Manufacturing News Highlights - February 2020

Read news from North American Tool, GWS Tool Group, Additive Manufacturing Conference, and Renishaw.

Blog From: 2/12/2020 Techspex

GWS Tool Group Acquires North American Tool Corp.

Located in Northern Illinois, North American Tool is a supplier of special taps, dies and gages.

GWS Tool Group has acquired North American Tool Corp. (NATC), the second such add-on acquisition in 2020 for GWS. With the addition of NATC, GWS says it strengthens its reputation as a multi-disciplinary manufacturer of high-performance custom cutting tools.

Located in Northern Illinois, North American Tool is a supplier of special taps, dies and gages. From solid carbide threadmills to high-speed steel taps and thread gages, North American Tool delivers specialized threading tools for applications across multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and general engineering.

“NATC is an exciting add for us,” says Rick McIntyre, CEO of GWS. “Their customer service model is one of the best in the business.”

“North American Tool is very excited to be joining GWS Tool Group, a company that embodies the attributes that have long made us successful,” says Curt Lansbery, president and CEO of NATC. “We have no doubt that this move to join GWS will be positive for our associates and will ensure the continued growth of the legacy that we have worked to develop.”

The team at NATC will continue to operate from the Illinois facility as a manufacturing arm of GWS Tool Group, and the company expresses intent toward continued investment in the facility, machinery and equipment, and human resources. Customers of NATC are said to expect continuity of the NATC offering and customer service disposition under GWS ownership.

 
 

Additive Manufacturing Conference Announces Call for Speakers

This year, the conference is seeking additive manufacturing end users in particular to come and present about their use of the technology.

The Additive Manufacturing Conference has announced a call for presentations for the 2020 edition. The event will take place September 15-16, 2020, at McCormick Place in Chicago alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), North America’s largest manufacturing trade show.

“Our annual call for speakers has turned into a particularly rewarding part of developing our conference,” says Peter Zelinski, editor-in-chief of Additive Manufacturing. “Every year, through this call, we end up hearing from people advancing AM — people we weren’t aware of before they contacted us who are excited to share their work.”

This year, the call for speakers will serve a more focused purpose than it has in the past. Conference organizers are seeking presentations specifically from end users of additive manufacturing technology — that is, companies succeeding in a significant way at making production parts or tooling additively, or researchers unaffiliated with a technology supplier who are making important strides in learning what AM can do and how to advance its capabilities.

The deadline for papers is April 30, 2020. Abstracts can be submitted online.

Speakers receive a complimentary pass to the conference, access to the IMTS exhibit hall, download of the proceedings after the event and an invitation to all networking activities, including the grand reception.

Additive Manufacturing Conference attendees represent companies of all shapes, sizes and specialties, ranging from multinational OEMs to independent contract machine shops, covering a wide range of end markets and job titles. Their common interest is in evolving their application of industrial additive manufacturing technologies.

 
 

Renishaw Appoints New President

A 33-year industry veteran, Denis Zayia has worked for Renishaw since 1995. 

Denis Zayia

Renishaw Inc. has appointed Denis Zayia as president of its U.S. operations. He replaces Howard Salt who, while turning over the responsibilities of day-to-day operations, will continue to provide service to the organization as senior business manager of encoder systems.

A 33-year industry veteran, Mr. Zayia started with Renishaw as coordinate measuring machine business manager in 1995 and became national sales manager for industrial metrology in 2008. Prior to this most recent appointment, Mr. Zayia was vice president of sales and marketing, where he was responsible for Renishaw’s line of industrial metrology and additive manufacturing products. 

“Renishaw has been developing industry-changing products and end-to-end solutions for over 40 years,” Mr. Zayia says, reflecting on the past of the company he now heads. “Our first product was a touch trigger probe, which was developed to solve a manufacturing problem on Concorde engines. Today, we are helping manufacturers driven by the goals of Industry 4.0 with a wide range of technologies including additive, motion control, healthcare, spectroscopy, quality assurance and process control. I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to lead the organization through its next phase of growth.”

 
 

Coordinate Metrology Society Establishes Two-Tier CMM Certification

The first level certification is comprised of an online test, while the second level is a test of at least 400 hours of CMM expertise.

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has launched the industry’s first Level-One and Level-Two Certifications for traditional coordinate measuring machine (CMM) professionals. Applicants for the CMS Level-One Certification must submit an application, meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics and pass a peer review. Candidates for the CMS Level-Two Certification must possess a Level-One Certification, have two years experience using a CMM (minimum 400 hours) and submit an application with two references who can confirm their expertise. Both examinations will be conducted by CMS-authorized proctors.

Qualifying candidates will be notified and scheduled for an examination slot at the upcoming Coordinate Metrology Society Conference scheduled for July 2020. Certification guidelines, fees, and application forms are available at cmsc.org

The Level-One Certification examination is a proctored, online assessment consisting of about 200 multiple-choice questions covering foundational theory and practice common to most traditional CMMs. Additionally, the CMS offers a device-specific CMS Level-Two Certification examination, which is a practical, hands-on performance assessment for CMM operators. Once an application is processed and approved, the assessment can also be scheduled throughout the year at an authorized CMS Assessment Facility in various North American locations. Additional fees may apply.

 

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