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Paramount Industries, Inc., a world-class rapid product development, rapid manufacturing and rapid deployment company, today announced the successful completion of an AS9100 REV C audit resulting in its Langhorne facility’s achieving AS9100C certification. Paramount had been AS9100B certified since February, 2009.

AS9100 is the international quality management system standard for the Aircraft, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry and AS9100C is the most current standard. The standard provides manufacturing suppliers with a comprehensive quality system for providing safe and reliable products. AS9100 is managed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and based upon ISO 9001.

AS9100C is a designation offered only to organizations that design, develop and produce aviation, space and defense products while demonstrating strict adherence to quality, reliability and safety standards. It is endorsed by all major Aerospace regulators including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA).

“AS9100C certification validates our organization’s effective quality management system and best practices for safety and reliability of mission-critical products and services as specified by elite manufacturing organizations,” said Paramount CEO Jim Williams. “Maintaining compliance is reflective of our dedication to global standards, customer satisfaction and commitment to manufacturing excellence.”

Paramount’s AS9100C certification includes an increased focus on program and supply chain management for the delivery of high-temp laser sintering direct part manufacturing, as well as other additive manufacturing materials and processes. The AS9100C audit was conducted by DEKRA Certification, Inc, an ANAB certified third-party registrar. Paramount Industries is qualified to meet the rigorous standards set forth by ITAR (USA), ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C (also known as AS9100 Rev C).

Founded in 1966, Paramount Industries, Inc. is among the world's most experienced providers of product development services, including design engineering, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, rapid tooling, urethane casting, injection molding and contract manufacturing. Paramount is AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certified and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered. The company holds active memberships with the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Founding Member of the Keystone Chapter AUVSI, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and ASTM International. For more news and information, visit the Paramount website, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

For more information, visit: www.paramountind.com

Paramount Industries, Inc., a world-class rapid product development, rapid manufacturing and rapid deployment company, today announced the acquisition of an EOSINT P 800, a new high temperature laser sintering technology capable of processing engineered polymers like polyaryl ether ketone (PAEK) and polyether ether ketone (PEEK).

“High temperature laser sintering is a 3D printing process that is growing in popularity for making strong plastic production parts,” said Paramount CEO Jim Williams. “As early adopters, our goal is to integrate this technology across all industries so manufacturers can benefit from the unique advantages additive manufacturing technologies can offer. While it is true that aerospace, defense, energy, medical and transportation are natural consumers, there are many more industries that will benefit from this processing and material technology.”

An increasing number of government agencies and manufacturers are sourcing laser sintering for direct part production. In contrast to traditional manufacturing methods, laser sintering can deliver plastic parts with highly complex geometries with impressive strength-to-weight ratios. In many cases, hundreds of parts can be directly manufactured from 3D CAD digital models long before tooling is available and in certain applications eliminating tooling costs altogether. As original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) continue to make system enhancements and service providers develop new processing techniques for biocompatible and high temp laser sintering materials, Paramount anticipates that demand will continue to rise.

The EOSINT P 800 can process temperatures up to 385°C (725°F) which enables the laser sintering process of engineered polymers like PAEK. “The P 800’s elevated processing temperatures and range of high performance engineered polymers are critical components necessary for the growth of this industry and complementary to our ongoing laser sintering R&D effort and direct part manufacturing operations,” said Williams.

Laser sintering offers the highest levels of manufacturing flexibility for end-use parts. PAEKs offer the highest levels of performance among polymers. Since 2008 Paramount Industries has led the development of the high temperature laser sintering process. The company qualified the process through an extensive U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) R&D effort integrating laser sintering technology and materials science into a robust manufacturing solution package to deliver complex parts for military weapon systems. Paramount is successfully moving into SBIR Phase III, transitioning this high temperature laser sintering process to production with these new PAEKs and carbon-fiber-reinforced PAEKs.

