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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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China Leads Machine-Tool Consumption

Four years ago China moved from fourth to first place in global consumption of machine tools. Since then it has retained that position and even strengthened it, ahead of other principal users such as Japan, the United States and Germany.

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Lockheed Martin Awards Carl Zeiss with Contract

Carl Zeiss Industrial Measuring Technology (IMT) announces that Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (Ft. Worth, TX) has selected a Zeiss gantry coordinate measuring machine (CMM) to measure subassemblies of the F-35 wings.

The MMZ B Plus system has a measuring range of 5 by 16 by 2.5 meters. Valued at more than $5 million, the order from Lockheed Martin’s aerospace division encompasses the measuring machine, plans for the vibration-stabilized foundation, the climate-controlled lab and the integration of a pallet feed system. At a length of 16 meters, the MMZ B Plus can measure aerodynamic tools, wind canal models, 1:1 modules, aircraft wings and elements of the airframe.

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Control 2007 Quality Assurance Trade Fair

Control (May 8 to 11), the international trade fair for quality assurance, now in its 21st year, remains true to the principles of total practice orientation and marketability.

The Control exhibition program includes measuring technology, material testing, analysis apparatus, optoelectronics, quality assurance systems and organization.

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AIT Purchases Leica

Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon Metrology company, announces Advanced Integration Technology Inc. (AIT, Plano, TX) has purchased five Leica LTD800MC laser trackers for the second and third Electronic Mate and Alignment Systems (EMAS) for the Joint Strike Fighter program from Lockheed Martin (Fort Worth, TX). The laser tracking systems were specially designed for AIT’s use in laser-guided alignment to automate and execute F-35 aircraft mating. AIT is an engineering and manufacturing company specializing in the design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of fully integrated plant floor systems.

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