BUSINESS NEWS | COMING EVENTS | PEOPLE NEWS | MERGERS ALL SET FOR IMTS 2014 MCLEAN, VA—Registration is open for the IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 Conference which will run four days during IMTS, Sept. 8–11. IMTS takes place Sept. 8-13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. “The IMTS community has made it clear that educational events for professionals already in the industry are essential as manufacturing moves ahead,” said Peter R. Eelman, vice president – exhibitions & communications, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). “Those who take advantage of the IMTS 2014 Conference stand to gain an edge by keeping up with trends, evaluating new product developments and absorbing technical know-how from the industry’s thought leaders.” Sixty-nine 55-minute presentations over four days will provide solutions to current manufacturing problems, such as improving productivity, improving part quality and developing a stable, competent workforce to lower the costs of manufacturing in the United States and create new levels of market demand. The five topic tracks for Quality/ Metrology are: • Inspection • Measuring • Optical / 3D • Standards • Testing Local Motors, Inc. also announced the winners of the first 3-D Printed Car Design Challenge that was launched in April to uncover concepts that will inform and influence the vehicle that will be printed live at IMTS. More than 200 entries, representing submissions from 30+ countries around the globe, were submitted during the six-week challenge. After a week long voting period and review of all entries by an independent panel of expert judges, a total of seven designs were selected as winning concepts. The winning concept, Strati, created by Michele Anoé of Italy, will highly inspire the full-size 3-D printed prototype. “It’s simple and clean, with character,” says challenge judge and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. “It has a nice style that really hangs together.” Lonnie Love, group leader, robotics and manufacturing systems research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, adds, “Michele’s design offers an excellent balance between innovation, complexity and practicality. It has good 3D lines and the retractable roof is really cool.” Michele will receive a $5,000 cash award for his submission and will be invited to see his concept manufactured live in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center, Booth N-650, at the IMTS Show this September. Dr. Karen Flammer, co-founder and senior science advisor, Sally Ride Science®, will deliver a keynote address on Wednesday, September 10, during the Smartforce Student Summit at the IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014.Sally Ride Science® provides tools for college and career readiness that can build students’ passion for STEM fields and careers. IMTS is the largest industrial trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors and featuring 1,900 exhibitors. The Smartforce Student Summit is held in conjunction with IMTS and gives students a firsthand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry. “One of the primary issues facing U. S. manufacturing is a lack of workers who have the required advanced and high-technology skills necessary in industry today. The Smartforce Student Summit is a great way to educate students, teachers and parents about the career opportunities in manufacturing,” said Greg Jones, vice president - smartforce development, AMT.“Additionally, it’s imperative to generate interest among girls and young women for careers in STEM fields, including manufacturing. Dr. Flammer is a natural fit for bringing this message to the attendees at the Smartforce Student Summit.” The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the entire week of IMTS.More information is available at www.IMTS.com/student, including program details, a calendar save-the-date, and registration for additional notifications about the event. THE QUALITY SHOW, QUALITY MAGAZINE PARTNER WITH ASQ, CMS FOR 2015 TRADESHOW ROSEMONT, IL— The Quality Show is proud to announce that The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) and American Society for Quality (ASQ) have agreed to be Educational Programming Partners for the 2015 event scheduled for October 27-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. These two leading industry organizations will be offering certified education courses at The Quality Show, a new tradeshow event dedicated exclusively to connecting manufacturing And QA professionals with quality and process improvement vendors with one main focus – improving the manufacturing process. “We are very excited to be teaming up with these two leading associations to provide dynamic continuing education training for our attendees at The Quality Show,” said Darrell Dal Pozzo, publisher of Quality Magazine. “The industry is showing their support for this focused Quality Event. In addition to our new educational programming partners we are also pleased to announce that we currently have 30 of the leading companies in the industry committed to exhibit space on the floor plan.” The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) is a large membership of users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement technology.These metrology systems include inspection software, traditional CMMs, theodolites, GPS, laser projection systems, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry/ videogrammetry systems, scanning devices, and articulating arms. “CMS is devoted to expanding and promoting the usage of mobile metrology systems and we are very excited to partner with The Quality Show to educate our members and the show attendees,” said Ron Hicks, executive committee chairman, Coordinate Metrology Society.