SME SELECTS 2011 PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEARBORN, MI—Reaching beyond the North American borders for the first time, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has elected Paul D. Bradley, PE, managing director, Peterson Industries (Adelaide, South Australia), as its 2011 president. Bradley was sworn in—along with the rest of the 2011 SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors—at the Society’s Awards and Installation Banquet in Dearborn, MI. As president, Bradley will lead the board in developing the SME Strategic Plan 2015 and plans to strengthen the Society’s brand. “I have a strong belief in nurturing the brand,” Bradley tells Quality. “It’s all about the brand. I have recently established an SME brand task force consisting of high caliber members to address high level charges relating to our brand goal.” Bradley credits the support of his boss Gwen Peterson and his mentor, the late Max Peterson, for encouraging his interest in the engineering profession by inviting him to join the former SME Adelaide No. 169 chapter back in 1989. “I had a thirst for knowledge, and I still have a thirst for knowledge,” Bradley says. “And SME offers more manufacturing knowledge than anyone could absorb.” Bradley’s career path gives him a broad view of manufacturing— apprenticing with Peterson in 1980 to his current role of professional engineer and managing director. Throughout Bradley’s more than two decades with the society, he’s held a number of leadership roles, including terms on the SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors and the Ad Hoc International Strategies Committee. He was nominated as an international representative on the SME Region Chairs Committee and twice as chair of the Adelaide No. 169. He also is a recipient of the 1997 SME Ralph E. Cross Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Bradley also served as a member of the Board Work Group on International Alliances, which developed key recommendations leading to a new alliance with the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Ltd. (AMTIL). In 2001, he received the South Australian Governor’s Leadership Foundation Fellowship Award. Bradley completed a four-year apprenticeship as a fitter and turner and is a registered professional engineer in South Australia. He earned a diploma of management from O’Halloran Hill College. MEMA NAMES INDUSTRY CHAMPION AWARD RECIPIENTS WASHINGTON, DC—Bob McKenna, president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), announced that Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) And Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) Were chosen as this year’s recipients of the Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, a special recognition given to elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of motor vehicle parts manufacturers. The Industry Champion Award is given each year in the memory of Joseph M. Magliochetti, a former MEMA chairman who also served as the chairman and CEO of Dana Corp. until his death in 2003. Stabenow and Davis received the award at MEMA’s Legislative Summit in March. “We are very pleased to honor two distinguished public servants with this prestigious award,” says McKenna. “Both Sen. Stabenow and Rep. Davis are keenly aware of the significance of parts suppliers to the economies of their communities and the whole nation. Their leadership on key supplier issues and willingness to help educate colleagues on the contributions of the supplier industry make them very worthy recipients.” McKenna specifically mentioned Stabenow’s leadership on the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act in the Senate; her work to address needed changes in the Sec. 136 loan program to make it more accessible to suppliers and extending it to medium- and heavy-duty technology; her leadership on the Commercial Motor Vehicle Advanced Safety Technology Tax Act; and her steadfast support of R&D tax credit bills. FORD TO HIRE 7,000 WORKERS DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. will add more than 7,000 workers in the United States over the next two years, the company says. This includes positions for 750 engineers with proficiency in batteries and other advanced technology, as Ford begins producing several new vehicles. The company plans to hire 4,000 manufacturing workers this year, it says. Approximately 50% of those employees will be at the Louisville, KY, assembly plant to produce the new Ford Escape. It expects to add at least 2,500 new manufacturing jobs in 2012. The company recruited workers in Detroit and other cities, including San Jose, CA, and Raleigh and Durham, NC. The 750 engineers that Ford plans to hire will work on hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford introduced three future electric and hybrid vehicles at the Detroit auto show, including an electric version of the Ford Focus, which will go on sale in the United States later this year and hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the C-Max minivan, which will go on sale in 2012. The company also said it plans to hire 6,500 U.S. manufacturing workers over the next two years as it ramps up production of new vehicles. Ford