MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS UP IN JUNE, REMAIN SUBDUED VS. 2015 MCLEAN, VA — Manufacturing technology orders made a 17.5 percent gain in June compared to May according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from The Association For Manufacturing Technology. At the end of the first half of 2016, orders are down 15.8 percent compared to the midpoint of 2015. Current market forecasts indicate 2016 orders will finish lower than 2015, though announcements for new manufacturing facilities and factory expansions give optimism for an upturn in capital investment in the second half of 2017. Additionally, orders are expected to see a boost following The International Manufacturing Technology Show in September. “There are many mixed indicators in manufacturing right now, a reflection of its creeping growth rate overall. There has not been enough expansion activity to truly impact capital investment in new equipment,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “This historical average pickup in orders for the months that immediately follow IMTS is 32 percent, which we expect to see again this year. But beyond that our industry is not likely to see sustained growth in order activity until the broader manufacturing economy accelerates.” Economic analysts have characterized U. S. manufacturing as stabilized with the dollar moderating in value. Manufacturing technology providers report inventories of machines are much lower and the order mix for machines is shifting to more complex and sophisticated products. June 2016 manufacturing technology orders were valued at $323.74 million, compared to $275.47 million in May. For the first half of 2016, orders totaled $1,833.93 million, vs. $2,177.64 million for the first half of 2015. USMTO data is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. U. S. CUTTING TOOL CONSUMPTION DOWN MCLEAN, VA — June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $175.35 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 up 5.8 percent from May’s $165.68 million and down 7.1 percent when compared with the total of $188.69 million reported for June 2015. With a year-to-date total of $1,030.80 million, 2016 is down 8.8 percent when compared with 2015. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. Steve Stokey, president of USCTI, states “Certainly seeing a jump in shipments between May and June is welcome news but we saw this same event last year only to be disappointed again by July shipments. All indicators continue to point to a weak outlook as we search for a bottom to the current trend.” “U.S. manufacturing continues facing strong headwinds due in part to a slowly expanding economy and a relatively strong value of the U.S. dollar,” says Bill Strauss, senior economist and advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. “The auto industry continues to outperform and appears to be more resilient to these headwinds, while machinery and metal producers have struggled, although it appears that even these sectors may be at a nascent stage of recovery.” 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. Historical data for the Cutting Tool Market Report is available dating back to January 2012. This collaboration of AMT and USCTI is the first step in the two associations working together to promote and support U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology. BUSINESS NEWS HEXAGON MANUFACTURING INTELLIGENCE, in partnership with asset manager MEPC, opened a dedicated metrology facility – a purpose-built, state-of-the- art facility covering 3000 square-feet within the Innovation Centre of Silverstone Park in Towcester, UK. John Drover, sales manager for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence UK, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have launched this specialist facility within the iconic Silverstone Park and are hugely excited about the real, tangible difference this will make to not only SME and start-up businesses across the region, but to industry as a whole. “Our engineers and application metrology specialists are able to deliver inspection, validation, and quality control of components through the use of Hexagon systems which are capable of measuring to the sub-micron level, enabling our customers to achieve high performance and accuracy every time. But being able to verify and validate predefined standards for accuracy, reliability and precision is something that smaller businesses are unable to achieve due to financial restraints and restrictions. “Through this new facility, we are opening up exclusive access to both the equipment and the support to enable tier two, three and four suppliers across the region to achieve first-rate provable standards. And by also offering dedicated training programs, along with networking opportunities, this new facility will not only help facilitate growth and development across the SME sector, but it will help raise standards industry-wide.” Roz Bird, commercial director of Silverstone Park, said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the team at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence to launch this fantastic new facility, which will provide SME businesses across the engineering industry with unique access to a wealth of support and specialist expertise. “The launch of the metrology facility forms a vital element of our overall vision for Silverstone Park which is to create a truly global destination for engineering, innovation and business development, and we are hugely excited about what the future holds both here and for the industry as a whole.” PEOPLE NEWS Mahr Federal announced that DONALD A.PEARSON II has joined Mahr Federal as general manager of Mahr-ESDI, Tucson, AZ. Pearson will report directly to Mahr Federal President Tony Picone in his new role. “With nearly 30 years’ experience in the optics and photonics industries, Don Pearson has a wide breadth of knowledge in optical and electro-optical systems, fiber optic communications, optical manufacturing, optical metrology, lasers and laser platforms, and optoelectronics,” said Tony Picone. “Don’s sound technical expertise and strong business acumen have allowed him to succeed in many diverse roles and organizations.” Mahr-ESDI is a globally recognized leader in providing innovative metrology solutions for astronomical, aerospace, bio-medical, optical fabrication, data storage, and production metrology applications. Mahr-ESDI products