ASQ ISSUES CERTIFICATIONS TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF SKILLED WORKERS MILWAUKEE, WI—ASQ issued 8,380 professional certifications in the U.S. in 2013 as part of a partnership with The Manufacturing Institute designed to help fill advanced manufacturing positions. The Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System was developed in 2009 to directly address deficits in manufacturing education and training, which is limiting the pool of qualified candidates for skilled manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. The Manufacturing Institute and its partners stood with President Barack Obama in 2011 to set a goal of issuing 500,000 industry-based certifications to individuals by 2016. In 2013, The Manufacturing Institute and its partners issued 117,189 credentials. The total number certifications issued by all partners since 2011 is 294,478. “ASQ certifications are a mark of technical excellence and provide workers with the knowledge valuable to employers worldwide,” said ASQ CEO Paul Borawski. “We’re proud to offer these credentials to help prepare professionals for the next generation of manufacturing and more.” ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Inspector. In addition to the 8,380 certifications issued in the U. S., ASQ awarded approximately 3,340 certifications around the world in 2013. ASQ joins 14 other leading organizations representing multiple industry sectors offering skills certification programs Within the partnership program.ASQ is the only organization in the partnership that deals specifically in quality engineering and management fields, providing training and certifications directly related to quality. “In this highly competitive global market, our manufacturers’ business success is tied directly to their ability to innovate, and the single most important factor in their innovation capacity is an educated and skilled workforce,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “Our solution, the Skills Certification System, helps address the skills gap directly affecting the workforce pipeline for manufacturers by aligning manufacturing education and training with industry standards.” For more information about the Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System, visit themanufacturinginstitute.Org. For more information about ASQ and its offerings, visit asq.org. SIGMA LABS ANNOUNCES PATENT FILING OF SENSOR INVENTION FOR QUALITY CONTROL SANTA FE, NM—Sigma Labs, Inc. (SGLB) announced that it has filed a patent application protecting a unique sensor invention that will significantly enhance the ability to improve the quality of additive manufacturing processes especially for critical metal parts like those for aerospace, automotive and defense. Mark Cola, CEO and President of Sigma Labs, stated that “currently, the additive manufacturing process involves a lot of trial and error in order to get the right operating parameters. Companies use their best judgment and past experience, but new materials, new shapes, and new parts offer production challenges and the new Sigma Labs sensor technology could help reduce development time. Additive manufacturing typically involves lasers scanning over a layer of powder, melting it, and building up the part layer by layer.” For more, visit www.sigmalabsinc.com. IMRA AMERICA, JENOPTIK ANNOUNCE LICENSE AGREEMENT IMRA America, Inc., (IMRA) and Jenoptik Laser GmbH (Jena, Germany), a company of Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division, announce that they have entered into a license agreement for the use of IMRA patent rights for the patent family including U.S. patents RE37,585 and 5,656,186, “Method for controlling configuration of laser induced breakdown and ablation.” The agreement is specifically designed to enable Jenoptik ultra-fast customers utilize the patent family to create advanced micro-machined products. This patent family was invented by Gerard Mourou and his team while at the University of Michigan and is licensed to IMRA from the University of Michigan. The invention is fundamental in taking advantage of ultrafast lasers for micromachining.The inventors recognized that ultrashort pulses are shorter than the time needed for most energy transfer processes within the material. Therefore deterministic, ultra-precise material processing could be realized. This method is sometimes referred to as ‘cold’ or ‘athermal’ machining. Takashi Omitsu, president of IMRA, commenting on the agreement, says, “We are particularly gratified that Jenoptik has joined many other large laser companies that recognize the importance of intellectual property and particularly the strength of the “Mourou patent.” This patent has enabled ultrafast lasers to be used in an entirely new class of micromachining that has created new state-of-the-art products such as medical stents, electronic displays and fuel injection nozzles. This intellectual property is valuable to the laser community and such is best shared, with appropriate business agreements between companies. We are delighted to follow this criterion to the benefit of the original inventors, their institution and the rightful users of the invention.” Dr. Thomas Fehn, executive vice president of Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division, comments, “Jenoptik really appreciates the possibility to move aggressively into the area of ultrafast laser processing secured for our customers by this agreement. This matches well with the strategic road map of Jenoptik. The strategic partnership we have had with IMRA for a number of years adds value to our Lasers & Material Processing division.” For more information, visit www.jenoptik.com. AME, KRONOS ANNOUNCE NEW SCHOLARSHIP CHELMSFORD, MA and ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)’s scholarship funding arm, AME Institute, and Kronos Inc. announced a new scholarship for students interested in manufacturing careers through the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be awarded to 15 U.S.