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Industry News: AMTMA Enjoys Positive Meeting

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PHOENIX-Nearly half of the current membership of the American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Association (AMTMA) gathered for a three-day meeting March 14 to 16 in Phoenix. The annual meeting had several firsts-its first end user as a member, its first meeting under the leadership of the members themselves and its first in-depth look at the market in which their measurement tools are used.
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Industry News: Wenzel Acquires Xspect Solutions

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WIXOM, MI-Wenzel GmbH of Germany has acquired Xspect Solutions Inc. (Wixom, MI). Xspect Solutions has been the distribution partner of Wenzel in North America since its formation in 2002, and has been the Wenzel Distributor of the Year for both 2005 and 2006. Xspect has engineered market penetration in the United States, which now represents the largest market for Wenzel CMM products outside of its domestic German market. Xspect Solutions supplies new Wenzel CMMs with its OpenDMIS software to the North American markets, and Xspect Solutions annual sales exceeded $15 million in 2006. Its corporate customers include John Deere, General Electric, TRW, Federal-Mogul, Cummins, Delphi and Whirlpool. Details of the sale were not disclosed.
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Industry News: Baldrige Awards Presented

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-Vice President Dick Cheney and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez presented three U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for organizational performance excellence. 

The 2006 Baldrige Award recipients are:  Premier Inc., San Diego, service; MESA Products Inc., Tulsa, OK, small business; and North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS, health care.
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Industry News: Manufacturing ISM Report Released

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TEMPE, AZ-Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February following a decline in January, while the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, according to the nation’s supply executives in the Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.
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Rexam Selects Applied Vision for Inspection Services

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AKRON, OH-As part of a major investment in its North American plants, British packaging giant Rexam has awarded an exclusive five-year contract to Applied Vision for complete inspection systems services.
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AIA 2007-2008 Board of Directors Announced

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ANN ARBOR, MI-The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) announced its board of directors for 2007-2008 at its annual Business Conference in Orlando, FL. John Merva, vice president of sales and marketing at CCS America Inc., has been elected president.
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David Dechow Receives AIA Achievement Award

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ANN ARBOR, MI-David Dechow, president of Aptúra Machine Vision Solutions, is the recipient of the 2007 Automated Imaging Achievement (AIA) Award. The award, which was presented to Dechow by the AIA in February at the annual AIA Business Conference in Orlando, FL, honors industry leaders for outstanding contributions in industrial and scientific imaging.
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ATI Industrial Automation Expands

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ATI Industrial Automation, an engineering-based developer of robotic peripheral equipment, has broken ground on a new plant expansion. The new facility will double its capacity.


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Delcam Consolidates North American Sales

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Delcam has consolidated its structure in North America to create a single sales organization for its Power Solution and FeatureCAM product lines. Glenn McMinn has been appointed president of Delcam North America. In this new position, he will be responsible for coordinating the activities and overall management of the combined North American sales and support teams.


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New Six Sigma Standard for Sustainable Financial Benefit

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SGS, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has released the Six Sigma Standard, which is comprised of 65 objectively verifiable Six Sigma program indicators. Conforming to requirements of the standard drives organizations to develop and maintain a Six Sigma program that is effective, sustainable and transparent.


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