MAY MANUFACTURING ORDERS DOWN MCLEAN, VA — May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.93 million according to The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 10 percent from April and down 17.5 percent when compared with the total of $426.40 million reported for May 2013.With a year-to-date total of $1,971.83 million, 2014 is down 1.4 percent compared with 2013. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. “Expectations for the 2014 manufacturing technology market were for a soft first half of the year, followed by a stronger second half. The fluctuations seen in the past few months are on track with forecasts, and all indications are that U.S. manufacturing activity is and will remain strong,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President.“The PMI continues to stay above 50, capacity utilization is on the rise, and both auto sales and aerospace backlogs are growing — all indications that our customers’ businesses are healthy. We expect continued investments in capital expansion through year’s end.” 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 Year-to-date 2014 manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region through May totaled $337.42 million,2. 9 percent more than the comparable figure for 2013. Southeast Region At $180.61 million, year-to-date manufacturing technology orders in the Southeast Region were up 5.5% when compared with the total for 2013 at the same time. North Central-East Region May manufacturing technology orders in the North Central-East Region totaled $81.83 million, down 16.8 percent from April’s $98.42 million and down 16.7 percent when compared with last May. At $551.42 million, year-to- date 2014 was up 6.2 percent when compared with 2013 at the same time. North Central-West Region May manufacturing technology orders in the North Central-West Region totaled $53.70 million, down 17. 8 percent when compared with April’s $65.37 million and 27.2 percent less than the May 2013 total of $73.76 million. South Central Region With a year-to-date total of $313.77 million, manufacturing technology orders in the South Central Region were up 0.9 percent when compared with 2013 at the same time. OXFORD INSTRUMENTS OPENS ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY LAB IN MUMBAI MUMBAI, India — Oxford Instruments Asylum Research announces the opening of its first Nanotechnology Lab for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in India. The new lab is located at the Oxford Instruments India headquarters in Mumbai and adds to the range of industrial analysis tools available for demonstration. The AFM lab is staffed by a dedicated business manager, Manju Kumar, and AFM applications scientist, Kishore Kumar. Oxford Instruments is committed to offering its customers high quality products and services that meet their high standards. This lab is an initiative to meet this commitment and provide the same high standard of service to Indian researchers. Asylum Research is known for their technology leadership in AFM, ranging from the affordable MFP-3D Origin AFM to the most advanced Cypher ES, the highest resolution fast scanning AFM that also features full environmental control. Leading research laboratories around for world choose Asylum Research AFMs for applications ranging from materials research to bioscience because of their high performance, versatility, and unmatched customer support. The goal of the new AFM lab in India is to help researchers choose the best AFM for their research and then provide them with exceptional customer support from the knowledgeable local sales and applications team. The AFM Lab in India is equipped with the MFP-3D™ Classic and the MFP-3D Origin™ for demonstration.The MFP-3D Origin, the most affordable member, offers high performance equal to the MFP-3D Classic and an impressive selection of options and operating modes. It also offers full upgrade potential. The MFP-3D Classic offers maximum versatility with the widest range accessories for nanomechanical and nano-electrical characterization, as well as powerful environmental control capabilities. HEXAGON ACQUIRES VERO SOFTWARE STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Hexagon AB has announcedthe acquisition of Vero Software, a world leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. Vero Software is a UK-based software company with a strong brand and proven customer satisfaction track record. Their software aids the design and manufacturing process with solutions for programming and controlling machine tools, addressing the rising challenge of achieving manufacturing efficiencies with high-quality output. Several well-known brands in Vero Software’s portfolio include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Radan, SURFCAM, VISI, and WorkNC. The company has large market coverage with offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network. The acquisition strengthens Hexagon’s software offerings, providing the means to close the gap of making quality data fully actionable by extending the reach of the newly developed MMS (metrology planning software) to include CAM (manufacturing planning software). “Together with its unique suite of manufacturing software solutions, Vero Software has the expertise, knowledge and resources to deliver even higher levels of productivity to our customers,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén.“Leveraging our global footprint, the synergies from our combined technologies will advance our strategy, supporting the growing need to integrate all data and processes across the manufacturing lifecycle.” AME ANNOUNCES MANUFACTURING DAY SPONSORSHIP ROLLING MEADOWS, IL — The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is 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 October 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,” said 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.” 