PEOPLE NEWS HOWARD HARARY was appointed director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Engineering Laboratory, which develops the measurement tools and standards needed to support technology-intensive manufacturing, construction and cyber-physical systems. The laboratory also conducts research to reduce the risks of fire, earthquakes and other hazards. “Howard brings enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to his position,” said NIST Acting Director and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Willie May. “He fully understands the two-way connection between science and engineering. And he knows firsthand that the stronger and healthier the connection, the more society and the economy will benefit tangibly from the nation’s investments in science and technology.” A physicist turned measurement scientist, Harary began at NIST in 1985 as a bench scientist, focusing on challenges in measuring features on gears and other parts with complex shapes. He steadily rose through the NIST ranks, from project leader to group leader, to deputy director of the NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory in 2004. Harary became the Engineering Laboratory’s acting director in 2013. “The work of the Engineering Lab delivers incredibly useful results for many parts of the economy and society,” Harary said. “Sometimes these results can have lifesaving implications. My goal is to help the laboratory make an even bigger difference in the United States and the world.” The Engineering Laboratory has a staff of nearly 400 people, including 132 guest researchers, who are distributed among five major research divisions. The laboratory’s annual budget is nearly $100 million. A New York native, Harary received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1974, and biophysics doctorate from Harvard University in 1983. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University from 1983 to 1985. Harary currently serves on the visiting panel for the University of Maryland’s Mechanical Engineering Department, is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Council on Standards and Certification, a member of the ASME Board on Standardization and Testing, and is the government representative to the board of PDES Inc., an industrial consortium working in the area of the digital exchange of manufacturing information. He also chairs an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) working group on general requirements for dimensional measuring equipment. THE AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE APPROVES NEW QUALITY STANDARD BURLESON, TX — The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium announced that the American National Standards Institute approved QIF v 2.0 (Quality Information Framework, version 2.0) as an American National Standard. This new standard enhances the previous ANSI Standard, QIF V1.0, containing quality planning and measurement results, by providing a 3D product definition with semantic geometric and dimensional tolerances, definitions for measurement resources, template for measurement rules and statistical functionality. All of this to satisfy the digital interoperability needs for a wide variety of use cases including feature-based dimensional metrology, quality measurement planning, first article inspection and discrete quality measurement. On Dec. 19, 2013, the ANSI Board of Standards Review approved QIF v1.0 as an American National Standard. This new standard provides, quality measurement planning, first article inspection, and discrete quality measurement. QIF v2.0 resolves model-based metrology’s primary “pain point,” which is obtaining a complete and accurate 3D product definition with semantic geometric and dimensional tolerances. It provides cost-effective XML exchange of product definition with various conformance levels of semantic PMI that satisfies many CAD to modelbased metrology use cases. QIF v2.0 also provides a way to define and apply measurement resources, measurement rules and statistics towards generating and communicating feature-based measurement plans based upon a plant, department, or supplier’s measurement resources and rules defined by a company or by part type. QIF models include quality characteristics and measurement features as defined in the ASME Y14.5 specification and the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard. ANSI approval of QIF v2.0 indicates that QIF has attained a consensus approval from a large number of subject matter experts in the digital metrology industry. The QIF standard was designed to meet the highest industry requirements and to satisfy technological gaps that have traditionally cost industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The DMSC has met, and continues to meet, the need for national standards in quality measurement in a timely fashion. ANSI’s accredited Standards Developing Organizations operate in accordance with national and often international guidelines, and have been verified by government and peer review assessments. For more information about the QIF standards, visit www.qifstandards.org. FLUKE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES FIVE FINALISTS IN THE FLUKE CONTEST EVERETT, WA — Fluke Corporation announces the finalists in the Fluke Connect Student Contest, which tests the skills, innovation and business application of student teams enrolled in two and four year colleges, universities, trade and tech schools and apprenticeship programs. The finalist teams are: • Brigham Young University Women in Manufacturing Team, whose project is live testing the temperature on friction bit joining welds. • California Polytechnic State University Power and Energy Society, for conducting a commercial energy audit. • University of Kentucky Solar Car Team, for live testing performance parameters on a solar car. • San Jacinto College North, for improving the efficiency of charging AC systems. • Western Iowa Technology School, for troubleshooting intermittent electrical issues in wind turbines. A panel of six judges evaluated the teams on their technical skills, innovation and creativity, the business value of their projects, and the presentation skills of the team. The judges were Mike Bacidore, editor, Control Design magazine; Martin Lorton, blogger, solar power and electronic measurement equipment; Glen Mazur, author, trainer and former department chair of Joliet Jr. College. Judges from Fluke Corporation were Thomas Anderson, senior software engineer; Leah Friberg, education and public affairs manager; and Melissa Hammerle, mobility solutions business unit manager. Final projects are due Dec. 5 when they will be evaluated by the same panel of judges as well as voted on by the public on Facebook. The winners, who will be announced on Dec. 15, will be determined by which team made the