OCTOBER 27 MATERIALS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 2013 Montreal, Canada www.matscitech.org/ PEOPLE NEWS LABORATORY TESTING INC. EMPLOYEE EARNS MIL-STD-2132 EXAMINER IN ULTRASONIC TESTING HATFIELD, PA– Phil Trach, NDT Technical Coordinator at Laboratory Testing Inc., has been approved as a nondestructive testing (NDT) MIL-STD-2132 Examiner in contact ultrasonic testing. He also holds MIL-STD-2132 Examiner certification in immersion ultrasonic testing, which he earned in 2009. Each certification was awarded after successful completion of an extensive assessment process on the specific method of ultrasonic testing, including written and operational examinations on general theory, specifications and standards, ultrasonic testing (UT) methods and UT equipment. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Pittsburgh, PA administered the examinations. Examiner certification is a requirement for laboratories performing ultrasonic testing services according to MIL-STD-2132 for military suppliers involved with components for propulsion systems. The Nondestructive Testing Department at Laboratory Testing Inc. also performs X-ray inspection, magnetic particle inspection, liquid penetrant testing, hydrostatic pressure testing and visual examination. Trach joined Laboratory Testing Inc. in 2005 as NDT Technical Coordinator, a position responsible for the development and integration of new technology to maximize the capabilities, reliability and efficiencies of the lab’s NDT services. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and before joining LTI was employed by Specialty Ring Products and Custom Alloy with responsibilities in engineering, testing and quality assurance. FOR THE LATEST BREAKING NEWS, VISIT QUALITYMAG.COM SPC SYSTEMS UPDATED FOR MAXIMUM BENEFIT GOSHEN, IN—Statistical Processing Control software is only as good as you keep it updated and “tuned up” says Hertzler Systems Inc. As a leading provider of business software, Hertzler has been offering what it calls “tune ups” to its customers to ensure that their SPC system is giving them maximum benefit. “The point we want to make with this is that we’ve found many businesses don’t really take advantage of all the functions and features that can used, especially with the various upgrades available,” said Evan Miller, president and CEO of Hertzler. “Also, maintenance of such systems often gets lost in the everyday shuffle of work and meeting production deadlines.” “This applies to whatever brand of SPC software companies may be using,” Miller said. “What businesses often fail to appreciate is that with a little more attention to optimizing their systems and employing the full range of capabilities their system provides, they can save time and improve productivity.” Activities may include optimization of the system for faster operation, optimizing or enhancing data entry procedures, adding text and email alarms to notify key people of problems, automatic archiving, database maintenance or conversion, feasibility analysis for new projects, and personalized training on specific issues as well as for features and functions that are underutilized or recently available with updated version. “We clean up the clutter that commonly happens with any system over time, set up some useful automatic functions, and educate the client on the breadth and depth of what’s possible with the system,” said Miller. “With this kind of tune up and training, we’re basically making their system a more powerful tool for them to use.” “This kind of attention is key for any business wanting to take maximum advantage of advancing SPC technology.” WALTER SURFACE TECHNOLOGIES INAUGURATES $30M INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS, NEW BIO-CIRCLE FACILITY Montreal—After several years of investments in sophisticated design and construction of the most recent extension phase housing its new Bio-Circle facility, the entire 92,000 sq. ft Walter Surface Technologies International campus is now complete on its original Montreal (Pointe-Claire, Qc) site and is poised to grow in all of its business segments. The campus serves as the overall international headquarters for the Walter Company, encompassing corporate management, R&D, laboratories, product management, test centers, marketing, sales, warehousing, distribution, and after sales service. Construction of this campus represents an investment over $30 million. The new Bio-Circle complex contains a high-tech bottling plant where production capabilities are increased 10 fold while quality control guarantees a flawless end product. Key components of this new facility include automated bottling systems, massive mixing and storage tanks, sophisticated pumping and packaging systems. Remarks from the Chair “We really are about performance, safety, and sustainability. We’re dedicated to helping our clients work better by providing the best possible Walter Products and by making Green Work with our Bio-Circle Environmental Solutions line of products. The new campus is a major asset for our future growth. Now, we have the automation, the processes, and the facility to help us execute our core value of delivering products and solutions that help our customers work better.Today, this focus on “making green work” is leading to the development of environmentally helpful initiatives which are increasingly welcome in our industry.” stated Pierre Somers, Chairman and CEO of Walter Surface Technologies International. Walter Surface Technologies and Bio-Circle Today Walter continually strives to improve materials and methods, and focuses on helping customers achieve more productivity and competitiveness while helping deliver the lowest possible overall operational cost and maximizing production