THE ASSOCIATION FOR MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY SELECTED AS NATIONAL PARTNER TO GROW APPRENTICESHIPS IN MANUFACTURING MCLEAN, VA — The Association For Manufacturing Technology will partner with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), which has been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. AMT will work with NIMS to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor. “For over two decades, NIMS has worked with companies, workforce development groups and community colleges to stand up high-caliber apprenticeship programs across the country,” said Jim Wall, executive director, NIMS. “This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline.” AMT represents advanced technology manufacturers and is committed to helping its members improve their businesses through its Smartforce initiative. Smartforce serves to promote STEM education programs and events where students can explore exciting careers in advanced manufacturing as well as connect employers with workforce- ready candidates. NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies. “One way AMT demonstrates its mission to develop a qualified pipeline of skilled workers for the advanced manufacturing industry is by helping its members develop apprenticeship programs,” said Greg Jones, AMT Vice President – Smartforce. “The skilled worker shortage has helped popularize apprenticeships, which are a timetested, earn-while-you-learn model that can boost the growth of small to mid-size manufacturers. We are proud to promote ApprenticeshipUSA, NIMS’ new initiative to expand registered apprenticeships within manufacturing.” FOUR U.S. ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE NATION’S HIGHEST HONOR FOR PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE WASHINGTON — U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named four organizations as the 2016 recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for sustainable excellence through visionary leadership, organizational alignment, systemic improvement and innovation. This year’s recipients—two small businesses and two health care providErs—represent four states, including the first awardee from Idaho; and feature four distinctly different operations, including the first winner ever from the long-term care and rehabilitation field and the first awardee from the textile industry since 1989. The 2016 Baldrige Award recipients— listed with their category—are: Don Chalmers Ford, Rio Rancho, NM (small business); Momentum Group, Irvine, CA (small business); Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Mountain Valley, Kellogg, ID (health care); Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land, TX (health care). “This year’s honorees are trailblazers in innovation, small business, health care and sustainable textiles. Their visionary leadership is helping to power the economy and increase our ability to compete globally,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The Commerce Department proudly supports these four outstanding organizations for their unwavering commitment to performance excellence and their dedication to always reaching higher.” The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) manages the Baldrige Award in cooperation with the private sector. An independent board of examiners recommended this year’s Baldrige Award recipients from a field of 34 applicants after evaluating them in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Excellence Framework: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. An organization may compete for the award in one of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit (including government agencies). “We are particularly excited about the diversity of the organizations being recognized this year,” said Robert Fangmeyer, director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. “Like those before them, the 2016 honorees have created robust processes and cultures that focus on benefitting their customers, workforce and communities, and in doing so, have achieved outstanding operational and business results.” To date, more than 1,600 U.S. organizations have applied for the Baldrige Award, and there are more than 30 independent Baldrige-based state and regional award programs covering nearly all 50 states. Internationally, the program has served as a model for nearly 100 excellence programs. In addition, many organizations use the Baldrige framework for its improvement and innovation strategies without applying for any of these awards. During the period 2010-2014, more than four million copies of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, the core of the Baldrige Framework, were distributed. Their widespread acceptance and use both nationally and globally has dramatically impacted all types of organizations. Take for example, these achievements by the 2016 Baldrige Award winners: New employees at Don Chalmers Ford (DCF) are mentored by senior leaders and work with the general manager using the firm’s “How I Connect” guide that aligns each individual’s role to the company’s core values and to delivering the “DCF Experience.” This has helped increase the retention rate of sales consultants from 56.3 percent in 2011 to 71.4 percent in 2015, and increase gross profit by 13 percent for 2012-2015. Both marks are significantly higher than the national averages of 26 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively. In support of its core value of “bettering the world around us,” Momentum Group was the first in its industry to offer a full textile product line of reduced environmental impact fabrics. In just over two decades, Momentum Group’s sales have grown more than 400 percent and have outperformed the industry for 19 years out of the 22 that the firm has been in business. For seven consecutive years, Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center—Mountain Valley has achieved a fivestar quality rating—the highest possible—from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, a ranking designed to help potential residents, families and caregivers compare nursing homes. Less than one percent of 15,600 skilled nursing facilities nationwide received the five-star rating over that period of time. