BUSINESS NEWS | COMING EVENTS | PEOPLE NEWS | MERGERS MANUFACTURING DAY SURVEY ILLUSTRATES URGENCY OF ENGAGING GENERATION Y IN MANUFACTURING CAREERS NEW YORK, NY — Capturing the hearts and minds of new generations of talent is a goal of national Manufacturing Day. ThomasNet.Com®’s sixth annual Industry Market Barometer (IMB) survey of American manufacturers shows a strong positive outlook for the 1,200 respondents, whose companies are growing, exploiting new technologies, and innovating for an even brighter future. But the IMB also surfaces a startling lack of urgency among companies when it comes to bringing in fresh talent. This threatens to stall an economic stalwart that contributed about $1.9 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2012. The respondents to this year’s IMB mirror today’s manufacturing workforce, which is heavily populated by workers who are 45 and older. With Generation Y, age 18-32, projected to make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, manufacturers need a collective “succession plan” to recruit them, and tap into their brainpower now. Yet, eight out of ten respondents report that this generation represents a small fraction of their employee base, and most don’t see that changing soon. Adding to the challenge is that three out of four IMB respondents, 73 percent, say negative perceptions are deterring young people from joining forces with them. In short, manufacturing’s biological clock is silently ticking away. Yet, job openings abound for engineers, skilled trade workers, production managers, and sales and marketing professionals at manufacturing companies. These are opportunities for professionals wanting to use and even shape the latest technologies in everything from additive manufacturing to lean systems. As a proud Endorser of Manufacturing Day, ThomasNet.Com is pleased to share more details, and to put journalists in touch with manufacturers who are innovating to tackle these issues. LASER DESIGN TO DISTRIBUTE NEW LINE OF PORTABLE CMM ARMS IN NORTH AMERICA THROUGH REGIONAL RESELLERS MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Laser Design Inc. (LDI) announced it has been appointed the master North American distributor for Tomelleri Engineering’s line of Space Arm articulated-arm CMMs. The SPACE Arm line has been marketed successfully in Europe and product distribution is now expanding worldwide. LDI intends to appoint regional resellers throughout North America to market the Space Arm. C. Martin Schuster, LDI’s founder and CEO, said “The articulated arm is one of the most popular measuring instruments in the world. Within North America, most of these arms are sold directly by the large companies that manufacture them which means that independent resellers can’t easily participate in this large market segment. We plan to recruit resellers in different regions of North America that have strong backgrounds in metrology and reverse engineering and prior experience with similar articulated arms.” Schuster state d some of these resellers will also be able to service and calibrate the Space Arms themselves in order to minimize shipping and warranty expenses for the end customers. He said, “LDI believes that the total cost of ownership of a Space Arm over a five year period will be substantially less than with other articulated arms.” Schuster indicated his company’s SLP laser scanners and Surveyor Scan Control software were in the process of being integrated with the Space Arm and that an announcement of a laser scanning option would be forthcoming shortly. PLEORA TECHNOLOGIES EXPANDS CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, WEB PRESENCE OTTAWA, CANADA—Pleora Technologies announced that it is expanding its corporate headquarters and enhancing its web site to help serve the company’s growing global customer base. “Our business continues to grow at a rapid rate, with global systems and camera manufacturers deploying our video interface products in a widening range of end-applications,” said George Chamberlain, president of Pleora Technologies. “We are now preparing for our next stage of growth, with a new headquarters and web site that reflects our broadening product portfolio.Expanding Pleora’s team in Ottawa, and making it easier to access our online product information and resources, will ensure we continue to deliver innovative end-to-end solutions that help our customers shorten time-to-market, reduce risk, and lower costs.” Since being founded in 2000, Pleora has grown its Ottawa operations to approximately 55 staff. Relocating its corporate headquarters to 340 Terry Fox Drive, Pleora now occupies 15,000 square feet; an increase of approximately 30 percent compared with its previous location. Pleora plans to lease an additional 7,500 square feet over the next five years, allowing the company to continue to grow its Ottawa-based engineering, support, sales, marketing and corporate staff. Pleora’s new headquarters is the company’s most recent business expansion, following the opening of a Denmark sales office serving Europe and the Middle East, and the addition of a dedicated sales engineer in China. The company’s Gigabit Ethernet (GigE)-based video interface products – including external frame grabbers and embedded hardware – are Deployed globally in manufacturing, medical, defense, security and transportation applications that require high-speed, uncompressed video for real-time analysis. ADVANCES IN MANUFACTURING INTELLIGENCE, QUALITY AT INFUSION 2013 FAIRFAX, VA—InfinityQS International Inc., a real-time manufacturing intelligence and enterprise quality organization, commences its 7th annual Infusion conference by showcasing the advances in manufacturing intelligence and quality. With an emphasis on using quality analytics, such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), to employ manufacturing intelligence, this year’s conference highlights include a panel discussion with industry experts, best practices presentations, Customer Excellence Awards, and an inside look at the added OEE functionality within the forthcoming ProFicient 5. 