biggest impact using the Fluke Connect system, with 75 percent of the decision based on the evaluation by the panel of judges and 25 percent on the public vote. Three members of the first place team and their adviser will receive a paid trip to Fluke headquarters in north Seattle to spend a day meeting with Fluke executive and engineering leadership, tour Fluke engineering and manufacturing and see the Boeing manufacturing facility and Future of Flight Aviation Center next door. The school’s department will win $1,000 worth of Fluke tools, and the Fluke Connect tools used in the contest submission, worth approximately $2,500. For information on Fluke tools and applications, visit www.fluke.com. WORLD QUALITY MONTH TO CELEBRATE AND RAISE AWARENESS OF QUALITY EFFORTS MILWAUKEE, WI — ASQ is celebrating World Quality Month in November, an annual event that provides business leaders, quality professionals and consumers the opportunity to interact at quality events worldwide. World Quality Month, in its fifth year, promotes the use of quality tools in businesses and communities and showcases improved business performance and service quality by reducing waste and producing superior products. World Quality Month calls on people who use quality tools to share stories illustrating the value of quality principles. “World Quality Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the global quality community and showcase its contributions on products, services and the community as a whole,” ASQ CEO William Troy said. “It’s our time to share the impact of quality, and encourage organizations worldwide to embrace quality.” In support of World Quality Month, ASQ will soon launch an online self-assessment tool that will help organizations evaluate their culture of quality to identify strengths and opportunities that can accelerate growth and performance. The tool is part of ASQ’s and Forbes Insights’ culture of quality research conducted earlier this year that resulted in the research paper, “Culture of Quality: Accelerating Growth and Performance in the Enterprise,” which provides actionable insight into how a quality-driven culture can accelerate business performance. ASQ also is hosting worldqualitymonth. Org, a website dedicated to the celebration. The site, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and InfinityQS, includes case studies, success stories and a list of events spanning six continents. ASQ’s Quality Progress magazine developed a quality tool personality quiz, “an informal and humorous online quiz to highlight the insight and expertise quality professionals provide, each in their own unique way.” To learn more about quality and its impact on business performance, visit worldqualitymonth.org. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS UP 5.2% IN 2014 MCLEAN, VA — September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million, according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The total was up 77.3% from August and up 61.4% when compared with the total of $401.18 million in September 2013. With a year-to-date total of $3,738.72 million, 2014 is up 5.2% 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. “We now have data to back up the anecdotal reports that IMTS was an exceptionally strong show,” said AMT President Douglas Woods. “This is a great sign that manufacturers are eager to invest in equipment that will boost their productivity. The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders 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 leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. U. S. CUTTING TOOL CONSUMPTION UP 4.6% IN SEPTEMBER MCLEAN, VA — September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association for Manufacturing Technology. The figure was up 4.6% from August’s total and up 7.7% from September 2013. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals actually reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent about 80% of the U.S. market for cutting tools. “The 4.6% increase for September’s cutting tool shipments was not a surprise as the market’s expectations were for a strong finish in 2014,” said Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. “There is every indication that the momentum from the fall of 2014 is a harbinger of continued growth in industrial production and cutting tool sales for 2015.” The Cutting Tool Market Report is jointly compiled by AMT and USCTI, two trade associations representing the development, production and distribution of cutting tool technology and products. It provides a monthly statement on U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process – the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity, as it is a true measure of actual production levels. For more information, visit www.amtonline.org. ISO 9001 REVISION MOVES ON TO FINAL STAGE GENEVA — A recent vote approved the latest draft of the revised International Organization for Standardization 9001 on quality management systems. The document can now progress to the next stage of the ISO standard development process. ISO 9001 is undergoing the periodic revision standards generally go through every three to five years to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. The new edition, expected this year, will feature some important changes. The latest draft was put to vote according to ISO procedures and received nearly 90% approval, which is enough for it to progress to the next stage: Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). Experts in the ISO subcommittee revising the standard will now go through all the comments received during the DIS vote in order to produce a final draft which will then be put forward for voting. Once approved, the standard can then be published. “We are on the right track, and we are on schedule for publication,” said Nigel Croft, chair of the ISO subcommittee revising the standard. “The new version is very strongly based on three basic core concepts — that process approach which was very successful in the 2008 version of the standard superimposed on that system of processes is the plan-do-check act methodology, and a third core concept which is new in the 2015 version is risk based thinking, aiming at preventing undesirable outcomes.” ISO 9001 is one of ISO’s most wellknown standards, with more than 1. 