had already announced some of its new hires, including the 1,800 workers being hired to make the new Ford Escape at Kentucky’s Louisville assembly plant starting late this year. Some of the workers will be new to Ford, although some will be come from other U.S. plants where Ford has laid off workers. It was not clear whether any of the newly announced jobs would be at the Chicago assembly plant. After an announcement last summer, Ford added a second shift at the Torrence Avenue plant, adding 1,200 workers— about 400 to 600 of them new—to produce the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV. JANURAY PMA BUSINESS CONDITIONS: OPTIMISM ON THE RISE CLEVELAND, OH—According to the January 2011 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies are optimistic about business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 119 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada. The January report shows that 47% of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity (up from 40% in December), 43% predict that activity will remain unchanged (compared to 46% last month) and 10% report that activity will decline (down from 14% in December). Metalforming companies also expect improvement in incoming orders. Fifty-two percent of participants predict an increase in orders (up from 44% in December), 36% anticipate no change (compared to 40% last month) and 12% predict a decrease in orders (down from 16% in December). The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 12% in January from 16% in December. The number is at its lowest level since October 2007, when only 8% of companies had workers on short time or layoff, and is much lower than one year ago, when 52% reported employees on short time or layoff in January 2010. “In spite of a modest year-end softening in orders, metalforming companies experienced significantly improved business conditions in 2010 and anticipate continued growth in 2011,” says William E. Gaskin, PMA president. “On average, for the first 11 months of 2010, metalforming companies reported a 41% increase in orders and a 37% increase in shipments compared to 2009.” PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. CHEVROLET, FORD WIN NORTH AMERICAN AUTO AWARDS DETROIT—The Chevrolet Volt is the 2011 North American Car of the Year and the Ford Explorer is the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. While hybrid vehicles have won four times in the 18 years that the awards have been given, this was the first win for a vehicle that can move a meaningful distance on electric power alone. The winners were chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. The awards are unique in the United States because instead of being given by a single media outlet they are awarded by a coalition of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and Web sites. The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. It is the fourth time General Motors has won the North American Car of the Year. Most recently, the Chevrolet Malibu was the 2008 North American Car of the Year. It was the second year in a row that a Ford was named the North American Truck of the Year. Last year the winner was the Transit Connect. It also is the seventh time a Ford has been the North American Truck of the Year, a category it has dominated. The Volt won with 233 points, followed by the Hyundai Sonata with 163 and the Nissan Leaf electric with 94. The Explorer won with 253 points while the Jeep had 138 and the Durango 99. During the 18 years of the awards: • Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 10 times. European automakers have won four times, Japanese automak-ers have won three times. A Korean automaker has won once. • Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 12 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won twice. ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES ACQUIRES VDS VOSSKÜHLER Stadtroda, Germany—Allied Vision Technologies, producer of digital industrial cameras with Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire interfaces, has acquired 100% of the shares of the camera producer VDS Vosskühler (Osnabrück, Germany). Effective immediately, the acquisition increases AVT’s portfolio by the addition of near infrared and long wave Infrared camera technologies, as well as extensive competencies in the area of active camera cooling. ASSOCIATION NEWS The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM, Washington, DC) has named Jay Timmons president and CEO. Timmons has served as executive vice president at NAM and will succeed former Michigan Governor John Engler in this position. Timmons has extensive experience in government relations, public affairs, political campaigns and business. The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA, Cleveland, OH) has elected Augusto Gil to the position of metal spinning division vice chair and Benjamin Barnett to the next generation leaders division vice chair. Gil, general manager for Hialeah Metal Spinning (Hialeah, FL), has been active within the Metal Spinning Division for nearly a decade and previously served as a member of the group’s program committee. Barnett, vice president of Principal Manufacturing