in developing, implementing, maintaining, auditing and training of business management systems for the aviation, space and defense industries. PHOENIX, AZ—CyberMetrics is proud to announce MARIO S. MARTINEZ as the director of business development for not only the Quality Management Division (QMD), but also the Asset Management Division (AMD), driven by FaciliWorks CMMS maintenance management software. AMD will soon be releasing a new version Spanish version of FaciliWorks CMMS in the Mexico/ Latin America market and Martinez is looking forward to being able to provide his customers with these richer products and services. “I am very excited for the launch of our new Spanish Facili- Works CMMS software in the Latin market. Since we arrived in Mexico, it has been one of our main objectives; we have invested time and resources into localizing the language and system so we can deliver the highest quality Spanish CMMS software available.” BUSINESS NEWS AURORA, IL—MITUTOYO AMERICA CORP. announces a new sales program based on packaging select Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) and vision systems with related equipment and service packages at no extra cost over the price of the base machine. By closely listening to the cost of ownership and simplified buying desires of metrology equipment buyers over the last 50 years, Mitutoyo’s new Gold Care program packages peripheral equipment and multi-year service packages (representing an overall $15,000+ savings) with a larger select group of these types of machines. The program launched Jan. 1, 2013 and is available to U.S.-based companies served by Mitutoyo America for a limited time period throughout the year. SUDBURY, MA—METHODS MACHINE TOOLS recently donated the use of a Feeler VMP-580 CNC Vertical Machining Center and a Feeler HT30-Y Turning Center to Ivy Tech Community College’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC) in Warsaw, IN. Methods is providing the new machines to Ivy Tech for instructional use in its curriculum during the 2012-13 academic year, including in its Advanced Manufacturing program and the Orthopedic Quality Standards and Technical Skills certificate program. Methods intends to replace the machines with the latest models in subsequent academic years. BURLINGTON, MA—An agreement has been finalized for the sale of DNV KEMA’S AMERICAS nondestructive testing (NDT) business to 3angles Inc. This strategic initiative enables DNV KEMA to grow its core generation advisory and implementation services in energy, while maintaining a partner that can deliver the NDT-specific testing services many projects require. Hugo van Nispen, COO, DNV KEMA Americas, explains: “3angles will be a close DNV KEMA Partner. This move gives the NDT organization the singular resource focus it requires to stay at the front of the pack, which benefits both DNV KEMA and our clients.” LONG BEACH, CA—APRISO, a provider of global manufacturing software, celebrates its 20-year anniversary. The company was originally incorporated as CIM Vision International on March 10, 1993, and has since expaned to more than 45 countries. Global manufacturers must operate across highly diverse, dynamic manufacturing models and operating environments. From an Information Technology (IT) perspective, manufacturers typically operate thousands of disparate IT applications that may or may not work well with other systems, plants or shop floor operators. At the same time, the global economy has necessitated the need to work better and faster across geographies, cultures and systems with greater agility. COLOGNE, GERMANY—TÜV RHEINLAND has been accepted by the Nuclear AMRC, based at the University of Sheffield, as a Tier 2 member. The Nuclear AMRC combines industry expertise and university innovation to improve capabilities and performance along the nuclear supply chain. Over forty companies, including reactor vendors, manufacturers and specialist equipment and service providers, have now joined as full members. TÜV Rheinland Sonovation is the worldwide Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Competence Centre for TÜV Rheinland. The Dutch-based company offers a range of specialized services, products, software solutions and high-level training to Nuclear AMRC. FAIRFAX, VA—INFINITYQS INTERNATIONAL INC., a global manufacturing intelligence and enterprise quality company, announces the release of its newest eBook, QUALITY METRICS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK, which contains information, tips and strategies to help quality professionals turn manufacturing data into actionable information, proving the value of quality improvement projects to upstream management. Through InfinityQS’ QUALITY METRICS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK, readers will learn how to use quality metrics, including key performance indicators (KPIs) such as overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), to obtain meaningful, actionable insight for each tier of the organization. By increasing supply chain visibility, identifying key metrics and communicating them to the appropriate departments, and successfully preparing for implementation of quality metrics, quality professionals can justify investments in improvement projects to upper management. EAST PROVIDENCE, RI—Nordson EFD, a Nordson company, will celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout 2013 with participation in numerous North American and international trade shows, a global advertising and public relations campaign, and special customer incentive programs. Nordson EFD is a global leader in precision fluid dispensing and fluid management systems. Thousands of manufacturers throughout the world use the company’s dispensing equipment to apply controlled amounts of the adhesives, lubricants and other fluids used to assemble a wide variety of products, ranging from small medical devices to mobile phones to commercial aircraft.
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