NISSAN TO RECALL 1.2 MILLION VEHICLES OVER FLAWED SAFETY INSPECTION YOKOHAMA, Japan — Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. will recall more than 1.2 million vehicles in Japan that have undergone flawed safety inspections, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa told a press conference that the recall could cost the company about 25 billion yen, or about $220 million. The company, Japan’s second biggest automaker, suspended the registration of some 60,000 new cars because their safety inspections were conducted by uncertified personnel. Some 21 models manufactured in six factories in Japan were involved in the malpractice, including the Note, Cube, CT-R, March, Skyline, and Leaf electric car, among others. The issue was first brought into light following an on-site inspection by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on Sept. 18, said local reports. It was found that Nissan had “assistant inspectors,” instead of certified inspectors, do the safety check before the cars leave the factories, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The ministry has asked Nissan to redo the inspections and instructed other auto- makers to review their own operations. WISCONSIN-BASED MITCHELL METAL PRODUCTS WINS FIRST NATIONAL RESHORING AWARD CLEVELAND — Mitchell Metal Products of Merrill, WI received the first National Reshoring Award in recognition of the company’s success in bringing manufacturing back home to the United States. The award, given by The Reshoring Initiative and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), honors a company that has effectively reshored products, parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating or machining. Mitchell Metal Products was select- ed after using reshoring to complete more end products with less lead time. In 2016, the company manufactured a cultivator handle sub-assembly product, increasing the production volume from 4,500 made overseas to 30,000 made in Wisconsin. “We are thrilled and honored to receive the first National Reshoring Award,” said Tim Zimmerman, president of Mitchell Metal Products. “By utilizing the total cost of ownership approach pioneered by The Reshoring Initiative, we have won a number of value-added contracts and brought work back home. We are proud to be delivering high-quality products to our customers and creating good jobs here in Wisconsin. Right now, eight percent of our workforce is employed because of products we have helped to reshore.” The award was presented in Milwaukee, WI at Sourcing Solutions, a procurement program hosted by PMA. This premier sourcing event brought together buyers and engineers from top manufacturing companies with prescreened suppliers, enabling companies to find the most competitive resources for their projects. The 2018 National Reshoring Award will be presented next fall during Sourcing Solutions. Additional details about the event will be available in early 2018. “We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Reshoring Award and to celebrate companies who are contributing to the strength of the American manufacturing sector,” said Allison Grealis, vice president of membership and association services at PMA. “Through Sourcing Solutions and other efforts, PMA is committed to supporting manufacturers in their quest to find local, competitive suppliers and keep work here at home.” “I was delighted that the winning product was a relatively conventional item, instead of being an advanced aerospace or electronics component,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of The Reshoring Initiative. “Mitchell’s success demonstrates that large portions of off-shored work are eligible to be reshored.” BUSINESS NEWS COMPLIANCEQUEST , a cloud-based enterprise quality management system, was named the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 North American Enterprise Quality Management Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. As part of Frost & Sullivan’s annual Excellence in Best Practices Awards, the Entrepreneurial Company Award recognizes the company that provides the best innovation and customer impact and has the genuine potential to disrupt the market by delivering advanced products that clearly help customers achieve desired outcomes with significant value for the price. The EQMS market is a competitive space, and most vendors offer solutions built on a rigid legacy on-premise/hosted infrastructure that lacks the ability to scale up/down performance and reliability. They have lengthy development time- frames and the inability to take advantage of the latest disruptive technology. However, the ComplianceQuest solution is an innovative EQMS built on modern cloud architecture—leveraging advanced technologies such as collaboration, mobility, artificial intelligence, and machine learning—to offer a unified application suite that addresses the present-day and emerging quality and compliance business challenges, anywhere, anytime. The solution is built and runs native- ly on the Salesforce platform. “ComplianceQuest’s decision to use the Salesforce cloud is an astute decision to focus and drive innovation into its solutions while leveraging everything the Salesforce business platform provides today and will provide in the future,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Muthuraman (Ram) Ramasamy. “The breadth of this timely solution’s offering (i.e., audit, CAPA, change, complaints, document control, equipment management, safety incidents, inspections, non-conformance, supplier, and training) clearly demonstrates the company’s path-breaking ability to rapidly deliver differentiated value in the market.” ComplianceQuest integrates its solution suite with complimentary enterprise software solutions including ERP, laboratory information management (LIMS), asset management, purchasing, product lifecycle management (PLM), manufacturing execution (MES), and human resources management (HRM) systems. These span across the entire operational value chain and bringing together key data to understand the 360-degree view of quality, compliance, and safety metrics. In addition, through rich application programming interfaces (APIs) and Force.com, ComplianceQuest easily integrates with third-party applications (Salesforce appexchange) while providing a consistent user interface experience and a common and standards-based object environment. ComplianceQuest has tripled in size since its inception, with much of its success due to the leadership team’s over 20 years of EQMS experience and its company’s mission—putting customers first. ComplianceQuest’s rapid “ABCD” (Agile-Based CQ Deployment) implementation methodology focuses on the customer and makes deployment simple and easy for users to configure the solution to meet their specific business requirements. The implementation methodology is flexible and through design and training workshops, enables ComplianceQuest to work easily with small and medium companies, as well as large enterprises. “We’ve had incredible feedback from the marketplace. We’re excited about our current and future success with working with customers in diverse industries, our partners, and the Salesforce ecosystem to drive the next-gen modern cloud EQMS,” said Nikki Willett, chief strategy officer at ComplianceQuest. “Our team is honored to be recognized for our innovation and passion for driving our customers’ growth by unlocking the power of quality in the modern cloud. We remain focused on our customer first mission and constantly delivering value to our customers.” Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in business development, competitive strategy, and leadership. It lauds outstanding management, consistent growth, and positive social and economic impact on local and national communities and customers. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in- depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry. AIRASIA , Asia’s largest low-cost carrier, is to implement software from Ideagen to enhance processes around aviation safety, quality and risk management. With operations based in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and India, the airline will adopt Ideagen Coruson as its dedicated digital safety management system with business intelligence capability. Coruson will provide AirAsia’s management with complete oversight of business performance and standardize operations across the group’s nine airlines, in line with common safety, quality and risk targets. Captain Ling Liong Tien, AirAsia’s group head of safety, said Coruson will also help the company cope with any future expansion plans. He said, “Ideagen Coruson will enable us to centralize all aspects of safety reporting and quality auditing and allow us to increase levels of proactive risk management. The software will provide us with a modern inter- face, quick access to all safety data via one system and give us an immediate synopsis of business performance. We are delighted and excited to be working alongside Ideagen and its Coruson software, which will standardize our operations and act as the foundation for future growth plans.” Ideagen Coruson is Ideagen’s cloud- based GRC software product and is used by some of the most well-known aviation organizations in the world including British Airways, Ryanair and Haeco Group. The project with AirAsia will see key users including safety investigators, auditors and risk owners using the system daily. The airline also confirmed Coruson would be accessible for its wider 20,000-strong workforce including pilots, cabin crew and engineers for safety event and hazard reporting. Captain Ling added, “In line with AirAsia’s vision to be a digital airline, safety performance can be measured accurately using a wealth of data. With Ideagen Coruson, we are delighted to be implementing new, modern soft- ware which will make our reporting systems more effective, providing a higher quality of safety assurance.” The implementation project will be split into three key stages with an emphasis on safety management first followed by auditing and risk. Steven Cespedes, Ideagen’s head of aviation, said the project highlights Ideagen’s stature in the aviation industry and the strength of its products. He said, “Ideagen is a global leader in providing safety, quality, risk and performance management software to the aviation industry and currently has over 300 customers across the globe using our products. This contract with AirAsia is an exciting one and cements our stand- ing in the Asian aviation industry. We are eager to begin working closely with the team at AirAsia, an exciting and forward-thinking organization, and look forward to helping them achieve operational excellence throughout all aspects of their business.” STRATASYS announced that RICOH JAPAN is replacing traditional metal tooling with customized, lightweight 3D printed jigs and fixtures for its Production Technology Center assembly line—improving manufacturing efficiency while minimizing manual tooling errors. The assembly line, located in the northeast branch of Ricoh Industries in Miyagi prefecture, Japan, is dedicated to manufacturing large- format printers. Assembling an electronic component using a 3D printed fixture produced in anti-static ABS plastic on the Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer improves manufacturing efficiency. By producing the tools in durable ABS thermoplastic on its Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer, Ricoh is able to customize each tool precisely according to the part geometry while reducing the tool’s weight. This has enabled Ricoh to accelerate the manufacturing process in which an operator typically handles more than 200 parts each day. Ricoh develops and manufactures high