1, due for release in Q4. In Infusion’s much-anticipated panel discussion, key InfinityQS customers discuss how they are using analytics to intervene before problems occur in their manufacturing processes and make insightful, data-driven decisions. These quality efforts can affect the bottom line by identifying areas of waste, sources of hidden costs and other opportunities for increasing the profit margin. New to this year’s Infusion, InfinityQS honored some of today’s most innovative manufacturing and supply chain leaders with Customer Excellence Awards. Awards include the Innovation Award, Best Use of Integration, Quality Across the Enterprise, Rookie of the Year and Most Sophisticated Deployment. FAIRCHILD SEMICONDUCTOR PRODUCT WINS EPC TOP-10 AWARD SAN JOSE, CA—Fairchild Semiconductor, a global supplier of high performance power and mobile semiconductor solutions, has been named a winner in the 11th annual Top-10 DC-DC Power Product Awards, hosted by Electronic Products China (EPC). This is the seventh time Fairchild has received this award, after submitting its high-voltage field-stop shorted-anode trench IGBTs for consideration by the panel of judges in the Best Application Award category.This category recognizes outstanding achievement in performance/cost and in understanding the market demands. These high-voltage field-stop shorted- anode trench IGBTs, ranging from 1100-1400V, are optimized with intrinsic anti-parallel diodes for soft switching applications. With advancements over the typical non-punch-through (NPT) IGBT technology, Fairchild’s shorted-anode silicon technology offers a lower saturation voltage of more tha12% less than the same rating NPTtrench IGBT. The Top-10 DC-DC Power Product Awards are designed to highlight significant advances in a technology or its application. The awards emphasize innovation and excellent price/performance, and cover all power products.Submissions are evaluated on three criteria: a significant advancement In a technology or its application, innovative design and a substantial achievement in price/performance.Additionally, there are five individual awards: Technology Breakthrough Award, Best Application Award, Optimized Development Award, Green Energy Award and the Independent Innovation Award. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS OFF IN JULY July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.21 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 23. 6% from June and down 23.6% when compared with the total of $459.44 million reported for July 2012. With a yearto- date total of $2,925.12 million, 2013 is down 7.2% 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. “This muted order activity is not atypical for summer months, and is concurrent with other monthly readings that indicated a drop in durable goods orders and a flat industrial production index. Despite this seasonal dip, however, the bigger picture for manufacturing remains positive,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.“It’s important to note that in regional USMTO activity, the Northeast and West regions are at their highest average and year-to-date values in 15 years, thanks to the precision parts and aerospace industries. Meanwhile, the PMI posted its third consecutive monthly gain. We anticipate a continued pattern of modest but sustained growth through the end of 2013.” 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 Northeast Region manufacturing technology orders in July totaled $73.72 million, up 4.5% when compared with June’s $70.56 million and 9.7% higher than the total for July 2012. With a year-to-date total of $482.22 million, 2013 is up 3.6% when compared with 2012 at the same time. Southeast Region July manufacturing technology orders in the Southeast Region totaled $34.95 million, down 34.7% when compared with June’s $53.53 million and off 30. 9% from the July 2012 figure. At $272.75 million, the 2013 year-to-date Total is 16.2% lower than the 2012 total at the same time. North Central-East Region North Central-East Region manufacturing technology orders in July stood at $82.15 million, down 33.5% from June’s $123.56 million and 25.0% less than the total for July 2012. The $747.12 million year-to-date total is 7.3% lower than the comparable figure for 2012. North Central-West Region Manufacturing technology orders in the North Central-West Region in July totaled $57.30 million, down 32.5% when compared with June’s $84.93 million and off 27.6% when compared with the July 2012 total. At $554.93 million, 2013 year-to-date is 3.0% lower than the total for 2012 at the same time. South Central Region South Central Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $58.05 million in July, down 12.1% from the $66.04 million tallied in June and down 14.9% when compared with July 2012. The year-to-date total of $444.25 million is 21.1% lower than the comparable figure for 2012. West Region At $45.04 million, July manufacturing technology orders in the West Region were down 26.5% when compared with the $61.27 million total for June and down 46.9% when compared with July a year ago. With a year-to-date total of $423.85 million, 2013 is up 1.0% when compared with 2012 at the same time. NA MACHINE VISION SALES GROW SIX PERCENT IN 2Q13 Total machine vision sales in North America climbed six percent compared to the second quarter of 2012, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s trade group. Total machine vision sales include sales of machine vision systems and components. The machine vision systems category, which includes ASMV and smart cameras, was the main driver of growth with a seven percent increase over second quarter 2012. Conversely, sales of machine vision components decreased by two percent.Cameras and software both saw decreases in second quarter, while lighting, optics, and imaging boards all increased over last year. “It’s good to see the market growing again,” said AIA President Jeff Burnstein. “After the contraction in 2012, it is very encouraging to see two consecutive quarters of growth in North America.” Alex Shikany, AIA’s director of market analysis, added “While MV components were down this quarter, 69% of industry experts believe we will see an increase in sales over the next six months. On the other hand, 73% of experts believe machine vision systems will remain flat over the same time period.” AIA and the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) have agreed to harmonize reporting formats in order to provide more comprehensive statistics on machine vision. All AIA members participating in AIA’s sales data program will receive free copies of these tracking reports. 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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