BUSINESS NEWS | COMING EVENTS | PEOPLE NEWS | MERGERS A RECAP OF IMTS 2014 CHICAGO — IMTS 2014 broke records as the largest six-day show ever with 114,147 registrants – that’s an increase of 14 percent since the 2012 show – and the fourth largest in IMTS’ 30-year history. With more than 1.282 million square feet of exhibit space and 2,035 exhibiting companies, there were plenty of innovative manufacturing technology solutions for visitors to explore. “During IMTS 2014 there was a universal vibe among exhibitors, visitors and even students, that manufacturing is now the place to be,” said Peter Eelman, AMT vice president – exhibitions and communications. Speaking of students, the Smartforce Student Summit almost doubled in size since 2012 with 17,767 elementary, middle and high school students in attendance. “A major concern among manufacturers is building a community of workers to fill their needs now and in the future,” said Eelman. “At IMTS, this was addressed beyond all expectations by the Smartforce Student Summit and captured the imagination of young people with the truly innovative technologies on display,” The show also had a remarkable array of new and emerging technologies that are set to revolutionize the manufacturing world. These innovations, including digital data integration, automation/robotics, in-line quality assurance, additive manufacturing, and traditional equipment, offer solutions to all manufacturers who seek increased productivity and lower cost. Sold signs could be seen on many machines throughout the show. Hydromat Director of Marketing Kevin Shults said, “We are ecstatic about the results we are seeing. We had a really good show in 2012 and this was even better. We sold a $1 million plus twin spindle machining center during the show and left with a large number of quality leads to carry us into 2015. The community really came together in a big way.” And that’s only one exhibitor success story. For more, visit imts.com. U. S. MANUFACTURING GROWS AT FASTEST PACE IN THREE YEARS WASHINGTON, DC — Gains in manufacturing boosted the U.S. expansion in August, led by a surge in orders for plastics and metals that powered the world’s largest economy past a global slowdown. The Institute for Supply Management’s index unexpectedly climbed to 59, the highest level since March 2011, from July’s 57.1, beating all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists. The orders gauge was the strongest in a decade, the Tempe, Arizona-based group reported. American factories are benefiting from a rebound in auto sales and stronger business spending on new plants and equipment that are helping industries rise above the political tensions weighing on Europe. Faster wage growth is now needed to sustain the advance and broaden household purchases beyond automobiles. “The manufacturing sector is just on fire right now,” said Brian Jones, a senior U. S. economist at Societe Generale in New York, whose ISM forecast at 58.5 was the highest in the Bloomberg survey. “You’ve got increased demand for workers, and the more people working, and the more money they are making, the more money they’ll spend.” Stocks fell, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had its best month since February, as energy producers sank with the price of crude. The S&P 500 dropped 0.1 percent to 2,002.28 at the close in New York. The news on manufacturing was less positive overseas. U.K. factory growth slowed more than forecast last month and Italian manufacturing shrank as Europe suffered the fallout from weakening demand and mounting geopolitical risks in Ukraine and the Middle East, other reports showed. “We’ve been dealing with the fragile European recovery for years now, and we seem to be moving right through it,” Bradley Holcomb, the ISM survey chairman, said in an interview. There’s a chance the U.S. won’t see a “discernible impact,” though if things escalate, that could change, he said. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 78 economists was 57 for the U.S. ISM index. Estimates ranged from 55 to 58.5. Readings greater than 50 indicate growth. 17 of 18 industries surveyed by the purchasing managers’ group grew last month, led by plastics, furniture and metals. To read the full report, visit bloomberg. Com/news/2014-09-02/manufacturing- in-u-s-expands-at-fastest-pacein- three-years.html. COORDINATE METROLOGY CONFERENCE MAKES HISTORY IN CHARLESTON, SC WEATHERFORD, TX —Celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, the Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) in Charleston, South Carolina, attracted metrologists and portable 3D measurement professionals from around the world, including a record breaking number of new attendees. William Gressler’s keynote address officially kicked off the CMSC and its schedule of original, expert technical presentations. Gressler is the telescope and site manager for the LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) Project. His presentation entitled “Metrology Systems Enable Big Science” covered how telescopes were among the first key metrology systems to help scientists to understand the universe and provide a glimpse of the future of our planet. Twenty-four metrology professionals covered subject matter such as the application of photogrammetry for antenna measurement, the absolute positioning of robots, automated production measurement of an auto welding line, comparing optical vision systems and much more. The diverse presentation roster included international speakers from