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.
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.
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.
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.
Quality Magazine launches a Web site for its NDT special section, www.ndtmag.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Alcatel Vacuum Technology France has acquired Sensistor Technologies of Sweden, a company that develops, manufactures and supplies innovative solutions for leak detection. Sensistor’s portfolio encompasses leak detection and measuring instruments that use a safe hydrogen mixture as a tracer gas.