BUSINESS NEWS THE GREATER RICHMOND PARTNERSHIP announced that PRYOR TECHNOLOGY INC., a manufacturer and designer of marking, identification and traceability solutions, will open a facility in Hanover, VA. The 5,000 square-foot manufacturing center will have the capacity to employ 10 people. “Having exported to the U.S. market for over 30 years and built a strong brand presence and customer base across the country, the Pryor Group is delighted to be improving its customer service and local technical skills by opening this new facility and employing local staff,” said Alastair Morris, vice president of Pryor Technology Inc. “Hanover County is pleased to welcome another U.K. based company to the Hanover Business Center,” said Angela Kelly-Wiecek, chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and vice chair of the Greater Richmond Partnership. “This strategic location within close proximity to I-95 will allow Pryor Technology to effectively serve their clients and prosper in Hanover County.” Founded in 1849 in Sheffield, UK, a hub of manufacturing and the birthplace of stainless steel, the company’s success is built on providing solutions for all manufacturing industries, with extensive expertise in aerospace and automotive standards. “There was an option to be close to the Rolls-Royce facility just south of Richmond, where Pryor supplies marking services,” said Barry Matherly, president and CEO of the partnership. “We successfully convinced Pryor to consider the Richmond Region for its first U.S. operation.” Matherly first met with company representatives in February 2015 during a marketing mission to the UK. After several visits to the company headquarters, Morris and Neil Andrew, group managing director, visited Greater Richmond in April 2016 and toured various real estate options in the region. Before meeting with local representatives, the company strongly considered several other states for a location. The manufacturing firm signed a lease at 303 Ashcake Road in the Hanover Business Center. Operating from sites in the UK, France and India, Pryor serves an extensive customer base, supported by a comprehensive distributor network in countries across the globe. Hanover County Economic Development worked with John Carpin, Malcolm Randolph and Jimmy Martin with CBRE | Richmond to complete the deal with Baker Properties. “Lately, we’re seeing an influx of international firms bringing manufacturing operations to the Richmond Region to improve customer relations and expand their American market share,” said Matherly. “Polykon, Mavalerio, and Csi Packaging are all recent examples of our international marketing efforts and it’s a good trend to have!” U.S. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS FINISH 2016 DOWN 4 PERCENT MCLEAN, VA — Manufacturing technology orders finished 2016 down 4 percent compared to 2015, according to the December 2016 U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Month-over-month, December orders were up 20.6 percent compared to November. As orders have pulled to near-even with levels seen before the latest dip, the general manufacturing economy is showing signs of growth. The January PMI from the Institute for Supply Management was 56, indicating expansion in manufacturing for the fifth consecutive month. There was also growth in capacity utilization and industrial production in December, the most recent month for which data are available. In addition to those indicators, two other measures suggest a likely boost in capital spending for equipment and machinery: cutting tool consumption and spending from machine shops. “There has been a significant uptick in shipments for cutting tools, the primary consumable in the manufacturing process, and machine shop spending for the month was up 32 percent from November,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “Since large manufacturers will leverage their supply chain’s capital equipment before expanding their own capacity, gains for machine shop investment are promising because they typically mark an overall greater need for capacity, and a broader upturn on the horizon.” Orders for December 2016 totaled $406.72 million, up from November’s $337.24 million. The December monthly order value was the second highest for the year after September’s $503.67 million, which was when orders were registered from IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show. Total orders for 2016 were valued at $4,013.13 million compared to $4,178.23 million in 2015. USMTO is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. This report, compiled by The Association For Manufacturing Technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. STRONG FINISH FOR 2016 SHIPMENTS DESPITE 4.3 PERCENT YEAR-TO-DATE DECLINE MCLEAN, VA — December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.04 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 collaboration, was up 4.4 percent from November’s $168.69 million and up 12.5 percent when compared with the total of $156.49 million reported for December 2015. With a year-to-date total of $2.042 billion, 2016 is down 4.3 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. “The cutting tool market data continues to show signs of strengthening,” says Steve Stokey, president of USCTI. “There is a great deal of positive chatter in most manufacturing sectors that would indicate there are high expectations for 2017. This should drive higher demand for cutting tools.” Steve Kline, Jr., director of market intelligence at Gardner Business Media adds to the positive forecast by stating that “Cutting tool orders improves the last five months of 2016. In three of the last five months, cutting tool orders increased compared with year prior levels. In fact, December increased 12 percent, which was the fastest rate of growth since December 2014. Gardner’s metalworking business index leads cutting tool orders by six to 12 months. The index has been improving for some time. In January, the index showed that the metalworking industry grew for the first time in nearly two years. Therefore, I expect cutting tool orders to increase in 2017.” 