STUDY: U.S. MANUFACTURING REMAINS MOST COMPETITIVE WORLDWIDE DESPITE HEADWINDS NEW YORK — Although U.S. manufacturing is currently facing meaningful headwinds from a stronger dollar and the collapse in investment in the shale energy sector, it remains the most competitive worldwide, according to a new report release by Oxford Economics. The rapid and broad-based 20 percent U.S. dollar appreciation since mid- 2014 has done some significant damage to U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. However, three factors have offset the hit from the stronger currency: the greenback was arguably the most competitive it has been before the surge, U.S. manufacturing productivity is the strongest in the world, and the U.S. is “gifted” with a stable regulatory framework, a flexible labor market, low energy costs and access to a large domestic market, writes Gregory Daco, head of U.S. economics, Oxford Economics, in a research note. The report makes these additional points: • Since 2003, productivity growth in the U.S. has outpaced most of its peers, with manufacturing output per employee rising about 40 percent (2.5 percent per annum on average) from 2003 to 2016 compared with only 25 percent growth in Germany and 30 percent growth in the UK. While productivity growth has lagged that of Japan, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains 25 percent more productive. Likewise, while productivity has doubled in India and China, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains 80-90 percent more productive. • Most advanced economies have seen similar compensation growth over the past 13 years, but stronger productivity in the U.S. has allowed it to maintain generally lower unit labor costs. Since wage growth in China has largely outpaced productivity growth, and the renminbi has strengthened, China’s unit labor costs are now only 4 percent lower than in the U.S. • While we have seen growing evidence of reshoring, especially in the most competitive and export-intensive U.S. manufacturing sectors, Mexico appears to offer a sensible “near-shoring” alternative with costs 10 percent lower than in China, a stable regulatory environment and generally unhindered access to the U.S. market. • In our baseline forecast, we see the U.S. dollar appreciating another 3-5 percent through 2017 before gradually depreciating thereafter. In this environment, the U.S. manufacturing sector will maintain its edge. Another 20 percent appreciation of the dollar, on the other hand, would certainly dent U.S. competitiveness, and once again make China an attractive production hub, as well as giving Japanese manufacturers a significant advantage over U.S. firms. DROP IN JANUARY ORDERS NOT UNEXPECTED, OUTLOOK REMAINS POSITIVE FOR 2016 MCLEAN, VA — The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report (USMTO) for January 2016 showed that order values were down 30 percent from December, according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology. Year-over-year orders declined 21 percent. “The drop in orders was not unexpected,” explained Douglas K. Woods, president, AMT. “January numbers are typically lower than December as companies that have financial years synced with the calendar year place delayed orders based on where they are relative to budget goals.” “This cycle will be less dramatic in 2017. The temporary tax incentives which have spurred year-end buying decisions for more than a decade are now permanent or extended for several years.” The automobile, aerospace and medical sectors are currently driving orders, while the off-road construction; oil and gas; and agriculture sectors continue to struggle. As a result, the Southeast region is particularly strong when compared to other regions of the country, due to the significant presence of auto, aerospace and medical companies in this region. Although orders were down, January average unit values hit their highest level since January 2015 suggesting manufacturers are buying more sophisticated manufacturing technology to ramp up productivity rather that expand operations which would show a broader increase in orders and lower unit values. “Despite today’s soft market, the mood from the 400-plus manufacturing technology suppliers and buyers that attended the recent MFG meeting was upbeat, as were the forecasts,” said Woods. “Manufacturing leaders from across the country gathered to gain insight into how technology can make their companies more productive, secure and flexible in an increasingly digital landscape. They are looking forward to 2016 finishing strong.” Forecasts from The MFG Meeting, the joint annual meeting of members of AMT and the National Tooling and Machining Association, suggest that the U.S. economy is poised for growth along the lines of 2.5-3.5 percent driven by the consumer demand. Analysts speaking at the conference also expect China’s economy to rebound sooner than expected, and oil prices to reach $45 a barrel by year’s end. THE ASSOCIATION FOR MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ELECTS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS MCLEAN, VA — The Association For Manufacturing Technology elected its 2016-2017 officers and directors. The 2016-2017 board year began April 1. The AMT Board of Directors— which represents the American manufacturing technology industry—named Richard L. Simons, president/CEO, Hardinge Inc., Elmira, N.Y., to serve as chairman. He follows Chairman Jerry Rex, executive vice president, Concept Machine Tool, Plymouth, Minn. “It is an honor and privilege to step into this leadership role at AMT after a long career in this industry that I love,” said Simons. “For many years Hardinge has been an active participant in this organization and I am proud to keep that legacy alive. The staff and the Board of AMT are committed to providing its members with information, resources, and a great IMTS 2016 to help manufacturing thrive as a most critical component of the global