output. Key leading Walter products include: Zipcut (ZIP WHEEL in USA), Zipone, Enduro- Flex, and Surfox. TÜV RHEINLAND EXPANDS MOBILE RADIOGRAPHY CAPABILITIES ALIQUIPPA, PA—TÜV Rheinland Industrial Solutions (TRIS), a full service inspection, testing and certification company, has expanded its mobile radiography capabilities, bringing its fleet of inspection trucks to 12. The mobile trucks are versatile, can go out to remote terrains and offer convenient on-site inspections of welded material and castings, including piping systems, tanks, pressure vessels and steel bridge components. TRIS increased its capabilities as radiography tests are in high demand by companies seeking to ensure the structural integrity and safety of equipment and infrastructure. Mobile units provide an entire range of services right at the job site, saving the customer transit costs and offering a fast set-up and results. The new units run on inverters and converters and AC power, without the need for generators, helping the company transition to a more ecofriendly fleet. Additionally, they are completely insulated and leak-proof,And highly chemical- and weather resistant, and a new system dries the film in under 20 minutes, speeding up handling and reporting. TÜV Rheinland’s employees have extensive training and experience in radiation inspection. All radiographers are certified in accordance with The American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT) or EN (European Norms) standards and provide films and readings quickly and accurately using state-of-the-art equipment. CMSC 2013 BRIMS WITH 3-D MEASUREMENT INNOVATIONS AND INFORMATION BENBROOK, TX—The Coordinate Metrology Society announced its 29th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) attracted more than 500 profession-Als worldwide in the 3-D portable measurement and inspection field.CMSC 2013 was held July 22-26, 2013 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA. A record-breaking 27 technical presentations were conducted in five sessions during the conference. The week long conference and technology expo was attended by manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students from six countries. The Coordinate Metrology Society is comprised of professional and novice users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. Portable Metrology Experts Cover Wide Spectrum of Industrial Measurement Applications The CMSC technical presentations covered measurement accuracy and performance, metrology in aerospace tooling and manufacturing, integration of laser trackers and robotics, coordinate measurement systems, equipment optimization, 3D scanning and sensors, and other applications in quality control, production, and precision assembly. The diverse speaker roster included four academic institutions, six science laboratories, nine master technology users, four metrology service providers and four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Special guests from NIST and ASTM updated the audience on the progress of emerging industry standards and initiatives. The agenda included speakers from The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, AIP Aerospace, Electro impact, Nuclear AMRC/Manchester University (UK), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), UNC Charlotte, National Physical Laboratory (NPL - UK), Fermilab, ISRO Satellite Centre (India), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), University of Bath (UK), and other leaders in the field. CMS Launches First Level-One Certification Program After five years of dedicated work, the Coordinate Metrology Society launched the industry’s first Level-One Certification Program for Portable 3D Metrology. Examinations were held during the week at the conference.The CMS Certification credential aids in quantifying an employee’s knowledge of metrology, which is essential to ISO certified manufacturers and companies with Quality Management Systems. Applicants for the Level-One Certification must submit an application, meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics, and pass a peer review. The Level-One examination is a proctored, online assessment covering foundational theory and practice common to most portable 3D Metrology devices. The Level- Two Certification exam on a portable CMM (coordinate measuring machine) was also piloted at the 2013 CMSC. A Packed Exhibition Hall, Fourth Annual Measurement Study The CMSC also showcased 49 exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall where attendees viewed new products, services, and solutions for their portable metrology requirements. The conference also offered advanced workshops covering GD&T, the CMSC Measurement Study Review, and Good Measurement Practice Tips. After the first successful Gage R&R Study in 2010, the Coordinate Measurement Society has organized large-scale, interactive studies each year in the Exhibition Hall. Garnering enthusiastic participation from conference attendees, this year’s study was conducted to evaluate how the decisions made by metrologists during and after measurement affect the measurement result. The objective of the 2013 study was to engage the metrology community in practical methodology required to support certified operators and programmers. The results of the study will be released later this year. The conference agenda also included networking events, User Group Meetings, the popular 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/ Walk, and the annual CMSC Banquet. Many CMSC visitors attended the Friday tour of the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego. The Coordinate Metrology Society also made a donation in support of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. New CMS Officer Slate The Coordinate