Corp. (Broadview, IL), has been participating in division activities for the past several years and serves as the membership chair for the local PMA Chicago District. This year, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE, Des Plaines, IL) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Today, ASSE has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioner members located worldwide with 151 chapters, 35 sections and 60 student sections. To celebrate its centennial, ASSE will debut a documentary on the history of safety and ASSE and an updated Professional Safety journal. Additionally, ASSE is preparing for its professional development conference and exposition: Safety 2011, to be held in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center June 12-15, 2011. PEOPLE NEWS Northwire Technical Cable (Osceola, WI), a technical and retractile cables and cable assemblies company, has presented its Ormund A. Kravik Award to 35-year team member and industry veteran Harold Gjerning. The award, named for company founder Ormund A. Kravik, recognizes work ethic, commitment to quality, ingenuity, innovation, integrity, meticulousness, engineering acumen, an entrepreneurial spirit and a comprehensive solution-oriented approach to problem solving. Gjerning was nominated by his Northwire peers for the award. Automated Precision Inc. (Rockville, MD) has appointed Joe Bioty as COO. Bioty has worked in high-technology businesses for more than 40 years and led API as COO from 2003 to 2007. Prior to joining API, Bioty was president and CEO of AMT Machine Systems, a Columbus, OH-based robotic components and systems manufacturer. Bioty also has held executive positions at M&M Precision Systems and General Electric, and founded NorthStar Technologies in 1990 before selling it to Danaher Corp. in 2001. Boeing (Chicago) has named Kim Hammonds chief information offi cer and vice president of the company’s information technology (IT) organization. Hammonds, who was formerly vice president of the Boeing IT infrastructure organization, replaces John Hinshaw, who has been named vice president and general manager of Boeing’s new information solutions division in Boeing defense, space and security divisions. EPIC Systems Inc. (St.Louis) has appointed Maria L. Holt to the role of business development coordinator. Holt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Missouri, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude in May. Holt is responsible for the development, execution and follow-up of business development activities including: e-mail marketing campaigns, marketing research and analysis, social media, Web site development, new lead development and follow through, and contact management. Michael W. Riehn has been appointed to the role of marketing director. Riehn brings approximately 10 years of industrial marketing, Web and advertising experience to EPIC’s turnkey engineering and fabrication systems. Riehn is responsible for the creation, development and management of all marketing, sales promotions and public relations. Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI, Hatfield, PA) has appointed three employees to the role of supervisor at its testing and calibration laboratory: Sherri Scheifele has been assigned supervisory responsibilities in the quality assurance (QA) department at LTI. She has been with the company for 20 years, and has held the position of QA specialist for the past five years. She will continue to assist with audits, maintain the quality policies and manuals, and assist customers with quality matters. Mike Hiller has been with LTI since 2007 as a field technician in the calibration department. With his promotion to field supervisor, Hiller will supervise and train field technicians and introduce electrical and temperature calibration services to customers. Mike Sagel joined LTI as an information technology administrator in 2008. Sagel will continue to maintain the computer network hardware and software and the phone system, while assuming supervisory responsibilities. IPG Photonics Corp. (Oxford, MA) has appointed Chris Pilcher to the role of sales manager of its Canada location. Pilcher brings more than 25 years of experience in the industrial laser industry to the position. Pilcher has experience selling industrial lasers and systems to original equipment manufacturers, integrators and end-users. BUSINESS NEWS Magnetic Products Inc. (MPI, Highland, MI), a worldwide provider of both magnetic and nonmagnetic material handling solutions, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2011. Since starting operations, MPI has delivered services centered on the development, engineering and building of inventive magnetic and other forms of material handling equipment used in a host of different industries worldwide. MPI says its commitment to customer education on the practical use and application of magnets and metal detection technologies and advancement of inventive magnetic and other types of material handling equipment is accomplished through significant investments in research and development and proactive product training. Framos Electronics (Munich, Germany), a supplier of image processing systems, and Smartek, a Croatian electronics company, have reached an agreement to work together more closely. The relevant contracts were signed at the Electronica Trade Fair in Munich 2010. “Thanks to our partnership with Smartek, we are continuing our tradition of offering European customers within the image sensor industry a marketing platform and making use of our global storage and logistic services,” says Managing Director of the Framos Group Andreas Franz. Geomagic (Research Triangle Park, NC) announced a new agreement with 3D3 Solutions as a reseller of the company’s 3-D scan data processing software. 