economy. Under Jerry Rex’s leadership, we have gained important forward momentum and I promise to do my best to keep that going in the coming year.” The board elected Ronald S. Karaisz II, president, Novi Precision Products, Inc., Brighton, Mich., to serve as first vice chairman. Steven R. Stokey, executive vice president/owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, Ohio, will serve as second vice chairman/ treasurer. Brian J. Papke, president, Mazak Corporation, Florence, Ky., was elected secretary. Newly elected to a three-year term as a member of the association’s board of directors are Donald D. Lane, CEO, Makino, Mason, Ohio; and Ralph Resnick, president and executive director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Blairsville, Pa. Richard L. Simons has served as president/ CEO of Hardinge Inc., located in Elmira, N.Y., since May 2008. Hardinge, Inc. is an international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions. The company has a very diverse international customer base and serves a wide variety of end-user markets including aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others. Hardinge employs approximately 1,450 employees worldwide with manufacturing operations in Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, China and United Kingdom. Prior to rejoining Hardinge in 2008, he was vice president and corporate controller at Carpenter Technology, a publicly-traded specialty steel manufacturer (2005-2008). Simons originally joined Hardinge in 1983 and held various management roles before being named executive vice president/ chief financial officer (1999-2005). Simons has a B.S. from Bloomsburg University and an M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a director of Sunnen Products Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of honing and bore sizing equipment and related accessories. Ronald S. Karaisz II is the president of Novi Precision Products, Inc. located in Brighton, Mich. Karaisz joined the machine tool industry in 1981, created Kar Enterprises in 1987 and became president at Novi Precision Products in 1999. Kar Enterprises, a machine tool distributor/representative of world-class machine tools from around the globe, includes premier lines of Hegenscheidt, Hydromat, Novi Precision Products, Supfina and Witzig & Frank. Novi Precision Products is a custom machine tool builder and integrator, whose products include: automation, assembly lines, presses, pierce and notch, leak and functional test, single-station and multistation metal removal machines. Most of their projects are complete turnkeys, which include automation and robotics. Steven R. Stokey is the executive vice president/owner of Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. located in Dover, Ohio. Allied is a leader in metal cutting, serving all facets of manufacturing, which include the aerospace, defense, agriculture, automotive, heavy equipment, general machining, machine tool, mining, petrochemical, energy, renewable energy, structural steel, tool and die, and water treatment industries. Brian J. Papke is president of Mazak Corporation located in Florence, Ky. Papke was named president of Mazak Corporation in 1989. Mazak Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing unit of Yamazaki Mazak, headquartered in Oguchi, Japan. Since joining Mazak in 1987, Mazak has completed 14 expansions, including the establishment of a National Technology Center and customer service and Support Center and a network of technology centers throughout North America. Recently, expansions have included $15 million on the Kentucky manufacturing plant and new Versatech bridge-style machining centers. Further expansion of Technology Centers is in progress, with a new building in Houston and an expansion in Schaumburg, Ill. Papke is a graduate of the University of Illinois. U.S. CUTTING TOOL YTD CONSUMPTION DOWN 16.7 PERCENT IN JANUARY MCCLEAN, VA — January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $153.14 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 (CTMR) collaboration, was down 2.1 percent from December’s $156.48 million and down 16.7 percent when compared with the total of $183.91 million reported for January 2015. 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 declining statistics coupled with the uncertainty in the manufacturing sector leads to continued caution for the cutting tool industry,” said Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. However, coupled with these concerns there are still some bright spots to look at when thinking of the future of the cutting tool market. “Cutting tool shipments have been relatively soft since September, most likely due to a contraction in durable goods new orders,” said Steve Kline, director of market intelligence at Gardner Business Media . “However, there are some signs of improvement in durable goods new orders, a key leading indicator of cutting tool shipments. New orders in the automotive and aerospace industries have been particularly strong in recent months. This corroborates anecdotal evidence from the recent MFG Meeting where I heard from a number of suppliers that the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries continue to be strong markets.” 