Kistler Announces Construction of U.S. Technical Center FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—Kistler, a worldwide supplier of precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for engine, chassis and vehicle development, as well as vehicle component manufacturing systems, announced that construction is underway for a new North American Technical Center in Novi, MI, to complement the existing sales support and manufacturing activities of its Amherst, NY-based corporate headquarters. With an official groundbreaking last November, the Kistler North America Technical Center is planned to be a 20,000-square foot sales and support entity, designed to provide customers in the Detroit corridor with fully dedicated onsite product sales, service and applications engineering expertise, as well as calibration services that are A2LA accredited to the ISO 17025 standard. Construction is expected to be completed in September 2011. Notes Kistler North American Managing Director, Nick Wilks, “A growing demand for Kistler products within the North American automotive sector has led to the decision for our new Detroit-area technical support facility. The combination of our recently acquired new product technologies, combined with the long time strength of our brand and product portfolio, allow us to now offer a number of state-of-the-art measurement capabilities that are not available outside of Kistler group companies. In parallel to our plan to further invest in the success of our Detroit-area customers, Kistler also is further expanding our Buffalo, NY-area manufacturing facility. We look forward to providing continued updates on these developments in the months ahead.” In addition to supporting the measurement technologies of Kistler North America, the new Detroit-area facility will house both the recently acquired KT North America, a manufacturer of on-board, off-board and in-dummy data acquisition systems and software for legislative and safety testing applications, and Corrsys-Datron (CDS), a manufacturer of optical sensing technologies to measure vehicle dynamics parameters, such as longitudinal speed and distance, lateral speed, slip angle, dynamic camber angle and ride height. CDS also offers measurement steering wheels, fuel flow meters, custom accelerometers and gyro modules, as well as wheel positioning systems, pedal force measurements, data acquisition devices, GPS systems and microwave speed sensors. MVTEC ANNOUNCES NEW DISTRIBUTOR IN THAILAND MUNCHEN, GERMANY—MVTec machine vision software products are now distributed by Solimac Automation Co. Ltd. (Bangkok) in Thailand. Besides distributing Halcon and ActivVisionTools, Solimac Automation also is providing highlevel technical support for MVTec’s software products. Solimac Automation is a leading engineering company in Thailand with a long-term experience in machine vision, robotics and automation. With its decision to distribute MVTec’s software products, Solimac Automation completes its product portfolio in order to meet the requirements of a growing market for powerful machine vision standard software. According to Pravee Kruachottikul, manager of Solimac Automation, the evolving industrial market in Thailand shows a growing demand for fast and accurate machine vision solutions and Solimac Automation is looking forward to offering MVTec’s state-of-the-art software not only for the factory field, but also for customers in the educational and infrastructure field. “We will now be able to offer highly robust machine vision solutions based on MVTec’s well-proven software products Halcon and ActivVisionTools,” he adds. “Thailand is a fast evolving industrial market in Southeast Asia,” says Dr. Olaf Munkelt, MVTec’s managing director. “Thus, MVTec expands its sales activities also in this important country. We are sure that Solimac Automation will meet our requirements in an outstanding way.” The Solimac Automation distribution and support team will be trained by MVTec to become also a member of the MVTec Certified Training Partner Program. Thus, not only the qualified distribution and first level support for all MVTec software products is guaranteed by Solimac Automation, but also the qualification to hold Halcon trainings for customers. PHOTONIC SENSE GMBH WINS SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARD EISENACH, GERMANY—Photonic Sense GmbH, a company of the Jenoptik Group, has won the Supplier of the Year Award 2010 from Flir Systems AB (Stockholm, Sweden). With this award, the Swedish company recognizes the performance of Photonic Sense as a supplier of germanium optical components. Every year, the Swedish company presents the best-performing supplier of the year with the Supplier of the Year Award. The criteria for the selection are delivery reliability, quality, price, technology and development, as well as communication. Photonic Sense GmbH won out over almost 100 other suppliers. A business relationship between the two companies has existed since 2004. Photonic Sense GmbH supplies Flir Systems with a range of germanium lenses for use in thermographic equipment. Flir Systems uses the germanium optics, which are suitable for the infrared wavelength range from 2 to 12 ìmas front lenses in thermographic cameras for commercial applications. Flir Systems is an international market leader in the development, production and sale of thermographic equipment and surveillance systems. APTINA AND DXO LABS PARTNER HAUTS-DE-SEINE, FRANCE—DxO Labs has entered into a licensing agreement with Aptina Imaging Corp. (San Jose, CA) to integrate its DxO digital pixel processing (DxO DPP) technology into high-end complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) imaging products for Aptina. “We are very excited to team up with CMOS image sensor leader Aptina,” says Jérôme Ménière, CEO of DxO Labs. “Our DxO DPP technology research scientists have developed a ground-breaking solution that can significantly improve the image quality of miniaturized cameras while reducing manufacturing costs.” Aptina seconded the sentiment. “We are very pleased to partner with DxO Labs, a very innovative and leading imaging company,” adds Farshid Sabet, vice president and general manager of Aptina’s mobile, PC and gaming business unit. JASON BARON WINS 2010 EPIC WAY AWARD ST. LOUIS—Epic Systems Inc. has announced Jason Baron as the winner of the Epic Way Award for 2010. The Epic Way Award is an annual honor given in recognition of the individual who best exemplifies the spirit and values upon which Epic Systems was founded. As the recipient of the honor, Baron was presented a crystal engraved award at the annual company meeting. He and his family were also given a weeklong trip to Disney World. “I am honored to be recognized as this year’s Epic Way Award winner,” he says. “I know there are many others at Epic who are deserving of this award which makes this all the more special to me.” The winner of the Epic Way Award is selected by the president of the company, John Schott, and the four group managers. Schott and the managers take the selection of the winner very seriously and struggle to narrow it down to one winner every year. “Epic is a high expectation place to work,” Schott says. “For someone to win this award out of a group of such high achievers says speaks volumes about the chosen employee. Jason is the kind of person who does his job professionally, maintains good relationships with clients, suppliers and fellow employees, and knows how to achieve that difficult balance of safety, cost, quality and schedule. He has come through for Epic’s client base time and time again.” Baron is a project manager and engineer at Epic Systems. He has been with the company for five years and has duties ranging from project management to design engineering and programming. MICROSCAN NAMES SCOTT SUMMERVILLE AS NEW PRESIDENT RENTON, WA—Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision and lighting solutions, announces the appointment of Scott Summerville as president. Summerville brings more than 20 years experience in the automation industry to Microscan, having spent most of his professional career to date at Rockwell Automation. He spent 10 years with Rockwell in Asia, initially overseeing the company’s marketing activities, eventually taking on responsibility for the Chinese market, and ultimately running the entire Asia Pacific region as president. Summerville most recently held the position of vice president and general manager, Public Safety Systems Division for Federal Signal Corp. “My primary goal as president of Microscan is growth,” says Summerville, who acknowledges many opportunities in the company’s core markets. “Manufacturers in the electronics, automotive and life sciences markets need more data to secure, trace and trace their products and optimize the supply chain.”
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