Metrology Society also elected officers for the 2014 membership year. Ron Hicks will serve as the 2014 CMSC Chairman, with Ron Rode in the supporting role of Vice Chairman. Robert McIvor presided as the Chairman of this year’s conference, and will serve as Past Chairman. Other members serving on the 2013 CMS Executive Committee are Michael Raphael, Scott Sandwith, Gary Confalone, Randy Gruver, Nick Moffitt, Rina Molari, Jafar Jamshidi, Lisa Spoon, Jan Rode, Cali Schwartzly, Tara Mitchell, and Ulysses Green. Nathalie Blanco and Kevin Bevan were elected to serve on the 2014 Executive Committee. To learn more about the Coordinate Metrology Society and the 2014 CMSC to be held in North Charleston, SC. HUNGARY: TÜV RHEINLAND ACQUIRES SPECIAL SERVICE PROVIDER FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING COLOGNE/BUDAPEST—TÜV Rheinland Intercert Kft., a subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland AG in Hungary, has acquired 100 percent of Minell Quality Control and Services Ltd. The company provides non-destructive testing services industrial clients. TÜV Rheinland has expanded their portfolio in Industrial Services. “Joining forces with Minell allows us to provide a more complete set of non-destructive testing services, especially against the backdrop of regional expansion in Central and Eastern Europe. This will help us increase our market share in this important sector,” said Dr Manfred Bayerlein, chief executive officer of TÜV Rheinland AG. Minell Quality Control and Services Ltd. Was established in 1994 and has a staff of 60 employees. They provide examinations and services such radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle crack detection, and liquid-penetrant inspection, among others. Next to activities in Hungary, the company also serves clients in Germany, Austria, and Russia. Minell is a member of the Hungarian Association of Non-Destructive Testing and the Hungarian Association of Welding Technology and Material Testing. Petr Lahner, chief regional officer Central and Eastern Europe, TÜV Rheinland AG, stated: “With Minell, we integrate experienced new colleagues and expand our global network of experts for the energy sector and safety inspections of industrial plants.” After the 2012 acquisition of Sonovation, a special service provider for Advanced Non-Destructive Testing, TÜV Rheinland is now developing its international specialist team for non-destructive testing even further. BUSINESS NEWS TÜV RHEINLAND OPENS NEW TESTING LAB IN IRVINE, CALIF. Irvine, CA — TÜV Rheinland has opened a new laboratory in Irvine, California, offering area manufacturers, retailers and service providers a variety of testing and certification programs. They include product safety, ZigBee Alliance and market access International Approvals certifications for Smart Grid, medical, lighting including LED luminaries, Information Technologies and electrical equipment. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) audits and programs are also available. The 5,300 sq. ft. Office expands the company’s existing network of laboratories providing a similar scope of services and located in Pleasanton, Calif., Newtown, Connecticut, Boxborough, Massachusetts, and Austin, Texas, in addition to the broad network of laboratories across the world. The Irvine lab will house the company’s knowledgeable team of experts who have years of training and experience in the above mentioned industries. The staff was handpicked to provide an excellent customer service and quick turn-around. To introduce the staff and its services to the area businesses, TÜV Rheinland will hold an open house on Wednesday, August 28, from 8:30 a. m. – 4:00 p.m. PST at 8 Pasteur Street, Suite 170. Design, development, and test engineers and technicians specializing in wireless and medical devices, solar products, global market access, EMC approvals, as well as product safety and environmental compliance are encouraged to attend. Guests will attend a selection of brief seminars to learn about the regulations in CSR, lighting, market access, medical and Smart Grid industries. The open house will also include a tour of the facility, continental breakfast and lunch and networking opportunities. The event is free and registration is required. WESTEC 2013 RETURNS TO CALIFORNIA AMIDST PROMISING MANUFACTURING CLIMATE LOS ANGELES —WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event, returns to California amidst an encouraging environment that has seen a measurable increase in exports, production, overall employment growth, and recent legislation designed to enhanced the state’s manufacturing sector. While California has long been the nation’s leading industrial state, recent economic gains have been powered by new technologies, many of which will be on display at WESTEC at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 15-17. Produced by SME, WESTEC has built a reputation as the West Coast’s leading technological showcase for the manufacturing industry for nearly 50 years. Generations of manufacturers have used the event as a forum to find cutting-edge equipment, explore advanced technologies, and learn innovative new production methods to help grow their businesses. Many of the industry’s top equipment manufacturers unveil technological breakthroughs at WESTEC – from software to cutting tools, 3D printers to multi-tasking machines. According to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast, California is one of the bright spots in the U.S. economic picture. For the 12 months ending April 2013, California had the second highest employment growth in the nation. The Forecast also reported that the economy’s strength was built within the technology and knowledge-laden sectors, which accounted for more than