ASSOCIATION NEWS RUUD BARTH RECEIVES EMVA YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD 2013 BARCELONA, SPAIN—The EMVA Young Professional Award 2013 goes to Ruud Barth, Computer Vision Scientist at Wageningen University & Research Center in Wageningen/The Netherlands for his computer vision application for the automatic registration, recognition and analysis of broccoli for robotized harvesting. The EMVA Young Professional Award is an annual award to honor the outstanding and innovative work of a student or a young professional in the field of machine vision or image processing. It is the goal of the European Machine Vision Association EMVA to further support innovation in the machine vision industry, to contribute to the important aspect of dedicated machine vision education and to provide a bridge between research and industry. With the annual Young Professional Award the EMVA intends to specifically encourage students to focus on challenges in the field of machine vision and to apply latest research results and findings in computer vision to the practical needs of the industry.Barth, who is 25 years old, earned a Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence in 2011 with Cum Laude at Radboud University Nijmegen/ The Netherlands. COMPUTER VISION FOR BROCCOLI HARVEST The work Barth was awarded for lies in the addition of computer vision based selectivity to the harvesting process of broccoli. Broccoli grows at di erent speeds per plant, resulting in high variance of crop size. Currently all broccoli are harvested with a robot in one pass. The result is a suboptimal harvest containing a high share of broccoli that is either too small or too big. The innovation solves this problem by adding industrial cameras to the harvesting robot which produce high resolution images of the broccoli during the harvest. Image analysis then performs a set of crop specific texture functions in order to separate the broccoli from the rest of the crop and in a next step to determine the position and size of the broccoli. Using this information, it can be calculated if the broccoli has the proper size and is ready to be harvested.If this is the case, a signal with a location of the broccoli is sent to the harvesting unit of the robot. By using the new system, food waste can be reduced whilst yields can be increased. STRINGENT GOVERNMENT SAFETY REGULATIONS DRIVE DEMAND FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE TEST EQUIPMENT With consumers becoming increasingly concerned about productivity of capital assets during their operating life, interest in test solutions is rising. As a method of testing materials and components for identifying defects in material properties before they cause equipment failure, Non-Destructive Test (NDT) Equipment is finding great demand in a range of end-use sectors. Non- Destructive testing presents a most economical means of testing, while safeguarding physical asset usability for intended purpose. Flexibility represents the hallmark benefit offered by NDT procedures since testing can be carried out during an equipment’s active use.NDT equipment can be used on sampling basis for independent testing or can be used for comprehensive investigation as a part of quality control setup. Stringent product usage specifications, strong government safety regulations mandating safety of personnel, and tight quality control requirements are especially driving demand for NDT Equipment. Instances of infrastructure failures such as refinery blasts, leakages in nuclear reactors, and pipeline explosions, in the recent years, have prompted governments across the globe to enact stringent safety regulations, thus driving increased adoption of NDT equipment. The trend towards retention of legacy equipment and structural assets as an austerity measure among industries also gives opportunity for growth in the NDT equipment market.NDT equipment is increasingly being used to monitor operational feasibility and ensure safe extended use of aging And legacy plant assets. Developments in nanomaterials and advanced components and use of the same for manufacturing a range of structural equipment is also creating need for NDT equipment that can perform inspection of such material and structures. Technology developments such as introduction of automated NDT equipment and miniaturization will continue to expand opportunities in the market.Integration of robotics technology in particular is helping manufacturers introduce easy-to-use automated NDT equipment, which are typically preferred in large-scale industries such as power generation, oil & gas, mining and aerospace. Developments in software and hardware, which ensure high-speed data processing and accelerated detection of damages in materials, are also offering lucrative opportunities for NDT equipment. R&D and product development efforts in recent years have been especially geared towards producing easy to use, small, lightweight and portable instruments, capable of producing accurate results, while simultaneously reducing response time. Small and easy to use, miniaturized NDT equipment are especially growing in prominence in oil & gas, refinery and power sector, particularly for testing in offshore sites such as oil wells, refineries, and wind turbines. As stated by the new market research report on Nondestructive Test Equipment, Asia-Pacific represents the largest as well as the fastest growing market with a projected CAGR of 9.9% over the analysis period. Demand in the region is led by establishment of power and transportation infrastructure and rapid growth in automotive production bases in China and India. Ultrasonic Inspection NDT equipment represents the largest product segment, while visual inspection