The laser sintering PAEKs offer temperature resistance, processing stability, mechanical performance, resistance to hydrolysis, and flame retardant characteristics that make them ideal candidates for aerospace applications. The carbon-fiber-reinforced PAEKs offer additional electrostatic dissipative characteristics and higher tensile modulus. These new materials combined with Paramount’s advanced coatings and surface finishes broaden the material selection and design options and increases the range of applications.

For over 45 years Paramount has demonstrated a strong commitment to the early adoption of new manufacturing technologies and since the late ‘80s was a thought leader in the democratization of rapid technologies. In the mid ’90s, Paramount was an early adopter of laser sintering metals for the manufacture of injection molds and metal sintered parts. These early efforts were foundational in helping to elevate awareness and integration of advanced additive manufacturing technologies.

“Much of the excitement in what we do every day as a product development and manufacturing company is to create innovative ways to integrate advanced technologies that enable our customers’ rapid product deployment regardless of the industry. Paramount continues to advance the development of laser sintering materials and processing. My team is absolutely thrilled to add the EOSINT P 800 to Paramount’s additive manufacturing tool box,” Williams added.

Founded in 1966, Paramount Industries, Inc. is among the world's most experienced providers of product development services, including design engineering, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, rapid tooling, urethane casting, injection molding and contract manufacturing. Paramount is AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certified and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered. The company holds active memberships with the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Keystone Chapter AUVSI (founding member), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and ASTM International.

For more information, visit: www.paramountind.com

Paramount Industries, Inc., a world-class product development / rapid deployment and manufacturing services company, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard on August 27, 2011. The press conference included remarks from Mayor Michael Nutter, Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart, US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, as well as other dignitaries and program managers. Jim Williams, Paramount Industries’ President and CEO, presented a commemorative award to CNO Admiral Roughead - a 3D printed replica of the USS United States frigate created using laser sintering.

“Today we are pleased to focus our attention to the history of the US Navy, STEM education programs and the next generation of America’s workforce,” said Williams. “It is an honor to support military leaders, government officials, academia and young students in this capacity.”

USS United States was a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy constructed by the Naval Act of 1794. It was larger and more heavily armed than standard frigates of the period. Built at Humphrey's shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the USS United States was launched in 1797 and immediately began duties with the newly formed Navy.

The 3D model was manufactured at Paramount Industries facility for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing using 3D digital scanning and selective laser sintering, an advanced 3D printing technology. These technologies are currently used to deliver prototypes and customized production-ready parts for the medical device, electronics and consumer products industries. Paramount has rapidly manufactured and deployed critical components to high profile aerospace and defense programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Wolfhound Handheld Threat Warning System and the Honeywell T-Hawk.

The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the launch of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, a new STEM initiative at Temple University. MESA is an academic preparation program that serves pre-college, community college and university students who are educationally disadvantaged. During the event, Mayor Nutter spoke about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Research studies show a strong correlation between STEM education and competitiveness and economic prosperity. Science, technology, engineering and math graduates and undergraduates are the highly-skilled and professional workers who make future contributions to society and the workforce.

“It is critical for business leaders and government officials to support education programs that promote innovation, encourage young students and move professionals into the technology-driven future,” said Williams. “Breakthrough technologies, such as 3D printing and additive manufacturing, allow for smarter engineering and manufacturing of products designed to protect the nation’s military on the front lines where it’s needed the most. In addition to helping those who protect our liberties and freedoms, additive manufacturing offers significant advantages: it returns the competitive edge to American-based manufacturers, allows businesses to create new jobs and strengthens the US economy.”

Founded in 1966, Paramount Industries, Inc. is among the world's most experienced providers of product development services, including design engineering, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, tooling, urethane casting, injection molding and contract manufacturing. Paramount is AS9100 and ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR registered. Paramount holds active memberships with the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Keystone Chapter AUVSI, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials). Paramount Industries employs nearly 50 engineers, technicians, program and business managers at its Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based research, development and manufacturing facility.

