UNITED GRINDING conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on August 9th for its new North American Headquarters to be built in Miamisburg, Ohio. With the new facility, UNITED GRINDING will further strengthen its customer service and support, and boost its operational agility for even faster response to ever changing customer needs.

UNITED GRINDING’s North American market has grown significantly over the last 15 years, and the strategic outlook for the forseeable future includes even more growth.

According to Stephan Nell, CEO of UNITED GRINDING Group, the new Miamisburg facility will not only further enhance customer-centric activities, but will also boost operational agility and expand parts, rebuild, retrofit, automation and preventative maintenance offerings in the North American market.

“This strategic move allows us to provide our customers with solutions unique to the industry,” said Nell. “As a total turnkey solutions provider, we continuously look for new ways to expand our operations and business to benefit our customers and the markets we serve.”

The new UNITED GRINDING 100,000-square-foot facility will reside on approximately 15 acres of land near Ohio Interstate 75. In addition to UNITED GRINDING North America’s current employees that will move to the new headquarters, the company plans to create significantly more jobs in the next five years.

Through its JobsOhio West initiative, the Dayton Development Coalition has been working with UNITED GRINDING to assist in providing community project and incentive resources, and support to aid in the new facility build as well as to drive economic development in the area.

“JobsOhio began working with UNITED GRINDING early on in their search for a site to expand their operations," said Julie Sullivan, VP of Development, Dayton Development Coalition. “With the help of our partners in Montgomery County, City of Miamisburg, the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, State of Ohio and JobsOhio, we made a strong case for them to expand here in Miamisburg. It keeps them close to their customers and gives them access to a workforce known for its manufacturing expertise. Their commitment to the community shows what can happen when companies are open to learning more about the region and working with the local community.”

UNITED GRINDING’s investment on the project will drive economic growth in the Miamisburg area. The company is also working with local government entities to help support the economy and reinforce development.

“The City of Miamisburg is pleased to have UNITED GRINDING, a world leader in the manufacturing sector, expand its operations in the Miamisburg business community,” said Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church, Jr. “UNITED GRINDING is an organization set for growth and fosters a strong business model, all positive additions to our local community.”

Currently, UNITED GRINDING North America has two locations, its headquarters in Miamisburg and one in Fredericksburg, Virgina. While the Ohio facility houses surface, cylindrical and profile grinding business, the Virginia facility services the tool and cutter grinding machines and measurement systems sectors. Field service representatives are based out of both locations.

“The consolidation of resources is a strategic move to increase efficiency companywide and support synergy across UNITED GRINDING’s various product lines,” said Rodger Pinney, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at UNITED GRINDING North America. “The move is a key component of our new corporate strategy for continued growth and market share strength that we introduced in 2012.”

The new facility will be certified for both Six Sigma and 5S and will align perfectly with the company’s PuLs® initiative. As an internal cross-function initiative, PuLs® focuses on applying best practices in every aspect of the company’s business from sales to applications support to training and preventive maintenance. It also involves the company regularly sending out surveys to effectively gauge customer satisfaction levels via the Net Promoter Score® measuring method.

Published in United Grinding

Additive Manufacturing’s premiere brands and most innovative minds will gather in Dayton, Ohio on September 20-22, 2016 to accelerate the development and design of manufacturing’s revolution.

The Additive Manufacturing Industry Summit (AMIS) will be held t​his September 20-22nd and offers a 3-day event dedicated to demonstrating the power of this growing technology for real-world applications and the immediate and long term benefits it promises for businesses.

Additive Manufacturing experts will gather to discuss evolving this technology beyond prototyping and modeling and into production-ready applications.

This year’s event focuses on the work being done in Defense, Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial arenas, offering in-depth workshops, targeted case studies, and the best minds in AM.

Taking place in Dayton, the heart of defense, aerospace, aviation, and traditional manufacturing, AMIS offers the unique opportunity to meet the best minds, but also witness t​he work being done first hand.

AMIS includes 25+ presentations on 3D printing and additive manufacturing from companies including Catepillar, Autodesk, Concept Laser, and Cincinnati, Inc.

Speakers Include:

  • John Murray - CEO, Concept Laser
  • Stacey DelVecchio - AM Product Manager, Caterpillar
  • Shannon VanDeren - Senior Product Manager, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting
  • J. Brian Stitt - Senior Program Manager, University of Dayton Research Institute
  • Dr. Larry Dosser - Senior Fellow for Technology Advancement, Wright State University
  • Chris Collins - CTO, Tangible Solutions
  • Adam Clark - Chief Strategy Officer, Tangible Solutions
  • Dr. Josh Deaton - Topology Optimization Engineer, Adjoint Technologies
  • Mike Lander - Senior Scientist, Materials & Manufacturing, UTC
  • Ginger Ruddy - Strategic Account Consultant, 3D Vision Technologies
  • Jeremy Marvin - Applications Manager, 3D Vision Technologies
  • Fred Herman - Manager, Engineering and Technical Services SHEPRA Engineering
  • Greg Loughnune - Adjunct Instructor, Engineering Technology Dept, University of Dayton
  • Marcus Miller - Engineer, Skyward, Ltd.
  • Brian Dow - Executive Director, Investment Banking, Mooreland Partners
  • Charlie Fox - Principal Engineer, Tangible Solutions
  • Rick Neff - BAAM Sales Manager, Cincinnati Inc.
  • Shane Fox - Product Manager Medical, Autodesk
  • Rob Stipek - 3D Printing Marketing Specialist, Fisher Unitech
  • Roger Gilcrest - Partner, Ice Miller LLP
  • James Earle - Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, Local Motors
  • Rachel Muhlbauer - Program Manager: Additive Manufacturing & Aerospace Materials Engineer, Tethers Unlimited, Inc.