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 RENISHAW INC. is preparing to move into a new 133,000 square-foot office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, IL, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-story facility will be the company’s new North American headquarters, but also includes space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution. It includes the new U.S. Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center– part of Renishaw’s network of global Solutions Centers, opening over the next year. The centers are designed to provide venues where the additive manufacturing adoption process can be accelerated. “We can give companies cost-effective, hands-on experience of metal additive manufacturing,combined with application engineering support to optimize their design, and post-processing capabilities to ensure that it performs as it should,” said Sir David McMurtry, chairman and CEO of Renishaw. Renishaw plans to set up regional technical and sales offices throughout the United States, as the company continues to get closer to customers. “With the popularity and adoption of Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory philosophies, our products and services are relevant to a larger and more diverse group of manufacturing operations,” said Howard Salt, president of Renishaw, Inc. “These new facilities makes it more feasible, logistically, for us to work cooperatively with customers and potential customers in North America, and develop solutions specific to them.” The company plans to be fully relocated by October. The new address is 1001 Wesemann Drive, West Dundee, IL 60118. HEXAGON MANUFACTURING INTELLIGENCE has joined The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the affiliate member level and will have a seat on CCAM’s Technology Advisory Council. CCAM is an applied research center providing solutions in adaptive automation, surface engineering, and additive manufacturing. Hexagon will participate in CCAM research and provide expertise in optical noncontact 3D measuring systems for industrial manufacturing applications. Hexagon is a metrology and manufacturing solution provider, specializing in the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data to increase production speed, accelerate productivity and enhance product quality. CCAM bridges the gap between research and commercialization to accelerate new developments to market. Hexagon will contribute its metrology expertise and the AICON StereoScan neo 3D scanner and a DPA photogrammetry system. These optical, portable solutions are a part of AICON’s portfolio of noncontact 3D measuring systems used to enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production. CCAM research and development is conducted at its 62,000 square foot facility just outside of Richmond, VA. “Hexagon looks forward to our newest collaborative partnership with the CCAM consortium of leading manufacturers and research institutions,” said Director of Strategic Business Development Michael Mariani, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “We are pleased to make a technology contribution to the CCAM metrology center, adding another level of capability in support of the innovative work conducted at this leading research facility for advanced manufacturing methods.” “CCAM is delighted to have Hexagon become our newest member,” says Jaime Camelio, CCAM chief technology officer. “Their inspection tools fully complement our research agenda, providing CCAM the opportunity to develop enhanced algorithms to optimize inspection processes.” INFINITYQS INTERNATIONAL is imploring manufacturers to put down their pencils and papers and implement automated data collection technologies to attain enterprise visibility and begin to adopt Industry 4.0. According to The Boston Consulting Group’s recent report, Sprinting to Value in Industry 4.0, “The value created by Industry 4.0 vastly exceeds the low-single-digit cost savings that many manufacturers pursue today. The new technologies promise to revolutionize manufacturing, thereby shifting the competitive balance among countries and transforming the industrial workforce.” However, the foundation of Industry 4.0 is automation and data exchange, and InfinityQS found in its recent survey of 260 manufacturers that 75 percent of respondents are still manually collecting data. Forty-seven percent of those rely on pencil and paper. The survey, which included some of the world’s largest manufacturing organizations, sought insight into the manufacturers’ needs, processes, and uses for data collection. To facilitate Industry 4.0, manufacturers must automate and standardize data collection processes and create a centralized repository that is accessible to all stakeholders within the organization. When data is unified, from all sources, it’s possible to visualize more than a single aspect of operations. The