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.
An informal survey of
approximately 2,600 ISO-certified
companies commissioned by the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR), found that ISO 9001 certification produces positive returns on investment. Results revealed that respondents believe certification enhanced internal and external performance, and 84% of the companies realized a positive return on certification investment. The survey was commissioned by IAAR in cooperation with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).
Driven by a 0.7% jump in manufacturing output, the Federal Reserve reported that overall industrial production rose 0.4% in December 2006. “After three consecutive monthly declines, this upturn is a hopeful indication that the recent slowdown in industrial activity may be coming to an end,” says David Huether, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers.
IBS America announces a strategic partnership with International Quality Consulting (IQC). IQC consultants will work with IBS to provide customers with expert guidance on compliance-related questions and issues.
Despite stepped-up efforts, many manufacturers are throwing away money in their attempts to comply with government product content regulations, according to a study cosponsored by Dassault Systèmes (Paris) and its Enovia MatrixOne product brand. The solution, the study suggests, is working smarter.