-based student applicants entering an accredited college or trade school in the next academic year, beginning in the fall semester. Each recipient will receive a financial scholarship and an additional signing bonus will be offered to those recipients who complete their programs and enter the manufacturing workforce. Eligible applicants include individuals who are currently graduating from high school or those with prior work experience who are seeking a college education. The first 300 applications will be considered for the upcoming fall term. Applications are now being accepted and are due June 13, 2014. The most pressing workforce challenge facing U.S. manufacturers today is a mounting skills gap—with a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers—a trend anticipated to worsen in the next three to five years. Nearly six hundred thousand manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because of this skills gap. The AME Institute and Kronos recognize the critical role that the workforce plays in a manufacturer’s ability to be productive, innovative, and globally competitive. By offering this scholarship, the AME Institute and Kronos are contributing to the development of the U.S. manufacturing workforce of the future. “Nearly 80% of manufacturers in the U.S. are facing a shortage of skilled labor. In conjunction with the AME Institute and Kronos, we are excited to offer this scholarship that supports and promotes manufacturing as a career path,” says Paul G. Kuchuris, Jr., president, The Association for Manufacturing Excellence Charlie DeWitt, vice president, business development, Kronos says, “Kronos helps thousands of manufacturers around the world to optimize their workforce. We look forward to working with the AME Institute to inspire the manufacturing workforce of the future.” For more information, visit www.ame.org or www.kronos.com. AMT ELECTS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS, OFFICERS MCLEAN, VA—AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has elected its 2014-2015 officers and directors.The 2014-2015 board term began April 1, 2014. The Board of Directors of the Association—which represents approximately 600 American manufacturers and Distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machinery and related products— named Kevin J. Kilgallen, president, Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc., Harrisburg, PA, to serve as Chairman.He follows Chairman R. Stephen Flynn, president, Optical Gaging Products, Inc., Rochester, NY. The Board elected Jerry Rex, president, Hegman Machinery, LLC, A Morris Group, Inc. Company, Maple Grove, MN, to serve as first vice chairman in the coming year. Richard L. Simons, Chairman, president and CEO, Hardinge Inc., Elmira, NY, will serve as second vice chairman/treasurer. Brian J. Papke, president, Mazak Corporation, Florence, KY, was elected secretary. Returning Board members include David J. Burns, president and COO, The Ex One Company, LLC, Irwin, PA; Thomas R. Dillon, vice chairman, DMG/Mori Seiki USA, Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL; Richard Gilchrist, chairman, Felsomat USA, Inc., Schaumburg, IL; Ronald S. Karaisz, president, Novi Precision Products, Inc., Brighton,MI. ; Lee Morris, CEO and chairman, The Morris Group, Windsor, CT; and Steven R. Stokey, executive vice president/owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, OH. “After 17 years of participation, I look forward to representing AMT for all groups and members. Our new AMT board is made up of committed, dynamic and reputable stewards of the manufacturing industry who will provide guidance to the organization,” said Kilgallen. “I look forward to serving alongside the executive committee and board of directors. My focus for the upcoming year will be to encourage members to engage their association and their industry in three ways: try a new AMT program that will have an impact on future success; support a community college or trade school that is promoting skill developments specific to the manufacturing industry; and finally, make our industry’s voice heard by writing your U.S. Senators and Representatives regarding what we need to advance and maintain our competitiveness in the global manufacturing world.” Chairman Kevin J. Kilgallen is president, Mid Atlantic Machinery, Harrisburg, PA. He co-founded the company in 1991. He also co-founded Southern States Machinery, Greensboro, NC, in 2002. Prior to that, he was with Fox Machinery Associates, Bridgeport, PA; Teledyne Rodney Metals, New Bedford, MA; and York Steel Co., York, PA. He began his career as a machine operator at York Steel Co., York, PA. Kilgallen previously served on the AMTDA Executive Committee and was a member of the Association’s R3 Leadership Group. He has been involved with the association for over 17 years. He is a graduate of York College. First Vice Chairman Jerry Rex is president of Hegman Machinery, LLC, A Morris Group, Inc. Company, Maple Grove, MN. Prior to that, he was president of Morris South, Charlotte, NC, for 10 years. Before joining Morris, he managed sales and applications