NDT equipment is forecast to grow the fastest at a CAGR of about 7.4% over the analysis period.Strong demand for remote visual inspection particularly in power generation, foundry & primary metals and oil & gas sectors will continue to boost market prospects. Major players covered in the report include Acoustic Emission Consulting, Inc., Bosello HighTechnology SRL, Centurion NDT, Fischer Technology, Inc., FLIR Systems, Inc., Extech Instruments Corp., Fujifilm Corporation, FUJIFILM NDT Systems, GE Measurement & Control, Everest VIT Inc., Gould-Bass Company, Inc., Hamamatsu Photonics KK, Insight NDT Equipment Ltd., ibg NDT Systems Corporation, INSTITUT DR. FOERSTER GMBH & CO. KG, KARL DEUTSCH Pruef- und Messgeraetebau GmbH + Co KG, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, Magnaflux Corporation, Magnetic Analysis Corporation, MISTRAS Group, Inc., NDT Systems, Inc., NDTS India (P) Limited, NIKON CORPORATION, Olympus Corporation, Sonatest Ltd., SONOTRON NDT, Wesdyne NDE Products Group, YXLON International Inc., and Zetec Inc. among others. The research report titled “Nondestructive Test Equipment: Global Strategic Business Report”, announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, Drivers, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections in US$ for all major geographic markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil and Rest of Latin America), and Rest of World. Product markets analyzed in the report include Radiography, Ultrasonic Inspection, Visual Inspection, and Others. Key end-use segments analyzed for the global market include Automotive, Military/Aerospace & Defense, Power Generation, Primary Metals & Foundry, and Oil & Gas, among others. PEOPLE NEWS ASYLUM RESEARCH ANNOUNCES BEN OHLER AS AFM BUSINESS MANAGER SANTA BARBARA, CA—Asylum Research announced the appointment of Dr. Ben Ohler to the new position of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Business Manager. Ohler will oversee the Asylum MFP-3D family of products, as well as manage the strategic direction, new product development, and product marketing for the entire line. “We are very excited that Ben has joined the Asylum Research team,” said Roger Proksch, president of Asylum Research. “Ben brings with him numerous years of AFM and product line management experience which will enable and accelerate our continuing growth. Ben also has an excellent applications background, so he understands the needs of researchers. He can take this knowledge and translate it to new product development that will allow us to continue our technological leadership while also expanding into new and emerging markets. I might add, he has hit the ground running and with only a few months at Asylum, Ben has successfully led the launch of our new MFP-3D Origin AFM.” “I’m thrilled to be with Asylum Research,” added Ohler. “It’s fantastic to be a part of a team so utterly committed and passionate about producing the highest performance and highest quality AFMs and providing a truly unequalled standard of customer support. I’m looking forward to contributing to our continued growth.” Before joining Asylum, Ohler held the position of product line manager within the AFM group of Bruker (previously Veeco) for five years and applications and development scientist for eight years. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara where his research focused on the biophysics of neurodegenerative disorders. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and is a co-author on five patents in the field of AFM. JEANETTE PRESTON PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT Akron, OH—Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA) an industry leader in ISO certification services and a Smithers Group company, announced Jeanette Preston has been promoted to president. In her role as president, Preston will oversee the global SQA business including the operations based in Akron, Ohio and Suzhou, China. Further, Jeanette will focus on identifying additional regions and new industry segments that can benefit from SQA’s services. “Since joining SQA as Director of Operations in 2007, Jeanette has contributed to the growth and success of SQA,” said Michael Hochschwender, president and CEO of the Smithers Group. He added “Jeanette’s leadership was instrumental to SQA’s expansion into China.” In addition to her duties with SQA, Preston is also the Chair of IACBA (International Automotive Certification Bodies Association) and a board member of the IAAR (Independent Association of Accredited Registrars). In 2012, Preston assisted Kevin Gilbride, executive director of ASCA (Accredited Snow Contractors Associations) with the development of SN 9001. “Jeanette was instrumental in the process” and “her knowledge of the International Organization for Standardization was essential to SN 9001’s success,” said Gilbride. Preston is also a qualified lead auditor for ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, and an aerospace auditor for AS 9100. She can also conduct integrated audits for the requirements for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. MARPOSS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN NORTH AMERICA AUBURN HILLS, MI—Marposs Corp. commemorated the 50th anniversary of its founding in North America during March 2013. Marposs is one of the world’s leading suppliers of precision metrology equipment for improving productivity and reducing cost in manufacturing.Its products include inspection, measurement and process control solutions including gages and compensation systems for grinders and other machine tools; manual gages, sensors, probes and other gage components; automatic measurement and inspection systems; hardware and software for data