MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS DOWN IN FEBRUARY MCLEAN, VA — February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $304.74 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 10.6 percent from January’s $341.02 million and down 14. 8 percent when compared with the total of $357.86 million reported for February 2014. With a year-to-date total of $645.76 million, 2015 was down 9. 8 percent when compared with 2014. “U.S. manufacturing is facing some pressure in terms of a stronger dollar and lower capital expenditures from the energy industry, but in taking the long view, we’re still in a good position overall,” said AMT President Douglas Woods. “The automotive and aerospace industries continue to be strong performers, and a number of international manufacturers are making significant investments in U.S. production facilities. We project that manufacturing technology orders will gain momentum as we move through the second quarter.” U. S. CUTTING TOOL CONSUMPTION UP 2.2 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY MCLEAN, VA — February U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $179.3 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was down 2.3 percent from January’s total and up 1.6 percent from February 2014. 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 percent of the U. S. market for cutting tools. “The start of 2015 has shown both January and February surpassing last year’s totals,” said Tom Haag, president of USCTI. “This increase has followed the same pattern in manufacturing of durable goods. These are positive conditions considering the first quarter has faced the adversity of harsh weather conditions and a strong dollar in a weakening global economy.” 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. GILMAN PRECISION TEAMS UP WITH GPS TO PREPARE LOCAL STUDENTS FOR FUTURE CAREER PATHS GRAFTON, WI — Dedicated to changing the lives of students for over a decade, GPS has since grown to be a nationally recognized program. Participating school districts, located near GPS education centers throughout Wisconsin, collaborate with GPS to place students aspiring to pursue a technical career in the manufacturing industry through real-world training. “The growing skills gap is a threat to the manufacturing industry,” said Mike Weiland, COO at Gilman Precision. “Jobs will go unfilled at a time when more jobs are being created; there will no doubt be a shortage. This is precisely why these types of programs are crucial for the industry, and Gilman jumped at the chance to be a part of it. “Not only does this program help prepare students with the essential skills and knowledge needed, but it gives them options, offers a plan, and gives them the confidence to succeed in the future.” Offered to juniors and seniors enrolled in participating school districts, the program allows students to gain industry credentials, employability skills and transferable postsecondary college credits. The student engages in two hours of classroom learning, followed by working at their designated intern locations. Ideally, this program can provide an experience that will have lasting effects on the student’s future. “Regular schooling just wasn’t for me,” said Josh Casper, student intern at Gilman Precision “I learned this after my guidance counselor suggested I look into GPS and consider a career in manufacturing; even though before working at Gilman I knew absolutely nothing about the industry. “The two hours I spend in the classroom are directly applied to what I do at work. I continue to learn on a daily basis by working in all areas of the factory, including grinding, assembly, and inspection. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with.” PEOPLE NEWS STEVE MARTELL, manager for advanced applications support at Sonoscan, received the IPC President’s Award during the IPC APEX EXPO at the San Diego Convention Center on March 3. Soon to celebrate his 30th year at Sonoscan, Martell was honored for his service to the electronics industry and to the IPC. His years among Sonoscan’s innovative engineers, alongside the world’s largest acoustic testing laboratory for components, let him make unique contributions to component and assembly standards, technology and education. Over the years he has brought Sonoscan’s technological expertise to a number of IPC committees, and currently is a member of nine IPC committees that focus on the standards and applications for acoustic micro imaging of MEMS devices, silicon wafers, 3D Ics, HB-LED devices, plastic chip carrier cracking, counterfeit components and other areas. He is the chairman of two of these committees. Because he deals with applications where Sonoscan’s C-SAM technology solves problems, Martell’s work covers the entire spectrum from the front end environment (wafers, ingots) to mid end (3D Ics) to back end (electronic components) to populated printed circuit boards. In addition to serving as the liaison with organizations concerned with standards within the electronics industry, Martell is also responsible for Sonoscan’s applications support and especially for automated in-line Acoustic Micro Imaging Systems used in manufacturing. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MASTER SGT. CHARLES E. HOLMAN was selected by the Inspection Division of the American Society for Quality as the recipient of its Inspector of the Year Award. The Inspection Division publicly acknowledged Holman’s accomplishment at its annual General Membership Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in conjunction with ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Holman is an active duty United States Air Force serving as an USAF Metrology Laboratory Lead Evaluator, Laboratory Certification Branch, USAF Metrology and Calibration Division, Agile Combat Support Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, located in Heath, Ohio. He joined the Air Force in 1997 and has held positions as precision measurement equipment laboratory calibration technician, PMEL tactical air navigation calibration work area supervisor, PMEL microwave frequency calibration work area supervisor, compatible development systems analyst non-commissioned officer in charge, PMEL electronics section calibration work area supervisor and PMEL quality program manager. Holman has continuously led from the front and was repeatedly lauded by Air Force senior leaders as “exceptionally bright,” “a visionary” and “a charismatic leader, mentor, and speaker.” As a calibration technician, Holman separated himself from the pack becoming certified in various calibration measurement area disciplines to include microwave frequency, DC/low frequency, resistance, phase noise, capacitance, linear, temperature, pressure, angular, optics, hivoltage, RF power, attenuation, mass, force and torque. Mahr Federal’s ALEXANDER TABENKIN was presented with the ASME 2014 Dedicated Service Award for Standardization and Testing during the ASME B46 meeting at NIST Headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. Tabenkin was recognized for his outstanding service to the Society, based on his contributions and dedication spanning over twenty-three years in the field of surface metrology. According to ASME, “The Dedicated Service Award was established in 1983 to honor unusual dedicated voluntary service to the Society marked by outstanding performance, demonstrated effective leadership, prolonged and committed service, devotion, enthusiasm and faithfulness.” “Alex is one of the nation’s foremost experts on surface finish and geometry gaging and the development of surface finish and geometry standards,” said Tony Picone, president of Mahr Federal. “He has also been an extremely valuable member of the Mahr Federal team and we are all gratified to see Alex recognized for his expertise and his dedication over these many years.” Born and educated in Russia before immigrating to the US, Tabenkin is a graduate of the Machine Tool Institute, Moscow, USSR, and was formerly a senior research engineer in metrology for 14 years at the National R&D Center in Moscow. Tabenkin was a product manager of geometry and surface gaging products, for Mahr Federal since 1977, and then consultant with Mahr Federal until retiring in 2008. Tabenkin is the author of many technical articles and several metrology books published in both the US and Russia. He has participated in dozens of seminars and conferences, and is a member of the ASME B46 Committee on Surface Finish and the ISO TC-57 Committee for metrology and properties of surfaces. Tabenkin is the second Mahr Federal employee to win the ASME Dedicated Service Award, the late Fred Parsons won in 2006. The Association For Manufacturing Technology elected its 2015-2016 officers and directors. The 2015-2016 board year began April 1. The AMT Board of Directors — which represent the American manufacturing technology industry — named Concept Machine Tool EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT JERRY REX to serve as chairman. He follows Chairman KEVIN KILGALLEN, president, Mid-Atlantic Machinery. “I am both honored and excited to serve our industry as AMT’s chairman for the upcoming year,” said Rex. “In my 23 years of activity with AMT, and previously with the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, I have been blessed to meet and learn from some of the best minds and leaders in our industry. I believe you can and should be a leader, no matter the title or position you hold. In my 38-plus years in manufacturing, I have seen incredible advances in the technology we deploy, sell, service and support, as well as how it is used. I look forward to being a strong advocate for AMT members as the industry continues to evolve in the coming year.” Element Materials Technology appointed JOHN NELSON as its new executive vice president, transportation and industrials, supporting the company’s sustained, ambitious growth strategy within the testing, inspection and certification sector. Nelson joins Element with an exceptionally strong testing sector reputation in operational excellence and continual improvement. His 17-year track record in driving organizational growth and strong financial performance comes as a result of highly successful leadership positions held at Bureau Veritas Inspectorate and quality management background with Intertek. Element President and CEO Charles Noall said, “John’s appointment represents a major coup for Element and is a clear signal of our continued intent to become the world’s most trusted testing partner. His ability to deliver results and provide strategic vision within the Transportation and Industrials sectors will play an enormous role in helping us to realize our ambitious, sustained growth plans and build on our ever-increasing reputation in the TIC industry.” Nelson said, “I’m extremely proud to be joining the Element team, having witnessed the company’s extraordinary transformation over the past four years to become a truly world-class testing partner. I look forward to working closely with the senior leadership team and experts across Element’s global platform, given my experience of the overwhelming culture of togetherness that has existed here since day one. My focus now is to accelerate Element’s continual operational improvement to increase on time delivery and turnaround time performance, as well as further expansion of our testing capabilities to meet our clients’ most critical needs.” BUSINESS NEWS HEXAGON AB announced the acquisition of Q-DAS, an international software company in statistical process control solutions for industrial manufacturing. Software solutions have become a vital part of optimizing the manufacturing process. Furthering Hexagon’s strategy to expand its software portfolio in this area, the Q-DAS acquisition adds software to support the data management needs of a factory. While people, materials and methods can all lead to fluctuations in machine and process capability, Hexagon’s solutions will now provide the means to more accurately observe and evaluate the production process in real time, enabling workers to