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Industry News: Test Applications Library Unveiled

SKOKIE, IL-Manufacturing engineers, machine builders and others in need of application-specific information on leak testing and functional testing can now access an online library of leak test and functional test applications in the recently revamped InterTech Development Co. Web site, www.intertechdevelopment.com.
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Industry News: NAM President Champions MEP

ORLANDO, FL-National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler praised the contribution of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to the U.S. economy and said NAM “strongly supports adequate funding for the MEP.”
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Industry News: PMI Soars

TEMPE, AZ-The Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing activity increased in April with the manufacturing index hitting its highest mark since last May. On the other hand, commodities prices continue to rise at a rapid rate, with metals and energy being the areas of greatest concern.
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Industry News: Sun Shines on MMCW 2007

CLEARWATER, FL-More than 120 of the top quality measurement professionals in the United States gathered in the sun for four days of the 2007 Manufacturing & Measurement Conference & Workshop (MMCW) in Clearwater, FL, April 23 to 26. Held at the Marriott Sand Key resort, attendees heard from top professionals in manufacturing about the challenges and solutions of making measurement and quality an effective tool for their companies.
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Industry News: ASQ Conference Fuels Innovation

ORLANDO-The 2007 ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement, “Fueling Innovation Through People and Quality,” April 30 to May 2, offered attendees a chance to learn from experts and other quality professionals.
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Industry News: CyberMetrics Acquires American Quality Systems Inc.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ-CyberMetrics Corp. a privately held software and solutions provider founded in 1988, has acquired American Quality Systems Inc. (AQS), a provider of low–to–mid priced calibration, and maintenance management software products. The acquisition of American Quality Systems is another in a series of events chronicling a continued period of growth for CyberMetrics Corp. In February, CyberMetrics announced it had posted record company revenues during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2006. Sales of CyberMetrics’ flagship product, Gagetrak, increased 25% and the company’s overall operating margin rose by nine percentage points during that timeframe.
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Industry News: Nikon Instruments Inc. Appoints New President and CEO

MELVILLE, NY–Nikon Instruments Inc. announces the appointment of Yoshinobu Ishikawa as president and chief executive officer. Ishikawa will be in charge of all Nikon Instruments divisions in North America and Latin America.
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Industry News: AMTMA Enjoys Positive Meeting

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

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

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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