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Industry News: Manufacturing ISM Report Released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Mitutoyo Replacement Contracers Available

In response to the overwhelming demand for Mitutoyo replacement products, Carbide Probes Inc. has added a complete line of Mitutoyo replacement contracers and surface testers to their product line. The company offers replacement contact points and surface testers for all popular indicators, including Mitutoyo, Renishaw, Zeiss and Mahr, and is also repairing customers’ existing products.

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NASA Presents Quality Awards

NASA has presented its highest honor for quality and technical performance, the George M. Low Award, to two companies committed to innovative management, process quality and customer service. The awards, containing a medallion alloyed with material flown to the moon on Apollo 11, were presented in February at NASA’s fourth annual Project Management Challenge Conference in Galveston, TX.

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Quality Launches NDT Web Site

Quality Magazine launches a Web site for its NDT special section, NDT serves the nondestructive testing and materials testing needs of more than 26,000 quality and manufacturing professionals. This special section reports on the practical use and application of nondestructive testing and materials testing needs to improve product quality on the shop floor and in manufacturing planning.
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