IMTS 2010 ON TRACK TO BE 8TH LARGEST IMTS EVER MCLEAN, VA—Registration for the 28th edition of The International Manufacturing Technology Show, IMTS 2010, is open and available at www.imts. com. IMTS, to be held September 13 to 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, hosting more than 92,000 manufacturing industry professionals from 116 countries. According to John Krisko, director of exhibitions for IMTS, the 2010 show is on track to be the 8th largest IMTS since the show’s inception in 1927. “We are on track to fill well over 1-million-squarefeet of exhibit space and host more than 1,000 exhibitors,” says Krisko. “It is encouraging that the show is holding steady in these uncertain times and that there appears to be confidence in the future and importance of global manufacturing. We’re moving ahead with our planning for a great event that will inspire the industry for a bright future.” The largest IMTS ever was in 2000 with slightly more than 1.4-millionsquare- feet of exhibit space. IMTS 1986 was the first show to exceed one million net square feet of exhibit space. Manufacturing professionals attend this key event to see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency. “They come to the show to learn, to network and to find new resources and innovative manufacturing technology resources,” explains Krisko. KIA MOTORS OPENS FIRST U. S. PLANT WEST POINT, GA—Officials from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) Inc. were joined by dignitaries from the Hyundai- Kia Automotive Group, the state of Georgia, local city and county officials to celebrate the official grand opening of Kia’s first-ever U.S. automobile manufacturing plant in West Point, GA, capable of producing 300,000 cars annually for the North American and global markets. Representing a $1 billion investment by Kia Motors Corp., the sprawling, new 2.2 million-squarefoot automobile manufacturing plant is situated on more than 2,200 acres of land. KMMG consists of four main shops: stamping, welding, paint and assembly. The site also includes a transmission shop, module shop and a two-mile test track where every vehicle produced by KMMG will be thoroughly tested. KMMG’s general assembly area is outfitted with more than a half mile of height-adjustable conveyors to achieve the most favorable installation position for each team member and reduce physical fatigue. It is outfitted with wood flooring, which provides a more comfortable and forgiving work environment for team members. GE ANNOUNCES ELECTRIC VEHICLE PARTNERSHIP COLUMBUS, OH—GE and Juice Technologies announced a joint development agreement to create intelligent plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging devices for U.S. and global markets. The chargers integrate GE’s smart meters with Juice Technology’s Plug Smart engine to help consumers charge their cars during low-demand, lower cost time periods. Smart chargers will hasten acceptance of plug-in cars by making them more attractive to both consumers and utilities. Consumers will benefit by receiving the lowest-possible charging rates for their cars. Utilities will be able to better control the demand for electricity and take on the added load of electric vehicles without overtaxing their grids. Utilities also will realize greater value from their capital equipment during overnight and other lowdemand times, when it is substantially less utilized. “Our smart charging system and advanced technology have been in development over the past two years,” says Rich Housh, chief executive officer of Juice Technologies. “We’ve collaborated with utilities and with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research to develop the right solution for both utilities and consumers. Our collaboration with GE gives us the expertise we need to bring our solutions to market.” Electric vehicles will begin shipping in volume across the United States in 2010. Charging stations will be needed to meet the growing consumer demand. NSI EXPANDS CORPORATE FACILITY ROGERS, MN—North Star Imaging’s (NSI) has expanded their corporate facility by 33%. This expansion was completed on the first of the year and includes additional manufacturing area, inspection services capability, added office space and an expanded X-ray and computed tomography application laboratory. The majority of the area expansion is made up of additional manufacturing space, which was used to rearrange the machining, fabricating, paint and finishing areas. The new square footage allows for a streamlined assembly process. North Star Imaging’s Inspection Services Group (ISG) has expanded with three new NSI X-ray/CT systems. ISG added a new ImagiX and X50-CT to its equipment list as well as replaced their current M5000-CT with a new X5000-CT. The new X-ray and computed tomography application laboratory utilizes the additional X-ray systems added to ISG, as well as serves as the developmental home for advancing NSI’s X-ray and computed tomography technology in both their systems and software. PEOPLE NEWS Polonie Gomez has been appointed quality manager of Harco Metal Products’ Tempe, AZ, facility. Gomez brings experience in total quality management, statistical process control, root cause and corrective action, Six Sigma and PFMEA to the Harco team. Additionally, Gomez has a background in the area of AS 9000 and AS 9100 principles, guiding several major companies to certifi cation in both ISO and