3D3 Solutions is a developer of 3-D scanning and visualization technologies. When used in conjunction with Geomagic software, users have the ability to edit, process and optimize the 3-D scan data for use in downstream applications making it particularly useful for manufacturing, design and analysis. TÜV SÜD Canada (Toronto, Canada), part of the global TÜV SÜD testing and certification organization, has acquired Innovative Testing Solutions (ITS, Newmarket, Ontario). ITS is a diversified and experienced testing laboratory, with ISO/IEC 17025 A2LA accreditation, and provides testing of batteries and electrical components, along with environmental and mechanical life cycle testing. The acquisition of ITS further strengthens TÜV SÜD’s presence and testing capabilities in the North American market. Instron (Norwood, MA), a provider of testing equipment solutions designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, has announced that its calibration laboratory has achieved renewal of its ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation upon completing a three-day re-accreditation assessment by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), a program administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Metrology Institute (NMI) of the United States. Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG (Asslar, Germany) closed the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent’s Vacuum Technology Unit, Adixen. The company had announced the intention to purchase Adixen on Nov. 3, 2010. The purchase price totals approximately $2.7 million on a debt/cash-free basis. In order to finance the deal, Pfeiffer Vacuum had generated about $1.5 million through a capital increase and sale of treasury shares on November 18. The remaining part of the purchase price was funded through a bank loan. Calibration services company Trescal (Rungus Cedex, France) is continuing its international expansion with the acquisition of Dynamic Technology Inc. (DTI, Detroit), a principal service provider. The transaction will allow Trescal to enter the U.S. market and become a larger global provider of metrology services. Founded in 1987, DTI employs 180 staff in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas and Houston. Specialized Technology Resources Inc. (STR, Enfield, CT) has acquired the remaining membership interests of STR-Registrar LLC (STR-R), making it a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. STR has owned 51% of STR-R, an accredited international provider of management system certification and registration services, since 2001. This acquisition is part of STR’s strategy to continue to invest in its consumer products quality assurance business. Methods Machine Tools (Sudbury, MA), a supplier of machine tools, automation and machine tool accessories for more than 50 years, is expanding its Elgin Tech Center in response to Methods’ success at IMTS in September 2010. Methods sold more than 50 machines at IMTS, including almost all of the machines on display in its booth. Application engineers and service personnel are also being added to the Elgin facility to meet the increasing demand for Methods’ brands. Natvar (City of Industry, CA), a Tekni-Plex company and global extruder of medical tubing used in surgical procedures and related medical applications, has received ISO 9001: 2008 certification at its Clayton, NC, facility in recognition of its standardized best practice production techniques. The company’s City of Industry, CA, location earned its ISO certification in 1996. The company has undertaken extensive preparations for the ISO Certification process since June 2009. Industrias Romi SA (São Paulo, Brazil), the parent company of Romi Machine Tools (Erlanger, KY), has reached a milestone in its 80-year history: shipping its 150,000th machine. A vertical machining center called Romi D800 was delivered in the presence of Romi directors and employees, and representatives of customer ZHS Industria e Comercio Ltda., of Brazil and BNDES, the bank that financed the purchase. Jetcam (Monaco) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The company was founded in Australia, relocated to Germany in 1990 and then to the South of France in 1993. In 1999 JETCAM acquired U.K.-based software developers Camtek Ltd., but became a privately owned company again in 2005. The following year JETCAM sold Camtek to Vero Software Ltd. Since 1986, the company has grown to be a dominant force in the CADCAM and nesting market, with more than 7,000 licenses spanning 70 countries.
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