collection and process analysis; tool, machine and process monitoring And control systems; automatic assembly systems; and equipment for leak testing and non-destructive testing. The North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, home to over 130 employees, is one of the 79 offices located in over 20 countries.The company’s parent, Marposs S.p.A. in Bologna, Italy, employs over 2,600 people in major manufacturing, sales and service centers around the globe. Since its inception in 1963, Marposs Corp. has been a vital supplier to the auto, truck and off-road vehicle manufacturing industry, supplying gages and other apparatus for measurement and inspection of engine and transmission components. More recently, the company has expanded into applications such As ensuring the quality of windshields and other glass components. Today, the company partners closely with original equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturers, providing products as diverse as manual, hand-held and go/ no-go fixed gages, to in-line automatic machines capable of making scores of measurements in only seconds. In some cases, the engineering for new manufacturing programs is generated by the customer and supported by Marposs locally, while the actual equipment installation may be located elsewhere in the world. Marposs has also continued to grow into markets beyond automotive and other vehicular manufacturing.Industries such as Medical and Aerospace now account for a significant and growing portion of the company’s annual sales. Examples of the specialized technologies necessary for these manufacturing applications include a sophisticated camera-based system for detecting microscopic flaws in orthopedic parts such as shoulders, knees and hip joints, and an automated measuring machine for checking air foil components for the aerospace industry. According to Marposs Corp. President, Ed Vella, the perception of measurement and inspection in manufacturing has undergone a dramatic shift. “Fifty years ago when Marposs Corp. was established, ‘gaging’ was an ugly word—a necessary evil,” said Vella. “Manufacturers knew they needed gaging to help monitor and control quality. But frequently they resented it and made it an after-thought. Today, the majority of our customers understand that by partnering early on with their gaging supplier, they can experience increased productivity, reduce cost in manufacturing and shorten new component launch time.” For more information, visit www.marposs.com. METALLIZED CARBON CORPORATION APPOINTS ANDRIAN AS QA MANAGER Metallized Carbon Corporation announced that Roxanne Andrian will fill the position of Quality Assurance Manager. Andrian will oversee the operations of the Quality Assurance department and ensure that all products produced are of the highest Quality and comply with internal and external requirements. Andrian holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Montreal and has more than 13 years of experience in quality assurance in the aerospace, automotive, petrochemical, and oil and gas production industries.Furthermore, Andrian holds a certification as a Six Sigma “Master Black Belt”. Her extensive QA expertise Will be necessary to meet the high standards of Metallized Carbon’s carbongraphite products that are required to survive and function under the harshest conditions. In addition, Andrian is dedicated to promoting communication between employees and management, and is committed to lean manufacturing principles. In past roles she has helped her former companies significantly Reduce waste and raw material needs and she hopes to continue this focus at Metallized Carbon. “We are delighted to have Roxanne join the Metcar team,” says President and CEO, Matthew Brennan, “Her experience will ensure we can continue to produce the high quality products our customers have learned to expect.” THREE AT PATTI ENGINEERING ACHIEVE SIEMENS GLOBAL TECHNICAL CERTIFICATION AUBURN HILLS, MI — Patti Engineering, Inc. announced that three more of its engineers have successfully met all of the requirements to achieve Siemens Global Technical Certification in the SIMATIC Technology areas of S7 PLCs, SIMATIC HMIs, and SIMATIC Networking. Individuals achieving this Siemens certification are among an elite group of less than 150 professionals across the country. As a Siemens Solution Partner Patti Engineering is positioned to deliver exceptional service using the Siemens family of automation and process equipment.Patti Engineering’s Duane Edgar and Nick Hitchcock, have been certified for over two years. Steve Buffmyer, John Jowski, and David Calme have now joined this prestigious group. “The Siemens Solution Partner Program is designed to support and further develop a selective group of System Integrators that are committed to delivering high quality solutions based on Siemens automation and drive technologies,” said Siemens National Industrial Partner Manager, Peter Treible. “Patti Engineering has proven to be a leader in the Siemens Solution Partner program through their continued investment in expanding the knowledge base of their engineers, and their ability to successfully apply this knowledge to design solutions for very complex industrial applications. This step to go above and beyond, by certifying an additional 3 engineers exemplifies the high standards that Patti Engineering is known for.” To even qualify for the rigorous two weeks of course work and testing requires an in-depth knowledge of Siemens product functionality, best engineering practices and efficiency in technical approach. Achieving certification requires a higher commitment To training and dedication to best practices, both of which are indicators of a high level of professionalism. In