The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Research Council of Canada and other leaders in the field from Germany, Switzerland, China, Japan, Brazil, Australia, the UK and more. Located in the center of the Exhibition Hall, the all-new Measurement Zone was the focal point for daily educational activities focused on advancing the knowledge of metrology. In this arena, there was a popular e-Learning Center featuring multiple topics, seminars and workshops. At 2,500 square feet, the Measurement Zone also served as a learning hub for portable arm applications. PEOPLE NEWS MICHAEL J. CLEARY, PH.D., founder and president of PQ Systems, Inc. and a professor emeritus at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, died on September 10, 2014 at age 75. Michael Cleary was born June 3, 1939, in Dumont, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Norwich University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He earned his Ph.D. in economics and business management from the University of Nebraska. He was a member of the Partridge Society of Norwich University, and he was also elected to their Board of Fellows. Dr. Cleary, a noted authority in the field of quality management and a charter member of the Education Division of the American Society for Quality Control (now ASQ), opened PQ Systems, Inc. in 1984 with headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, later opening PQ Systems Pty Ltd. In Frankston, Australia, serving the Pacific Rim, and PQ Systems Europe, with sales in continental Europe and the Middle East. PQ Systems was named among the top 25 Best Places to Work in Dayton in 2014. Cleary played a principal role in developing the Transformation of American Industry national training project as well as the Total Quality Transformation training system. He served on the planning committee for the U.S.- Japanese Business Conference in Tokyo, and presented papers on statistical process control and the applications of quality management principles to a variety of audiences in Korea, China, France, Great Britain, Australia, Singapore, and Japan. He was author of Data Analysis Handbook Using SPSS, as well as co-author of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement and Total Quality Transformation. He was a Professor of Management Science at Wright State University from 1971-1996, where he was awarded the Business College Associates Alumni Teaching Award. His 25 year professorship in management science enabled Cleary to conduct extensive research and garner valuable experience in expanding quality management methods. He was a leader in bringing quality management into the curriculum of the College of Business, and published articles and papers on issues related to quality management, statistical applications, and decision sciences in a variety of academic and professional journals. He was a frequent speaker on issues related to quality management and statistical methods. Dr. Cleary was a member of the Miami Valley School Board of Trustees from 1990 to 2014, and of the St. Leonard Faith Community, where he was an usher and sacristan for many years. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Eagle Registrations, in Dayton, Ohio. HEXAGON, following the acquisitions of the Computer Aided Manufacturing software provider Vero Software and the mine planning software provider Mintec, has identified overlapping technologies and assets. This will lead to a write-down which in combination with transaction costs from the acquisitions will impact Hexagon’s earnings for the third quarter of 2014. The write-down relates to overlapping technology between Vero Software’s development of reporting tools for manufacturing data and Hexagon’s existing software in this area. The write-down also relates to overlapping technologies between Hexagon’s existing operations within mining (such as fleet management systems) and Mintec. Also transaction costs (tax and legal advice) from the two acquisitions will have an impact on the third quarter of 2014. Consequently, Hexagon will record in the third quarter of 2014 non-recurring items that total -17.8 MEUR. In addition to these non-recurring items recorded in the third quarter, Hexagon will see a negative impact stemming from acquired deferred revenues (revenue haircut) of Vero Software and Mintec. This accounting effect will negatively impact sales and earnings for the third and fourth quarter of 2014 with approximately -2 MEUR in both quarters. MICRO PHOTONICS INC., a provider of advanced X-ray microcomputed tomography instruments from Bruker, has announced an expansion in laboratory services. Micro Photonics’ facility currently features three multifunctional research systems: the Skyscan 1172, 1173 and 1174. New additions to the lab will include the SkyScan – 1272 Micro-CT and a second Sky- Scan 1173 Micro-CT to further Micro-CT research. In addition, the lab services expansion will include 3-D printing of samples. By using CTAnalyzer software, a STL file can be generated from the stacks of micro-CT images and then virtually edited and customized prior to being sent to the 3-D printer, resulting in unique physical models. In order to better support customers, the expansion project is also offering a new lab services web page that lists the systems available, outlines the procedure for results, and shows sample turn-around time. Visit the new web page at microphotonics.com/microphotonics-lab-services. 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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