“During the event we will provide education courses on the latest diverse applications of portable, three-dimensional measurement technology and offer subject matter experts in the field of metrology.” ASQ is a global community dedicated to quality that shares the ideas and tools that make the world work better. With individual and organizational members in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, and operates offices in Mexico, China, India and the United Arab Emirates. “ASQ offers the quality community a wide array of opportunities to Expand their knowledge base through certifications, training, tools and networking,” said ASQ CEO Bill Troy.“Attendees of The Quality Show will have the unique opportunity to participate in education sessions hosted by ASQ, with leading authorities on quality in all fields.” Since the announcement of The Quality Show in April over 30 of the industry’s leading equipment and supply vendors have signed up for The 2015 Quality Show. New to the exhibit hall are Control Gaging Inc., Cybermetrics Corp., RF System Lab, Hemel Engineering Products Inc., Hexagon Metrology Inc., IBS America Inc., Micro-Vu Corporation, Origin Technologies Corporation, Prolink Software Corporation, S-T Industries Inc. and Wenzel America Ltd.,. just to name a few. MACHINE VISION SALES CLIMB IN NORTH AMERICA ANN ARBOR, MI—Total sales of machine vision components and systems grew 10% in first quarter 2014, according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry’s trade group. Total machine vision sales include sales of machine vision components and systems. Total machine components grew 29% in the first quarter, while total machine vision systems grew six percent.These results are in contrast to what we saw last year, when machine vision systems led the way in terms of growth. Every component and system category increased in first quarter 2014, but cameras (36%), lighting (32%) and software (25%) led the way. “We’re pleased to see such a positive start to the year for machine vision sales in North America,” said AIA President Jeff Burnstein. “It’s particularly promising to see machine vision components post such a strong quarter, and we’re hopeful that continues throughout the year.” “Our most recent survey of industry experts shows that AIA membership is indeed optimistic about machine vision components,” added Alex Shikany, AIA’s director of market analysis.“Respondents expect every component category, except for imaging boards, to grow over the next six months.” PROCESS AND AUTOMATION MARKET WORTH $180 BILLION BY 2020 DALLAS—According to the new market research report “Process Automation and Instrumentation Market by Types (Hardware, Software, Service), Technology (SCADA, PLC, DCS, MES), Application (Chemical, Oil & Gas, Solar, Metal, Water & Waste, Energy, Food, Automotive) and Geography,” the Process Automation and Instrumentation Market is projected to reach $180.26 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 6.08% from 2014 to 2020. The Process Automation and Instrumentation Market is segmented into four categories: technology, types, application and geography. This report divides the overall market into four main geographical segments: the Americas, Europe, APAC and ROW.The Americas region currently contributes highest in the market growth as compared to the other regions. The leading companies in the Process Automation And Instrumentation Market covered in the report are ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Danaher Corporation (U.S.), Emerson Electric Company (U.S.), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Japan), Omron Corporation (Japan), Rockwell Automation Inc. (U.S.), Schneider Electric SA (France), Siemens AG (Germany) and Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Japan). PENNY PRITZKER ANNOUNCES 12 NEW MANUFACTURING COMMUNITIES WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the first 12 communities that will be designated Manufacturing Communities as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports. “The 12 Manufacturing Communities announced represent a diverse group of communities with the most comprehensive economic development plans to attract business investment that will increase their competitiveness,” said Pritzker. “IMCP is a critical part of our ‘Open for Business Agenda’ to strengthen the American manufacturing sector and attract more investment to the United States. Innovative programs like IMCP encourage American communities to work together to craft strong, clear, strategic plans to attract manufacturing investment and jobs to transform themselves into globally competitive commercial hubs.” “IMCP is one of the main programs at the center of the Administration’s efforts to support job creation and accelerate manufacturing growth to make our communities more globally competitive,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “These 12 Manufacturing Communities are diverse, public-private consortiums that have put in place best practice economic development strategies that can be replicated by other American communities – including all those who applied for the IMCP designation.” From the 70 communities that applied, these 12 were selected by an interagency panel, based on the strength of their economic development