Past event attendees have said:

  • "​This event was just the right mix of technical, business, and legal subjects of Additive Manufacturing." - G​erard Nanni, M​anager, Supply Chain, Bell Helicopter Textron
  • "The summit had an interesting mix of individuals attending - people from the medical sciences to equipment suppliers and legal knowledge. A very nice mix of information." - Tim Womer, P​resident, TWWomer & Associates
  • “Intimate gathering of well-informed professionals. Different than other 3D shows I have attended. Will definitely attend again in 2016."  - W​inthrop Sheldon, SLM Solutions NA

For more information or to register, visit: www.amisummit.com/dayton-2016

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The 28th Annual National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016. The conference will be followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 20, 2016.

The two events will be held at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. Registration has now opened for both events and agendas are in process.

The events will see speaker representatives from industry leaders from across the world including Rockwell Automation, Boeing, Flextronics, Honda and Procter & Gamble.

“Robot safety and collaborative robot interest are at an all-time high, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it”, says Jeff Bernstein, President of Association for Advancing Automation, the umbrella company of RIA. “With our National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop we are able to provide the industry with important updates in robot safety and knowledge on how to work with collaborative applications. This is essential information for any and all organizations using robotics today.”

Innovation, invention and ingenuity return to Cleveland’s IX Center from April 26-28 as Ceramics Expo 2016 makes its return to Ohio.

Industry leaders from the U.S. and beyond will be gathering at this manufacturing meeting of the minds as manufacturers see up-close and first-hand the latest technologies in industrial ceramics. Over 275 of the industry’s best-recognized companies will be on-hand as exhibitors and a host of impressive industry spokespersons reveal products that are available now as well as those in the planning stages for the future.

“We were excited about the outpouring of interest at last year’s expo and are even more impressed with the enthusiastic response to this year’s event,” Event Director Adam Moore says.  In fact, Ceramics Expo 2015 attracted over 2,100 manufacturing industry professionals. Moore is anticipating attendance will exceed 3,500 this year. Ceramics Expo 2016 passes are free exclusively to manufacturing industry professionals.

Exhibitors and topics at Ceramics Expo 2016 include:

  • A successful collaboration between U.S.-based Direxa Engineering and France’s Ceritherm designed to address the shortcomings of tunnel and roller hearth kilns
  • Nutec Bickley showcasing its fuel efficient and flexible tunnel and shuttle kilns for ceramics
  • Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials, a pioneer in advanced material solutions, featuring a range of boron-nitride products
  • Profiles of advanced milling technology for fully sintered ceramics
  • Real-time testing of a variety of innovative operations created by Fritsch Milling & Sizing, Hitachi, Microtrac and Nanoscience Instruments
  • The introduction of 3D printing methodologies devised by Schunk Carbon Technology
  • A presentation of the latest addition to Ceramco’s high-volume power injection molding offerings
  • Showcasing Swiss innovator Ceramdis Advanced Ceramics’ CeSinit high quality, silicon nitride product
  • Exhibiting Gasbarre Products high speed powder compacting press

Ceramics Expo 2016 will be attended by technical leaders, production directors, engineers, project leaders, buyers, researchers, academics and senior executives interested in exploring the latest ceramic manufacturing innovations. Both the expo and conference are free to attend and open to the public.

For more information or to register, visit: www.ceramicsexpousa.com

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Cleveland, Ohio reinforces its top spot in manufacturing with the return of the highly successful Ceramics Expo, April 26-28, 2016 at the I-X Center.

After experiencing considerable success with its debut last year, Ceramics Expo has established a reputation as a top forum for innovators in the sector and is recognized as a leading showcase for all raw materials, equipment, machinery and technology used within ceramics manufacturing. This year, the Expo has nearly doubled in size, covering an area of 95,000 square feet, increasing exhibitors from 140 to over 250 and boosting visitor numbers by over 70 percent from last year. (Approximately 2,100 visitors attended last year; 3,600 are anticipated this year.)

“This year, the City of Cleveland welcomes Ceramics Expo, which provides a good opportunity for manufacturers from over 25 countries to show their products while experiencing our growing manufacturing hub,” says City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The Mayor is scheduled to welcome delegates to Ceramics Expo 2016.

Event Director Adam Moore says that he has received tremendous worldwide support for the Expo emphasizing that “it will not only impact hotels, catering, entertainment and transit in a big way but with the manufacturing and research relationships fostered by the event, business dollars will continue to flow into Cleveland and surrounding areas.”

On-hand to lead sessions will be a Who’s Who line-up of industry leaders including: James M. Free, Director, NASA Glenn Research Center; Don Bray, Vice President, Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials; Dr. Charles Compson, Global Technical Director, Almatis Inc.; Doug Freitag, Technical Director US, Advanced Ceramics Association; Dr. Johannes Homa, CEO, Lithoz; Dr. Tracy Albers, President/CTO, Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing; Guillaume de Calan, CEO, Nanoe and Ralph Ruark, President, Swindell Dressler.