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital ranks among the top 10 percent nationally for a number of performance metrics, including emergency center arrival-to-discharge time, compliance with regulations to reduce medication errors, bed turnaround times, radiology and laboratory result turnaround times, and the use of computerized physician order entry. The Baldrige judges also may recognize best practices in one or more of the Baldrige Criteria categories by organizations that are candidates for the award but are not selected as a recipient. This year, the judges have chosen six organizations for this honor (listed with the categories for which they are acknowledged): City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO (leadership); Kaiser Permanente San Diego, San Diego, CA (leadership); Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, TN (leadership); Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC (leadership and strategy); Park Place Lexus of Texas, Plano, TX (customers); Southern Management Corporation, Vienna, VA (workforce). The 2016 Baldrige Award will be presented at an April 2017 ceremony during the Quest for Excellence conference in Baltimore, MD. NIST: CLOSING TECH GAPS CAN FORTIFY ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND SAVE $100 BILLION ANNUALLY GAITHERSBURG, MD — To spur significant innovation and growth in advanced manufacturing, as well as save over $100 billion annually, U.S. industry must rectify currently unmet Needs for measurement science and “proof-of-concept” demonstrations of emerging technologies. This is the overall conclusion reached by economic studies funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of four advanced manufacturing areas used to create everything from automobile composites to zero-noise headsets. “Gaps in the technology infrastructure—including the lack of reliable measurement and test methods, scientifically based standards, and other formal knowledge and tools—limit advanced manufacturing’s further development and adoption,” said NIST economist Gary Anderson, coordinator of the economic studies prepared by RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute. Using data collected through extensive interviews and surveys with researchers, developers, manufacturers and other stakeholders, each of the four studies identifies five to 10 critical technical barriers to the adoption of its specific manufacturing technology. The studies also estimate the impacts of eliminating those obstacles and define which needs should be met first to do so. For example, establishing industry-wide standards and measurements for the inks and substrates used in roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing—the fabrication of electronic devices on a roll of flexible plastic or metal—is projected to reduce production costs by 15 percent. Likewise, the development and adoption of verified reference data, robust measurement technologies and testing protocols, and standardized modeling and finishing methods could yield some $4 billion in annual benefits and savings for additive manufacturing, a process also known as 3D printing. The two largest predicted cost savings were the $57.4 billion and $40.1 billion for the smart manufacturing (where all manufacturing data from design to finished product is electronically exchanged and processed) and advanced robotics and automation sectors, respectively. Among the needs that must be met to realize both of these benefits, the researchers said, is increasing access by small- and medium-sized manufacturers to the same state-of-the-art methods, tools and knowledge as their larger counterparts. For each of the four advanced manufacturing technologies studied, the estimated annual cost savings and percentage reduction in production costs are: • Additive manufacturing: $4.1 billion, 18.3 percent • Advanced robotics and automation: $40.1 billion, 5.3 percent • Roll-to-roll manufacturing: $400 million, 14.7 percent • Smart manufacturing: $57.4 billion, 3.2 percent The researchers stated that their studies only looked at benefits directly attributable to closing the identified technical gaps in each sector; therefore, the impact estimates are conservative. “If we consider the larger-scale outcomes brought about by meeting these needs—such as new and improved products, increased production quality, long-term industry growth and job creation—the impacts would be significantly higher,” Anderson said. The studies also support a number of key strategies for overcoming technical barriers and fortifying advanced manufacturing, including keeping standards and performance measures nonproprietary, using public research institutions to develop those tools, and working through Manufacturing research consortia and technology extension services to ensure that all manufacturers—especially small- and medium-sized enterprises— can access them. “Our studies emphasize that full economic impact will only be realized if all technical needs are met, and all stakeholders regardless of size, not just large manufacturers, can share in the rewards,” Anderson said. ‘IMTS EFFECT’ DRIVES SEPTEMBER INCREASE IN MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS MCLEAN, VA — Manufacturing technology orders for September were up 56 percent compared to August and up 52 