include Fizeau, Shearing, sub-Nyquist and “real time” vibration insensitive interferometers; the world-renowned IntelliWave interferometric analysis software; interferometer accessories & upgrades; and custom metrology solutions. Pearson was previously the president and CEO of the three TRIOPTICS GmbH companies: TRIOPTICS USA, Davidson Optronics, and Wells Research, all based in the United States. His career has included roles as an optical scientist, senior engineer, development engineer, test engineering manager, marketing manager, VP of sales and marketing, and CEO. During his tenure, Pearson was instrumental for many of the program successes realized by top-tiered organizations such as SAIC, McDonnell Douglas, CTS Microelectronics, and Lucent Technologies. He has also realized many successes at smaller and start-up organizations such as OptoLynx and Opto Technology. Pearson has a BS from the University of Houston in Electro-Optic Engineering and an MBA in international business and marketing from Maryville University in St. Louis. In addition, he successfully completed an executive development program in strategic planning through Michigan State’s Eli Broad School of executive management. Pearson is a longterm active member in OSA, SPIE, ASPE, and APOMA. He currently sits on the OSA’s Industry Council and was a previous board member of the Optical Society of Southern California. Pearson has one U. S. patent, and has authored and delivered multiple presentations on the topics of aspheric metrology and advanced interferometry at numerous conferences and technical meetings. SANGAHN KIM, a Rutgers University industrial and systems engineering graduate student, was awarded the ASQ Richard A. Freund Scholarship. Kim, of South Korea, was awarded the $5,000 scholarship, which is named after a past ASQ president and supports a quality professional’s graduate studies. As part of his doctoral program, Kim has conducted research that includes theoretical and practical applications in quality engineering. Kim returned to school to pursue his doctorate after working in industry. “Even though I enjoyed the business challenge, I felt something was missing and realized that I had more to learn and more to offer in terms of academic endeavors,” Kim said. “I felt driven for more specific and professional studies. “I am still looking to develop new methodologies in a rigorous and theoretical way, incorporating the practical usage for quality engineers.” Chuck Aubrey, Freund Scholarship committee chair and ASQ past chair, said Kim’s commitment to academic research and his pursuit of practical methodologies for quality engineers make him deserving of the scholarship. “Kim’s passion to the quality community and his unwavering dedication to research will undoubtedly help quality engineers make our world a better place,” Aubrey said. “Since the inception of the Freund Scholarship, the caliber of the candidates has continued to rise, giving testament that the award is achieving its planned and desired results.” PEOPLE NEWS Sciemetric Instruments named Chief Research Engineer RICHARD BRINE as the company’s chief technology officer. Brine joined Sciemetric after graduating from Queen’s University 25 years ago. His expertise and customer commitment has earned him increasing levels of responsibility to drive industry-leading advances across Sciemetric’s entire portfolio of tools and applications for in-process testing. For the past 10 years, he has led most aspects of new technology development and commercialization, working hand-in-hand with customers. As CTO, he will be responsible for the total product vision, from concept to deployment and ongoing customer support. “Richard is an engineer’s engineer who can thoroughly understand a technical problem better than any I’ve met,” said Nathan Sheaff, Sciemetric founder and CEO. “But at the same time, he is very passionate about our customers and what they can do with our technology. He has a great understanding of our whole continuum, from measuring microvolts on the manufacturing line to unlocking insight from terabytes of data in the boardroom. It’s a magical combination that makes him such a great fit for this job.” For Brine, the CTO position is a crucial one for Sciemetric given the diversity of its product/service mix and the rise of the Industrial Internet of Things, which is unifying both the hardware and software sides of in-process testing and quality assurance on the production line like never before. “As a company with a strong focus on R&D, Sciemetric has reached the point where it just makes sense to take a more unified approach to how we manage the hardware, software, and customer-facing sides of our business,” Brine said. “As CTO, it will be my role to serve as that bridge and work with our fantastic engineering teams to maintain Sciemetric’s industry leadership as the state of technology continues to evolve.” BUSINESS NEWS OLYMPUS was named a 2015 EDMUND OPTICS Gold Supplier based on consistent on-time delivery and quality. Edmund Optics, a distribution partner of Olympus, is a premier provider and manufacturer of optical components and technology, enabling advancements in semiconductor manufacturing, industrial metrology, and medical instrumentation. Gold Suppliers are selected as a reflection of on-time delivery and quality products that Edmund Optics can rely on in order to achieve increased service. For the 2015 year, Olympus provided an overall on-time delivery rate of 97.13 percent and quality rating of 100 percent. In the first quarter of 2016, Olympus achieved a score of 100 percent for on-time delivery and quality. “We are pleased to support Edmund Optics with a quality product they can rely on. There are a long line of teams that work to contribute to and manufacture a reliable product while ensuring timely delivery. This commitment to quality extends as far back as our manufacturing and design factories in Japan,” said Mark Miller, VP, corporate and medical communications with Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “Edmund Optics is honored to work with a company as well-known and respected as Olympus. Olympus plays a critical piece in supporting our customers in life sciences, microscopy, and bio-imaging applications. We look forward to continuing to work together towards an even brighter future,” added Jeffrey Harvey, Edmund Optics’ VP of service and inventory management.
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