Exhibitors representing the U.S. and other countries will showcase the latest in ceramic and ceramic-related technologies in an application-centered environment. Scheduled exhibitors include CoorsTek, Morgan Advanced Materials, SolidCAM, G.W. Schulz, Saint-Gobain, Schunk, Ferro, Denka, CeramTec, McDanel, Direxa, Ceritherm, Imerys, Kerneos and more.

Ceramics Expo 2016 will be attended by technical leaders, production directors, engineers, project leaders, buyers, researchers, academics and senior executives interested in exploring the latest ceramic manufacturing innovations. Both the expo and conference are free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, visit: www.ceramicsexpousa.com

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Manufacturers in search of the latest grinding technology, techniques and turnkey solutions to increase their competitive advantage will find everything they need at the UNITED GRINDING Universe Event, taking place September 16 and 17 at the company's North American headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio.

Throughout the symposium-style event, UNITED GRINDING will use advanced machines from its STUDER, BLOHM, WALTER and EWAG lines to demonstrate how ID/OD, match, creep feed, centerless, radius, universal and other modern grinding techniques can improve productivity and boost part quality. Among these machines are the new STUDER S151, a universal internal cylindrical grinding machine, and the new BLOHM PROFIMAT MT, a high-performance production grinding machine. The company will also showcase an advanced automation cell to demonstrate the use of its machines in lights-out manufacturing.

Application engineers will be available during the more than 16 technology demonstrations to answer questions and discuss how new developments in surface and profile, cylindrical and tool grinding can produce precision parts at the best possible value. Supplementary technical lectures will follow these demonstrations so attendees can further explore the new grinding frontier.

Other key topics of discussions at the event will include how in-process and post-process gauging, automation, software, coolant, abrasive technology and preventive maintenance play important roles in optimizing the overall grinding process.

Furthermore, attendees can leverage the diverse experience of the UNITED GRINDING staff to find the best grinding strategy for growing and/or optimizing their unique operations. Company representatives available during the event will include applications engineers, customer care representatives, executive team members as well as experts who represent each of the UNITED GRINDING brands in Europe.

Several ancillary grinding machine suppliers will also be on hand to share technology advancements within their respective areas and how they relate to UNITED GRINDING equipment.

According to Terry Derrico, president and CEO of United Grinding North America, Inc., the UNITED GRINDING Universe Event is a great opportunity for any company that wants to reshore or grow their business in the highly competitive global marketplace. “Our event will be this year’s primary source for all things grinding. And those who attend will leave having complete knowledge of the latest grinding technologies and techniques for improved productivity and profitability.”

As part of the UNITED GRINDING Universe Event, the company will host a special evening event at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on September 16 for those who wish to further network with peers. The evening’s agenda will include dinner, entertainment and a special guest speaker from the world of space travel.

For more information, visit: www.grinding.com/universe

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Sigma Labs announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture company with Cincinnati-based Arete Innovative Solutions LLC. The new entity, Arete-Sigma LLC, will be a comprehensive metal solutions provider for the additive manufacturing market. The joint venture will offer a full suite of services from design through prototyping and manufacturing of high precision metal components.

"This is an exciting development for Sigma Labs which I believe will accelerate the Company's growth prospects going forward," said Mark Cola, President and CEO of Sigma Labs. "The joint venture will bring unique manufacturing competencies and capabilities within the metal AM space together under one roof -- giving us the ability to offer clients design, process control, and quality assurance solutions not found anywhere else. It is also a means for Sigma Labs to conduct ongoing applications research in a representative market setting. The entity is dedicated to providing potential customers with access to the full benefits of additive manufacturing, and we expect to capitalize on increasing demand in the area while making it easier for adoption of metal AM in real-world applications. I couldn't be happier in having it led by Bill Herman, who brings both design experience and operational expertise from his time at Morris Technologies, previously the premier service provider in the AM metal space."

"We're thrilled to be working with a leader in AM quality assurance such as Sigma Labs," added Bill Herman, President of Arete Innovative Solutions. "Arete and Sigma Labs view the 3D metal printing space as poised for significant growth over the coming decades but also in need of a new approach to both educating customers and making AM a compelling value proposition. Bringing our two companies together is a sensible way to attract new clients and expand the industry by making AM applications more easily understood, implemented, and utilized for large-scale production. We look forward to a long relationship in addressing this very important market going forward."

Arete is led by Bill Herman, formerly Vice President of Operations for Morris Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by GE Aviation in 2012. At the time of its acquisition, Morris Technologies was the premier service bureau provider in North America for metal AM parts. Mr. Herman's expertise includes design for AM, a critical first step necessary for companies hoping to tap into the metal AM process. He will be President of the Arete-Sigma LLC joint venture.

For more information, visit: www.areteisllc.com

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The Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, are preparing to launch a $100k technology startup competition called, “AMPED.” The competition has a focus on additive manufacturing, but contestants are also encouraged to submit business ideas related to business-to-business software and information technology.