outcome is real-time visibility of the entire enterprise, from end to end — including suppliers, incoming inspection, raw materials, in-process checks from shop floor operators and the quality lab, process data, packaging, and finished products. This visibility identifies potential opportunities to increase output, decrease costs, and improve quality across manufacturing operations. Michael Lyle, president and CEO of InfinityQS, said, “To reach the full potential of digital transformation, it’s vital to find the right talent and resources to configure and deploy the technologies, as well as interpret the resulting data. However, what many manufacturers don’t realize is that it’s not an all or nothing proposal. There are small, less expensive steps that can be taken to adopt Industry 4.0 in a more iterative and agile manner.” To learn more about the first step to prepare your manufacturing organization for a digital transformation, download the InfinityQS white paper, “Enterprise Visibility.” HEXAGON AB announced an agreement to acquire MSC Software (“MSC”), a provider of computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions, including simulation software for virtual product and manufacturing process development. MSC’s simulation analysis capabilities empower customers to optimize design for production, ensuring downstream productivity, product quality and durability. “MSC represents a game changer in our mission to deliver actionable manufacturing intelligence, taking us another step closer to realizing our smart connected factory vision in discrete manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “We can now leverage the data our MI division is generating to improve design choices and processes upstream in the workflow. The acquisition will also open up new markets and touchpoints for MSC via our PPM division.” Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, MSC has over 1,200 highly-skilled professionals in 20 countries. Its strong brand and reputation in industries such as automotive, aerospace and electronics spans more than 50 years. GLOBAL MEASUREMENT SOLUTIONS was awarded approved supplier status for ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION. The Certificate Scope of Approval includes: Rolls-Royce Corporation Sub-Tier, Component Measurement, and CMM Programming Supplier categories. This award confirms that East Coast Metrology completed the testing needed to assure Rolls-Royce Corporation that quality assurance controls meet the general requirements of Rolls-Royce, as specified in RR9000:SABRe. The agreement between Rolls- Royce and ECM validates that all quality control systems and management structures sustain accordance to the requirements put forth by Rolls- Royce Corporation. ECM already maintains an ISO/ IEC 17025 Accredited Laboratory certification which assures customers that their systems are calibrated using standards traceable to a National Metrological Institute (NMI). ECM was awarded this accreditation in September 2014 and has since renewed this certificate as of October 2016. ECM is one of the first non-OEM laboratories in the country to offer the ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration for large scale measurement instruments. This accreditation along with the newly acquired Rolls-Royce certification, demonstrates the level of quality standards that both ECM and their customers demand. “We stand by our services and our level of quality 100 percent. We work hard to obtain these certificates so our customers can feel confident not only in our ability to perform the job, but to perform the job at the highest quality standard in the industry,” stated Lucas Prato, director of quality for ECM. TEAM PENSKE formed a technical partnership with STRATASYS LTD. As part of a multi-year agreement that begins in 2017, Stratasys will provide equipment and support services to assist Team Penske in its engineering and manufacturing efforts across its NASCAR and IndyCar racing platforms. Stratasys, as an Official 3D Printing Solutions Partner, will furnish Team Penske with 3D printing solutions to create manufacturing tooling and car parts as well as rapidly generate engineering prototypes. Under the new technical alliance, Stratasys will also provide technical support to Team Penske for customized motorsports applications and materials engineering. “Our strategic partnership with Stratasys should keep our manufacturing and engineering processes at the front of the pack,” said Team Penske President Tim Cindric. “Stratasys is on the cutting edge of additive manufacturing technology for automotive applications. Utilizing their equipment and technical support will provide us with another means to put our ideas on the race track first.” Stratasys plans to highlight its new partnership with Team Penske by engaging with its customers through tours of the team’s facility, technical talks and product demonstrations designed to showcase the company’s unique solutions and offerings. “We are proud to be a part of Team Penske and look forward to working with them over the coming years to drive their NASCAR and IndyCar teams to victory,” said Rich Garrity, president Americas at Stratasys. “Stratasys additive manufacturing solutions are being increasingly adopted by the world’s top motorsports teams and manufacturers. The engineering- grade quality, high throughput and wide choice of materials our 3D printing solutions provide are a perfect fit for the customized tools and innovative part designs our automotive