quality office equipment such as copiers, fax machines and projectors. The competitive nature of the electron- ics industry led the company to look for new ways to accelerate product launches while maintaining or lowering its production costs. “Because we are producing an enormous number of parts, it takes a lot of time and effort to identify the right jigs and fixtures for each one. This manual process has become even lengthier as the number of components grows, requiring that an operator examine the shape, orientation and angle of each part before taking out a tool and placing it back in its original fixture. The opera- tors were occasionally annoyed with the many different tools, and we were looking for a way to accelerate tooling to match our manufacturing schedule,” said Taizo Sakaki, senior manager of business development at Ricoh Group. “Now with Stratasys 3D printing, we are able to customize the tools according to the part and produce them on demand which is helping us restructure and modernize our production process.” Prior to 3D printing, Ricoh had to outsource machine cut tools which could take two weeks or more. Now, Ricoh’s operators can determine the shape and geometry of a fixture that corresponds to its associated part through 3D CAD software and 3D print it in one day. This leaves the workers more time to attend to other stations. Moreover, new hires can now adapt to the tools and the workstations in two days when previously a new worker had to spend at least one week to learn all the tools. The jigs and fixtures are also much lighter so that workers can use them for a prolonged period of time without fatigue. “The Stratasys Fortus 900mc 3D printing solution enables us to realize designs that are difficult for conventional cutting methods to replicate, such as hollow interiors, curves or complex shapes. The material used to 3D print the tools is very strong and anti-static which is important due to the large number of electronic components we are assembling, adding to the advantages of Stratasys 3D printing,” explained Sakaki. Ricoh’s large-format printer assembly plant has pioneered the adoption of digital manufacturing, and the company continues to explore areas where 3D printing can be applied to expedite workflows, such as molding and low- volume production—releasing more resources and expanding its scope for its diverse customer base. “Ricoh embraces technology and we are delighted to lead the industry in adopting innovation in our business. Our workbench has become more flexible and more efficiently organized, and our operators are all happy about that,” said Masami Hirama, Director of Production Innovation Center at Ricoh. “At Stratasys, we are committed to helping our customers overcome the constraints of traditional work- flows and processes with a complete ecosystem of 3D printing expertise, technologies and services. Ricoh illustrates perfectly how manufacturing aids 3D printed with Stratasys additive technology empower manufacturers to increase their efficiency and flexibility while ultimately becoming more com- petitive,” commented Omer Krieger, President of Stratasys Asia Pacific & Japan. “Customized 3D printed jigs and fixtures can play an important role in enabling companies to get products to market faster and are a great example of how Stratasys applies purposeful innovation to manufacturers’ goals and aspirations. Whenever you can reduce a process from weeks to days - that is a solution worth exploring.” HITACHI HIGH-TECH ANALYTICAL SCIENCE AMERICAS INC.’S calibration laboratory received the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for its Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) product line. Calibration laboratories that receive the A2LA accreditation are held to the highest standards published by the Organization for Standardization (ISO) meaning that they meet requirements for competence of testing and calibration laboratories covered under ISO 17025. Hitachi High-Tech’s calibration laboratory is currently the only manufacturer of OES equipment to hold an A2LA qualification within the United States. This recent A2LA certification for OES instrumentation was strategically sought to strengthen and expand on the Hitachi High-Tech’s calibration lab- oratory located in Concord, MA. This accreditation compliments its existing A2LA accreditation for X-ray fluorescence (XRF) coating thickness instruments where they have been compliant with A2LA since 2013. Hitachi High-Tech’s recent move to obtain a supplemental accreditation is also significant because in 2015 Hitachi High-Tech (formerly Oxford Instruments Industrial Analysis) restructured to bring all service of the OES products they manufactured in-house. This approach was deliberate to directly influence and foster an improved customer experience. This restructure brought a significant addition to the U.S. based facility through increased personnel with years of OES expertise to the Concord laboratory enabling Hitachi High-Tech to better listen to, and fulfill customer’s needs. Kelly Marchand, customer support manager, Americas added, “By achieving this recent A2LA accreditation we continue to build on a center of excellence for service and calibration at the Concord facility. We want our customers to know that we are devoted to providing tests that adhere to industry standards and that we are committed to ensure accurate and reliable analysis especially for those of our partners who require extreme precision in analysis for advanced manufacturing. We are dedicated to differentiate Hitachi High-Tech’s ser- vice capabilities from our competitors by continuously pursuing new ways to be better.” Hexagon AB, a global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, announces the acquisition of Luciad, a Belgian-based software company specializing in the visualization and analysis of real-time geospatial