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. MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY CONGREGATES AT MTA VIETNAM2014 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The Vietnamese manufacturing sector converged at MTA VIETNAM2014, which opened June 9, 2014 with a host of cutting-edge technologies and best-selling products from leading global manufacturing brands. “MTA VIETNAM’s role as a business exchange and networking platform for the industry cannot be further emphasized. To improve productivity and maintain competitiveness, there needs to be continuous upgrade of capabilities and technological skills, and MTA VIETNAM fulfills this need,” said Tee Boon Teong, Deputy Chief Representative, Singapore Exhibition Services’ Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and organizer of MTA VIETNAM2014. Exhibitors present best-sellers at MTA VIETNAM2014 This year, exhibitors showcased their best-selling products in addition to their new product launches. Hurco brought to MTA VIETNAM2014 the Vmi series of 3-axis machining centers that features a small footprint with a large work cube. The best-selling VM series now comes in a refreshed “I” design plus UltiMotion, a Hurco Proprietary Motion Control technology, which further improves surface finishes and reduce cycle time. “Hurco’s business in Vietnam remains a strong [and continues to grow]. Our participation in MTA Vietnam over the years has enabled us to reach out to Vietnam’s exciting manufacturing sector. Over the years we have noted that Vietnam’s manufacturing capability has grown and as such, their increased appetite for more high-end machines. At MTA VIETNAM, Hurco is showcasing our bestselling VM10i in an all new design with our proprietary UltiMotion Technology which enhances part surface finishing while reducing machining cycle time,” said Lee Wai Yip, General Manager, Hurco (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd. Makino featured three of their best sellers - the F3 - CNC Vertical Machining Center, U6 H.E.A.T Wire EDM and EDAF2 - Sinker EDM. The highlight for Makino this year is the intuitive Hyper i control for U Series Wire EDMs. This control system features a user-friendly interface similar to that found on tablets and smartphones, making operation fuss-free. “This new approach of user interface is entirely new to the industry and we’re excited to have manufacturers visit our booth to experience the Hyper i controller on Makino’s U6 H.E.A.T - a wire EDM designed for ease of operation, versatility and low operating cost,” said George Lim, Vice President, Marketing & Product Support, Makino Asia. “TRUMPF has been exhibiting at MTA VIETNAM for many years, as this show allows us to reach out to Vietnam’s growing manufacturing industry which is an important market for TRUMPF Asia Pacific. The exhibition enables us to introduce new technology to work in tandem with Vietnam’s growing capabilities. At this year’s show, we introduce for the first time our Trulaser 1030 fibre with a solid state laser source in Vietnam.Also we are showcasing our bestselling TruBend 7036 to promote productivity and fast bending,” said Carina Albrecht, Business Development and Marketing Manager, TRUMPF. Seminars and competition for a complete visiting experience In addition to a lineup of international exhibitors showing the latest products and technologies, MTA VIETNAM2014 held a series of seminars to discuss pertinent issues, trends and developments in the local manufacturing industry. Two half-day seminars organized by the Lean 6 Sigma Network consisted of case studies on Six Sigma / Lean Manufacturing at work in Precision Engineering, and also included a focus on “Advances in Metal Forming Technologies.” There also was a half-day seminar jointly organized with the Multi Engineering Solutions Laboratory (MESLAB) - the largest mechanical and manufacturing community in Vietnam, themed “Enhancing Competitiveness of Vietnam Manufacturing in Globalised Economy.” This seminar provided the latest approaches and techniques in manufacturing and management, as well as an opportunity for enterprises to meet industry experts and get first-hand information about the latest technologies. The Vietnam Welding Society (VWS) once again co-organized a seminar and a competition at MTA VIETNAM. The seminar themed “The connection between welding and electro- thermal technology” reached out to Vietnam’s welding fraternity. The Vietnam Welding Skills Competition, which debuted in 2013, also returned this year, offering participants an opportunity to pit their skills against one another and showcase their talents. JORDAN VALLEY SEMICONDUCTORS ANNOUNCES NEW X-RAY METROLOGY MIGDA HAEMEK, Israel — Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd. Announced that it has recently delivered and successfully commissioned its JVX7300L in-line X-ray metrology tool at multiple customers. The systems have been purchased for in-fab process development and automated production monitoring of GaN on Si wafers. Isaac Mazor, Jordan Valley’s CEO, said, “We are pleased to have been selected by key customers to provide in-line metrology for their GaN on Si manufacturing.We believe Jordan Valley is well positioned to support this and other emerging applications, with our comprehensive portfolio of X-ray based technologies and tools. These selections represent the customers’ confidence in Jordan Valley’s ability to provide innovative and robust solutions for their demanding process development and control needs.” ASSOCIATION NEWS Hexagon Metrology has announced it will highlight measurement automation trends at the 2014 IMTS (INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY SHOW) Conference Sessions. Scott Everling, a senior consultant from Hexagon Metrology’s Custom Solutions Group, will share his expertise on the topic “Measurement Systems to Optimize Automation Processes,” on Tuesday, September 9, from 1:15 p.m. - 2:10 p. m. in Room W-195, West Building, Level 1.The presentation will provide an overview of new opportunities and emerging trends resulting from the integration of measurement technologies with factory automation devices such as industrial robots. Hexagon Metrology will exhibit an extensive line of 3D measurement solutions in Booth 5202 at IMTS 2014, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, from September 8-13, 2014. Manufacturers have effectively deployed high-precision measuring devices into the production environments of industries such as aerospace and automotive. As automation has been increasingly applied to part handling and assembly tasks, opportunities have emerged to integrate measurement technologies with industrial robots. There are two areas of innovation in this sector. The first application utilizes a robot as a carrier for a device to perform automated inspection. The second application employs a metrology device as a method to improve the absolute accuracy of a robotic system, allowing high-precision guidance for automated assembly applications. This informative presentation will explore real-world case studies, the application of each technique to specific production processes, and the resulting improvement in productivity and efficiency. Attendees are invited to participate in the question and answer session following the afternoon presentation. In Booth 5202, Hexagon Metrology will also feature