Entrepreneurs, students and technology innovators from across the nation will have the opportunity to compete for up to $100,000 of investment funding and up to a $50,000 of in-kind professional services offered though the Youngstown Business Incubator. AMPED is not a traditional business competition in which cash prizes are handed out to the winners. Rather, it’s an investment opportunity for credible entrepreneurs looking to grow their early-stage start-up. Prize money will only be awarded to the team or teams that display strong business and technical acumen and have a viable business idea that can be taken to market. In order for finalists of the competition to be eligible to receive investment prizes, they must live or relocate in northeast Ohio.

From July 1 to August 14, 2015, contestants will be able submit their ideas via the third party business competition website, PitchBurner. Once all submissions have been reviewed, YBI will invite up to seven finalists to advance to the final round in Youngstown to present their ideas in front of a panel of experienced judges on November 2, 2015. The winning team or teams will then join YBI as a Portfolio Company where they will work toward taking their idea from an early stage start-up to a scalable business.

The University Business Incubator Index from Stockholm, Sweden recognized the Youngstown Business Incubator as the No. 1 University Affiliated Business Incubator in the world in September 2015. The UBI index global benchmark of business incubators includes most of the top universities in the world, notably Stanford, UC Berkley, Cornell, etc. In this context, YBI performs much better than its peers at top universities.

Located in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the flagship institute for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure. America Makes houses the research management team, as well as a 3D printing demonstration facility.

For more information, visit: www.ybi.org/amped

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NineSigma will hold its Innovation Leadership Summit, May 14-16, 2014 at the Global Center for Health Innovation, in Cleveland Ohio.

This is the premier industry event for leading innovators and organizations committed to breakthrough achievements through open innovation. Participants will learn how world-changing innovation is often catalyzed through unobvious connections, across disciplines and even across industries.

NineSigma clients, thought leaders and invited guests in sectors including manufacturing, oil and gas, medical and consumer products will share how they’ve been successful using Open Innovation (OI) strategies to accelerate the innovation process and increase efficiency. Key themes that will be explored in round-table discussions, case studies and distinctive interactive activities include:

  • Creating a Sustainable Innovation Portfolio
  • Creative & Advanced Manufacturing
  • Becoming a Partner of Choice
  • The Innovation Team of the Future
  • Innovation Grand Challenges
  • Big Data

Leaders in competitive global markets don’t always follow the pack. They know how to innovate fearlessly – and with an OI strategy in place they confidently go where others haven’t. This is how they’re staying ahead of the game. An intimate conference setting will enable innovation leaders to build a community of practice, share approaches, and develop new collaborative models together while focusing on actionable strategies that can be applied within their own business. NineSigma CEO, Andy Zynga said, “With each event we try to push the envelope by uncovering new thinking on using open innovation to grow and expand competitive advantage. In this challenging global environment, maximizing value from open innovation is vital.”

“This event is a must-attend for innovation leaders in every industry. It provides a great environment for attendees to share experiences, and opportunities to establish foundations for future innovation and collaboration. Each time, I come away with fresh perspectives, valuable insights and actionable information that helps my organization stay on top of our game,” said Fred Boekhorst, Senior Vice President Philips Research, Program Manager Lifestyle, Philips.

“My first NineSigma Leadership Summit in 2012 was a highlight of my year and well worth the trip from Sydney, Australia. Not only were we able to meet with the organization that assisted us significantly in identifying new food processing technologies, we were able to do real networking. It was great to do this across industries rather than just in our industry. We have so much to learn from parallel industry partners. Since this Summit we have met with several of the new contacts we made there to discuss mutually beneficial business. In fact, one contact lead us to a significant open innovation solution that will probably revolutionize our products over the coming decade,” said John Menzies, SDI Research & Development Manager - Open Innovation, Sanitarium.

At the 2014 Summit attendees will hear from innovation leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Harper Reed, CTO for Obama for America, will give a closing Keynote address. John Nottingham, President of Nottingham Spirk, the conference’s platinum sponsor, will give a presentation on creative manufacturing together with Dr. Robert Godfroid from PepsiCo. Dr. Scott Bruder, Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, Stryker Corporation will share a presentation on creating a sustainable innovation portfolio in the evolving medical device sector. Three leaders from the largest oil and gas companies will share insights and new approaches to using open innovation in that sector. Jodi Berg, CEO of Cleveland-based Vitamix, will address her company’s explosive growth and the role innovation has played. These are just a few topics that Summit participants will delve into. For more information and to download an agenda, visit www.ninesigma.com/ExpectTheUnexpected.

For more information, visit: www.ninesigma.com/news-and-events/ninesigma-innovation-summit

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Competitions are being launched to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies – Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.  To build off the initial success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, the President announced in the State of the Union that his administration would move forward and launch three new manufacturing innovation institutes this year.

The President’s manufacturing agenda starts with his vision for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).  The President’s FY14 Budget includes a $1 billion investment at the Department of Commerce to create the NNMI, a model based on approaches that that other countries have successfully deployed.  Each institute would serve as a regional hub designed to bridge the gap between basic research and product development, bringing together companies, universities and community colleges, and Federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S.  This type of innovation infrastructure provides a unique ‘teaching factory’ that allows for education and training of students and workers at all levels, while providing the shared assets to help companies, most importantly small manufacturers, access the cutting-edge capabilities and equipment to design, test, and pilot new products and manufacturing processes.