information. Luciad’s visualization technologies support live connections to dynamic sensor feeds in a 3D environment. The result is a 5D digital reality – real-time, rapid fusion of multi-source content and the ability to perform analytics on-the- fly. These intuitive command and control systems benefit all kinds of applications – from public safety to smart cities to defense and intelligence – enabling users to make critical decisions based on changing information in real-time. “This acquisition strengthens Hexagon’s ability to deliver smart digital realities, enhancing our Smart M.App platform with 3D, 4D (real- time sensor feed integration) and 5D (dynamic analytics) capabilities,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “The ability to rapidly integrate sensor data in a visually compelling environment provides the geospatial location intelligence and situational awareness necessary for mission critical operations.” Luciad has over 100 professionals in 8 countries, with over 100,000 users of its technology globally. Luciad will be fully consolidated as of today, operating within Hexagon’s Geospatial division. The company’s turn- over for 2016 amounted to 16 MEUR. BUSINESS NEWS NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS released its NI Trend Watch 2018. The report examines the technological advances propelling the future faster than ever before along with some of the biggest challenges engineers face looking ahead to 2018. “As we advance through the 21st century, our customers demand higher quality devices, faster test times, more reliable networking and almost instantaneous computing to keep their organizations moving forward,” said Shelley Gretlein, NI vice president of corporate marketing. “Not only is NI prepared to help customers keep pace by exploring the trends impacting our industry, we also provide actionable insights backed with an open, software-centric platform to accelerate the development of any customer-defined test, measurement or control system.” NI Trend Watch 2018 explores the follow- ing topics: • Machine Learning Puts Data to Work— Intelligent systems create and rely on data, but the ever-increasing quantity of data exacerbates the Big Analog Data challenge. Discover how machine learning addresses the problem head-on, so engineers can focus on finding and solving the next grand challenge. • 5G to Disrupt Test Processes—5G innovation doesn’t stop at design. Test and measurement solutions will be key in the commercialization cycle, but 5G requires a different approach to test than previous wireless technologies. Find out what it’s going to take to make 5G a reality. • 3 Mandates of the IIoT—The proliferation of smart and connected “things” in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides tremendous opportunities for increased performance and lower costs, but managing these distributed systems is often an overlooked challenge. Explore the three necessities for successfully managing your “things.” • Effects of Electrification—The vehicle electrification trend goes deeper than a global shift from internal combustion and hybrid vehicles to fully electric powertrains. Consider implications beyond the increasingly complex vehicle itself, including new demands on supporting infrastructure. • Breaking Moore’s Law —The constant pace of innovation has tracked remarkably close to Moore’s law for decades, despite a few minor revisions and much talk of its death. But now, the more than 50-year-old observation is facing health challenges again. Find out what that means for the future of the semiconductor market. SCIAKY INC. , a provider of metal additive manufacturing solutions, won the TCT Aerospace Application Award, along with Lockheed Martin, for the successful production of titanium propellant tanks using Sciaky’s Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology. The TCT Awards celebrates the innovators, technology and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology use across the globe. For this particular application, Lockheed Martin Space Systems reduced costs by 55 percent material waste by 75 percent and production time by 80 percent by using Sciaky’s EBAM metal 3D printing solution over traditional forging methods. “Sciaky is honored to receive this prestigious award from the 3D printing experts at TCT, and in conjunction with the visionaries at Lockheed Martin Space Systems,” said Bob Phillips, vice president of Sciaky, Inc. “This was truly a groundbreaking metal 3D printing application for the aerospace industry that highlighted the tremendous possibilities of additive manufacturing.” As the most widely scalable, metal additive manufacturing solution in the industry (in terms of work envelope), Sciaky’s EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from eight inches (203 mm) to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length. EBAM is also the fastest deposition process in the metal additive manufactur- ing market, with gross deposition rates ranging from seven to 20 lbs. (3.18 to 9.07 kg) of metal per hour. EBAM brings quality and control together with IRISS—the Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System, which is the only real-time monitoring and control system in the metal 3D printing market that can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability. This innovative closed-loop control is the primary reason that Sciaky’s EBAM 3D printing process delivers consistent part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, and metal chemistry, from the first part to the last. J.A. KING , an ISO 17025 accredited precision measurement company, acquired TRACE 1 CALIBRATIONS , an Oklahoma- based calibration laboratory. The purchase of Trace 1 Calibrations further increases J.A. King’s market share in Oklahoma. J.A. King currently has a full-service lab located in Oklahoma City. “We already do a great deal