COMING EVENTS FEBRUARY 2010 9-11 MEDICAL DESIGN & MANUFACTURING (MD&M) WEST, Anaheim, CA. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200. Www.mdmwest.com MARCH 2010 16-18 2010 LEAN & SIX SIGMA CONFERENCE, Orlando, FL. International Lean & Six Sigma Conference, (866) 500-3383. Www.6sigmaconference.com 22-25 QUALITY MEASUREMENT CONFERENCE (QMC), Orlando, FL. BNP Media, (888) 530-6714. Www.qualitymag.com/qmc 23-25 WESTEC, Los Angeles. Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (800) 733-4763. Www.sme.org APRIL 2010 21-22 BIOMEDEVICE, Boston. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200. Www.biomedeviceboston.com 2009 BALDRIGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED WASHINGTON, D.C.— President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that five organizations are the recipients of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. The 2009 Baldrige Award recipients are: Honeywell Federal Manufacturin• g & Technologies, Kansas City, MO (manufacturing) • MidwayUSA, Columbia, MO (small business) • AtlantiCare, Egg Harbor Township, NJ (health care) • Heartland Health, St. Joseph, MO (health care) • VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center, Albuquerque, NM (nonprofit) “The road to greatness in America has been, and always will be, traveled by those who embrace change and work hard every day to be the best; the organizations we honor today with the Baldrige National Quality Award exemplify that spirit,” President Obama said. “This year’s recipients have shown how quality, innovation, and an unending quest for excellence help strengthen our nation and brighten the future of all Americans.” “We are thrilled to congratulate the five outstanding organizations that have been named to receive this year’s Baldrige Award,” added Secretary Locke. “They inspire other organizations to be more accessible, more efficient, more customer-focused and more financially sound. They have raised the bar for innovation and organizational excellence and, in the process, help to improve our economy and quality of life.” The 2009 Baldrige Award recipients were selected from a field of 70 applicants. All of the applicants were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. The evaluation process for each of the recipients included about 1,000 hours of review and an on-site visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information in the applications. The 2009 Baldrige Award recipients are expected to be presented with their awards in a ceremony in Washington, D. C., later this year. Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Originally, three types of organizations were eligible: manufacturers, service companies and small businesses. Congress expanded the program in 1999 to include education and health care organizations, and again in 2007 to include nonprofit organizations (including charities, trade and professional associations, and government agencies). The award promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. The award is not given for specific products or services. Since 1988, 80 organizations have received Baldrige Awards. GM CEO HENDERSON RESIGNS DETROIT—General Motors’ CEO Frederick “Fritz” Henderson resigned in early December after eight months as head of the largest U.S. automaker. The company said that Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. Will serve as interim CEO. The company plans an international search for a new president and chief executive. “The board decided, and Fritz was in agreement, that given where we are at this time, it was time to make some changes,” said GM spokesman Chris Preuss, at a press conference. Henderson, 51, succeeded Rick Wagoner on March 29 after the Obama administration asked GM’s former CEO to step aside as the company worked through a governmentled reorganization. Henderson spent the next few months working with the government to reorganize the automaker outside of bankruptcy, but eventually took the company into Chapter 11 protection in June. With the government’s help, the company emerged from court protection in 40 days. Henderson continued to downsize the automaker after its emergence from bankruptcy. He sought to scale down GM to four core brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC. While he had largely succeeded in that goal, attempts to sell the company’s other brands hit obstacles. The company is winding down Pontiac and was successful in winning a tentative sale of Hummer to a Chinese construction machinery maker. However, Henderson’s bid to sell Saturn to racecar mogul Roger Penske fell through and the brand is now liquidating, and Swedish sports car maker Koenigsegg Automotive AB dropped out of a deal to buy Saab. Henderson was a career GM executive. He joined the company in 1984 and held various titles including head of GM Europe and chief financial officer. API HONORED WITH DEFENSE MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE AWARD ROCKVILLE, MD—Automated Precision Inc.’s (API) efforts in volumetric accuracy for large machine tools (VALMT) was recognized with A Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award presented by the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT). The VALMT project was a collaborative effort under the direction of The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and included partners Automated Precision Inc., The Boeing Co., Siemens Energy and Automation, and MAG Cincinnati Machine, as well as the DOD installations U.S. Air Force Logistics Center, Naval Foundry and Propeller Center, U.S. Navy Flight Readiness Center East, and the U.S. Army Anniston Depot. Marketed today as API’s Volumetric Error Compensation (VEC), this process establishes a new methodology in volumetric error compensation for large machine tools. VEC reduces machine tolerances six to 10 times over previous methods, and the measurements can be finished in less than one day. It is estimated than the improvement over current assembly practices and measuring will save the Department of Defense (DoD) and the commercial aircraft industry millions of dollars annually. “The innovative VALMT project will save the DoD millions while ensuring weapon systems are mission ready and available for our war fighters when they need them,” said NCMS Vice President Chuck Ryan. “This technology will also pave the way for reducing the manufacturing costs of commercial ships and aircraft, benefitting both government and industry.” Sam Easley, engineer/scientist, metallic processes at The Boeing Co., says, “This groundbreaking process will dramatically