percent over September 2015, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “Every two years in September, the impact of IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show on the industry is reflected in the USMTO report. I call it the ‘IMTS Effect’,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “This year’s uptick in orders indicates manufacturers are eager to see and confident enough to invest in the latest manufacturing technology to improve their operations and products, but the momentum will slow heading into 2017.” All major customer sectors realized dramatic increases in order levels in September, according to the report, except the auto industry. This supports news that the strongest market over the past 20-month downturn has hit the pause button due to a shift in consumer demand from cars to trucks. “Overall, the year is expected to finish down about eight percent,” said Pat McGibbon, AMT vice president of strategic analytics. “We won’t see the December surge we usually see when manufacturers rush to take advantage of expiring tax incentives because they were extended or made permanent in 2015.” “Top industry analysts at AMT’s 46th Global Marketing and Forecasting Conference in October projected flat to modest growth by the end of 2017,” McGibbon added. September 2016 manufacturing technology orders were valued at $497.25 million, compared to $319.00 million in August and $327.08 million in September 2015. Year-to-date orders for 2016 stand at $2,914.39 million, a 6.4 percent decline compared to the same point in 2015. USMTO data is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. EXACT METROLOGY RECEIVES AS9100 CERTIFICATION CINCINNATI — Exact Metrology received official AS9100 certification. The Aerospace Standard 9100 includes the requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations. This certification evidences Exact Metrology practices a Quality Management System (QMS) that consistently meets customer expectations. Exact Metrology management has been heavily involved with the QMS process. This starts with the setting of Quality policy, quality goals and objectives. Management Review looks at the data from QMS, sees that quality goals are met, sets new ones and strives for continuous improvement. The advantage of this stringent management review is that it provides a basis for reviewing goals and performance against goals that are periodically reviewed. As a result, according to company co-founder Dean Solberg, customer satisfaction has increased because, “…the goals and objectives of the QMS take the customer’s needs into account and the Exact team can react and plan accordingly.” Benefits of implementing AS9100 include well defined and documented procedures to improve the consistency of output, quality is constantly measured, procedures ensure corrective action is taken whenever defects occur, reducied overall cost, appreciably lower defect rates and earlier detection, exposure to new markets and retention/increase of market share in existing sectors, internal operational efficiency and overall better process control and workflow. The company is also ISO9001:2008 certified. This is the only ISO standard that requires certification and is an internationally recognized quality management system that governs the sale and service of 3D non-contact and contact measuring equipment for inspection and reverse engineering in the commercial, aerospace, medical, automotive and industrial sectors. Exact is also certified by ITAR, the International Traffic Arms Regulation. As a result, Exact Metrology has a competitive advantage when attracting and retaining defense business. Prime contractors are obligated to comply with ITAR requirements and these same requirements must be employed by subcontractors. Subcontractors such as Exact Metrology, who demonstrate compliance with ITAR standards, are clearly more desirable resources for prime contractors. Finally, being ITAR certified gives Exact Metrology the opportunity to do business with defense companies overseas, a growing market for the company currently. Exact Metrology also has a Federal Firearms License, giving them the ability to send and receive weapons for quality control and inspection. For more information, visit www.exactmetrology.com. MFG.COM SURVEY ASSESSES IMPACT OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON MANUFACTURING MARIETTA, GA — MFG.com has a survey underway gauging the expected impact of President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed policies on manufacturing and foreign trade. From now until Dec. 16, MFG.com buyers and suppliers will have the opportunity to share their insights on how changing policies will affect their businesses in particular and U.S. manufacturing in general. MFG.com plans to issue a report summarizing the findings and analyzing the results in early 2017. President-elect Trump campaigned on the promise to bring manufacturing back to the United States and to create new jobs. He also articulated plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), withdraw From the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and implement major tariff and tax law changes. All of these actions hold major consequences for U.S. firms. The MFG.com survey addresses five key areas including the following: • General free trade • NAFTA • Immigrant labor • TPP • Chinese tariffs and currency manipulation Bo Hagler, chief executive officer of MFG.com, said, “The United States is likely to experience major changes in its manufacturing, tax and foreign trade policies under the Trump administration. However, the exact form and impact of these changes are yet to be known. By tapping into expert opinion, we hope to gain insights on current practices, perceived effects and receptivity to the