AS. Oscar Audelo has joined Northwire Inc. (Osceloa, WI) as regional sales director. Audelo brings more than 15 years of experience in sales management in the interconnect industry and will serve Northwire customers in the western United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and South America. Brandon McVaugh has joined Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI, Hatfi eld, PA) as customer service supervisor. McVaugh will provide customer support services and oversee all operations in the customer service department. McVaugh previously held positions in LTI’s machine shop and nondestructive testing department. Dow Segrest has accepted the position of global key account manager at EagleBurgmann (Houston). In this role, Segrest will coordinate business development efforts for global and national accounts headquartered in the Americas and develop relationships at the corporate level with customers. BUSINESS NEWS American Sensor Technologies Inc. (AST, Mt. Olivet, NJ) has updated and expanded its consumer electronics (CE) approval for its pressure sensor, transducer, transmitter and switch product families. AST products with the CE logo conform to EMC Directive 2004/108/EC for electromagnetic compatibility. Tested by the independent laboratory, TUV Rheinland (Newton, CT), each product was evaluated for performance against radiated emissions, electrostatic discharge, radiated immunity, electrical fast transient, surge immunity, conducted immunity and power frequency magnetic fi eld immunity. Simio (Sewickley, PA), a developer of 3-D object-oriented simulation software, has awarded a $9,900 grant to Stanford University. This Stanford, CA-based private research university is now one of more than 100 universities worldwide to join Simio’s academic program, which offers 3-D modeling software to schools at no charge. MAG Industrial Automation Systems (Erlanger, KY) won 15 U.S. and European patents in 2009, covering new manufacturing technologies for alternative energy, aerospace and automotive components. The company’s new HyperMach aerospace profi ler alone received three patents, with two more pending. MAG also received two international awards in 2009 for new composites processing technologies, one involving a method for making hydrogen fuel tanks for automobiles. Diversified Plastics Inc. (Minneapolis) has achieved ISO 13485: 2003 certifi cation by showing it has established a quality management system to provide medical components and devices that consistently meet regulatory requirements for the medical device industry. Many medical device manufacturers are now requiring their suppliers to be ISO 13485: 2003 certifi ed. It took the company nearly a year to complete the certifi cation work. Invensys Operations Management (Plano, TX), provider of technology systems and software solutions to process and manufacturing industries, announced that its Wonderware technical support organization has been honored with the 2009 STAR Award for service excellence from the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA). The Wonderware support organization received the STAR Award for Service Excellence in Mission Critical Support – Software – SMB. The honor recognizes Invensys Operations Management for providing technical support in mission-critical environments where system up-time is imperative, typically for enterprise customers. PCB Load & Torque Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI) provides torque and force calibration services at its A2LAaccredited calibration laboratory. MI. This calibration service is a requirement for facilities seeking to obtain or maintain ISO 9001: 2000 certifi cation. Items of measuring and testing equipment that are calibrated with the scope of accreditation are rotary torque, reaction torque and force measuring transducers. Yaskawa Electric America Inc. (Waukegan, IL), provider of motion and control products, has announced that its operation in Brazil, Yaskawa Elétrico do Brasil, has received ISO 9001, ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18001 certifi cations from Bureau Veritas, a certifi cation body. Yaskawa Brasil’s business includes research and development, production, quality control, sales and marketing. Axiom (Beaverton, OR) has been certifi ed to ISO 9001: 2000, EN/JISQ/AS9100: 2004, and ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007. This standard covers the requirements necessary to design, establish, implement, and maintain an electrostatic discharge (ESD) control program to protect electrical or electronic parts, assemblies and equipment susceptible to ESD damage from human body model discharges greater than or equal to 100 volts. Easy-Metric (Paris), was founded in 2003. Since then, the company has placed itself in the carbon-based measuring equipment arena. After launching a subsidiary in Germany, it was decided in 2009 to operate in the North American market. “The warm welcome at the Rosemont Quality Show is what prompted our decision,” explains Youri Srebot, president of Easy-Metric Inc. Easy-Metric benefi ts from the Srebots’ knowledge of quality as he and his brother are active in the other family business that manufactures pieces for aviation. “We understand our customers’ needs,” adds Marc Srebot, “and are ready to provide them with the best tool to assist them in the quality process in their departments.”
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