efforts in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the eastern two-thirds of North Carolina, as well as showroom and support staff in Ashland, VA. He was vice president at Gosiger, Inc., and a Regional Sales Manager at Carboloy.Rex began his career in manufacturing technology more than 37 years ago as a machinist apprentice at GE Locomotive in Erie, PA. ' Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer Richard (Rick) L. Simons has served as president and CEO of Hardinge Inc., Elmira, NY, since May 2008 and became chairman of the board in February 2012. Prior to rejoining Hardinge in 2008, he was vice president and corporate controller at Carpenter Technology, a publiclytraded specialty steel manufacturer (2005-2008). Simons originally joined Hardinge in 1983 and held various management roles before being named executive vice president/chief financial officer (1999-2005). Simons has a B.S. degree from Bloomsburg University and an M.B.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a director of Sunnen Products Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of honing and bore sizing equipment and related accessories. Secretary Brian J. Papke is president of Mazak Corporation, Florence, KY. Papke was named president of Mazak Corporation in 1989. Mazak Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing unit of Yamazaki Mazak, headquartered in Oguchi, Japan. Since joining Mazak in 1987, Mazak has completed 14 expansions, including the establishment of a National Technology Center and Customer Service and Support Center and a network of technology centers throughout North America. Recently, expansions have included $15 million on the Kentucky manufacturing plant and new Versatech bridge-style machining centers.Further expansion of Technology Centers is in progress, with a new building in Houston and an expansion in Schaumburg, IL. Papke is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Directors: • David J. Burns, president & COO, The Ex One Company, Irwin, PA. • Thomas R. Dillon, vice chairman, DMG/Mori Seiki USA, Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL. • Richard Gilchrist, chairman, Felsomat USA, Inc., Schaumburg, IL. • Ronald S. Karaisz, president, Novi Precision Products, Inc., Brighton, MI. • Lee Morris, CEO and chairman, The Morris Group, Inc., Windsor, CT. • Steven R. Stokey, executive vice president/owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, OH. Ex-Officio: • R. Stephen Flynn, president, Optical Gaging Products, Inc., Rochester, NY. • Timothy B. Dining, president, Greenerd Press & Machine Company, Inc., Nashua, NH. • Ronald J. Mager, president & CEO, Machinery Systems, Inc., Schaumburg, IL. For more information, visit www.AMTonline.org. E2B COMPLETES ANNUAL ISO 17205 AUDIT E2b calibration, an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration and repair laboratory located in Northeast Ohio, announced the completion of their annual ISO 17205 quality audit performed by ACLASS. The successful completion of the audit certifies that e2b calibration has in place the proper procedures, documentation, and test equipment, to provide valid calibrations that meet ISO 17205 quality standards. ACLASS, one of the three brands of ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, is an internationally recognized organization providing accreditation to ensure that the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories are met. ACLASS auditors are experts in metrology with extensive experience and training in the areas they audit. After inspecting the calibration lab and watching the technicians work, ACLASS has, by Passing the company in their audit, endorsed e2b calibration for their technical expertise and competence in the field of metrology. “Many laboratories claim to be ISO 17205 compliant, but that doesn’t mean much,” said Mark Hanson, general manager of e2b calibration. “There is A significant difference between being compliant and being accredited. Any lab can say they comply with standards, but there is no proof of that unless a lab goes through a quality audit. Our continual accreditation validates that the work our technicians do is of the highest quality and assures our customers that they are receiving the best possible service.” For more information, visit www.E2bcal.com. CREAFORM, HGS AUTOMATION FORM STRATEGIC RESELLING PARTNERSHIP LEVIS, QUEBEC and FRASER, MI—Creaform and HGS Automation announce that they have formed a Strategic alliance. Under the agreement, HGS Automation will sell, integrate, and commission fully integrated Metrascan-R solutions, which provide robot-mounted optical CMM 3-D scanners for automated inspection on and off the production line. HGS Automation also plans to offer custom solutions for clients in the heavy truck, rail, marine, medical, and general manufacturing industries. For more information, visit www.creaform3d. com and www.hgsauto.com. MFG MEETING DRAWS INDUSTRY LEADERS CLEVELAND—More than 700 manufacturing leaders gathered at the fourth edition of The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing For Growth), March 5-8 in Phoenix to address the most pressing topics manufacturers face today. “Opportunity has no limits… leap for it” was the theme of this year’s event, organized by AMTThe Association For Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). Together, their members comprise more than 4,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors from all 50 states. Their member companies provide products and services for aerospace, defense, automotive, construction, energy, medical