The Department of Defense will lead two of the new Institutes, focused on “Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation” and “Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing”, and the Department of Energy will be leading one new institute on “Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing”.  

All three institutes will be selected through an open, competitive process, led by the Departments of Energy and Defense, with review from a multi-agency team of technical experts.  Winning teams will be selected and announced later this year.  Federal funds will be matched by industry co-investment, support from state and local governments, and other sources.  Like the pilot institute, these Institutes are expected to become financially self-sustaining, and the plan to achieve this objective will be a critical evaluation criterion in the selection process.  DOD and DOE are opening the competition for the three new institutes immediately.

Technology Areas for New Institutes:

Consistent with existing authority, Federal agencies have selected technology areas that have broad commercial applications but meet critical mission needs.  The selected technology areas also build off existing multi-agency priority initiatives like the Materials Genome Initiative.  The three topic areas are:

  • Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation: Advanced design and manufacturing tools that are digitally integrated and networked with supply chains can lead to  'factories of the future' forming an agile U.S. industrial base with significant speed to market advantage. A national institute focusing on the development of novel model-based design methodologies, virtual manufacturing tools, and sensor and robotics based manufacturing networks will accelerate the innovation in digital manufacturing increasing U.S. competitiveness.

  • Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing: Advanced lightweight metals possess mechanical and electrical properties comparable to traditional materials while enabling much lighter components and products. A national institute will make the U.S. more competitive by scaling-up research to accelerate market expansion for products such as wind turbines, medical devices, engines, armored combat vehicles, and airframes, and lead to significant reductions in manufacturing and energy costs.

  • Next Generation Power Electronics: Wide bandgap semiconductor based power electronic devices represent the next major platform beyond the silicon based devices that have driven major technological advances in our economy over the last several decades.  Wide bandgap technology will enable dramatically more compact and efficient power electronic devices for electric vehicles, renewable power interconnection, industrial-scale variable speed drive motors and a smarter more flexible grid; in addition to high-performance defense applications (e.g. reducing the size of a sub-station to a suit case).

Pilot Institute

In August 2012, the Administration announced the winner of an initial $30 million Federal award to create a pilot institute, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).  Headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII consists of a consortium of manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations primarily from the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia ‘Tech Belt’.  NAMII was selected from amongst twelve teams from around the country that applied for the award.  The members of NAMII will co-invest $40 million against the initial Federal award.

For more information, visit: www.manufacturing.gov

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NineSigma, Inc., of Cleveland, the leading innovation partner to organizations worldwide, announced today they will work with Cincinnati, OH-based AtriCure, Inc. under the new Ohio Third Frontier Open Innovation Incentive (OII) Program. In August, NineSigma was selected by the State of Ohio to help catalyze the growth of middle market companies, with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion, by accelerating their adoption of open innovation. The Ohio Third Frontier OII is aimed at fostering collaborative innovation that will lead to job creation within Ohio and build competitive advantage on the national and global level.

AtriCure, Inc. is a growing medical device company with a strong presence in atrial fibrillation (AF). They are a leader in developing, manufacturing and selling innovative cardiac surgical ablation systems. These systems are designed to create precise lesions, or scars, in heart tissue for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. AF is the most common irregular heartbeat and is characterized by palpitations, dizziness and shortness of breath.
“Atrial fibrillation affects more than 5.5 million people worldwide and carries with it a five-fold increased risk of stroke. We look forward to beginning our work with the team at AtriCure to help them find best-in-class partners and technologies globally that will advance their cardiac surgical solutions and ability to treat this pervasive condition,” said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma.

Open innovation involves “looking to the outside” for technologies, solutions, and ideas to accelerate the development of new products and increase speed to market. Through the Open Innovation Incentive, NineSigma will work closely with solution seekers to create custom networks of innovation providers to find viable solutions, filtering responses for their quality and fit. The State will assist solution seekers by funding a portion of the transactional costs of engaging an open innovation company.

NineSigma connects organizations with external innovation resources to accelerate innovation in private, public and social sectors. The company provides open innovation services to organizations worldwide, including Kraft, Philips, Siemens, and Unilever, to solve immediate challenges, integrate new knowledge, fill product pipelines, and stay ahead of the competition. Named to the 2012 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private U.S. companies, NineSigma’s proprietary process has produced billions of dollars in value for its clients. NineSigma has the largest open global network of solution providers and an extensive database of existing solutions spanning numerous industries and technical disciplines. NineSigma’s online innovation community, NineSights™, is the world’s first open innovation social media destination, connecting innovators of all sizes with resources and relationships to drive growth.

For more information, visit: www.ninesigma.com or www.ninesights.com

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NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, held its open house and official ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday at the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) Annex, to an outpouring of industry and community support from a crowd of more than 200 in attendance.

“NAMII’s opening ceremony was a resounding success. The implications of NAMII’s award and opening in this time and place are enormously significant and far reaching not only for the additive manufacturing sector and the manufacturing industry as a whole, but also for the community of Youngstown, the Tech Belt region of the Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia, and our nation,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and Acting Director for NAMII. “It is a game changer. With NAMII leading and fostering an unprecedented level of industry collaboration, the additive manufacturing sector is poised to revolutionize theU.S.manufacturing industry.

