<b>SME ACQUIRES TOOLING U</b> DEARBORN, MI— The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), based in Dearborn, MI, and Tooling University LLC (Tooling U), based in Cleveland, have signed an agreement for SME to acquire all outstanding shares of Tooling U, a provider of online training for the manufacturing industry. The move is an important step in SME’s strategy to become a leader of content development and delivery, addressing the global and growing need for skilled labor. The substantial resources of SME’s certification products, in-person training and webinar offerings will be combined with Tooling U’s online training platform and more than 400 courses to provide the global manufacturing community with a comprehensive source of manufacturing knowledge. Educating the current and future manufacturing work force is critical for the health and growth of the manufacturing industry, the organizations say. “By 2012, it is estimated the United States alone will be short 3 million skilled workers,” says Barbara M. Fossum, president of SME. “Acquiring Tooling U is part of a new initiative that will enable us to offer comprehensive learning and work force development solutions to help companies combat this increasing talent shortage, and to provide a much broader span of continuing education opportunities for member career growth.” Tooling U’s online training complements SME’s highly regarded inperson training and certification programs to create a f lexible, on-demand, customized and content-rich blended learning solution. “As the world of knowledge delivery continues to evolve, we will leverage the expertise and wealth of knowledge among our members to accelerate the development of new learning programs and meet the changing needs of the marketplace,” Fossum says. The full range of SME professional development resources is designed to benefit educational institutions such as high schools, community colleges, tech schools and universities, as well as practitioners and companies. With the power of its collective offerings, SME will fill the gap for individuals seeking advancement in their careers in many areas of a manufacturing organization through continuing education, including in manufacturing management and leadership, says Mark Tomlinson, SME executive director and general manager. Following the acquisition, SME’s Tooling U will continue to operate without interruption, providing online education with its existing staff from its base in Cleveland. Going forward, SME will invest in additional online courses and a more interactive interface to support all levels of employees from the machinist and shop-floor worker to manufacturing engineers and management personnel. <b>NIKON METROLOGY PARTNERS WITH JOE GIBBS RACING</b> BRIGHTON, MI—Nikon Metrology Inc. (NMI) has formed a partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), serving as a technical partner. As part of this relationship, Nikon Metrology will provide JGR with sophisticated microscopy products, technical advice and support. “In an industry where product failure is not an option, the partnership between NMI and JGR is a natural one,” says Koji Kiribuchi, marketing manager of vision products, for Nikon Metrology, Inc. “The ease of use products for of our equipment, combined with proprietary software that allows us to communicate in real-time, means that we can provide the fast and efficient solutions that are required for JGR in the racing industry.” The partnership stems from a project that took place earlier this year, in which JGR, one of NASCAR’s top teams, experienced first-hand the benefits the AZ100 multipurpose zoom microscope can bring to its garage. Facing a problem with its racecar’s engine rocker arms, which were experiencing excessive wear and tear despite protective coatings to prevent just that type of damage, JGR engineers contacted Nikon Metrology to see if they could help to solve the issue. Nikon Metrology sent the JGR engineers its AZ100 model microscope, a multipurpose zoom microscope that combines the wide field-of-view advantages of a stereoscopic zoom microscope with the advantages of a metallographic microscope. The AZ100 system features high-resolution bright field and seamless digital documentation. With this system, at 50X magnification, the engineers were able to capture an image at a far greater resolution and contrast than with their previous system. Through video conferencing and image sharing with the part vendor, it only took the two groups 90 minutes to determine that inclusion and discoloration in the coating were responsible for the rocker arms’ damage. <b>FARO AND CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIAL METROLOGY FORM SOLUTIONS NETWORK</b> CHICAGO—Faro Technologies Inc. and Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology announced the launch of the Innovative Solutions Network, a marketing, sales and support collaboration in North America. Through the network, these two metrology companies will provide a broader product solutions offering, including both traditional and portable coordinate measuring machines. From the simplest to the most complex metrology measurements, the Innovative Solutions Network