control and suppress fluctuations as they occur. This helps customers avoid costly mistakes, adhere to global industry standards, and achieve manufacturing efficiencies with high-quality output. Based in Germany, Q-DAS has offices and partner distribution companies around the world. Already compatible with both Hexagon and third-party solutions, the Q-DAS portfolio is widely used in manufacturing sectors where high production volumes and dimensional quality needs require statistical analysis — like the automotive sector where Q-DAS is the de-facto standard. Hexagon and Q-DAS intend to maintain the company’s position in relation to technical partners, keeping Q-DAS platforms open to the numerous systems providers they currently support. The Q-DAS portfolio will strengthen Hexagon’s metrology planning solution, MMS (metrology management system), which is designed to provide easy access to measurement data — from any source or supplier — all in one place. The application of statistical procedures will improve measurement accuracy and consistency while also helping to automate the analysis of measurement results — making quality data fully actionable throughout the production process. “Adding Q-DAS to the Hexagon family has many advantages,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Not only does it provide the opportunity to increase the value of our MMS solution but also adds growth opportunities for our business, enabling increased market penetration of Q-DAS solutions through our global presence and customer network.” Q-DAS will be fully consolidated when customary regulatory approvals have been obtained. Q-DAS will positively contribute to Hexagon’s earnings. The company’s turnover for 2014 amounted to approximately 15 MEUR. Hexagon is a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications. Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries. Following a best-ever financial report in 2013, the SCOTTISH QUALITY MANAGEMENT CENTRE surpassed financial targets for a successive year with a 36 percent increase in turnover for financial year-end 2014. The ISO 9000 specialists increased its turnover from £250k in 2013 well beyond its £275k goal for 2014 to £340k. SQMC provides ISO training and consultancy services to a diverse client base across a broad range of industries and services throughout the UK. “After a fantastic year in 2013 and with the continuing demand for our services, we had set ourselves a target of £275k for 2014,” SQMC Director Kenny Hannah said. “However, we were pleasantly surprised to find that SQMC consultants were sought after more than ever before, perhaps due in part to recent case studies published about clients we have helped to nail their ISO certification, helping us to be more than 75 percent on the way to reaching this target by the end of the first six months of the year. “Seeing this sort of growth year on year is enabling us to reinvest more into our infrastructure and customer experience; particularly our online services and the creation of new, custombuilt software that is unique to SQMC.” Although some of the contracts that contributed to last year’s success are now complete, Kenny hopes that the business will replicate it in 2015 with fresh opportunities such as SQMC’s forthcoming schedule of accredited “transition” workshops starting on June 17 that will update previously-trained auditors to the latest versions of key quality and environmental ISO standards. SQMC have provided quality assurance support within the nuclear industry throughout last year, and were also able to secure new business from organizations like Applusvelosi, Score Europe and Playfords/Hedley Solutions, supplying them with the management systems training that they already provide for existing and long-standing clients like the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, General Electric and fashion giants, Mainetti. “With new updates to the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental international standards due out by the end of the year, we foresee many individuals certified to operate to the current versions of the standards requiring our transition courses,” Kenny continued. “Eventually, various organizations will be required to revisit their certified quality management system and bring their procedures and documentation in line with the requirements of the new standard, and I hope that our consultants will play key roles in helping these organizations achieve this.” In 2014, SQMC also boasted exceptionally high pass rates for a number of their courses, 100 percent for their ISO 9001 Internal Auditor course, which is accredited by the International Register of Certificated Auditors. This reflects the quality of training SQMC provides through its trainers, some of the UK’s most experienced and most talented, and presents the best possible opportunity for students to minimize their financial outlay. Quality management practices, like those taught by SQMC, have been found to contribute considerably towards the UK’s economy and the success of individual organizations. For example, a report commissioned by the CQI and CMI found that in 2011 quality management programs added over £80bn towards the UK’s GDP and an average of a £6 increase to revenues and £16 reduce to cost for every £1 spent on such systems for businesses. CREAFORM, worldwide provider in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, announced the opening of its US-based corporation and offices in Costa Mesa, Calif. The opening of this new office is the result of the growing demand for Creaform’s portable measurement solutions as well as its dedication to better support its ever-expanding US customer base. Moreover, it complements Creaform’s current American presence. The offices, on the West Coast, will provide complete sales and metrology services, with the addition of local application engineers and project leaders on site. “California is a hotbed for cuttingedge technology,” explained Martin D. Chader, U.S. Country Manager at Creaform. “With such a flourishing economy, substantial military presence, and significant commercial potential, California was a natural fit for our US-based office.” THE DUPPS COMPANY of Germantown, Ohio was named the winner of the 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence. The award is presented by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, sponsored by CNA Insurance Companies, and created by FMA’s Safety Council to recognize a company with a demonstrated safety culture. It is named in honor of Demeules, a significant volunteer contributor to FMA, who was president of the FMA Safety Committee from its inception in 1989 until 1996. The Dupps Company is celebrating their 80th year as a family run business and currently employs 143. They design, build and install high-quality process equipment and systems. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of rendering equipment used to recycle animal protein by-products. The Dupps Company’s significant achievements in the area of safety include no lost time injuries in their heavy industrial manufacturing facility in over eight years. Each year there is a contest among the employees to come up with the upcoming year’s safety slogan. This year the winning slogan was, “With Nine on the line, keep SAFETY in mind.” The Dupps Company will be honored at a dinner ceremony during FMA’s Annual Safety Conference to be held April 22-23 at Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, Minn. As the recipient, a representative of the company receives complimentary registration, travel, and hotel accommodations at the conference. “FMA is honored to present the Rusty Demeules Safety Award to The Dupps Company,” said Edward Youdell, president and CEO of FMA. “The Dupps Company’s excellence in the area of safety was reflected in their application and they were a great choice by the judging committee. I congratulate them on winning this year’s award.” CONFERENCE NEWS The Coordinate Metrology Society announced Dana Bowman, retired sergeant 1st class and member of the U.S. Army’s elite Golden Knights parachute team, will serve as the keynote speaker at the 31TH ANNUAL COORDINATE METROLOGY SYSTEMS CONFERENCE, July 20–24 at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. A double amputee due to a parachuting accident, Bowman has inspired audiences all over the world with his “life without limits” story. Through hard work and firm resolve, Dana was the first double amputee to reenlist in the Army and later become the Golden Knight’s lead speaker and recruiting commander during his 20-year military career. The 2015 CMSC will officially get underway with Bowman’s keynote address starting at 9 a. m. July 21. The five-day conference attracts 3D industrial measurement professionals and scientists serving in industries such as aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation and more. Each year, the event serves up an unrivaled slate of expert-level technical presentations in the field of metrology. It is the world-leading forum to share information, discuss industry best practices and learn about applications of portable 3D coordinate measurement systems, scientific research, developments, technology management and measurement strategies. Bowman has presented more than 400 speeches in the last few years, and received numerous accolades including a Bronze Star for Valor. He has been featured in popular magazines such as Sports Illustrated and People magazine, and made TV appearances on “Dateline NBC,” the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, “Real TV,” “CBS: Eye on America,” “A Current Affair” and more. Bowman is currently working on designing parts for prosthetic limbs to improve their function, and leveraging the benefits of measurement technology. During his personal time, he works with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people. Other projects in the till are a book and a movie about his inspiring “triumph over adversity” life. In addition to a full-time speaking career, Bowman enjoys scuba diving, bicycling, snow and water skiing, snowmobiling — and skydiving. NPE2015 was the largest show in NPE history. SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association reported that NPE2015 attracted 2,029 exhibitors over 1,128,200 net square feet of exhibit space — exceeding the previous records of 2,009 exhibitors and 1,041,000 net square feet set in 2000. In addition, registered attendance for NPE2015 was 65,810 — 19 percent greater than three years ago. These registrants came from 23,396 unique companies — 22 percent more than the 19,198 companies at NPE2012 — representing a substantial increase in buying potential. International participation also set new NPE records. Nearly 44 percent of exhibiting companies and 26 percent of registrants came from outside the United States. Nearly 5,000 registrants were from Latin America alone. Exhibitors came from 37 nations in all. In descending order of number of exhibitors, the ten largest participating countries are China, Taiwan, Canada, Italy, Germany, India, Turkey, France, Switzerland and South Korea. These figures don’t include many companies that are based in other countries but exhibited through their U.S. subsidiaries. SPI president and CEO William Carteaux acclaimed NPE2015 as the most successful NPE by many measures. “What made NPE2015 a milestone in the 69-year history of NPE was not only its size and international diversity, but also the richness of its offerings to attendees,” said Carteaux. “The hundreds of machines operating on the show floor, the customer service centers provided by material suppliers, the pavilions and programs on current issues and emerging technologies, the extensive agenda of colocated conferences — this wealth of content surpassed our previous shows and now provides a guideline for making future NPEs even more attractive to participants. The plastics industry should be truly proud of its show” NPE2018 will take place May 7-11, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
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