NIST AWARDS OVER $34 MILLION FOR RESEARCH IN MEASUREMENT SCIENCE GAITHERSBURG, MD—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $34.12 million in grants for 27 research projects in measurement science and engineering. The one-time grants range from $408,996 to $1.5 million. The projects will advance the state of knowledge and practice of measurement science in identified research areas of critical national importance. The 27 projects will receive funding to carry out research programs that last three years. The projects will advance the state of knowledge and practice of measurement science in six identified research areas of critical national importance: • Energy • Environment and climate change • Information technology and cybersecurity • Biosciences/health care • Manufacturing • Physical infrastructure “With these grants, we are leveraging our nation’s brightest minds in measurement science to address important national needs,” said NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. “These projects will bolster U.S. scientific and technological infrastructure, increasing our nation’s ability to innovate, compete, and solve scientific and technological problems.” NIST received more than 1,300 proposals for the grants. The proposals underwent exhaustive administrative and technical review by more than 300 scientists and engineers working on an accelerated time frame. State-of-the-art measurement science provides the infrastructure that industry and science need to develop and commercialize new technologies. MANUFACTURERS WEATHER ECONOMIC STORM PEORIA, IL—Following recent reports that the economic downturn is continuing to linger as expansion of the gross domestic product slows, a new survey shows that 25% of U.S. manufacturers say they have seen no impact at all on their business due to the recession. The survey of 150 manufacturers commissioned by Advanced Technology Services with Frost and Sullivan suggests that large manufacturers seem to have weathered the storm the best, with 29% of companies with more than 1,000 employees reporting no impact at all. The report indicated that only 19% of companies surveyed said the economic downturn has had a “great” impact or “very great” impact on their business. MORI SEIKI AND SONY SIGN AGREEMENT TOKYO—Mori Seiki Co. Ltd., Sony Corp. and Sony Manufacturing Systems Corp. (SMS) announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to sell the measuring systems (Magnescale, Laserscale and digital gage) business of SMS, primarily operated at SMS’ Isehara Plant, together with related manufacturing and sales businesses in other Sony subsidiaries, to Mori Seiki. After completion of the transaction, a new entity engaging in the measuring systems business divested from SMS is expected to become a wholly owned and consolidated subsidiary of Mori Seiki as of the end of this month, subject to receipt of any necessary government approvals. NAM WELCOMES USTR FOCUS ON SMALL-, MEDIUM-SIZED EXPORTERS WASHINGTON—The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Welcomed an announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on the appointment and creation of a new position of assistant U.S. trade representative for small business. The move is considered a major step to help small and medium manufacturing. “Small and medium-size companies comprise the bulk of U.S. manufacturers and are an engine for job creation. Having an advocate in USTR will enhance their ability to compete in the global economy and create jobs,” said NAM Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo. BUSINESS NEWS Dickten Masch Plastics LLC (Nashotah, WI), an injection molding company, is taking an opportunity to earn new automotive business by adding metal stamping and other capabilities. Dickten Masch customers also will benefi t from expanded secondary operations, including complex assembly and distribution, and the companywide implementation of automotive quality standards and reporting. .. Consona Corp. (Indianapolis), a provider of customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services, announced that Ohio Tool Works Corp. (Ashland, OH) has selected the Made2Manage ERP solution to streamline its ERP efforts. Designed specifi cally for manufacturers with engineer-to-order, confi gureto- order, assemble-to-order, make-to-order and mixed-mode discrete manufacturing operations, Made2Mange ERP will be used across Ohio Tool Works’ business to eliminate multiple ERP systems. .. Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp. (Windsor, CT) announced the groundbreaking of its new 28,000-square-foot belt fabrication and hose assembly center outside of Milwaukee, WI. Currently located just north of downtown Milwaukee, Kaman’s Engineered Rubber Products Center will relocate to the new facility in the fi rst quarter of 2010. Kaman is building the new facility to support the growth of its engineered rubber products services, specializing in custom fabrication and assembly of industrial hose and light and heavy weight conveyor belting. .. Ametek Calibration Instruments (Largo, FL) announced that its Mansfi eld and Green Speed measurement product line, including its Model 1726 Dual Function Digital Tachometer, Model 1000 Stroboscope and Model 1965 Digistrobe III, will now be supported by BC Group International (St. Charles, MO). BC Group International assumes all service, calibration and warranty support for the M&G Speed measurement product line. .. Sanmina-SCI Corp. (San Jose, CA), a global electronics manufacturing services company, has announced that its San Jose, CA, facility has been awarded the AS 9100 aerospace standard certifi cation. .. Herrmann Ultrasonics Inc. (Bartlett, IL) , announced the celebration of its 20th anniversary in North America. In 1990, Herrmann Ultrasonics was established in Schaumburg, IL, by Thomas Herrmann. Throughout its 20-year history, continuous growth in different market segments has allowed the company to establish technology centers in the Northeast, West coast, Caribbean and Mexico. Regional sales offi ces are located throughout North America. .. Camstar Systems Inc. (Charlotte, NC) has announced that SpectraWatt Inc. (Hillsboro, OR), a manufacturer of advanced silicon photovoltaic cells for the solar industry, has selected Camstar’s SolarSuite, confi gured for the solar industry on the Camstar Enterprise Platform, to support its manufacturing and quality goals into the future. .. EMC Precision Machining (Elyria, OH), producer of complex precision metal components, was a stop on President Barack Obama’s tour of the Ohio area. President Obama met with EMC Precision Machining CEO Jeffrey B. Ohlemacher and president Bradley R. Ohlemacher before touring the facility and meeting many of the company’s 44 full-time employees. .. Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC, Windsor, Berkshire, UK), a manufacturer of electro ceramic products, has achieved ISO 14001: 2004 certifi - cation. As part of the certifi cation, MTC has integrated the standards for environment management systems into the quality management system at their Bedford, OH, plant. PEOPLE NEWS .. John Wahl has been named Dontech Inc.’s (Doylestown, PA) new director of engineering. In addition to leading Dontech’s engineering group and product development teams, Wahl will focus on advancing Dontech’s thin fi lm coating, display bonding and enhancement product lines. .. Robert Amerson has been appointed as a non-management director of Flanders Corp. (Washington, NC), fi lling a vacant seat on its board of directors. Amerson was previously the chief executive offi cer of the company and a member of the board of directors. .. Warren R. Hayslip has been appointed vice president and chief operating offi cer of PMFG Inc. (Dallas). Hayslip has more than 25 years of experience, and has held senior management positions in operations, manufacturing and marketing with industry leading companies serving global markets. .. Craig Riggins and Graham Cano have been certifi ed by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as managers of quality/organizational excellence. Riggins currently serves as senior quality engineer, fi nancial engineering (Kenco Logistic Services, LLC ). Cano is senior quality engineer, fi nancial engineering (Kenco Logistic Services, LLC). .. Bryan Kurtz has been added to the engineering department of MPC Industries (Irvine, CA). With more than 20 years of metalworking experience, he will be responsible for technical engineering support for the company’s Pallatech horizontal machining systems, FMS machining systems and Mazak vari-axis robotic cell. .. Daniel Shugar has been appointed to the role of chief executive offi cer at Solaria Corp. (Freemont, CA). Shugar’s experience in the industry spans 22 years. .. Samuel Urbach has been added as sales manager of Mark-10’s (Copiague, NY) European team. He will be assisting distributors in Europe with their ongoing sales activities, including exhibitions, customer visits, product and application assistance, technical assistance and other areas. Urbach has years of experience with force and torque measurement equipment and their numerous applications. .. Bob Crossken has been named as the national sales manager for Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS). Crossken has been part of the Bunting team since 1964.
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