plans, the potential for impact in their communities, and the depths of their partnerships across the public and private sector to carry out their plans. The first 12 Manufacturing Communities include: • Southwest Alabama, led by the University of South Alabama • Southern California, led by the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development • Northwest Georgia, led by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission • The Chicago metro region, led by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development • South Kansas, led by Wichita State University • Greater Portland region in Maine, led by the Great Portland Council of Governments • Southeastern Michigan, led by the Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine • The New York Finger Lakes region, led by the City of Rochester • Southwestern Ohio Aerospace Region, led by the City of Cincinnati • The Tennessee Valley, led by the University of Tennessee • The Washington Puget Sound region, led by the Puget Sound Regional Council • The Milwaukee 7 region, led by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee The 12 designated Manufacturing Communities will receive coordinated support for their strategies from the following eleven federal agencies with $1.3 billion available in federal economic development assistance: • Appalachian Regional Commission • Delta Regional Authority • Environmental Protection Agency • National Science Foundation • Small Business Administration • U.S. Department of Agriculture • U.S. Department of Commerce • U.S. Department of Defense • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development • U.S. Department of Labor • U.S. Department of Transportation These communities will also receive a dedicated federal liaison at each of these agencies that will help them navigate available federal resources. They will also be recognized on a government website, accessible to prospective private foreign and domestic investors, looking for information on communities’ competitive attributes. In order to earn the designation, communities had to demonstrate the significance of manufacturing already present in their region and develop strategies to make investments in six areas: 1) workforce and training, 2) advanced research, 3) infrastructure and site development, 4) supply chain support, 5) trade and international investment, 6) operational improvement and capital access. In September 2013, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and other agencies awarded $7 million in IMCP grants to 44 communities to support the development of longterm economic development strategies to help them attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports. The Obama Administration officially launched the national IMCP competition in December 2013. Later this year, the Administration plans to launch a second IMCP competition to designate additional communities, as well as convene the 70 communities that applied for designation to share best practices in economic development planning. AME ANNOUNCES MANUFACTURING DAY SCHOLARSHIP ROLLING MEADOWS, IL — The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) announced it will be a sponsor of this year’s Manufacturing Day. Celebrating the backbone of America, this national event highlights the numerous contributions of manufacturers across the country while educating the general public about the impact and importance of this vital industry. This year’s Manufacturing Day is Oct. 3. A variety of events will take Place around the country throughout the day, spotlighting manufacturing’s impact on the world while offering an insider’s look into a number of exciting organizations.Numerous manufacturers will open their doors to the public, offering tours of their facilities and fielding questions about the nature of their industry. Participating schools will also offer tours and open houses where attendees can explore the classes and resources they’ll need to pursue a career in manufacturing. “AME is proud to support Manufacturing Day and the effort to educate the public about manufacturing and how vital it is to our economy,” says AME President Paul Kuchuris.“What many people don’t know is that manufacturing professionals are highly trained, well-paid people who work on state-of the-art equipment. There are jobs in manufacturing, and we need more people to understand how rewarding a manufacturing job can be,” adds Kuchuris. To follow AME’s participation in Manufacturing Day, follow AME on Twitter @ameconnect and use hashtag #mfgday14. In addition to AME, Manufacturing Day is supported and sponsored by a number of leading manufacturers and co-producers. With their support, it was estimated that roughly 35,000 people participated in last year’s Manufacturing Day through the 834 events and open houses that took place. To learn more about the scheduled events in your area and how to get involved, and check out the official Manufacturing Day web site, visit www.mfgday.com. COMING EVENTS SEPTEMBER 8-13 IMTS Chicago, IL www.imts.com PEOPLE NEWS IMPERX, Inc. welcomes seasoned design engineer and system architect Hans Moller to the IMPERX engineering team as senior hardware engineer. Moller brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in hardware architecture and design. “With Mr. Moller’s extensive background and FPGA development skills, he is quickly becoming a valuable asset to our team,” said Petko Dinev, CEO of IMPERX. “He is an accomplished design engineer who will bring new ideas and enhancements to our rapidly