will offer customers access to more patented technologies, focused applications, and customer support programs and resources. <b>SILBERLINE CITED FOR ACTIVE ROLE IN COMMUNITY, SCHELLER FAMILY REFLECTS ON MILESTONE</b> TAMAQUA, PA—U. S. Rep. Tim Holden and Pennsylvania House Speaker Keith McCall joined a slate of elected officials, 30-year employees and other honored guests at the headquarters of global effect pigment manufacturer Silberline in Tamaqua, PA, to celebrate the familyowned company’s 65th anniversary. Hosted this week by third-generation president and CEO Lisa Jane Scheller, in conjunction with celebrations at the company’s facilities in Indiana, Scotland, China, Mexico and Singapore, the 65th anniversary event marked a milestone that drew praise for innovation, community involvement and a commitment to employees, customers and vendors. State Sen. David Argall and State Rep. Jerry Knowles expressed their admiration for the company and the Sheller family during presentations for the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives, respectively. Scheller credited the core values championed by her grandfather, Ernest Scheller Sr., founder, and by her father, Chairman Ernest Scheller Jr., for establishing the solid foundation required for a company to grow and thrive for 65 years. “Conducting business with integrity and adhering to a strong moral compass were always hallmarks of the company and it’s an honor to carry on that responsibility,” Sheller says. <b>RICE CAMERA PARTNERS WITH TELOPS IN UNITED STATES</b> BILLERICA, MA—Rice Camera Technologies Inc. has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Telops Inc. of Canada. Under the terms of the agreement, Rice Camera Technologies will support U.S. customers by providing Telops’ infrared cameras and hyperspectral systems to all 50 states. Potential customers are those with applications requiring detection, identification and quantification of invisible substances, as well as applications that require capturing ultrafast events. Telops specializes in the design and production of optoelectronic systems for the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. Rice Camera Technologies specializes in the marketing and support of cameras and camera technologies for industrial and military applications. <b>ASI DATAMYTE SEES UPTICK IN AUTOMOTIVE AND AEROSPACE SECTORS</b> PLYMOUTH, MN— In a sluggish time for the auto industry, ASI Datamyte has experienced a surge in sales from OEMs. This was the case globally, with orders from Sweden, Belgium, Korea, Brazil, Thailand, Italy, Slovakia, Russia, Germany, China and Turkey. North America weighed in with orders from Ontario, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina and California. The company, which is also seeing strong sales in the aerospace sector in Ireland and Brazil, is experiencing demand for its laser gage, torque management and SPC implementations. The company’s pull in complaint and supply chain management, precision measurement and traceability programs, as well as its coordinate measuring machine integration and body shop management solutions are also growing in popularity. <b>IN MEMORIAM</b> Spencer Hutchens Jr., American Society for Quality (ASQ) president from 1988- 1989, died October 12 at the age of 88. A 50-year member, Hutchens was a tireless quality professional and advocate. In recent years, he became a champion for social responsibility, which led to ASQ naming its newest medal the Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility. Hutchens was awarded an ASQ Distinguished Medal in 2002 and was the recipient of the 2009 Lancaster Medal. Hutchens also was a past chairman of the International Academy of Quality (IAQ). <b>INTEL TO INVEST BILLIONS IN ITS U.S. FACILITIES</b> SANTA CLARA, CA – Intel Corp. says it will invest between $6 billion and $8 billion on future generations of manufacturing technology in its American facilities. The action will fund deployment of Intel’s next-generation 22-nanometer manufacturing process across several existing U.S. factories, along with construction of a new development fabrication plant in Oregon. The company asserts that the projects will support 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs and result in 800 to 1,000 new permanent high-tech jobs. “This announcement ref lects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore’s Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America,” Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini says. “The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new [fabrication plant] and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow.” The upgraded fabrications create the capacity for the continued growth of the booming PC market segment and additional computing markets Intel is addressing, such as mobile and embedded computing, the company says. While Intel generates approximately three-fourths of its revenues overseas, it maintains three-fourths of its microprocessor manufacturing in the United States. This new investment commitment also allows the company to maintain its existing manufacturing employment base at these sites.
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