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. BUSINESS NEWS LONMARK INTERNATIONAL, ECHELON CORPORATION, THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATION TECHNICAL COMMITTEE TC-247 and LONMARK GERMANY plan to develop a new control-networking standard for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This new LonTalk/IP standard adds native IP addressing to the international standard ISO/IEC 14908-1 Control Networking Protocol and is a crucial element of control networking platforms that require connectivity to larger, enterprise networks and the Internet. The new standard will enable control networking applications to leverage standard IP infrastructure, IP network administration tools, and IP diagnostic tools. “The time is right for a new control networking standard for IP because the global market for control networking products is rapidly evolving for consumers and industry as new mobile products, IoT devices, and IioT solutions rapidly enter the market,” said Ron Bernstein, executive director, LonMark International. “Some of the leading IioT solutions where the new standard will be deployed will be in building automation systems, lighting control systems, transportation automation systems, smart city applications, and utility metering systems.” LonMark International received the letter that Echelon submitted to CEN TC-247 stating their intent to make certain intellectual property held by Echelon for control networking on IP networks available to developers of LON products on EN/ISO/ANSI RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms as required by the relevant national and international standards bodies. Furthermore, Echelon and LonMark International intend to support development of the new standard within EN TC-247, under the leadership of Peter Fischer, professor of applied sciences at the University of Dortmund, Germany and convener of CEN TC-247. The TC-247 committee met in Basil, Switzerland this month and accepted Echelon’s intellectual property proposal. Fischer will work with the committee to develop a preliminary draft of the new standard. LonMark International intends to bring the same standard through the ANSI/CTA standards body concurrently. This LonTalk/IP extension to the LON catalog of standards will greatly enhance the usability and deployment of larger systems and provide an open control networking solution for the IioT. INSTRON, a provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate the mechanical properties of materials and components, celebrated its 70th anniversary. Instron was established in 1946 by Harold Hindman and George Burr, who were working together at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to investigate suitable substitutes for silk that could be used in the manufacture of parachutes. After discovering there was no testing machine available accurate enough to meet their requirements, Hindman and Burr designed a materials testing instrument. The prototype was so successful that Instron Corporation was formed. Instron has continuously been at the forefront of the industry, earning recognition as one of the first companies to use video strain measurement and as the first in its industry to offer automatic transducers and reverse stress loading, among many other accomplishments. In October of 2005, Instron was acquired by ITW as the first company in their test and measurement platform under the guidance of Steve Martindale, executive vice president of ITW. Today, Instron thrives under the leadership of Darcy Hunter, Graham Rogers, and KC Goh. “ITW arrived at a crucial time in Instron’s seventy-year history. As we made the transition from a largely family-owned business, ITW’s philosophy (80/20, PLS, Usa) guided us to maintain the high standards envisioned by the original owners and at the same time taught us to run a more responsive organization to best serve our customers. I see our management’s role as custodians to our innovative culture,” said Yahya Gharagozlou, group president, ITW Test and Measurement. Throughout the 70 years in business, Instron has opened offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. With an expansive network of nearly 1,700 employees globally, Instron employees collectively speak more than 40 languages. Instron remains committed to delivering leading-edge technologies and services designed to push the boundaries of research, quality control, and service-life testing. COMAU continues its growth in the robotics sector, and for the third consecutive year has recorded a double-digit increase in articulated robot sales. Similarly, the results in individual industries reflect the global growth trend, which is even more significant as it underlines the success of Comau’s market penetration strategies. In particular, the increase in 2015 was equally distributed within automotive and general industry, the latter of which is where Comau has been investing both at a commercial level and at a product level. The growth, in addition to China, was particularly concentrated in Eastern Europe and within the NAFTA region. In the APAC region the company has recorded a significant increase in sales thanks in part to the establishment in China of both production facilities and one of the most cutting-edge Innovation Centers within the Comau global network. Comau is a manufacturer of flexible, automatic systems and integrating products, processes and services that increase efficiency while lowering overall costs. DIRECT COMPONENTS INC., a stocking distributor of electronic components headquartered in Tampa, Fla., achieved registration to AS9120A. AS9120A is an international quality standard that was developed for distributors that supply to the aerospace/military industries. AS9120A provides a foundation for a quality management system focused on continual improvement, record control, counterfeit awareness, quality, conformity, and adherence to all requirements including statutory and regulatory requirements. This certificate is in addition to Direct Components’ existing ISO 9001:2008 certification and has significantly enhanced Direct Components overall quality management system to ensure superior quality and customer satisfaction. “This is a reflection of the dedication of all of our employees to provide the highest quality of products and service,” Sunshine Hubbard, director of operations for North America, said. “Being accredited to this globally recognized standard will create many new opportunities worldwide.” Direct Components Inc. President and CEO Aaron Nursey added, “We are extremely pleased with achieving this important milestone. Direct Components, Inc. takes commitment to