changes put forth by candidate Trump. We expect the data will be both interesting and revealing, as will the report to come.” For more information, visit MFG.com. BUSINESS NEWS MAHR FEDERAL INC. plans to expand its direct sales coverage for metrology systems products in the Southeast. Effective immediately, Mahr metrology systems products will be sold directly by the Mahr Federal Inc. sales team in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. “We presently are searching for additional sales people in the Southeast to augment our existing sales, product specialist and service team,” said Tony Picone, president and CEO, Mahr Federal. “We will be announcing the opening date and location of our new Southeast region demonstration center in the near future. “Our longstanding relationship with MSI-Viking Gage will continue as one of our key precision gage and hand tool distributors in the region. However, to facilitate our sales expansion plans, MSIViking will no longer act as a representative for MFI metrology system products.” SOLVAY, a global polymer supplier, is expanding its laboratory and research facilities dedicated to additive manufacturing. Solvay’s expanding 3D printing capabilities are part of the group’s work in advanced light-weighting solutions to replace metals. Utilized mostly in transport at present, where they help reduce the weight of cars and planes and therefore CO2 emissions, they also allow for more design flexibility, thereby lowering waste. As part of this commitment, and building on Solvay’s established AM technical center and production facility for Sinterline Technyl in Lyon, France, Solvay has opened a new laboratory at its Research & Innovation Center in Alpharetta, GA, to forward the development of its advanced materials for AM. In addition to this, Solvay has established a facility at its campus in Brussels, Belgium, dedicated to AM software design and development powered by Digimat from e-Xstream, an MSC Software company. Solvay is also creating a network of solution providers across the AM value chain from universities to equipment manufacturers. “Additive Manufacturing has emerged as a complementary plastics conversion technology of its own right and is increasingly advancing the particular needs of highly complex parts not possible through conventional melt processes,” said Brian Alexander, head of additive manufacturing for Solvay’s Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit. “As the processes and equipment develop, there is still a lack of reliable high performance materials sourcing and standardization. Solvay is determined to play a leading role in expanding the available polymer choice and optimizing the supply chain for AM based on a solid understanding of the technology and comprehensive customer support.” AM processes can improve productivity by quickly converting digital designs into functional parts for low to medium volume production without the time or cost required to first build a molding tool and prototype. Thus, they can significantly accelerate the time-tomarket for OEMs and Tier suppliers AM reduces production waste, optimizes the supply chain, eliminates tooling and speeds the time to market for new designs requiring the same high performance expected from traditional polymer conversion methods. In contrast, however, it lends itself to a revolutionary democratization of manufacturing through digitization and file, rather than part transfer. Solvay’s materials and manufacturing expertise have already contributed to a 3D printed part for the Polimotor 2 all-plastic engine, designed and developed by industry pioneer Matti Holtzberg, which aims to leverage advanced polymer technology to develop a four-cylinder, double-overhead CAM engine weighing approximately 40kg less than today’s standard production engine. The part is a plenum chamber, 3D printed by selective laser sintering (SLS) using Solvay’s Sinterline Technyl polyamide 6 (PA6) powder grade reinforced with a 40 percent loading of glass beads. Solvay is further exploring the experience gained from Polimotor 2 by conducting studies of how AM might extend its value beyond prototype parts. Among these studies was a comparative evaluation of the tensile properties of samples that were 3D printed and injection molded from KetaSpire KT-820 PEEK. The outcome of the first evaluation suggests the 3D printed parts will be able to meet the demanding performance requirements for these applications even at elevated temperatures seen on an engine. Solvay plans to continue evaluating the comparative performance of printed and molded PEEK parts in these severe applications during the dynamometer test stage of the Polimotor 2 engine. These findings were echoed at Solvay’s technical center in Lyon, France, where additional material characterization and prototype validation is underway for 3D printed functional prototypes fabricated from Sinterline Technyl PA6. “A recent study of the plenum for the Polimotor 2 project confirmed that AM offers a significant, yet grossly underutilized potential for light-weighting and complex design, even beyond the scope of injection molding,” said Dominique Giannotta, Sinterline program leader for Solvay’s Engineering Plastics Business Unit. “However, to fully take advantage of this powerful potential, industrial designers must begin to conceive parts for additive manufacturing from day one.” Solvay has experience in SLS, with its range of Sinterline Technyl polyamide 6 (PA6) materials, which exhibit much higher stiffness and thermal resistance than competitive PA11 or PA12. They are available in neat and glassbead filled grades, suitable for use in demanding SLS applications from automotive, transportation and construction to sporting goods, appliances and electrical markets. In addition, an