U. S. CUTTING TOOL CONSUMPTION DOWN 7 PERCENT IN MAY MCCLEAN, VA — May U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $172.8 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute the Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was down 6 percent from April’s total and down 7 percent from May 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 the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. The decline in May cutting tool shipments data is not surprising given the changing market, seasonal shutdowns and economic environment faced by our industry,” said Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. “The monthly swings in shipments are consistent with expectations for a flat year relative to 2014.” 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. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS DOWN 7.9 PERCENT IN 2015 MCCLEAN, VA — May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $336.98 million according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 13.2 percent from April’s $388.43 million and down 6. 2 percent when compared with the total of $359.28 million reported for May 2014. With a year-to-date total of $1,798.34 million, 2015 was down 7.9 percent when compared with 2014. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. “In large part, the decline in manufacturing technology orders is due to smaller manufacturers feeling a sense of economic uncertainty and therefore hesitant to make any kind of capital investment,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “In addition, the energy industry has curbed its spending, accounting for about half of the year-to-date decline in orders, and aerospace did not perform as well as expected in the first quarter. We expect the downturn to ease thanks to strong performance in the automotive and medical industries, with industrial production and a stronger PMI also indicating resilience in manufacturing.” 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 reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. KOREAN INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY SIGNS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FUNDING AGREEMENT RICHMOND, VA —The agreement was signed during the first-ever Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Forum held June 15-17 in Arlington, Va. “As the only collaboration of its kind in North America, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is a tremendous asset for Virginia,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The agreement between CCAM and KIAT will expand the research center’s global reach and further strengthen Virginia’s economic relationship with Korea. Collaborations of this kind bolster our efforts to market Virginia on an international level to increase jobs and investment as we build the new Virginia economy.” The signing ceremony included distinguished representatives from the U.S. and Korea. Participating were Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.); Bruce Katz, vice president, Brookings Institution; Lorin Sodell, vice president, Rolls-Royce North America; Hahk Sung Lee, senior vice president, LSIS Co., Ltd.; and Dae-Soon Kim, vice president, Hyundai Heavy Industries. Joseph F. Moody, CCAM president and executive director, said, “This is an historic moment and a tremendous new partnership. Global expansion will provide new opportunities in manufacturing innovation for CCAM’s university, industry and government partners. KIAT will participate in today’s most innovative, leading-edge manufacturing developments.” Under the agreement, KIAT, a Korean public institute that conducts activities to promote policy, infrastructure, and transfer and commercialization of industrial technology, will provide up to $1 million per year over the next three to five years to fund Korean companies who engage in collaborative research through CCAM. Jae-Hoon Chung, president of KIAT, expressed his hopes that successful advanced manufacturing innovation cases can be benchmarked through the forum, and valuable ideas on how to revive the Korean manufacturing sector can also be obtained. He furthermore emphasized the need to strengthen the industrial technology cooperation partnership between the two countries, based on advanced manufacturing innovation. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Forum, designed to foster collaboration on innovative R&D, was organized by KIAT, the Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE), Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), and CCAM. BUSINESS NEWS FLEXTECH ALLIANCE concluded its largearea, roll-to-roll, in-line surface metrology program with 4D TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION of Tucson, Ariz. The product, the FlexCamTM Defect and Roughness Metrology Module, was launched in February at 2015FLEX in Monterey and will be featured in several upcoming events. This project was started in 2012 with the intent of developing high-speed inspection and measurement — two important measures of success in roll-to-roll manufacturing of electronics. The project started with a request from FlexTech members for an inspection system which could provide insight into the characteristics of a web in motion. 