“Additive manufacturing technology has the capability to dramatically transform the way we make things,” Resnick continued. “Unlike traditional manufacturing methods that subtract material to make parts, additive manufacturing essentially grows parts. We are on the cusp growing the U.S. manufacturing industry into a dominant economic force and it started right here in Youngstown with the official opening of NAMII.”

In her opening remarks at the ceremony, Barb Ewing, YBI Chief Operating Officer, echoed this sentiment, saying “At its most fundamental level, the goal of this program is to restore American manufacturing to its predominant position in the world’s economy and to rebuild our industrial base and create quality jobs for our future.”

Ms. Ewing emceed the open house and ribbon-cutting event and in addition to Mr. Resnick, speakers at the NAMII opening included U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (OH-17); U.S. Representative Jason Altmire (PA-4); and T. Sharon Woodberry, City of Youngstown Economic Development Director. Also in attendance to represent NAMII member, Youngstown State University (YSU), and participate in the ribbon cutting was Dr. Cynthia Anderson, President of YSU.

Congressmen Ryan and Altmire were the co-founders of the Cleveland to Pittsburgh Tech Belt Initiative. Congressman Ryan also secured funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for NAMII. Ms. Woodberry worked tirelessly with YBI and NAMII on behalf of the City of Youngstown and Youngstown City Council to secure community support to bring NAMII to the city and funding for building renovations. Additional funding for the renovations was provided through a collaboration between YSU and Ohio Department of Administrative Services, as well as the Youngstown Foundation.

“We look forward to the all-hands meeting and are very excited to get down to business and build on the positive momentum of the open house event,” said Mr. Resnick.

NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII is the pilot institute for the newly established National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). NAMII is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

For more information, visit: www.namii.org

Photo Credit: National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)

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Republic Steel announced it will invest $85.2 million in an electric arc furnace and associated equipment at its steelmaking facility in Lorain, Ohio, to meet growing customer demand for the company's SBQ steel. The location was chosen for its proximity to customers and its skilled workforce.

The announcement was made at the site by Republic Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Vigil, and is subject to finalization and ratification of a new labor agreement with the United Steelworkers. It is estimated that the project will bring 449 new jobs and more than $1 billion dollars in annual economic activity to Ohio. The existing 489 jobs at the Lorain facility will be retained.

"This investment in our Lorain plant will help Republic Steel maintain its position as the industry leader in SBQ manufacturing," Vigil said. "The additional capacity created by the new furnace will allow us more flexibility and efficiency in delivering the highly engineered products our customers require."

On hand for the announcement were Ohio Governor John Kasich and local dignitaries showing support for the project's role in bringing jobs and prosperity to Lorain and positioning the state of Ohio to be a leader in tomorrow's economy.

The new furnace is expected to increase the company's steel production by one million tons annually and will account for Lorain's first significant growth in steelmaking in the 21st century. It will also enable production of bloom cast for the production of SBQ bar and the production of seamless tube rounds.

Construction of the electric arc furnace is scheduled to begin in 2012 and be complete in mid 2013.

Established in 1886, Republic Steel is celebrating its 125th anniversary as the leader in SBQ manufacturing and providing continuous service to its customers. The company makes and sells more SBQ than any other company. Republic Steel was acquired in July 2005 by Industrias CH, S.A de C.V. (ICH), a rapidly growing steel producer and processor based in Mexico City. The company's strategic alliance with ICH helps strengthen its relationships with customers expanding in Mexico and South America. Since 2005, ICH has invested more than $600 million into Republic Steel to maintain the company's position as the forefront of the SBQ industry.

For more information, visit: www.republicsteel.com

Published in Republic Steel

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. and AccuteX EDM officially opened the doors of its new 44,000 sq. ft. Technical Center in Mason, Ohio with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. About 200 well-wishers comprised of customers, employees, machine tool partners, distributors, suppliers, and city, state, and federal officials, witnessed the jubilant event. Pictured from left to right are: Courtney Ortner, Gertrude Whitaker – District Director for Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, Steve Ortner – President of Absolute Machine Tools Inc., Ray Liang, President of AccuteX EDM, and Don Prince – Mayor of Mason, Ohio.

“I'm grateful and thankful to be standing here today”, said Steve Ortner. “When this company started in 1988 in half of a two car garage in Elyria, Ohio with two people, and one of them was me, I never dreamed I'd be standing here today in front of this magnificent facility. While I would like to take credit for all of this, I did the easy part; I just wrote the checks. A company is only as good as its people. I am blessed to have a wonderful group of over 40 of the hardest-working, most dedicated people on the planet. Without them, we wouldn't be here today.” Mr. Ortner also thanked the city of Mason, the company’s international partners AccuteX Technologies, Tongtai Machine and Tool Co., Ltd., Johnford Roundtop Machinery Industries Co., Ltd., and You Ji Machine and Industrial Co., Ltd. Several representatives from those companies travelled from Taiwan to participate in the Grand Opening.

The event also included remarks by the Mayor of Mason, Don Prince, who formally welcomed the companies and their employees to the city. Mrs. Ortner read a proclamation delivered by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor. She also read a welcoming letter from State Senator Shannon Jones. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, representing the 2nd District of Ohio also prepared a certificate for the companies, which was presented by Gertrude Whitaker, District Director. A festive Oktoberfest and Open House followed the ceremony.

