Quality Magazine

Business News

November 1, 2006
• In response to the needs of biophotonics customers, Edmund Optics (EO, Barrington, NJ) will introduce 20 new product lines designed to work in the ultraviolet. Products introduced in the Fall 2006 catalog will include UV-NIR triplets, CaF2 Windows, UV laser mirrors, UV filters, UV fixed focal length lenses, UV cameras, UV-VIS CCD spectrometers, as well as new versions of the EO designed and manufactured ReflX objectives. They also will include scientific-grade instrumentation, including spectrometers, photomultiplier tubes, UV light-sources and UV detectors. All the components are designed to integrate easily into prototype and production assemblies.

• Cincinnati Machine (Hebron, KY) has received an order from RTI Claro (Montreal) for a dual-gantry, 5-spindle, 5-axis Wide-Range Profiler. The machine, valued at $7.7 million, will use 10 7,000 rpm, 70-hp gear-driven spindles to simultaneously machine titanium structures for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

• Renishaw's Calibration Products Division (Hoffman Estates, IL) is offering present operators of its ML10 laser calibration systems free upgrades to the latest version of its Laser 10 software package. ML10 operators need to visit www.renishaw.com/Laser10upgrade and complete an online request form to receive the free package. The offer is available until December 2006. Recipients also will receive a copy of the Systems Users Guide and reference manual on CD-ROM.

• Boston Centerless (Woburn, MA) has been named a 2006 Silver Medal recipient of the Northeast Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing. Referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Manufacturing" by Business Week, the Shingo Prize is recognized as a premier manufacturing award and recognition program in North America. The award is presented to companies that achieve world-class manufacturing status through the implementation and practice of lean manufacturing principles. Boston Centerless is the first metal-working contract manufacturer to win the Shingo Prize in North America.

• Rockwell Automation Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) announces that the U.S. Navy has awarded the company a $16 million contract for engineering support and automation components for the Navy's surface ships. The five-year contract will enable the Navy and other Department of Defense agencies to quickly acquire engineered systems and services from Rockwell Automation that are vital for daily and strategic shipboard operations, domestically and globally. The company will supply the U.S. Navy with a machinery control system engineered and certified for shipboard use. The system will manage the machinery control and auxiliary operations on board U.S. aircraft carriers, mine warfare ships and frigates.

• MBX Systems (Wauconda, IL) has achieved ISO 9001 certification. MBX's performance manager Carl Nothnagel led the ISO 9001 effort, assisted by Kevin French, the company's manager of support services.

• Metrix Software Solutions Ltd. (Montreal, Canada) announces that it will embed INORAme, the natural intelligence based math engine from Inora Technologies (Ann Arbor, MI), within Mextrix software. Metrix is a 3-D metrology software for coordinate measurement, tool building, inspection and process automation. Metrix is a traceable, model-based approach to measurement planning, GD&T inspection and reporting. It is a single platform for interfacing with multiple, portable coordinate metrology devices on the shop floor.

• The Vibration Division of PCB Piezotronics Inc. (Depew, NY) expands its calibration service offering to include seven new service options for its growing DC response accelerometer product lines. These A2LA accredited accelerometer calibration services provide a solution for customers needing recalibration of their existing piezoresistive and variable capacitive accelerometers, as well as other manufacturers' models.

• YESTech (San Clemente, CA) opens YESTech Europe in Alton, Hampshire, UK. The office provides sales and technical support to YESTech's growing European representative and customer base. YESTech Europe works with local representatives in most European countries, as well as areas of the Middle East and South Africa.