customers demand.” Q-MARK MANUFACTURING announced an agreement with DUTCH DIAMOND TECHNOLOGIES to distribute its solid and coated diamond spheres. Netherlands-based Dutch Diamond Technologies earned an international reputation for their technology and performance in shaping diamonds for use in industrial applications. After an introduction in Europe, Dutch Diamond Technologies added Q-Mark as a reseller of their high-precision diamond spheres. Q-Mark can now offer diamond styli to customers. “We are pleased to offer an additional solution to the many fields that now utilize our products,” Q-Mark President Mark Osterstock said. “Diamond spheres have multiple desirable properties and are now an upgrade available for most of our products. Diamond is the hardest substance known. Besides its outstanding wear resistance, diamond resists the build-up of soft materials on its smooth surface. Plus, the highly-polished diamond spheres virtually never scratch the object being measured.” WESTERN GAGE CORPORATION was granted ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), after a thorough assessment and review of Western Gage’s quality management system and competence to perform specific calibrations and issue certifications. The achievement of A2LA accreditation demonstrates an organization’s competence to manage and perform the activities defined by its Scope of Accreditation (A2LA Certificate # 4174.01). For Western Gage, these activities include calibration of plain ring and plug gages, length gages, air gage readouts, air gaging systems and magnification orifice kits. CONVENTION NEWS THE GOM 3D METROLOGY CONFERENCE will show how optical measuring systems shorten development cycles and improve production processes from Sept. 26-27. Today, optical metrology is a standard in industry and research for quality assurance and materials testing. More than 600 experts from 40 countries are expected at GOM’s headquarters in Brunswick, Germany, to discuss topics such as automation, virtual assembly analysis, airfoil inspection and materials testing based on optical 3D measuring data. The international conference is a forum for executives, metrologists and experts from well-known companies and research institutions who reveal their first-hand experiences. GOM presents new trends as well as recent developments in sensor technologies and software for the entire production process ranging from materials testing through design and toolmaking up to series inspection. Alongside a presentation forum, interactive solution tracks and a technical exhibition, GOM provides an insight into the production of industrial 3D metrology in regular guided tours. Joint networking dinners encourage the direct exchange of experiences. This year, the conference takes place for the 13th time. The event will be held in English. THE COORDINATE METROLOGY SOCIETY announces the 33rd annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC), July 17-21, Snowbird, UT. The 2016 CMSC provided a diversity of twenty-five authoritative white papers and application presentations from respected CMS members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology. Conference speakers represented The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Triumph Aerostructures, Stelia Aerospace, Northrop Grumman Missions Systems, FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH& Co. (Germany), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), UNC Charlotte, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada), National Research Council Canada, University College London (UK), and other leaders in the field. The CMSC is an international arena for metrology education, new innovations, and strategic networking with top professionals in the portable metrology community. The Coordinate Metrology Society remains committed to forging a learning culture and expand the boundaries of knowledge with a variety of world-class programs and challenges held at the Education and Measurement Zone located in the CMSC Exhibition Hall. Other highlights of the conference include career-enhancing activities such as the CMS Level-One and Level-Two Certification examinations, technical workshops and hands-on competitions during the five-day event. PEOPLE NEWS Laboratory Testing Inc. promoted RICK GAYNOR of North Wales, PA, to the title of metrology manager. He will direct the operations of the company’s department called LTI Metrology, which specializes in NIST traceable and A2LA accredited instrument calibration and dimensional inspection services. Gaynor brings over 25 years of relevant experience in laboratory testing, electro-mechanical engineering and applications engineering to his new role, including 13 years as general manager of a metrology laboratory at Dayton T. Brown Inc. He had been employed by LTI since September 2015 as mechanical testing technical coordinator with responsibility for developing procedures and policies, refurbishing and installing equipment, setting up new capabilities and automating processes. As metrology manager, he will utilize his extensive work experience to expand services, grow the department and develop customer relationships. He completed his formal education while serving in the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor of science in electronics from the Community College of the Air Force in Biloxi, MS. He has a background in both military and aerospace testing, and has worked with many other industries as well.
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