of work in the Tulsa area from our Oklahoma City office, so we are excited to be able to better serve our Northern Oklahoma customers with a local lab,” said John King, CEO of J.A. King. “The addition of Trace 1 Calibrations allows us to expand our services and capabilities particularly for the aerospace industry and in the area of liquid flow.” J.A. King will maintain operations at the Tulsa, OK facility with minimal disruption in service. “I am excited for the Tulsa team to join our company,” stated King. “We look forward to serving Trace 1’s customers with extensive calibration and repair capabilities, as well as accredited testing and inspection services. In addition, J.A. King offers ‘off the shelf ’ measurement systems along with custom designed and built solutions for complex applications.” STRATASYS is teaming with nationally-accredited, non-profit WORKSHOPS FOR WARRIORS to unveil advanced manufacturing job re-training and certification initiatives for military veterans. Backed by key donations of premier 3D printing technology and services, the San Diego-based program features Stratasys as the centerpiece of the institution’s new additive manufacturing STEM-accreditation and training. Enabling former members of the armed services to more effectively contribute across the rapidly evolving manufacturing sector, this 3D printing accreditation is offered at no-cost to qualified students. The educational program is designed to address the market’s skilled labor shortage— allowing newly qualified and certified employees to con- tribute to America’s resurgent manufacturing sector. At the core of this program is the Stratasys Fortus 450mc, the market’s leading additive manufacturing solution. Fueled by Stratasys FDM technology, the offering is ideal for demands of high-requirement production—advancing speed, agility, and design freedom for accurate and repeat- able 3D printed prototypes, manufacturing tools, and production parts. “Today’s manufacturing demands companies move faster and more efficiently than ever before. Lean processes mandate reduction of both tooling costs and risks, as well as removal of design constraints typically hindering productivity. Additive technology is the engine that makes this all possible,” said Rich Garrity, president of Americas, Stratasys. “We’re honored to partner with Workshops for Warriors, empowering the skilled men and women of the military with the tools necessary to succeed in the thriving manufacturing sector.” A state-licensed non-profit with nearly 500 graduates to date, San Diego-based Workshops for Warriors is committed to providing quality, accredited STEM programs and advanced educational opportunities for veterans—ensuring they gain skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Each graduate earns third- party, nationally-recognized credentials accredited by: the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), CNC Software Inc. (Mastercam), SolidWorks, Immerse2Learn, the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), and the American Welding Society (AWS). The Stratasys agreement is the organization’s first in additive manufacturing, laying a foundation for future accreditation programs. “In our region alone, more than 40,000 veterans transition out of military service each and every year. Unfortunately, many face significant challenges - including access to living-wage jobs. Our mission is to make significant, lasting improvements in the lives of veterans and their families—and job re-training is a key to this transformation,” said Hernàn Luis y Prado, founder of Workshops for Warriors and a former US Navy Officer. “3D printing is required for accelerated careers in manufacturing, and Stratasys is the ideal partner to help us cre- ate these opportunities for students.” All Workshops for Warriors offerings are accredited STEM educational programs, always provided at no-cost through generous donations. The school currently receives no Federal, State, or local funding, and is expected to be eligible for GI Bill benefits in April 2019. HEXAGON AB , acquired the software assets of KRONION GMBH . Founded in 2009, Kronion developed the eMMA software suite for dimensional data management, quality planning and analytics for the automotive, shipbuilding and other discrete manufacturing industries. The company currently employs 15 people in Landau, Germany; these employees will continue to work from the Landau site as part of the team at Q-DAS, the Hexagon- owned statistical process control specialist. The functionality of eMMA will enhance the recently launched HxGN SMART Quality online quality data and measurement resource management software platform. eMMA software is an enterprise IT solution that enables OEMs and their suppliers to plan, collect and analyze dimensional information from various stages of the product lifecycle. Offering native 3D functionality and integration to product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software as well as other customer systems, eMMA is used by global automotive manufacturers across prototype departments, body shops, interior, composite, stamping and metrology rooms. The software collects shop-floor data from dozens of metrology systems and aligns it with managed quality control routines for automated and on-the-fly analytics. “The eMMA software and the expertise of the team behind it are highly complementary additions to Q-DAS and our HxGN SMART Quality development group. They will provide our customers with greater value out of their collected dimensional data and ease data management efforts”, said Norbert Hanke, president of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “We’re committed to supporting our customers’ entire metrology fleet including probing, scanning and automated systems with a hardware- independent software solution.”
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