4D Technology proposed, and was accepted to complete, the project. Important characteristics included: freedom from vibration of the rest of the system, detection of surface roughness in the 1 nanometer range, web speeds up to 1 meter per minute, and a field of view of 4 millimeters. The company’s final product has exceeded several of the original technical targets and has demonstrated the expectation for further improvement. Originally intended for barrier film manufacturers, the FlexCam is also gaining interest for characterizing substrates and intermediate layers. Interest has also been seen in other market areas, including non-roll-to-roll applications, precision optics manufacturing, and in place measurement of roughness on polished metal parts in precision machining centers. “The quick entrance to the industry and commercial interest in this unit is indicative of a successful FlexTech project,” states Malcolm Thompson, chief technology officer at FlexTech Alliance. “4D Technology is delivering an advanced and easily-customizable tool to an industry that is re-writing the way electronics are built. It is supply chain advancements like this one that will enable a fully-realized Internet-of- Everything.” Dr. Erik Novak, director of business development for 4D Technology, notes, “The product has been well received by the flexible electronics industry and we are actively negotiating with many companies for purchase of modules for in-line inspection. We are very pleased and express our appreciation to FlexTech, the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), Vitriflex, and DuPont Teijin for their support in funding, testing and materials. FlexTech’s Technical Council, and the broad range of expertise on the Council, was extremely helpful in creating useful specifications and interim feedback.” AMETEK completed the previouslyannounced acquisition of the Surface Inspection Systems Division of Cognex Corporation for about $160 million. Completion of the transaction follows the receipt of all regulatory approvals. “We are pleased to announce the closing of this strategic acquisition and are excited to welcome the SISD team to AMETEK,” said Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK chairman and chief executive officer. “SISD’s proprietary real-time image processing technology expands our capabilities in the non-destructive process inspection market. In addition, SISD will be able to leverage AMETEK’s complementary technology and products within its vision systems.” SISD develops and manufactures software-enabled vision systems used to inspect surfaces of continuously processed materials for flaws and defects. End markets served include metals, paper, nonwovens, plastics and glass. SISD has annual sales of approximately $60 million. The SISD business joins AMETEK as part of its Electronic Instruments Group. AMETEK LAND INSTRUMENTS is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its UKASaccredited infrared temperature calibration laboratory. It was the first UKAS laboratory to be accredited, back in 1970 for the issue of Calibration Certificates for thermal measurements and the first to be accredited for the issue of certificates that met the requirements of ISO 17025 (calibration of equipment). Over the past four and a half decades, the laboratory has provided temperature calibration services for industries ranging from glass, food and steel to automotive, aerospace and defense. Hightemperature industry professionals trust land Instruments’ UKAS laboratory for both Land and other manufacturers’ equipment. Land’s UKAS laboratory carries out the traceable calibration of radiation thermometers over the range –10°C up to 2500°C. With the certified lowest calibration uncertainty outside the National Physics Laboratory for temperatures above 500°C, Land is recognized as the industry leader in accuracy. The laboratory also provides a calibration and re-calibration reminder service for temperature sensors and sources including non-contact infrared pyrometers, thermal imagers and blackbodies. “It is fantastic to celebrate our 45th anniversary. We have worked with many customers for more than 30 years. They recognize the value of partnering with an UKAS-accredited laboratory, which operates to the highest international standards,” said Mick Boughton, Manager of Land Instruments’ UKASaccredited laboratory. “Those companies that choose to have their infrared temperature measurement equipment calibrated with us means this aspect of their production control system is fully traceable, reducing risks to the business and ensuring peace of mind. It is important that all processes which rely on accurate temperature measurement have their instruments calibrated periodically to maintain the highest quality standards.” Land Instrument’s UKAS laboratory is run by highly experienced staff, with many having more than 30 years of experience. Among the customers that use the UKAS services include such industry leaders as Rolls-Royce and General Electric. The Land UKAS laboratory also is relied upon by the majority of the other UKAS calibration facilities in the UK to provide traceable certification of their standards and Black Body sources. Working closely with the National Physics Laboratory over the decades, Land Instruments has acquired vast experience on non-contact temperature measurements challenges. The company also offers a consultancy service to advise customers on the best method of obtaining traceability for temperature measuring instrumentation and an emissivity determination service. UKAS is the sole