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Brown and Sharpe has reached an agreement with the state of Rhode Island to relocate its operations to the Quonset Davisville Port and Commerce Park, located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Under the agreement, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. will build a new facility at Quonset using moral obligation bonds, leasing the facility to the company for a 10-year period for the cost of the debt service. The 100,000-square-foot facility will be designed to allow for expansion and will be located on a 14-acre parcel in the Keifer Park section of Quonset. Brown and Sharpe hopes to occupy the new facility by July 2005.

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MTS Systems Corp. has released its CAE Calibrator for NASTRAN, a software application that enables NASTRAN users to leverage test and external data to compare, correlate, calibrate and automatically update computer-aided engineering models for structural dynamics.

The offering was unveiled at this year’s North American Noise and Vibration User Group Meeting in Detroit and the MSC.Software Virtual Product Development Conference in Japan. The software ensures that CAE models’ performance accurately matches test data, other CAE models and user-entered design targets.

"CAE Calibrator for NASTRAN builds on a series of recent product introductions from MTS focused on increasing the pace of test, making test data ubiquitous and better correlating CAE and test," says Doug Marinaro, vice president of software and consulting for MTS. "This new product enables seamless model correlation, extending MTS’ growing offering of solutions that make calibrating CAE models and physical tests a science instead of an art."

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AccuMetria has become a SolidWorks Solution Partner with the introduction of its new product, CMMWorks.

CMMWorks is an off-line programming tool used to create and optimize inspection programs for coordinate measuring machines. "We’re excited to have AccuMetria join the Solution Partner program," says Brain Houle, Partner Program manager for Solidworks Corp. "CMMWorks fits nicely into our CAM manufacturing offerings and enables our customers to leverage their SolidWorks models to efficiently program inspection machines."

CMMWorks is fully integrated with SolidWorks 2003 and 2004 and is available through AccuMetria or local SolidWorks resellers.

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DVT Corp., an integrated machine vision provider, and Phoenix Contact Inc., a provider of industrial connection, packaging and communications technologies, have formed a strategic partnership.

Under the terms of the alliance, Phoenix will brand label a power supply and Ethernet I/O assembly to be used with DVT’s Legend SmartImage vision systems. "This is another important step in providing our customers with a complete machine vision solution," says Jim Jordan, DVT’s director of operations. "This partnership is a natural fit--not only for our two companies but for the market as well," adds Dave Skelton, director of automation at Phoenix Contact.

Phoenix Contact will provide an industrial-strength DIN rail-mountable power supply that features an easy-to-assemble connection method to enable quick device connection. The preassembled I/O rail assembly has Ethernet Modbus/TCP protocol with eight built-in digital inputs and eight digital outputs.

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Cognex Corp. has launched the Cognex Certified Vision Integrator program in North America.

The program provides training, sales and marketing materials, software updates and special pricing for CVIs. "Cognex CVIs are among the most highly skilled vision experts in the world," says Kris Nelson, Cognex’s senior vice president of North American sales. "Our regional CVI training classes and online courses equip CVIs with the knowledge they need to solve problems quickly, deploy systems faster and serve their customers better."

In addition, CVI program participants have access to the private Cognex CVI Web site, which provides technical reference materials, product information, presentations, online support and education and CVI program updates.

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Renishaw and its Slovenian partner, RLS Merilina Tehnika d.o.o., have allied their capabilities to produce a new range of miniature magnetic rotary encoders.

The frictionless, noncontact encoders are offered in absolute and incremental output formats. They will be manufactured by RLS in Slovenia and marketed by Renishaw’s network of 25 subsidiaries and representative offices.

To start, Renishaw is offering 9-bit (512 count) miniature magnetic encoders capable of speeds to more than 30,000 rpm with measurement accuracy better than 0.7 degrees. The units are available in industry standard absolute, incremental or linear output formats. Future developments will include higher-resolution variants.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has addressed its metrologist training backlog by offering an electronic mass measurement training course.

The free multimedia CD-ROM covers NIST’s basic one-week mass metrology courses. It includes interactive activities, knowledge quizzes, examples, video demonstrations, and specialty graphics and photos for specific products. The disc is designed to introduce mass metrology to field newcomers, offer supplementary training to those seeking to refine their knowledge, and act as a refresher for experienced laboratory staff unfamiliar with the most recent measuring techniques.

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Jack Welch had a unique vision of an organization that made data-based decisions. At times his tactics for bringing this about were described as “violent,” “abrupt” and “painful,” but his methods worked. GE’s transformation is still a modern model of how to make quantum shifts in the way a huge company does business. However, most Six Sigma champions simply lack resources and/or a CEO like Welch to crack the whip. If your organization wants to change the direction of the company by creating a Six Sigma culture, the way in which you market the initiative can significantly influence how far down the road you’ll get.Brian Zempel is HSBC/Household’s national director of Household Consumer Lending. He recently presented the following assessment of cultural transformation. Companies that have undertaken Six Sigma or lean Six Sigma initiatives during the last five years basically fall into three groups:

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Coordinate measuring machines gather data by means of a probe or sensor. Conventional CMMs equipped with touch-trigger probes can use a stitch-scanning method to record point streams from part surfaces. In stitch scanning, the CMM lifts the probe head from the surface of the part, moves it slightly forward and lowers it until contact is made for every data point collected. This single-point procedure is slow and unsuitable for efficient form measurement. Analog probes for continuous scanning are designed to send an uninterrupted stream of data back to a system computer. These probes avoid the time-wasting auxiliary movements required by point-to-point measuring probes.

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Mitutoyo America has named Kerley Corp. an exclusive dealer of Mitutoyo CMMs and vision systems in Southern California.

Kerley Corp., formed in 1979, boasts a 1,500 sq. ft. facility and a state-of-the-art showroom featuring Mitutoyo’s newest CMM and vision equipment. "Our mission is not only to provide our customers with the highest quality precision measuring equipment and software available but also with the right products for our customer’s application," says Chris Kerley, president of Kerley Corp. "We’re pleased to join the ranks of the most complete metrology houses in the country."

Kerley will handle CMM and vision products for Mitutoyo America, including software training and application support.

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