their newest automation offering for the automotive industry, the 360° Smart Inline Measurement Solution (SIMS). This fully automated, high-speed system is designed to accelerate production launches and monitor quality. A huge step toward the digital factory of tomorrow, this new solution provides fresh insights into quality control for the automotive community of OEMs and tier-one suppliers. THE COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (CCAM) has announced that Aerojet Rocketdyne, the missile propulsion and launch system manufacturer, is expanding its membership role in the collaborative research center. “This is an exciting next step in our ongoing partnership with The Commonwealth center for Advanced Manufacturing,” said Warren Boley, President of Aerojet Rocketdyne."We have had great success in advanced manufacturing techniques and their application to our aerospace and defense product lines. This expanded partnership with CCAM will afford Aerojet Rocketdyne even greater opportunity to innovate and evolve our advanced manufacturing capabilities.” CCAM is based at a state-of-the-art facility in Prince George County, Va., and is equipped with computational and engineering research labs, high bay production space and commercial scale equipment, and specialized equipment and tooling for research in surface engineering, manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, machining technologies, composite materials processing, and welding and joining. Speaking about the July 16 announcement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is a world-class research facility that is transforming the future of advanced manufacturing. Today’s announcement that Aerojet Rocketdyne will expand its CCAM membership is a tremendous example of the mutual benefit attained by leveraging the talent and resources within CCAM and Virginia’s top universities. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a valued asset to Virginia, and we look forward to the company’s results and success to come as an Organizing Industry Member of CCAM.” Joseph F. Moody, CCAM President and Executive Director, said, “Aerojet Rocketdyne has gained appreciable benefit from CCAM membership and now is expanding its role to become an Organizing Industry Member. We are pleased that Aerojet Rocketdyne will derive even greater benefit from CCAM collaboration and manufacturing breakthroughs.” With nearly 20 member companies, NASA Langley Research Center, and Virginia’s leading universities, CCAM bridges the gap between research and commercialization. CCAM industry and government members include Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Oerlikon Metco, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blaser Swisslube, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, Paradigm Precision, Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies, GF AgieCharmilles, Mechdyne, National Instruments, Spatial Integrated Systems, Airbus and NASA Langley Research Center. Academic partners are the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. BUSINESS NEWS MITUTOYO AMERICA CORPORATION has announced the opening of a new M3 Solution Center in the south central United States region, located in Houston, Texas. This new, 8,000 sq. ft. Center is conveniently located minutes from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Customers can schedule appointments for product demonstrations and acquire assistance with measuring solutions and application challenges.“Our goal is to provide timely metrology solutions to our customers, in a region that is home to a booming oil industry,” said Alan Jackson, Regional Sales Manager, South Central region. “The benefit of opening this new M3 Solution Center is the accessibility in offering experienced metrology specialists to our customers that could provide up to date and knowledgeable metrology information for any situation they may encounter.” TRESCAL has announced the acquisition ofU. S. company Master Metrology, Inc. and Gefran’s Italian metrology assets. With an annual turnover of $2 million and 16 employees, including seven engineers, Master Metrology increases Trescal’s growing presence in the US and also broadens its technical offer, notably in the dimensional and torque domains. Gefran’s Italian metrology laboratory, with annual sales of 800,000 and five employees, including four engineers, will be merged with Trescal’s existing laboratory in Brescia, growing its lab-based offer in Italy’s humidity, temperature and climatic chamber calibration sector, within laboratory and on site. The deals were completed with the support of Trescal’s majority shareholder, Ardian, the premium independent private investment company.They are the fifth and the sixth build-up transactions executed following Ardian’s acquisition of Trescal in July 2013. Guillaume Caroit, General Secretary of Trescal Group, said: “These acquisitions fit perfectly with our development strategy, both in the US where we hope to achieve a leading position in the next two years and also in Europe, where our ambition is to extend the technical offer to our clients. We are working on two or three build-up to be closed before the end of the year.” Raymond Wood, Founder and President of Master Metrology added: “Master Metrology is one of a number of fast growing companies that are contributing to the resurgence of Maryland manufacturing. The acquisition by Trescal expands our market-leading position and gives our customers access to greater technical capability across a broader geographic footprint.” Thibault Basquin, Managing Director in the Mid Cap Buyout team at Ardian, said: “Trescal’s ambitious international growth strategy reflects both the strength of Trescal’s management team and the level of support which Ardian always gives its portfolio companies.” SHAWCOR LTD. Announced that it has completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Desert NDT (“Desert”) for a total consideration of approximately $260 million, subject to adjustment for changes in working capital. Desert is a Houston-based provider of non-destructive testing services for new oil and gas gathering pipelines and infrastructure integrity management services. Desert operates through 18 branches located in major U.S. oil and gas basins. Steve Orr, President and CEO of ShawCor, stated, “Desert will operate as ShawCor’s ninth division and we look forward to working with the Desert team as we advance our integrity management strategy of providing management and data centric solutions for our customer’s production, processing and pipeline assets.”
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