and many other industries in the United States and abroad. The 2014 edition of The MFG Meeting featured presentations from an array of industry experts. Event highlights included: • A keynote on competitive advantage, organizational change and transformational leadership by Jack Uldrich, a renowned global futurist, independent scholar and best-selling author; • Lively discussion about the state of the economy and the industry with John Walker, chairman, Oxford Economics, and Alan Beaulieu, president, ITR Economics; • A report from Markos I. Tambakeras, chairman of Xylem, Inc., on water and the future of American manufacturing; • A discussion on closing the skills gap with Dr. David DeLong, president of David DeLong & Associates; • A presentation on the role that “A, B & C players” have in determining strategic competitiveness by Dr. Brad Smart, president of Topgrading, Inc., • A closing keynote from Luke Williams, professor of innovation at NYU Stern School of Business, and executive director, Berkley Entrepreneurship Center at NYU, on driving innovation by intentional strategic intervention; • Breakout sessions focused on innovative talent management and knowledge transfer, building a team of “A” players and using disruptive innovation to move beyond the status quo and transform business; and • Numerous social events to network with industry peers. There also was a changing of the guard at all three associations during The MFG Meeting. The newly elected chairmen are Kevin J. Kilgallen, president, Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc. in Harrisburg, PA, for AMT; Ted Toth, vice president and managing director of Rosenberger-Toth in Pennsauken, NJ, for NTMA; and Jody Fledderman, president and CEO of Batesville Tool & Die in Batesville, IN, for PMA. AMT President Douglas K. Woods said, “The MFG Meeting continues to bring the top leaders in the manufacturing technology industry together to network and hear from thought-provoking speakers. The topics this year on the future of technology, Smartforce and educational issues, and disruptive innovation help to fuel the big ideas that can position our businesses for success. The MFG Meeting was, once again, a great event that holds a lot of value for our members.” Plans are underway for next year’s MFG Meeting, March 4-7, 2015, in Orlando, FL. For general information, visit TheMFGMeeting.com. FROST & SULLIVAN ANNOUNCES 2014 MANUFACTURING LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council honored 100 world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards (ML Awards). In a world of intensifying global competition and accelerating change, recipients of the ML Awards have distinguished themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enabling their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility. Now in their tenth year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing Nominations are entered into 11 categories and are evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. Nine of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Two categories recognize the achievements of individual manufacturing leaders. Manufacturing Leadership Award winners and their technology partners Will be honored on June 5 at a gala celebration that follows the tenth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, FL, a unique gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2014 Summit is “The Next Industrial Revolution: What Will Your Company Look Like in 2030?” Featured speakers include Marco Annunziata, chief economist and executive director, Global Market Insights, General Electric; Dr. Stephen Hoover, CEO, Palo Alto Research Center; Ralph Resnick, founding director, America Makes; and Catherine Clegg, vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors. Expert judges for the 2014 ML Awards were Jim Davis, vice provost, information technology and chief academic technology officer, UCLA; Sath Rao, vice president, Research, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Frost & Sullivan; Morris Lenczicki, vice president, communications and social responsibility, L’Oreal USA Inc.; Val Zanchuk, president, Graphicast Inc.; Brad Heath, CEO, VirTex Enterprises LP; David R. Brousell, global vice president and editorial director, Manufacturing Leadership Council; Bob Macintosh, CEO, Nicolet Plastics; Peter Antoinette, president and CEO, Nanocomp Technologies Inc.; John Gagel, corporate manager sustainability, Lexmark International; Miguel Angel Lozano, innovation director, CEMEX; Brad Martin, vice president engineering operations and quality, Extreme Networks; George Nickel, director global process architecture (retired), Johnson & Johnson; Jill O’Sullivan, professor, Farmingdale State College; and Terry Smith, senior vice president and executive leader, Lion-Vallen Industries. For a complete list of the winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, visit www.marketwatch.com/story/ frost-sullivan-announces-2014-manufacturing- leadership-award-winners- 2014-03-17-15183240?reflink=MW_ news_stmp. SHAPEGRABBER JOINS QVI FAMILY ROCHESTER, NY—Quality Vision International (QVI®) announced that it has acquired ShapeGrabber Incorporated, a manufacturer of automated 3D scanners for industrial applications. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of QVI, the world’s largest vision metrology company, ShapeGrabber will gain access to new markets and customers for its 3D laser scanners. QVI adds Another technology to its portfolio of dimensional inspection systems for manufacturing quality control. ShapeGrabber is a leading provider of 3D laser scanners that are particularly valuable for measuring and inspecting complex-shaped parts that are otherwise too time consuming, costly, or difficult to measure. The scanners are used for quality control in automotive, aerospace, medical and other industrial markets to help manufacturers reduce defects, rapidly conduct first-article inspections, troubleshoot fit problems, and provide documented proof that components meet design specifications. R. Stephen Flynn, President of the Optical Gaging Products (OGP®) division of QVI, says, “ShapeGrabber satisfies a need among our customers for fast, easy-to-use industrial 3D scanners that can measure complex shapes effectively. It extends the speed and versatility of products we offer to our customers worldwide.” For more, visit www.shapegrabber.com and www.qvii.com. BUSINESS NEWS PQ SYSTEMS NAMED AMONG TOP PLACES TO WORK DAYTON, OHâThe Dayton Business Journal is honoring PQ Systems among the Top 25 Best Places to Work in the Dayton region for 2014.The ranking order was revealed at an awards dinner for the top companies on April 24. PQ Systems was nominated by its employees for the recognition, and all staff members filled out a Dayton Business Journal questionnaire that was used in determining the top places to work. Large and small organizations in the Dayton area are among those recognized by the award, which promotes company values that are supportive of employees and provide positive environments for productive work. For more information, visit www.pqsystems.com. CONCENTRIC ROCKFORD EARNS JOHN DEERE RECOGNITION FOR QUALITY ROCKFORD, ILâConcentric Rockford, Inc. has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Companyâs highest supplier rating. The Rockford, IL, manufacturing facility was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Company representatives accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on February 18th in Davenport, IA. Concentric Rockford, Inc. is a supplier of hydraulic pumps, motors, and fuel transfer pumps to the mobile sector. The AE Partnerlevel status recognition was awarded for pumps supplied to John Deereâs operation in Coffeyville, KS, and Waterloo, IA. For more information, visit www.concentricab.com. BREMEN CASTINGS RECEIVES QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM REGISTRATION Bremen Castings, Inc. (BCI) announced it is registered to continue maintaining Bremenâs Quality Management System. The facility was awarded the certification ISO/TS 16949: 2009. Obtaining this registration allows BCI to serve Tier 1 Automotive and Heavy Truck clients and to grow their existing customer base. The TS 16949 is in addition to their ISO 9001: 2008 registration. Bremen Castings, Inc. (BCI) focuses on the manufacturing of machined complete, assembled components and products and the fabrication maintenance of production tooling and fixtures. For more information, visit www.bremencastings.com. BICKLEY JOINS HYDROTEX DALLAS—John Bickley has been hired as the vice president of sustainable utility sales at Hydrotex ®, a manufacturer and distributor of high performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions. Bickley has more than 35 years of experience in electric utility operations, maintenance and technical support, collaborative R&D, consultative sales, transmission systems reliability and compliance monitoring. He has held various positions at previous employers, including; TXU (Luminant), The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Pavilion Technologies, The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) and Shermco Industries. Bickley earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. In addition, he has a registered Professional Engineer license in the State of Texas and is a member of several engineering associations including: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers and Texas Society of Professional Engineers. For more information, visit www.hydrotexlube.com. PEOPLE ISOLA ANNOUNCES NEW GLOBAL LEADER OF QUALITY AND OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE CHANDLER, AZ—Isola Group announced the promotion of Janet Fromm to senior director of quality & operational excellence, reporting directly to Ray Sharpe, president and CEO. This announcement follows the recent promotion of Michael Gastonguay to president—Americas, who previously held this position. Fromm will be responsible for leading Isola’s global lean and quality initiatives to reduce costs, improve cycle-times and leverage best practices across all of the company’s worldwide facilities. Since joining the company in 2011, as the director, lean leader—Americas, she has been instrumental in driving a lean culture throughout Isola. Fromm previously worked for Freescale Semiconductor Ltd., where she served as the lean deployment manager, providing leadership in wafer fabrication and the RF, Sensors and Analog business units. Prior to Freescale, she held leadership roles at Crane Electronics, Triumph Air Repair and Honeywell/AlliedSignal. Fromm graduated from Arizona State University with both a BSIE degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering and an M.B.A degree. She currently chairs the Valley of the Sun Lean Benchmarking Council and has worked closely with TBM Consulting and Shingijutsu Global Lean Consulting. Fromm is also a Six Sigma Greenbelt and Certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society. For more information, visit www.isola-group.com.
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