growing family of cameras and framegrabbers.” Dr. Alfredo Herrera of The Boeing Company received the “Distinguished DFMA Supporter of the Year Award” at the 2014 International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) held in Providence, RI, June 4-5. Herrera received the award for his role in educating the larger engineering community—not only about DFMA, but about integrating the program into corporate-wide Lean and Value Engineering (VE) efforts. TÜV Rheinland has appointed David Haataja as senior vice president, products, for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Haataja has more than 35 years of business development and operations leadership experience.To his new position with TUV Rheinland North America, he brings in-depth knowledge of market access, business development, global standards, testing, inspection, certification, and regulatory acceptance. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement on the nomination of Bruce Andrews for deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce: “Manufacturers welcome the nomination of Bruce Andrews to serve as deputy secretary for the Department of Commerce. Bruce is a longtime ally of manufacturing and has shown a strong commitment to creating an atmosphere where manufacturing in the United States can thrive. Simply put, he ‘gets it.’ His time with Ford, combined with his legislative experience and work as Commerce Department chief of staff, make him uniquely experienced to take on this critical role.” Len DiSalvo, CFO of JML Optical Industries, LLC, has been selected as a finalist for the Financial Executive of the Year. The award is sponsored by Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal. It recognizes Len’s contributions to the company, to the optical industry and to the Rochester community. “Len has been at the heart of JML’s successful transition from a sole proprietorship to a growth company with private equity and broader management ownership,” said Bob Bicksler, JML CEO and president. “Also, under Len’s leadership and direct involvement, our customers will soon benefit from a new, state-of-the-art ERP system that is now being implemented.” The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has announced the availability of its CMS Level-Two Certification, a hands-on performance examination for users of portable CMMs (coordinate measuring machines). This is the industry’s first device-specific assessment conducted by CMS-authorized proctors. Certification program guidelines and application forms are available on the CMS website at https://www.cmsc.org/cms-certification. Candidates are required to complete an application process and qualify in order to take either examination. Applicants for the CMS Level-One Certification must meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics, and pass a peer review. Applicants for the CMS Level-Two Performance Certification must have a Level-One Certification, two years basic experience (minimum 400 hours) on an articulating arm, and submit an application with two references who can attest to their hands-on expertise. Yokogawa Corporation of America has announced that its Newnan, GA, facility’s Calibration Laboratory has been awarded ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Yokogawa was issued A2LA Certificate No.3474. 01 on November 26, 2013. Yokogawa’s calibration facility is used to calibrate a wide range of test equipment, including the WT3000 & PZ4000 power meter line, the DL850 ScopeCorder, and other digital oscilloscopes, each of which is used within numerous industries by a wide customer base within North America. Carl Zeiss Microscopy announced that it has received ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certification for product marketing, sales, service and support for its high precision optomechanical instruments.The ISO 9001 certification attests to ZEISS’ commitment to implementing best business practices for quality management in the distribution, sales and support of ZEISS products manufactured around the world. The inaugural Automation in Manufacturing (AIM) Conference, organized by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), ended on a high note for the manufacturing professionals who gathered May 15 to immerse themselves in robotics and advanced automation for the future, state-of-the-art developments in technology and their applications. “The strong turnout for this new event shows the continued interest and emphasis on automation technology by the industry as a key tool in driving U.S. productivity.” said Douglas K Woods, president of AMT. “AIM attracted industry leaders and technologists who shared insights on future trends, as well as practical solutions that are currently available.” The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) revealed the details for its upcoming annual conference. Taking place Nov. 10-14, the 30th AME International “Excellence Inside” Conference will provide attendees the opportunity to participate in a value-packed learning experience covering the latest developments in lean thinking through a variety of workshops, tours and presentations. VISION takes place for the first time with its new two-year cycle from November 4-6, 2014. The theme of Industry Pcs (IPCs) will be given more space at VISION 2014. The “VISION Award 2014,” a prize which demonstrates the innovative power of the machine vision industry, will be presented for the 21st time. Special attention is paid to submissions which set high technological standards, applications that display a particular innovativeness, as well as the importance of the development for the machine vision industry and the end user. Inrad Optics, Inc. has reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2014. Revenue for the three months ending on March 31, 2014 was $1.9 million, down 38. 