quality very seriously and our AS9120A certification is further evidence of this promise to our customers and suppliers. This certification confirms to our aerospace partners that they will receive the highest quality products and services every time.” MACHINEMETRICS INC. will donate 10 percent of all sales from their time at the MFG Meeting to the NTMF, a nonprofit designed to fund manufacturing education. The 20-year-old foundation operates independently and creates numerous institutes and scholarships that support students who are pursuing careers in the manufacturing industry. MachineMetrics will donate 10 percent of subscription revenue generated by customers who sign up at The MFG Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif. This commitment will last for 12 months. Eric Hagopian, VP sales and MachineMetrics board member, expressed his enthusiasm about getting involved with the NTMF and investing in the next generation of manufacturing professionals. “As MachineMetrics continues to grow, it’s important to give back in some way,” he said. “If students want to go on and pursue an education in manufacturing, there should be ample opportunities for them to do so. The NTMF has done outstanding work to consistently provide these opportunities We are proud to be a part of that.” As a startup, MachineMetrics stood out to NTMF with their contribution. “This is a very generous offer to the foundation,” said Mike C. Mittler, the foundation chairman and past NTMA chairman. “It’s rare to witness such a level of philanthropy in such a young company. The National Tooling and Machining Foundation is grateful to MachineMetrics for their early dedication and commitment to NTMF.” Donations will be derived from all sales at The MFG Meeting, hosted by NTMA and The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). The event will run from March 2 to March 5. Participants are exposed to a wide range of topics and trends from the top professionals in the industry, such as forecasts in manufacturing, sales strategies, and innovative methods. EXACT METROLOGY achieved certification as an AS91900 supplier for its Cincinnati facility. Exact is a leading supplier of 3D and industrial-grade CT scanning equipment and services to myriad industries and commercial concerns. Co-President Steve Young, who heads up the Cincinnati operation for the company, made the announcement. “In achieving this prestigious certification, our team has great pride of accomplishment, as the AS9100 audit and certification process is extremely rigorous and required an in-depth knowledge by every associate at Exact of job performance scope, expectations, issue resolution protocols and our overall process operation.” As the certification notes, Exact has its recognition for “…sales and supply of 3D non-contact and contact measuring equipment for inspection and reverse engineering to the commercial, aerospace, medical, automotive and industrial manufacturing industries.” Expanding on the audit process, Co-President Dean Solberg notes, “Every one of our associates realized something very special during the audit. Namely, because it was necessary that they understood the process and purpose of their work plus the issue resolution scenarios required, they appreciated their roles as interconnected team members at Exact. That’s very exciting to witness and has already raised their level of involvement in day-to-day operations.” He further observed that the audit required a new level of goal orientation, self-evaluation and awareness of improvement possibilities across the entire facility, including operations, accounting, sales, service and especially management. The AS9100 is a vital certification for the work this facility performs in the aerospace sector. BANNER ENGINEERING announced the opening of a new production plant, located at the Millennium Industrial Park in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The new facility features 30,000 square feet of production space and 10,000 square feet of office space. It is designed to accommodate future growth with the ability to expand to 60,000 square feet and is projected to generate approximately 150-200 new jobs when fully built out. Banner first began operations in Mexico in 2010 in San Pedro Garza Garcia in Nuevo Leon, and has since established regional sales offices in Mexico City and Queretaro and a distribution center in Monterrey. “Our continued investment in superior manufacturing and customer service operations will better serve the growing Mexico market, the Americas and Banner’s global support network,” said Andy Barnauskas, vice president of operations, Banner Engineering. “A commitment to future growth in the manufacturing and industrial automation industries allows our distribution and sales team worldwide to deliver unprecedented service with increased product selection and fast turnaround.” The new facility in San Luis Potosi will manufacture several of Banner’s industrial products, including lights, safety, sensors and many others. MAHR FEDERAL NAMES STUART MANSER DIRECTOR OF SALES, PRECISION GAGES PROVIDENCE, RI — Mahr Federal named Stuart Manser as director of sales, precision gages for North America. Reporting directly to Mahr Federal CEO Tony Picone, Manser will be responsible for planning and directing the sales team for the Precision Gage product line, including defining sales territory and hiring sales staff. He will work in conjunction with the director of sales, metrology systems for North America, and participate in global sales strategy meetings. “Stuart is an experienced sales management professional with more than 20 years of solid performance, providing measurement and control solutions to multiple industrial sectors in Europe, Americas and Asia,” said Tony Picone. “He is known for working closely with customers and building high performance sales teams by hiring, developing and motivating talented professionals. We’re happy to welcome him to