half the job growth in the state. California also showed strong growth of total direct exports of goods, which now account for 8.1 percent of GDP. Manufactured computers and electronics account for 30 percent of that total. The manufacturing industry will also benefit from the implementation of recently passed legislation. Earlier this month, California signed into law a future sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment.This brings the state in line with the 48 other states that exempt manufacturing equipment from sales and use tax. Recent anecdotal news has also been encouraging. Several manufacturers, such as Boeing, BYD and Ecologic Brands, all opened or announced increased manufacturing programs or facilities within the state. “We are greatly encouraged by recent developments in California, which has seen an uptick in manufacturing and production.” said Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager. “The economic climate is one of the reasons why we decided to move WESTEC up from March 2014 to October 2013.” PEOPLE NEWS PILGRIM SOFTWARE NAMES STANLEY CURTIS AS CTO Tampa, FL – Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced that Stanley Curtis has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president of Software Engineering for the company. Stanley has more than 20 years of experience overseeing the development of enterprise software and hardware solutions for diverse hightech companies including those in healthcare-related industries. He will steer Pilgrim Software into a new era of product expansion. Under Stanley’s leadership and technical guidance, Pilgrim will continue to launch innovative products to help Life Science companies meet their quality, regulatory, and compliance needs. “We believe Stanley’s vast experience and proven track record of success leading world-class engineering organizations will prove very beneficial to Pilgrim Software, and his vision for Pilgrim’s long-term product strategy is fully in synch with our long-term corporate strategic plan as we move forward,” said Thierry Durand, chief executive officer of Pilgrim. “We’re looking to accelerate the company’s expansion, and with his commitment to the future direction of Pilgrim’s solution offerings, Stanley is in a solid position to help fortify Pilgrim’s position as a global quality and compliance solution provider.” “I’m excited to lead Pilgrim into its third decade, following what already has been an impressive era,” said Curtis. “I feel extremely proud to succeed Pilgrim co-founder Atulya Risal as CTO, and to take on the technical leadership of a company with such a solid product platform and a strong focus on both the customer and technology.” Prior to joining Pilgrim, Curtis led the development of enterprise clinical and revenue cycle software for Homecare and Hospice as vice president of Development at McKesson Provider Technologies in Springfield, Missouri. He also was vice president of Engineering for Kronos, a global leader in workforce management solutions, based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Most recently, Curtis was senior vice president of Product Development at MTS Medication Technologies in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he developed automated medication adherence systems for institutional and retail pharmacies. Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and attended the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute at Stanford University. “We are pleased to welcome Stanley Curtis to Pilgrim, and under his guidance, we’re looking forward to developing and providing new technology solutions designed to help customers transform their enterprises into world-respected, compliant and profitable businesses,” said Philip Borden, Chairman of Pilgrim’s Board of Directors. “We’d also like to thank Atulya Risal for his tremendous contribution to the establishment of Pilgrim and his leadership and technical guidance that has been so instrumental in taking the company to where it is today.” Former CTO Risal, who led Pilgrim Software from its beginning to become an award-winning global software provider, will remain on Pilgrim’s Board and continue to support the company with key strategic initiatives. TÜV RHEINLAND HIRES PROGRAM MANAGER FOR NEW LIGHTING AND LED TESTING GROUP Boxborough, MA – TUV Rheinland of North America has named Sagar Patel as lighting and LED program manager to head up the company’s newly launched service group based in Pleasanton, California. In his new position, Patel will be responsible for developing the company’s lighting and LED program, working closely with engineers, operations, and sales. He will oversee operations of the new LED/Lighting lab in Pleasanton. Patel comes to TUV Rheinland of North America after four years with SGS North America, where he served as engineering safety team leader, sr. Project engineer and lighting technical lead. Prior to that, he had served with Intertek Testing Services as a project engineer. Patel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Mumbai, India, and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He holds memberships with the Illuminating Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association and is a Standards Technical Panel member for UL 1598, 1838, 1993, 1994, 2108 and 8750. “We are very pleased to welcome Sagar Patel to our family,” said Sarbjit Shelopal, North American field manager at TÜV Rheinland. “We expect that his broad-based testing and certification experience, combined with his technical expertise with lighting and LED technologies, will have a very positive influence as we build this line of business.” 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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