unfilled grade has passed compliance testing for USP class VI medical applications. Solvay is developing other specialty polymers for AM in Alpharetta, including AvaSpire polyaryletherketone (PAEK), KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK), and Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), and polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) compatible with SLS. A number of products will be available for sampling by the end of 2016, including Neat and fiber-filled grades of Solvay’s KetaSpire PEEK and Radel PPSU for FFF 3D printing process. OMEGA ENGINEERING INC. moved to a new facility in Norwalk, after being based in Stamford, CT for five decades. The move coincides with the recent appointment of Joe Vorih as president. OMEGA Engineering founder Betty Ruth Hollander, a mother of four children, started the firm at her kitchen table in 1962. The fact that the company was initially staffed solely by women was a rarity at a time when women often faced great workplace obstacles. From those humble, OMEGA Engineering has grown from a small family-owned catalog company specializing in thermocouples, to a global provider of thousands of measurement and control products. Acquired by Spectris in 2011, OMEGA today offers more than 100,000 products and primarily sells them directly to buyers. The move to OMEGA Engineering’s new facility is symbolic of the next step in this company’s journey. The new corporate office is located in a five-story, 412,000 square-foot building in one of Norwalk’s busiest retail and commercial areas. The open floor plan is designed with collaborative workspaces, where employees can take advantage of the latest technological advances. Facilities include a cafeteria, fitness center, picnic areas and shuttle service to nearby train stations. “We’re extremely excited about this next step in the evolution of our company, but our guiding principle remains unchanged. We’re absolutely committed to provide the very best instrumentation products and customer service,” said Joe Vorih, president. “This has been the building block of our success over the last five decades, and will remain our top priority in the years to come. Fresh leadership and new facilities will ultimately help us serve our customers better as we expand our product lines and enhance our service systems.” CREAFORM announced new offices in Milan and resources to cater the evergrowing demand of its local clients and partners in Italy, the company’s thirdlargest European market. The first account executive and application engineer are already in place serving local customers. In response to high market demand, more resources will join in the following months to form a complete team. Creaform’s local offices will also provide metrology services across all segments and regions in Italy. Dedicated product marketing initiatives, aligned with the distinct needs of the Italian market, including in the automotive and other manufacturing sectors, will also be carried out over the next several months. This opening is part of the company’s worldwide expansion plan as the logical continuity of Creaform’s sustained growth and market demand. This also follows the recent openings of Creaform’s offices in Brazil, Korea and Singapore. PEOPLE NEWS MFG.com, an online manufacturing marketplace, hired ALLAN “AJ” SWEATT as its new vice president of product strategy. In this role, Sweatt will focus on the firm’s global online manufacturing marketplace and develop enhancements designed to improve member experience, increase their return on investment (ROI) and help them discover new revenue streams. Most recently, he served as director of global marketing at TydenBrooks SPG, where he grew overall sales by $15 million over a two-year period. Previously, as a principal of AJ Sweatt Logic & Communications, AJ oversaw the marketing programs of clients ranging from small manufacturing businesses to large multinational OEMs. His background also includes online business model development for Gardner Business Media’s web-based platforms and launching of MMSOnline.com, its flagship website for manufacturing and metal working. Notably, Sweatt is an MFG. Com alumnus, having served as vice president of marketing from 2007 through 2011. During his tenure, he launched a customer retention program that yielded a 26 percent increase in longevity rates. “It is a thrilling time to rejoin the MFG.com team, as many platform enhancements and new offerings are about to launch,” Sweatt said. “I look forward to driving these changes in a way that will positively impact customer experience and satisfaction. But, I am most excited to increase the value MFG.com brings to small and midsized manufacturers to help them compete and grow in this rapidly changing, complex industry.” Automated Precision appointed SONG CHUNG as the new senior vice president of global sales and marketing. Song Chung comes to Automated Precision Inc. from a 20-year career with Perceptron Inc., where most recently he had been senior vice president and chief technology officer. In his 20-year span with Perceptron, Chung had also served as vice president engineering, director of sales, and managing director of Perceptron Asia and Perceptron Korea. Chung has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “We are confident that Song Chung will bring to Automated Precision Inc. his broad portfolio of technical experience, sales knowhow and management capabilities that will enable API to continue to grow the business in the broader industrial markets where our sales solutions for dimensional gaging, dimensional inspection and 3D scanning have the greatest potential,” said Automated Precision CEO Kam Lau. Song and his family reside in Ann Arbor, MI.
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