our Mahr Federal team.” Manser was most recently regional sales and channel manager for NDC Technologies, non-contact measurement and control systems. Previously he worked for Beta LaserMike Europe as general manager, then U.S. West Coast regional sales and channel manager and eventually Asia sales director. He started his sales career with a former Mahr distributor for the U.K. and Ireland as technical sales manager. Stuart also held the position of engineering metrologist while working at Rolls-Royce PLC Aero ngine division. Stuart attended West Herts College and St. Albans College in the U.K., studying mechanical and production engineering. He and his wife Miranda have three children and while their spare time is generally filled with agegroup swimming competitions, Stuart hopes to rekindle his passion for sailing upon relocation to Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.mahr.com. LONMARK, ECHELON AND CEN TO DEVELOP NEW CONTROL NETWORKING STANDARD FOR THE INDUSTRIAL IOT SANTA CLARA, CA — LonMark International, Echelon Corporation, the European Committee for Standardization Technical Committee TC-247 and LonMark Germany plan to develop a new control-networking standard for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This new LonTalk/IP standard adds native IP addressing to the international standard ISO/IEC 14908-1 Control Networking Protocol and is a crucial element of control networking platforms that require connectivity to larger, enterprise networks and the Internet. The new standard will enable control networking applications to leverage standard IP infrastructure, IP network administration tools, and IP diagnostic tools. “The time is right for a new control networking standard for IP because the global market for control networking products is rapidly evolving for consumers and industry as new mobile products, IoT devices, and IioT solutions rapidly enter the market,” said Ron Bernstein, executive director, LonMark International. “ Some of the leading IioT solutions where the new standard will be deployed will be in building automation systems, lighting control systems, transportation automation systems, smart city applications, and utility metering systems.” LonMark International received the letter that Echelon submitted to CEN TC-247 stating their intent to make certain intellectual property held by Echelon for control networking on IP networks available to developers of LON products on EN/ ISO/ANSI RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms as required by the relevant national and international standards bodies. Furthermore, Echelon and LonMark International intend to support development of the new standard within EN TC-247, under the leadership of Peter Fischer, professor of applied sciences at the University of Dortmund, Germany and convener of CEN TC-247. The TC-247 committee met in Basil, Switzerland this month and accepted Echelon’s intellectual property proposal. Fischer will work with the committee to develop a preliminary draft of the new standard. LonMark International intends to bring the same standard through the ANSI/CTA standards body concurrently. This LonTalk/IP extension to the LON catalog of standards will greatly enhance the usability and deployment of larger systems and provide an open control networking solution for the IioT. For more information, visit www.lonmark.org. PEOPLE NEWS The Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division named IAN STRACHAN as Thermoformer of the Year. The award will be presented during SPE’s Thermoforming Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with the 25th SPE Thermoforming Conference. The conference will take place September 26-28 in Schaumburg, Ill., at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. The Awards Dinner will be held Sept. 27. Strachan entered the thermoforming industry when he became general manager of the Elvinco Group of Companies in 1971, where he was involved with the development of new technologies in thermoforming, injection molding, blow molding, and extrusion. Prior to his appointment, Strachan worked in specialty high-tech metal production and with the South African Mint to upgrade and implement its production management and control systems. From 1974 to 1988, Strachan served as managing director for Nampak Mono Containers, a thermoforming and steam chest molding company. Nampak was the largest diversified packaging group in the world at the time. Strachan went on to manage several subsidiary companies that specialized in thermoforming and extrusion, where he developed new packaging processes that are still being used in those markets to this day. With the support of an old friend, Frank Nissel, Mono Containers developed multi-layer “hi-tech” barrier packaging in the first applications outside the U.S. Mr. Strachan was also the first to introduce CPET packaging outside the U.S., with the blessing of a previous Thermoformer of the Year, George Lueken, who invented the process. The Coordinate Metrology Society announced DR. ED MORSE, professor at UNC Charlotte, will present the keynote address at the annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference, July 25–29, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Since 1999, Morse has been a professor of mechanical engineering at UNC Charlotte, pursuing research in both tolerancing and metrology. During this time, Morse has further extended his experience to large-scale metrology systems, including laser trackers, photogrammetry and laser radar systems. He also spent a year at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) working in the large scale metrology group from 2007 - 2008. Prof. Morse’s areas of specialty are dimensional metrology, coordinate measurement machines, GD&T (geometric dimensioning and toleranceing), and statistical control. He currently serves as a team leader for the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large Scale Manufacturing, along