For more information, visit: www.absolutemachine.com or www.accutexedm.com

Published in Absolute Machine Tools

Optomec® announced today that the Company will showcase its Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS®)and Aerosol Jet®Deposition systems at the MS&T (Materials Science and Technology) conference from October 16-20, 2011 at the Columbus Convention Center in Ohio. Optomec will be located in booth # 731.

This year’s MS&T Conference will feature an international program sponsored by the five leading materials engineering societies: ACerS, AIST, ASM, TMS and NACE.  Attendees will have access to a comprehensive technical program that represents critical areas in materials science and engineering. The program spans materials activities that encompass fundamental research, technological innovations and solutions, and education, across a diverse set of topics including Biomaterial Technology, Ceramic and Glass Materials, Electronic and Magnetic Materials, Environmental and Energy Issues, and Fundamentals and Characterization.

Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS Product Manager for Optomec, will present on three different topics: 1) Initial Developments in Monitoring and Modeling of Laser Additive Manufacturing with Titanium; 2) Control and Monitoring of Laser Deposition Processes; and 3) Mechanical Property Design Using Laser Engineered Net Shaping.  Dr. Grylls will also explain how the LENS MR-7 system has been specially designed for the material researcher to rapidly produce novel alloys and metallic devices with exceptional quality. It is an ideal system for materials research, rapid alloy discovery, process development, solidification and materials processing research.

Additionally, Mike O’Reilly, Aerosol Jet Product Manager will give a presentation titled "Aerosol Jet Material Deposition for High Resolution Printed Electronic Applications”.  Mr. O’Reilly will explain how Aerosol Jet systems have the unique ability to produce a wide range of electronic, and biological patterns onto almost any substrate. The proprietary process, which is completely different from ink jet, utilizes aerodynamic focusing to precisely deliver fluid and nano-material formulations that as required can be optionally post-treated with a highly focused laser or other sintering methods. The resulting patterns can have features that are less than 10 microns wide, with layer thicknesses from 10's of nanometers to several microns.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Solar, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet printed electronics technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of more than 100 users that includes many industry-leading manufacturers.

For more information, visit: www.matscitech.org or www.optomec.com

Published in Optomec

FISHER/UNITECH, leading reseller of SolidWorks® 3D design software and Stratasys 3D printers and rapid prototyping equipment, will exhibit at the upcoming Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Show (AMTS) in Dayton, Ohio. The show runs October 19-20 and is being held at the Dayton Airport Expo Center.

In Booth #524, FISHER/UNITECH will demonstrate how the SolidWorks family of design products allows you to focus on innovation, while increasing productivity and improving collaboration, all at a low cost of ownership. SolidWorks offers solutions for 3D CAD, Design Validation, Product Data Management, and Documentation.

Also on display will be the Dimension uPrint Personal 3D Printer from Stratasys. uPrint is compact enough to fit on a desktop, simple enough for no-hassle setup and operation and best of all, affordable for most users, regardless of profession or office size. uPrint models are printed using production-grade ABS plastic and are tough enough for functional testing. Models can be drilled, machined, sanded, painted and even chrome-plated. They are ideal for proof of concept, functional testing, product mock-ups, and even making jigs, fixtures and vacuum forming molds.

AMTS is the region’s premier manufacturing and technology show, encompassing 30,000 square feet of exhibit space. The 2010 show featured over 100 exhibitors and drew over 2,300 attendees. Show hours are 10:00 am – 8:00 pm both days of the show, October 19th and 20th.

For more information, visit: www.daytonamts.com


It's said that most startups fail within five years. Still, the possibility - or experience - of failure doesn't stop approximately 600,000 entrepreneurs from starting new businesses every year in the United States. Yet, while many will fail, many others will succeed. To succeed, entrepreneurs must find a location that balances access to resources and low overhead costs for a higher chance of business success.

"For entrepreneurs, every dollar is a precious commodity," said Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state of Ohio for capital investment. "The more investment capital that actually makes it to product development and commercialization, the greater the probability of success."

Executives of GhostBlind Industries, in Marietta, and Cerner Resource Systems, in New Concord, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Kent State University, in Kent, are living their entrepreneurial dreams in Ohio's Enterprise Appalachia. The region's unique set of successful business opportunities enabled them to turn their ideas for business success into growing companies.

Every entrepreneur wants to select the right location to start and grow their business. But, the choice isn't always obvious, and often the default is to simply start where you are currently located instead of looking for an ideal location. Choosing a business location is an important strategic choice, one that should be based upon a thorough consideration of established criteria and relevant data.

Ohio's Enterprise Appalachia offers the ideal site selection criteria for small businesses to thrive, from access to funding and finding a considerable knowledge base to leveraging supply chain resources and reaching key markets. This is evidenced by the surge of successful start-up companies who have put the state's abundant entrepreneurial resources into action.

Founded by hunting enthusiasts Chet Burdette and Kevin Pottmeyer, GhostBlind's signature hunting blinds utilize lightweight, reflective panels to create a foolproof camouflage in any landscape. Based on its potential to attract a large market, create jobs and contribute to the regional economy, GhostBlind Industries was a prime candidate for support from TechGROWTH Ohio, which provides business advisory services, competitive grant support and seed-stage investment capital to technology companies and entrepreneurs in Southeast Ohio.