1 million certificates worldwide. It provides requirements to help companies demonstrate that they can offer their customers consistent, good quality products and services. It also provides a framework to help them streamline their processes and become more efficient at what they do. ISO 9001 can be used by organizations of all types and sizes. The standard has inspired a series of documents for sector-specific applications including for the automotive sector, the medical sector, local governments and more. GENERAL ELECTRIC will build a new manufacturing facility to develop new manufacturing technologies across the company. The new facility represents a $32 million investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering. These technologists will join GE’s 50,000 scientists, engineers and skilled labor workers. Advanced manufacturing includes new digital fabrication technology, lean manufacturing methods and rapid-prototyping, advanced materials sciences, supply chain efficiency and open innovation. The facility will focus on improving capabilities and usage of additive manufacturing across GE while advancing materials sciences and inspection technologies. “Advanced manufacturing is driving a profound change in industry and at GE,” said Dan Heintzelman, GE vice chairman. “It is how we will compete and win in the future. We can more efficiently invent and build products for our customers, while driving better margins for our investors. This new facility is crucial for bringing advanced manufacturing technology to all our businesses.” Pennsylvania is already home to more than 8,500 GE employees with significant presence from GE’s transportation, power and water, oil and gas and energy management business. The site will be located outside of Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, PA, to capitalize on the academic institutions and skilled workforce in the area. Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 to be completed by September 2015. “By integrating education, workforce training and technology, we are cultivating a renaissance in Pennsylvania manufacturing,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said. “I am proud of the economic environment we have created to encourage global companies like GE to invest in our future and in our skilled and talented workers. “The 50 high-tech jobs GE is creating with this project is terrific news for hard working families in southwest Pennsylvania.” In the past two years, GE has established new advanced manufacturing locations for GE Power & Water in Greenville, SC; GE Aviation in Asheville, NC; and GE Oil & Gas in Jacksonville, FL; while expanding work in GE Aviation in Auburn, AL, and improving manufacturing at GE Aviation in Rutland, VT. H SCAN INTERNATIONAL, based in Los Angeles, acquired UK-based advanced ultrasonic services company LATERAL WAVE LIMITED. HSI President Brian Shannon said the acquisition of Lateral Wave further expands HSI’s European operations in providing advanced NDE services to various industrial markets. He added that the compatibility of core values and shared vision, while continuing to grow the business footprint, are key elements in the success of a business acquisition. “Over the past ten years there have been around a dozen offers from UK and overseas companies to acquire or merge with Lateral Wave,” said Steve Traves, who will remain as technical director. “While several of the offers were extremely attractive, Jacqui and I felt their commitment to quality wasn’t sufficient for us to agree a deal. Lateral Wave has worked with HSI on a number of contracts in Norway and Trinidad. There have also been regular visits by Brian to Lateral Wave and by us to the HSI headquarters in Los Angeles. “It was the clear commitment to quality from the HSI staff, coupled with Brian’s enthusiasm and vision for the future of the advanced ultrasonic service industry, that convinced us that HSI was the perfect fit for us. I would like to thank those who have worked tirelessly over the years to make Lateral Wave the quality company that it is. Our staff looks forward to an exciting future with both HSI and HSI Comada (Northern Ireland) Limited.” Lateral Wave management and staff will remain with the company, which will trade under the ‘HSI – Lateral Wave Limited’ name. ZEISS and the HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE’S JANELIA RESEARCH CAMPUS signed an exclusive license agreement for the commercialization of Bessel beam plane illumination microscopy, also called lattice light sheet microscopy. The fluorescence imaging method was invented by Eric Betzig, group leader at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA. Bessel beam plane illumination microscopy allows high-speed 3D fluorescence imaging of living cellular and multicellular specimens with nearly isotropic spatial resolution, low photobleaching and low photodamage. The technology uses special beam conditioning of the light sheet illumination. Enabling very thin illumination beams, it makes light sheet technology capable for applications in cell biology. Bessel beam plane illumination microscopy is extending non-invasive imaging which already is a common feature of the ZEISS light sheet microscope Lightsheet Z.1. The method offers a resolution better than existing technologies such as spinning disk. Users of the technology will be able to watch cellular and sub-cellular division processes in 4D – at ultra-high spatial and temporal resolution that was never achieved before with fluorescence imaging. DEKRA CERTIFICATION became one of the first certification bodies to be qualified to the recently published AS 9101E: Quality Management Systems Audit Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations standard. AS 9101E is the newest guidance document on the requirements that certification bodies must comply with in their auditing of the AS 9100 standard for companies in the aviation, space and defense industries. AS 9101E defines the requirements for the preparation and execution of the audit process. It also defines the content and composition for reporting of conformity and process effectiveness to the 9100-series standards, the organization’s quality management system documentation, and customer/ regulatory requirements. “With over 7,000 companies in the U.S. certified to AS 9100, this is a very important shift in audit methodology for any certification body,” said Chris Carson, director of business development for DEKRA Certification. “As DEKRA continues to grow its presence in the aerospace industry, we understand the need to be proactive in addressing our existing and future clients’ concerns in a constantly evolving area. Being able to provide a clear and concise understanding of our obligations for an audit and how we report conformity and process effectiveness is vital to our client relationships, and something we had to be at the forefront of.” AS 9101E is an enhanced audit approach for evaluating process-based management systems. The updated standard, which incorporates previous changes along with input from industry stakeholders, includes deletion of Appendix A; additions to the Process Effectiveness Assessment Report; consolidation of forms; changes in certificate structure; changes in audit structure; and an increased focus on process effectiveness.
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