1% from $3.8 million in the first quarter last year, as the Company experienced a decrease in shipments in the defense and university & national labs markets.Increased shipments in laser systems and process control & metrology markets partially offset the overall decline. Bookings totaled $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 17.3% from $2.1 million in the corresponding quarter of 2013. Bookings from a key defense prime contractor and two key semiconductor customers in Q1 offset a general contraction in both market segments. Gross margin in the first quarter of 2014 was $36,000 or 7.1% of sales. This compares to a gross margin of $699,000 or 22.7% in the comparable quarter last year. However, the decrease in revenue was not fully offset by a corresponding decrease in the Company’s manufacturing overhead costs, which are relatively fixed. Additive manufacturing (AM) systems for metal parts are increasing in popularity, according to Wohlers Report 2014. The 19th annual edition, published recently, includes an in-depth review and analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, terms that are used interchangeably. The report shows that the metal additive manufacturing industry has grown 75%. “Companies such as Airbus, General Electric, and Lima Corporate are using these machines to produce complex metal parts for next-generation aerospace and medical products,” said Terry Wohlers, founder and president of Wohlers Associates and a principal author of the new report. MVTec Software GmbH (Munich, Germany) announces ASIO Vision LTD (Tel Aviv) as a new distributor in Israel. Besides distributing HALCON, ASIO Vision LTD also provides comprehensive technical support for MVTec’s software products. ASIO Vision LTD is one of the leading distribution and consulting companies for machine vision in Israel. By extending its portfolio with MVTec software, ASIO Vision meets the requirements of a growing market for highly sophisticated machine vision standard software. “As ASIO Vision is a leading company in the Machine Vision market in Israel, we see the new cooperation with MVTec as an additional added value to our existing customers” said Jacky Kovo, VP Sales & Marketing at ASIO Vision. “The HALCON software and its strong capabilities, combined with ASIO Vision’s hardware sales, will benefit our customers with the best Machine Vision solution package.” “The machine vision market in Israel mainly consists of high tech OEM companies,” said Johannes Hiltner, technical sales manager at MVTec. “These companies need powerful and sophisticated software to meet the demanding requirements of image processing. HALCON and the collaboration between MVTec and ASIO Vision allow us to perfectly serve these needs.” ISVI Corp. has announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Virtech Labs Bt.To promote and sell its high-speed, highresolution cameras to the Hungarian machine vision market. “The Hungarian machine vision market is a growing market and we welcome the opportunity to work with Virtech Labs to expand that market at a more rapid pace,” said Gerard White, vice president of international operations at ISVI. “Virtech Labs, as part of the very successful Dolphio Technologies group of companies, is the vision component distribution arm of this leading R&D group.This puts Virtech Labs in a unique position to put our high-end cameras at the forefront of cutting-edge machine vision development projects in Hungary.” RF System Lab announced its partnership with Fertrading Group, an international trade and global sourcing company with offices in North Carolina and other various locations across the globe. Fertrading Group focuses on building strong, longlasting business relationships between international companies to seamlessly and transparently import and export their products. AMETEK, Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Zygo Corporation for $19.25 per share in cash per fully diluted common share, or approximately $280 million net of cash acquired. The completion of the transaction follows approval from Zygo shareholders and the receipt of all regulatory approvals. As a result of the completion of the merger, the common stock of Zygo no longer will be listed for trading. “We are pleased to announce the closing of this highly strategic transaction and are excited to welcome the Zygo team to AMETEK,” said Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK chairman and chief executive officer.“Zygo’s leading position in non-contact optical metrology nicely complements our strength in contact metrology and will enable us to offer our customers a full range of metrology solutions.” B&K Precision Corporation announced the acquisition of Teknix S.A., a service and calibration company based in São Paulo, Brazil. Under the new name of B&K Precision Brasil, the subsidiary company will become B&K Precision’s headquarters for South American operations. Antônio Freitas, who founded Teknix S.A. in 1999, will continue to serve as the manager of calibration and service operations of B&K Precision Brasil. Steinmeyer has announced a name change for its Feinmess Dresden subsidiary. It will henceforth be known as Steinmeyer Mechatronik.
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