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September 1, 2004
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Business news from the quality industry.

OMNI Structures (Grand Rapids, MI), makers of flexible fixtures and tooling for coordinate measuring machine, inspection and vision management systems, has moved. The new facility located at 4900 37th St. SE in Grand Rapids, MI, offers increased flexibility for fixture design and development, and includes a display showroom and onsite training area. For more information, call (616) 977-0333 or visit

Aurora Bearing Co. (Aurora, IL), manufacturer of rod end, spherical and journal bearings has achieved ISO 9001: 2000 and AS9100 certification.

Columbia Gear (Avon, MN), a supplier of custom gearings, has achieved ISO/TS 16949: 2002 certification.

Entela Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI) has changed its name to Intertek ETL Entela because of the acquisition by Intertek Group plc, the global testing, inspection and certification company. Entela's Quality Systems Registration Division has been renamed Intertek ETL Entela Automotive Certifications because of the acquisition.

Firth Rixson Ltd. (Sheffield, UK), a provider of engineered forged cast and other specialty metal products, has signed an agreement to begin construction on a 50,000-square-foot plant to be built near Shanghai, China. The plant will forge and process seamless alloy rings for aerospace applications.

Made to Measure, a contract dimensional inspection house, has moved to a high-tech facility in Rolling Meadows, IL. The facility houses an expanded line of coordinate measuring machines, including a state-of-the-art video measuring system. The move allows the company to offer their time-critical inspection solutions to a wider breadth of customers. For more information, visit

Pitney Bowes (Stamford, CT) will integrate Cognex Corp.'s (Natick, MA) In-Sight 4000 into its high-volume automatic inserter. The In-Sight 4000 will read and verify that all checks, notices, and statements are correctly bundled and properly inserted into each envelope.

Minitab Inc. (State College, PA) has begun shipping Minitab Korean Release 14 for Windows, a fully translated, Korean language version of Minitab 14.

Coreco Imaging (Montreal), a developer of machine vision and components and services, opened an office in Tokyo, thereby expanding the company's global presence.

people news

Bruce P. Wilson has been elected vice president and general manager of Ametek Inc.'s (Paoli, PA) Taylor Hobson Division. Taylor Hobson was recently acquired by Ametek. Ametek Taylor Hobson designs, manufactures and services an array of contact and noncontact instrumentation for measurement applications.

Kevin Myers has been promoted to vice president,

technical sales at Winsert Inc. (Marinette, WI). Winsert

designs and manufactures heat- and wear-resistant alloys

for engine applications.

Author and quality strategist Subir Chowdhury was

awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering by Michigan Technological University. Chowdhury is chairman and chief executive officer of ASI Consulting Group (Livonia, MI). He is also the author of nine books, including The Power of Six Sigma, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and has sold more than 1 million copies.

Rick Miller has been appointed sales manager for the Eastern United States for Labsphere (North Sutton, NH). He will manage the company's complete line of light measurement and uniform light sources. Labsphere provides light measurement for calibration systems and components.

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