accreditation body recognized by the UK government to assess laboratories that provide calibration against internationally accepted standards. UKAS accredits laboratories against the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, which specifically evaluates the laboratories technical competence, impartiality and performance. SHOW PREVIEW THE QUALITY SHOW GE and NASA will be there…Will you? The Quality Show, billed as the only trade show and conference focused exclusively on quality education, technology, equipment, and products, will take place October 27-29, 2015, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, and will include two keynote presentations, 18 educational sessions, an awards presentation ceremony, networking opportunities, and a bevy of exhibitions of the latest services and equipment the quality industry has to offer. A highlight of the show will be keynote presentations by industry powerhouses GE Aviation and NASA. On Wednesday, October 28th, Bryce Currie, Senior Executive of Global Quality, GE Aviation, will present, “Strategy, Culture and Continuous Improvement.” On Thursday, October 29th, Scott Edward Darpel, Chief Safety Officer of the Reliability and Quality Division, NASA, will give yet another dynamic address titled “Aerospace Quality Assurance for High Risk Research Payloads.” During both show days there will also a number of educational sessions, to be offered free of charge to all attendees. The educational sessions will include: • The 3D Metrologist’s Roadmap to CMS Certification • The Philosophy of Lean: Wax On!, presented by Dr. Kurt Stuke, CMQ/ OE, CQA, LSSBB; Adecco US • Building Internal Lean Six-Sigma Training, presented by Katie Wolters, Continuous Improvement Engineer, BSI, MA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Karen Johnson, Process Improvement Manager, BSIE, MBA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Denver Public Schools • Breaththrough Improvement Using Excel, presented by Jay Arthur, creator of QI Macros for Excel; President & CEO, KnowWare International, Inc. • The Value of Professional Certifications, presented by Jim Spichiger, Chair Elect, ASQ Inspection Division • Quality Solutions for Dealing with Change and Uncertainty, presented by John Knappenberger, ANAB President and CEO • Measurement Confidence, presented by Dilip Shah, President - E= mc3 Solutions, ASQ Fellow, ASQ CQE, CQA, CCT • ISO 9001:2015: An Overview of the Changes, presented by Mark Ames, President, ASQ Management Systems • Specifying, Analyzing and Interpreting ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Services, presented by Dilip Shah, President - E= mc3 Solutions, ASQ Fellow, ASQ CQE, CQA, CCT. • Modular Kaizen; Integrating Quality into Daily Operation, presented by Grace L. Duffy, President, Management and Performance Systems • Implementing Lean Six Sigma in the Absence of Common Sense!, presented by T.M. Kubiak, Founder and President, Performance Improvement Solutions • It’s About to Get Real! Presented by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager and Steve Helfer, General Manager, Clinkenbeard an M2M group Company “We developed a dynamic educational program to keep our attendees current on trends, advancements and the future of quality manufacturing,”said Darrell Dal Pozzo, Group Publisher of Quality Magazine. “We are pleased to be offering two top-notch keynote presentations and several exciting showcase theater presentations which have been developed with our programming partners CMSC and ASQ as well as other industry leaders including Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, InfinityQS, Oxford Instruments, Starrett Company, Tinius Olsen and Mitutoyo.” Prior to Currie’s keynote presentation, the editors of Quality Magazine will present the Professional of the Year Award to T.M. Kubiak, President and Owner of Performance Improvement Solutions, and the Plant of the Year Award to Clinkenbeard. “In addition to our conference program, we are also very excited to be presenting two of the most prestigious awards in the industry during the keynote presentation to the company and plant of the year,” said Dal Pozzo. Quality Magazine first awarded the Plant of the Year Award in 2005. The award recognizes companies that have reduced scrap, rework, warranty, and manufacturing costs; improved productivity or cycle time; increased capacity; and/or improved adherence to quality standards. The Professional of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the commitment and vision in supporting the development and growth of the quality field. In addition to the conference sessions, exhibiting companies, and presentations, attendees with also have the opportunity to network with thousands of quality professionals and decision-makers and buyers. Networking opportunities will include a welcome reception on Tuesday, October 27th to kick off the show experience, and another networking reception on Wednesday, October 28th to continue conversations off the show floor. EVEN IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT In addition to the conference sessions, exhibiting companies, and presentations, three webinars will be offered on Wednesday, October 28th for industry professionals who are unable to attend the show: • InfinityQS International, Inc. Session, presented by Eric Weisbrod, Technical Services Manager at InfinityQS International, will discuss how more