March PM News

New V.P. at Okuma AmericaJim King will join Okuma America Corporation as the senior V.P. of sales.

New V.P. at Okuma America

Jim King will join Okuma America Corporation as the senior V.P. of sales. He will be responsible for leading the Okuma sales team and spearheading the relationships with the Okuma distributors in North and South America. He brings almost 30 years of experience working in industrial markets, including automation and control software.
Mr. King comes from Siemens Energy and Automation where he served as the director of strategic channel development. While at Siemens, he was successful at bringing discipline and structure to the distributor network, resulting in significant sales increases. Contact the company by visiting okuma.com.

Software Donated to the Machine Tool Technology Program

Verisurf Software Inc. offered a donation of 24 seats of software (valuing a total of $528,000) in exchange for Cerritos College paying to have one faculty member trained in the Verisurf software as well as produce a series of hands-on training videos.
Cerritos College’s Economic Development and the Machine Tool Technology department will benefit from this collaboration for years to come because the campus has been designated as the beta test site for future trainings through Verisurf. The students will have the most up to date software and equipment because of the donations it has received. Contact Verisurf by visiting verisurf.com.

SME’s First Woman President

For the first time in its 78-year history, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has elected a woman to lead the organization. Barbara M. Fossum, Ph.D., FSME, will serve as 2010 president. She was officially sworn in—along with the rest of the 2010 SME executive committee—at the Awards and Installation Banquet held November 14, in Dearborn, Mich.

As president, Ms. Fossum would like to coordinate efforts among professional societies and other organizations to achieve key objectives for the manufacturing community. “I believe SME can be a catalyst among professional organizations to make progress toward a national manufacturing strategy,” she says. “Working together, government, industry and academia can rebuild U.S. manufacturing capability in key industries.” She would also like to work with other organizations to develop educational paths for jobs in manufacturing.

A member of SME since 1989, Ms. Fossum has served on the society’s executive committee and board of directors, Ad Hoc Lifelong Learning Committee and the CASA/SME board of advisors and was an editor of CASA’s Blue Book series. Contact SME by visiting sme.org.

Company Name Change

Following the announcement of Metris U.S.A. becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nikon Corp., the corporate name of Metris U.S.A. has now changed to Nikon Metrology Inc. Under the Nikon brand, Nikon and Metris will synergize their strengths and together will offer products.

Myles Richard, managing director of Nikon, says, “Together, we (these two companies) will grow our leadership position as an optical metrology innovator, leveraging the strengths of our highly skilled technology teams.” Contact the company by visiting nikonmetrology.com.

Company Relocates to Michigan

Manufacturing Solutions and Technologies LLC doing business as Vitullo and Associates, a Precision Machining company, has moved to Wixom, Mich. New owner David Townsend purchased the company in late 2009 and plans on keeping the business growing in Michigan.

Vitullo Precision Machining currently has nine employees in a 16,000 square-foot facility. Since 1987, the company has been diversified and a major supplier of parts, tools and fixtures to the automotive, agricultural, aviation, alternative energy, information technology and consumer goods industries. The company’s services include CNC machining, EDM and CMM workholding fixtures, loading systems, pallet changers and the technology to convert European designs and drawings into English. Contact Vitullo by visiting vitulloinc.com.

Investment for 600 U.K. Manufacturing

The 600 Group has unveiled details of its recent investment in its main U.K. manufacturing site at Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

The investment covers the consolidation of three businesses—600 Lathes, 600 Centre and Pratt Burnerd International into the Heckmondwike site—as well as the streamlining of the factory’s workflow and new manufacturing equipment.

Consolidation of these three businesses eliminates duplication of work efforts across the company, pools resources under one roof and creates improved manufacturing efficiencies. It also removes the need for machined parts to be transported from one location to another.

Mike Berry, general manager 600 U.K., says, “These changes will give us greater control over the quality of the products, which is essential to our brands. It also gives us greater manufacturing flexibility…” Contact 600 Group by visiting 600uk.com.

YCM Celebrates 55th Anniversary

To celebrate its 55th anniversary this year, YCM has completed a major 52,000 square-foot expansion for its main office and technology center.

Yeong Chin Machinery is well known for its range of vertical machining centers, production and high speed die/mold machines and CNC turning centers. Its success is credited to its motto, “In Pursuit of Excellence.” Contact YCM at ycicnc.com.

Plans for N.A. Manufacturing Plant

Plans for a new Mori Seiki manufacturing plant could begin as soon as 2011. Talk of development in the United States is based on the possibility of a continuing decrease in the exchange rate between the U.S. and Japan. Dr. Masahiko Mori says, “If the value of the U.S. dollar declines, it will become fiscally advantageous to manufacture machine tools in North America, eliminating the cost of importing from Japan.”

Manufacturing in the U.S. would enhance the company’s existing infrastructure in North America. Contact Mori Seiki at moriseikius.com.