reduce assembly and fitting costs which represent up to 1% of the total cost per aircraft. On large programs like the F-18 or 700 aircraft series, we could save $100 million per year.” HEXAGON ACQUIRES MYCRONA GMBH NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI—Metrology solutions provider Hexagon Metrology Inc. has announced that its parent company Hexagon AB has purchased all the outstanding assets and intellectual property of German vision systems manufacturer Mycrona GmbH. The acquisition comes shortly after the announcement of Hexagon’s acquisition of Mahr Multisensor GmbH. Both businesses will be integrated into the Hexagon Metrology business unit. “Both of these acquisitions demonstrate Hexagon Metrology’s firm commitment to the multisensor vision market,” says Angus Taylor, president and CEO of Hexagon Metrology Inc. “We already have a close working relationship with Mycrona in North America through an exclusive distribution arrangement that has been in place for two years, so this represents a logical step forward.” Mycrona’s line of multisensor metrology machines were already fully integrated with Hexagon Metrology’s PC-DMIS Vision software, and have been available with the software for more than four years. BUSINESS NEWS Extensible CAD Technologie.. s (Raleigh, NC) announced Adaptive Corp. has joined the InspectionXpert Reseller Program, which will enable Adaptive Corp. to offer fi rst article inspection software to their customers in the aerospace and defense, automotive, oil and gas, and medical device industries. Both products enable users to quickly and accurately balloon their CAD drawings and generate quality inspection report forms for fi rst-article and in-process inspections. .. Simio (Sewickley, PA), a developer of object-oriented simulation software, awarded $3.4 million in grants to more than 80 universities in 2009 as part of its academic program. The grants came in the form of Simio’s Academic Edition, which includes discrete and continuous modeling, code-free object building, object library development and 3-D animation. .. Tamlin Software Developers Inc. (Dallas), a provider of manufacturing and accounting software, acquired the assets of three Los Angeles-area software companies: Charterhouse Software Corp., Albany Business Systems and TaskMan Industrial Consulting. Like Tamlin Software, Charterhouse Software and Albany Systems are resellers for AccountMate Software as well as resellers of Tamlin’s Manufacturing Conductor software package. .. ImageXpert’s (Nashua, NH) JetXpert system has been chosen by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency that works to advance measurement science to perform accurate and repeatable volume and velocity measurements of single, in-fl ight droplets. NIST uses inkjet systems to produce reference samples for calibrating ion mobility spectroscopy detectors, devices used to detect minute traces of explosives and controlled substances. .. ChemInstruments Inc. (Fairfi eld, OH) announces the reorganization and expansion of its Manufacturers Representative organization in Europe. The ChemInstruments Manufacturers Representative group is responsible for selling and servicing the ChemInstruments line of adhesive testing and development equipment in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In order to better serve its customer base in the EU, ChemInstruments Inc. has named three existing manufacturers representative organizations—Adhesive in the U.K., Ichemco in Italy and Likk in Russia—as master representatives. .. Eriez (Erie, PA), a provider of advanced technology for magnetic, vibratory and inspection applications, now offers comprehensive equipment inspection and OEM parts replacement through its 5-Star Service Center. The Center is located in Lake City, PA, and is staffed with trained service technicians to expertly handle service projects. .. itemic AG (Dresden), the provider of software solutions for process automation, has taken over the Potsdam ASSA Systems GmbH, a provider of software systems for production control. By combining itemic’s technologies for statistical process control (SPC) with the real-time manufacturing process control systems by ASSA Systems, both companies are now able to offer their customers overall solutions, which improve process safety and the ability to respond in the case of complex production processes and hence reduce manufacturing costs. PEOPLE NEWS Phil Lockhart has been promoted to general manager of Taylor Hobson Inc. (West Chicago, IL). In his new position, Lockhart will be responsible for North American operations. Lockhart has been with the company for nine years and has consistently managed the U.S. sales team toward growth during his tenure as sales manager. .. David B. Smith Jr. Has been elected to ITW’s board of directors (Glenview, IL). Smith is the executive vice president for policy & legal affairs and general counsel at the Mutual Fund Directors Forum in Washington, D.C. .. Willem P. Roelandts will be conferred with the degree of doctor honoris causa by Rector Mark Waer. Roelandts is the former chair of the board of governors and CEO of Xilinx (Leuven, Belgium). The executive will be awarded the honorary doctorate for his implementation of management and leadership styles that stimulate innovation whilst also prioritizing human values in corporate culture. .. Paul Roy has been named vice president, marketing and product management by Diamond Phoenix (Lewiston, ME). Roy has more than 15 years experience in the analysis, design and sale of automated material handling solutions, including Vertical Carousel, Vertical Lift Module (VLM) and Horizontal Carousel technologies. .. Arnnon Geshuri has been hired by Tesla Motors (San Carols, CA) as vice president of human resources in charge of architecting Tesla’s recruitment infrastructure. Previously, Geshuri was director of staffi ng operations for Google, where he designed the company’s legendarily rigorous recruitment methodology. .. Marco Garcia has joined Suniva (Norcross, GA) as its new chief commercial offi cer. Garcia comes from Suntech, where he served as vice president of commercial/ utility division sales, and will use his experience in the United States, Europe and Asia to lead the sales effort for Suniva. .. Dr. Mohsen Sohi has been appointed to the management board of Freudenberg & Co. Sohi previously served as the CEO of Freudenberg-NOK, and comes with a wealth of management experience. In his new role, Sohi will be responsible for the global portfolio of sealing business.
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