Management Resources International (MRI, Ann Arbor, MI), an MSX International Co., is a provider of quality and continuous improvement services. MRI offers a proprietary approach to gage management, designed to reduce the cost of gaging while simultaneously improving product quality. The result is cost reduction in calibration, repair, unnecessary replacement and lost or missing gages, with improvement in overall product quality.

Honeywell International’s (Morristown, NJ) Consumer Products Group has selected Apexon Inc. (San Jose, CA) to manage its supplier relationships. Apexon3, the company’s Web-based supplier relationship management software, will provide a single interface for managing Honeywell’s day-to-day business processes with suppliers of all types and sizes.

IBM (Somers, NY) and Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee) have signed a strategic alliance to provide the global automotive manufacturing industry with a complete set of collaborative technologies, services and experiences that will allow seamless information flow throughout a manufacturer’s entire enterprise.

Promess Inc. (Brighton, MI), an assembly automation manufacturer, has appointed Pioneer Tool Inc. (Charlotte, NC) as its representative in North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Testing Machines Inc. has moved its production, engineering, sales, marketing, PM&C and corporate offices to Ronkonkoma, NY.

Makino (Mason, OH) has appointed RLH Machine Tools Inc. (Clearwater, FL) as exclusive distributor for its metalcutting and die and mold machinery in Florida.

Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen Inc., a provider of advanced finite element analysis software products, has changed its name to ABAQUS Inc. (Pawtucket, RI).

NVision Inc. (Coppell, TX), a provider of laser scanning solutions and consulting services, is expanding its North American technical center, located near Detroit, to increase its consulting services in the laser scanning field.

Bartley Machine & Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Amesbury, MA) has received ISO 9001: 2000 certification.

Akron Tool & Die Co. Inc. (Akron, OH) is expanding to handle machining services on workpieces up to 192-inches long. Expanded capabilities include grinding up to 8 inches outer diameter (OD) and 192 inches-long; surface grinding up to 25 by 120 inches; turning up to 8 inches OD and 192-inches long; and honing up to 6 inches inner diameter and 120-inches long.

NSL Analytical Services Inc. (Cleveland) has added materials characterization to its laboratory services.

Starrett’s Granite Surface Plates Division (Mt. Airy, NC) has been accredited to calibrate granite surface plates, granite parallels, two- and four-sided, granite straight edges and granite squares.

Standex International Corp.’s (Salem, NH) Standex Electronics subsidiary has achieved ISO/TS 16949: 2002 certification.

Corning Tropel Corp. (Fairport, NY) has been awarded a U.S. patent for the optical configuration of the FlatRuler 200 metrology instrument.

Minitab Inc. (State College, PA) was honored in Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work in PA award program.