For more information, visit: www.paramountind.com

Paramount Industries, Inc., a world-class product development - rapid deployment, and manufacturing services company, today announced its participation at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2011.

In response to aerospace and defense industry demand for selective laser sintering materials for direct digital manufacturing of non-structural aircraft components, Paramount has developed laser sintering processes with high-temperature, electrostatic-discharge (ESD) compliant laser sintering materials that have heat deflection temperatures in excess of 320°C and are chemical resistant, non-out gassing, electrically and thermally conductive.

“High temperature laser sintering is breakthrough technology and offers significant advantages for manufacturing across all industries, particularly aerospace and defense applications where high temperature and electrically conductive materials are critical factors,” said Jim Williams, president and CEO of Paramount Industries.

High Temperature Laser Sintering Displayed in Booth #2209:

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Components: Paramount Industries High Temperature Sintering (HTS) machine processing technology, advanced machine controls and carbon fiber composites – including revolutionary sinterable nanocomposite materials – were developed for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.

Paramount Industries is the recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and continues to develop selective materials and processes for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, as well as many other aerospace, defense and medical applications.

“We are thrilled to offer R&D expertise for direct digital manufacturing of aerospace parts and components for projects such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Honeywell T-Hawk,” says Williams “It is an honor to bring innovation to the Warfighter when it’s new and when it’s needed the most.”

Paramount Industries prototyped and manufactured key components for the T-Hawk, an unmanned micro air vehicle (UAV) designed to enhance mission effectiveness, provide situational awareness for US combat troops.

For more information, visit: www.paramountind.com or http://symposium.auvsi.org/auvsi11/public/enter.aspx

Paramount Industries, Inc., a world-class product development - rapid deployment, and manufacturing services company, today announced the appointment of Gary Bredael to General Manager. He will continue reporting directly to Paramount president and CEO Jim Williams.

Bredael will drive sales, as well as, oversee all aspects of operations while maintaining a smooth flow of work between the model making, investment casting, injection molding, urethane casting, design and engineering departments. His primary responsibility is to assure that the company stays on schedule with prototyping and production while achieving goals set by Paramount’s executive board.

“For 45 years, Paramount has been responsible for bringing some of the most innovative and advanced uses of manufacturing technologies across a broad spectrum of industries,” said Jim Williams, president and CEO of Paramount Industries. “During his tenure here, Gary has been a dedicated employee with a strong commitment to excellence. He has the perfect combination of industry experience and business acumen to take the lead in his new position.”

Paramount veteran Bredael has worked 21 years as VP of Sales providing leadership to company sales functions, implementing sales strategies and analyzing sales activity against goals. He holds an Associates degree in Industrial Model Making from Green Bay Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentration in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“I am honored to work with Jim Williams and the entire product development team at Paramount Industries,” said Bredael. “I look forward to taking the lead as General Manager as Jim’s presence is increasingly requested by leaders in the defense and aerospace industries. Paramount has played a key role in rapid prototyping of unmanned vehicles, as well as, the direct digital manufacturing of aircraft components. It is a pleasure to allow Jim to continue to become more actively involved in these high-profile fields.”

As president and CEO, Jim Williams will continue to oversee the company’s strategic plan, operations and financial performance. Additionally he will represent Paramount among other representatives of global industries, government agencies and academia to provide networking and advocacy. Williams was instrumental in launching the Keystone Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems of which Paramount was a founding member. His reputation and work has enabled Paramount Industries to secure high profile government R&D projects such as the Honeywell T-Hawk and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.

Founded in 1966, Paramount Industries, Inc. is among the world's most experienced providers of product development services, including design engineering, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, tooling, urethane casting, injection molding and contract manufacturing. Paramount's principal engineering and manufacturing facilities are registered AS9100B with the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), ISO 9001:2008 certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered. The company holds active memberships with the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Keystone Chapter AUVSI, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and ASTM International-- formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials.

For more information visit: www.paramountind.com

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