manufacturers than ever recognize the high demands of today’s quality-sensitive world and are deploying quality management systems. • Reduce Operator Influence on Inspection in Production Session will discuss how quickly and reliably obtaining ISO-compliant, traceable and reproducible inspection results in production should be the goal of all manufacturers. • Starrett Company Session For more information on The Quality Show, visit www.qualityshow.com. For a complete list of the conference program Agenda, visit www.qualityshow.com/index.php/attendees/agenda PEOPLE NEWS FASTEST NAMED GARY M. RYCHLEY AS PRESIDENT, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Rychley will be responsible for all FasTest activities as well leading the expansion of the company’s global operations. “From the onset we were determined to find someone with a strong reputation for leading companies to successful long-term growth,” said FasTest Chairman of the Board Michael Lyon. “We have set determined goals for FasTest, and we are confident that FasTest will realize its vision and growth targets under Gary’s leadership.” Before joining FasTest, Rychley served as a director on the board of FasTest. His prior experience also includes positions with four Fortune 500 companies, and most recently serving as president of Colder Products Corporation for 16 years. “FasTest has been a leader in product innovation, helping customers improve quality and reduce costs in critical applications for the past 30 years. At FasTest we have a team of talented, engaged associates driving global growth across the broad fluid and gas markets we serve. I feel fortunate to be a part of this team.” GUILLE TOOL FOUNDER A. ROGER GUILLEMETTE, 81, OF NARRAGANSETT, R.I., DIED JUNE 5. Born in Providence, R.I., he was the son of the late Joseph Arthur and Yvonne (Roy) Guillemette, both Canadian born. Guillemette graduated from Coventry High School and served as a machinist in the US Army, 600th Engineering Aviation Maintenance Co. He was stationed in Korea and Mineral Wells, Texas. He and his wife Claudette raised their four children in the village of Phoenix, R.I. Among the many other things in life he thoroughly enjoyed, Guillemette enjoyed playing Skip-Bo with his family and friends. An entrepreneur, he established several businesses throughout his lifetime. Guille Tool & Engineering Company was established in 1962 and remains in operation today, as a global leader in extrusion tooling. Until recently, he was very active as the CEO and always an inspiration to his employees, as his passion for engineering quality products and customer solutions never waned. He had been a fierce advocate for U.S. manufacturing on local and national levels; participating in many organizations as well as advocating for STEM education in the state of Rhode Island. Professionally, Guillemette was SE MA Chapter past President of NTMA-RI and a longtime member of the Wire Association and Society of Plastic Engineers. Guille Tool, as a result of his leadership and drive, remains active in the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, National Institute of Manufacturing Skills, the Rhode Island STEM Center and other local endeavors for the betterment of the industry and community. The Association For Manufacturing Technology has announced two senior executive appointments, effective immediately, at its McLean headquarters. EDWARD CHRISTOPHER was named the vice president of global services, overseeing AMT’s international offices, business development programs and services. Christopher’s previous experience includes 25 years as a global trade consultant within the construction equipment industry, including 10 years as an executive in Asia. “With his extensive international, manufacturing and business development experience, Ed provides unique capabilities to support our members looking to expand their businesses internationally and domestically,” said Douglas K. Woods, president, AMT. Prior to starting his own company, Constech Consulting, Christopher spent seven years as the vice president of International sales and marketing for Stone Construction Equipment, Inc. Before that, he was the vice president of Asia for Somero Enterprises, Inc. “I am very excited to be joining the team here at AMT,” Christopher said. “Having spent my entire career developing markets for manufacturers, I believe I bring with me an understanding of our member’s challenges and can help them as they work to expand their markets, increase their sales, and improve their bottom line.” STEVE LESNEWICH will be taking on the new role of vice president of member services where he will be working closely with members to fully understand and utilize AMT’s full complement of products and services, as well as working with the membership to develop new ones. “With Steve’s vast knowledge of our industry, our members and our products, he is in the perfect position to help members identify and utilize the vast array of products and services AMT offers to either help our members increase sales or decrease costs,” said Woods. Lesnewich added, “During the past three years that I spent overseeing MTInsight and Global Services, I have learned even more about AMT’s products and how they best benefit our members. I want each member company to be aware of and take advantage of the opportunities available to them.”
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