with Ron Hicks, CMS PrecisionPath Chair. Morse will kick off the 2016 CMSC on July 26 with his address covering the work of the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-scale Manufacturing and its roadmap for the future of metrology and manufacturing. After receiving his BS from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, he began his engineering career at Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Company. He first worked as an application engineer for CMM software, then transitioned into the Advanced Systems group. In 1993, he returned to graduate school at Cornell University, where he earned both his MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering. Morse is certified by the ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) as a Senior Level GD&T professional. The Coordinate Metrology Society Conference attracts 3-D industrial measurement professionals and scientists with its enviable slate of expert-level technical presentations in the field of metrology. Attendees gather each year to share information and discuss measurement strategies utilized by industries such as aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation, and more. The CMSC’s packed Exhibition Hall, Measurement and Educational Zones are prime resources for novices and veterans to learn more about industry best practices, portable 3D coordinate measurement solutions, scientific research and developments, and technology. The Additive Manufacturing Users Group announced the recipients of its scholarships. Nathan Patterson, an assistant professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, was awarded the Randy Stevens Scholarship. JENNIFER BENNETT, a PhD candidate at Northwestern University and research & development engineer for DMG Mori USA (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), was awarded the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship. The AMUG Board selected NATHAN PATTERSON for the integration of his additive manufacturing (AM) experience and research in his engineering curricula. According to Joe Musto, professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering and director of the school’s Rapid Prototyping Consortium, “His industrial experience as a research associate with the Morgridge Institute and as president of the additive manufacturing start-up Radiant Fabrication provided him with both an outstanding technical background and knowledge of the additive manufacturing industry. He has leveraged this expertise to have an immediate impact on additive manufacturing education.” Patterson has been using, designing, building, inventing and teaching others about AM technology for just over twelve years. Examples of his integration of past experience in engineering studies include lab activities that use fused deposition modeling extruders to illustrate engineering principles, such as conservation of linear momentum and Bernoulli’s equation, and a first-hand account of the design of a threeyear- old boy’s prosthetic to inspire students to not give up when a design approach fails. In his application, Patterson said, “The Randy Stevens Scholarship will allow me to better translate the current state and challenges of AM and its users to the classroom, providing students with a richer AM learning experience.” The AMUG Board selected Jennifer Bennett for her PhD research that is focused on improving the controllability of AM systems. Bennett stated, “Many challenges still persist before this technology can reach its full potential. The major deficiencies are a lack of process repeatability, dimensional integrity, and material quality.” Her research seeks to address these challenges by establishing a physics-based model to inversely determine the melt pool size and cooling rate needed to achieve ideal material quality and to develop a control system to meet these conditions. Bennett said, “If successful, this will enable quick qualification of components, increase the process autonomy, truly integrate design and manufacturing and ultimately release this technology from the hands of a few to the hands of many.” John Aussem, applications engineer for DMG Mori USA, said, “Jennifer’s hands-on work in the development of these machines has given her a firm foundation for her scholarly work in this area. The insight and understanding she has gained through this experience is invaluable. I have no doubt that Jennifer has the demonstrated potential to be a high achieving engineer who will make transformative breakthroughs in engineering research and become a leader in her career.” The Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship, founded by Guy’s wife, Renee Bourdeau, is awarded annually to one college student. The Randy Stevens Scholarship, founded by Randy’s employer, In’Tech Industries, is awarded annually to one educator that emphasizes or focuses on additive manufacturing. Mahr Federal named STUART MANSER as director of sales, precision gages for North America. Reporting directly to Mahr Federal CEO Tony Picone, Manser will be responsible for planning and directing the sales team for the Precision Gage product line, including defining sales territory and hiring sales staff. He will work in conjunction with the director of sales, metrology systems for North America, and participate in global sales strategy meetings. “Stuart is an experienced sales management professional with more than 20 years of solid performance, providing measurement and control solutions to multiple industrial sectors in Europe, Americas and Asia,” said Tony Picone. “He is known for working closely with customers and building high performance sales teams by hiring, developing and motivating talented professionals. We’re happy to welcome him to our Mahr Federal team.” Stuart attended West Herts College and St. Albans College in the U.K., studying mechanical and production engineering.
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