industrial settings, the more challenging the goals of an automation project, the more important it is to have a Siemens Solution Partner with Siemens Certified engineers on staff to deliver the project with a solution of the highest quality. SMITHERS QUALITY ASSESSMENTS BECOMES OSHA ACCREDITED AKRON, OH—Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), a Smithers Group company, has received accreditation from ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS) 18001, ANSI/AIHA Z10, and CSA Z1000. As employers strive for safer workplaces, SQA will work with them to ensure that our clients build and maintain occupational health and safety systems that will help manage risk, increase awareness and employee involvement, and positively impact their company’s reputations in their respective industries. “Health and Safety Management systems are at the forefront of concern for many of our customers” said Jeanette Preston, president of SQA.“As a responsible business partner, we must help our customers eliminate risks to all stakeholders in their respective organization and promote a safe, healthy, and productive workplace.” Dave Schlarb, director of quality at SQA client Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc., said, “Over the past two years, Momentive’s Forest Products Division has lowered our injury and illness rate by over 60%, and we have a goal of reducing our rate by another 10% in 2013. We attribute this improvement to the sound and disciplined Safety Management Systems that we have put in place in order to meet the requirements of the OHSAS 18001 certification. Working with SQA as our registrar continues to help us identify opportunities to improve our Safety Management Systems and meet our improvement target.” ISO 18001, Z10 and CSA Z1000 can be integrated with both ISO 9001 quality management systems and 14001 Environmental management systems to save audit time. HEXAGON METROLOGY UNVEILS ELEARNING PORTAL HEXAGONMETROLOGYU NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI—Hexagon Metrology officially unveiled HexagonMetrologyU, an eLearning portal designed to engage and support the metrology industry. The interactive platform debuts over 30 online courses covering metrology fundamentals, basic and intermediate software- and hardware-specific concepts for portable arms, CMMs, vision systems, and laser trackers. HexagonMetrologyU captures and converts the company’s global wealth of internal metrology knowledge into online coursework. The self-learning classes concentrate on supplemental metrology skills development to complement classroom training provided at Hexagon Precision Centers throughout the U.S. To test drive the site or enroll in classes, students can register at http://HexagonMetrologyU.Com. An introductory video can be found at http://hexagonu.wistia.com/ medias/0k679k1rjq. HexagonMetrologyU classes are accessible 24/7 from any location via an Internet connection and a web browser. The current online coursework ranges from “math for metrology” to specific instruction on hardware operation to software programming. Each course offers step-by-step tutorials capturing the know-how of Hexagon’s veteran application specialists. Metrology fundamentals courses are free to use by students, teachers, metrology novices and experts alike. For those new to online training, there is also an eLearning course. The company’s educational initiative will expand in the coming months, as Hexagon plans to increase its online curriculum to more than 80 courses. “Hexagon Metrology delivers world-class training long after our students have left the classroom. The HexagonMetrologyU eLearning portal contains the most up-to-date educational information in the industry,” says Al Chiasson, general manager of Hexagon Metrology Services. “Through continuous training, employees can hone and expand their practical dimensional metrology skills, resulting in increased productivity and improved competitiveness. HexagonMetrologyU helps students achieve their career goals by learning at their own pace from the comfort of their home or office.” In addition to online classes, Hexagon Metrology offers custom on-site training and nationwide classroom training courses. Their full-time instructors are uniquely qualified to teach metrology skills such as PC-DMIS programming, metrology integration, and CMM operation and maintenance. Hexagon Metrology is the largest provider of CMM training in the U.S. with over 600 classes per year. Their extensive curriculum includes software training in PC-DMIS, Quindos, DOCS, Delcam Powerinspect and Innovmetric Polyworks, as well as hands-on, hardware-specific courses for CMMs, PCMMs, vision inspection systems and more. Group training classes are held at Hexagon Metrology Precision Centers in the metro areas of Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Orange County, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nashville, Tennessee; Providence, Rhode Island; and Seattle, Washington. TRANSCAT REPORTS RECORD ANNUAL REVENUE AND NET INCOME FOR FISCAL 2013 ROCHESTER, NY—Transcat, Inc. reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 30, 2013 “fiscal 2013”. The fourth quarters of fiscal years 2013 and 2012 were 13-week and 14-week periods, respectively.Included in reported results were those of Anacor Compliance Services, Inc., acquired on July 16, 2012, and Cal-Matrix Metrology Inc., acquired on January 25, 2013. Fiscal 2013 fourth quarter total revenue increased 1.0% to $31.1 million from $30.8 million in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year driven by Service segment revenue growth of 14.1%. Distribution segment sales declined 5.9% from the prior fiscal year period. Operating income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $3.0 million, a $1.0 million increase from the prior fiscal year period. Operating Margin improved 310 basis points to 9.5% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 6.4% for the prior-year period. Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 declined $0.4 million, or6. 5%, primarily driven by a yearover- year decline in performancebased compensation. Net income was $1.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with $1.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Lee D. Rudow, president and chief operating officer of Transcat, said, “Our strategic acquisitions in the Service segment provided $1.5 million in fourth quarter revenue, resulting in a record quarter and more than offset the decrease in distribution sales. Coming off a robust fiscal 2012 and despite the record revenue and net income, the challenging economic environment in fiscal 2013 was a major factor in achieving less than expected results, which reduced performance-based compensation.” MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS LEVEL OFF FOR APRIL April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $372.50 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, Was down 26.6% from March and down 12.6% when compared with the total of $426.44 million reported for April 2012. With a year-to-date total of $1.650.91 billion, 2013 is down 7.0% 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. “Order totals leveled off to the averages we’ve seen so far this year, but they aren’t out of line with analyst predictions,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT president. “Likewise, the Purchasing Manager’s Index recently dropped below 50 – indicating contraction within manufacturing – but hiring continued to expand throughout the industry. With auto sales strong, the housing industry showing signs of a true rebound, and consumer confidence on the rise, we expect to continue seeing steady but slower activity.” 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 April totaled $72.29 million, unchanged from March’s $72.27 million but up 4.4% when compared with the April 2012 figure. At $251.08 million, 2013 yearto- date is down 4.0% when compared with 2012 at the same time. Southeast Region Southeast Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $35.16 million in April, down 3.3% from the $36.37 million total for March but 1.0% higher than the total for April 2012. The year-to-date Total of $139.10 million is 16.3% lower than the comparable figure for 2012. North Central-East Region At $71.30 million, April manufacturing technology orders in the North Central-East Region were down 50.9% when compared with the $145.12 million total for March and down 34.6% when compared with April a year ago.With a year-to-date total of $434.94 million, 2013 is down 2.8% when compared with 2012 at the same time. North Central-West Region April manufacturing technology orders in the North Central-West Region totaled $69.88 million, 34.5% lower than March’s $106.65 million and down 10. 3% when compared with the April 2012 figure. At $330.06 million, the 2013 year-to-date total is 2.6% higher than the comparable figure for 2012. South Central Region April manufacturing technology orders in the South Central Region totaled $59.60 million, 10.8% lower than March’s $66.85 million and down 30. 7% when compared with the April 2012 figure. At $257.42 million, the 2013 year-to-date total is 28.3% less than the comparable figure for 2012. West Region West Region manufacturing technology orders in April stood at $64.27 million, down 19.6% from the March total of $79.95 million but 30.0% higher than the figure for April 2012. The $238.30 million year-to-date total is 9.1% above the total for the same period in 2012. BUSINESS NEWS HEXAGON METROLOGY RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH RED BULL TECHNOLOGY COBHAM, UK—Hexagon Metrology signed an Innovation Partnership contract renewal with Red Bull Technology which runs until the end of 2015. This contract consolidates the strong cooperation between the supplier of metrology solutions and Red Bull Technology. The Innovation Partnership means that aside from using production products from Hexagon Metrology, Red Bull Technology engineers are also involved with Hexagon Metrology R&D and testing. Chris Charnley, quality manager at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, said “Whilst continually pushing greater volumes of change through the business, we work to extremely tight lead-times but demand the best in component quality and accuracy. Hexagon Metrology provides us the very latest in technology and support to ensure that we can perform inspection tasks in the shortest possible times, but with complete confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the results.” Al Peasland, head of technical partnerships at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, added “Hexagon is a hugely valued partner and the integral nature of their products and services means that they genuinely feel like part of the team. They share our passion and offer exceptional levels of support which ultimately helps us to remain competitive on track” The level of customer service expected by the three time World Champion Formula One constructor and driver , is paramount, Chris talks of his experience with Hexagon Metrology service and applications teams: “The nature of our industry demands long hours, flexibility and professionalism from the Hexagon Metrology support engineers; that service is something we have to have. Support engineers from Hexagon Metrology are setting the standards for customer service.
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