According to Burdette, TechGROWTH Ohio has been instrumental in accelerating GhostBlind's growth over the past two years. Within the past year, the company has taken on nearly 300 dealers in the U.S., such as Cabela's, and abroad - some as far as Australia and New Zealand, noted Pottmeyer.

"They have turned an innovative idea into a high-growth business," said TechGROWTH Ohio Director John Glazer. "They embody the spirit of entrepreneurialism in the Southeast Ohio region."

This is one example of regional venture capital and financial support found in Enterprise Appalachia. Entrepreneurs locating in the region benefit from regional venture capital and financial support that meets the needs of all businesses, from start-up businesses to gazelle high growth companies.

Ohio's Enterprise Appalachian region is home to 25 institutions of higher education, including seven four-year universities and colleges and 18 two-year colleges. Not only do these institutions provide knowledge and expertise to entrepreneurs, but contribute to a knowledgeable workforce ready to help companies grow.

Entrepreneurs Greg Adams and Larry Triplett recognized a need for data processing services and leveraged small business support services in Appalachian Ohio to found Resource Systems. Now with more than 80 employees, Resource Systems caters to more than 3,500 nursing homes nationwide. Inc. magazine has named it one of the nation's fastest growing private companies. In May 2011, Resource Systems merged with Cerner Corporation, now Cerner Resource Systems.

"There are so many benefits to being located in Appalachian Ohio. We're in a nice setting overlooking town, and we have a strong internship program with Muskingham University," said Triplett, managing director of Cerner Resource Systems. "People are attracted to work for us because of where we are, and they make New Concord their home. Once they come, they stay. Our turnover is nearly zero."

In addition, Enterprise Appalachia's location and tax structure, along with easy access to supply chains and key markets, makes it cost effective for entrepreneurs to serve customers in North America and around the globe. A recent report by the Quantitative Economics and Statistics Practices (QUEST) of Ernst & Young in conjunction with the Council On State Taxation (COST) ranks Ohio as third in the nation for friendliest tax environment.

Youngstown, Ohio native Craig Zamary, now entrepreneur in residence at Kent State University, believes Ohio's Enterprise Appalachia offers a work-life balance for business owners, their employees and their families available nowhere else. He is teaching Kent State students what he learned from starting and selling two companies and helping to build the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

"Being able to launch and sell two successful companies and still be there for my wife and children, never missing out on any of the important moments, has been vitally important to me," Zamary said. "Locating your business in Ohio provides you an opportunity to have a life in perfect balance."

"Creating a successful business is a time consuming job. In the Enterprise Appalachia Region, it is easy to travel to and from work without having to deal with the stress of a long commute," Burghard said. "Locating your business in Enterprise Appalachia affords you the gift of time. You can meet the demands of creating a successful entrepreneurial venture without sacrificing your life in the process. It provides you an opportunity to have a life in perfect balance."

For more information, visit: www.ohiomeansbusiness.com

FISHER/UNITECH, a provider of product lifecycle management solutions and leading SolidWorks reseller, today announced the grand opening of its new office space in Cincinnati, Ohio, in support of the company’s growing customer base.

“We are thrilled with our new space in Cincinnati, Ohio, that more than doubles what we had in Dayton,” said Tom Miller, Director of Sales at FISHER/UNITECH. “This move positions our team to deliver better service to our customers in Southwest Ohio and Kentucky.”

FISHER/UNITECH’s new office boasts 2,500 square feet and is located at 11260 Chester Road, on the sixth floor of the Spectrum Office Tower at the junction of I-75 and I-275. The state-of-the-art training room can accommodate up to ten students for SolidWorks 3D CAD classes.

A Grand Opening event is planned for Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, and will run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Prospects and customers alike are invited to meet local FISHER/UNITECH and SolidWorks staff, test drive SolidWorks 3D CAD, SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM or 3DVIA Composer software and grab a bite to eat. Product presentations will be available as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with current customers to learn more about local successes working with SolidWorks products and FISHER/UNITECH. Details and online registration for the Grand Opening event can be found on FISHER/UNITECH’s website.

FISHER/UNITECH, established in 1993, provides Product Lifecycle Management solutions to discrete manufacturing companies. The company's focus is on process improvement for product development. Process improvement is obtained through the integration of advanced software solutions to replace legacy systems. The applications are focused on design, engineering and manufacturing. Professional services are offered for design automation and data management which provides customers with a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems. The company offers advanced web-based delivery of education programs with its interactive, instructor-led 3DU.

For more information, visit: www.funtech.com


America has long been a worker's state. With deft hands and hard muscle, skilled workers transformed inventions – from airplanes to automobiles – into products in high demand across the U.S. and around the globe. Manufacturing revenues rippled through the economy to create unparalleled prosperity. As the last century waned, however, it seemed the day of the worker was coming to an end.

Though manufacturing nationwide is recovering from the recession, manufacturing production is expected to hit all-time highs in 2011 and 2012, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

According to Ball State University's annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, Ohio is one of only two states to earn both an "A" grade in manufacturing and logistics. Indiana also earned an "A" grade in both industries.

The manufacturing rating is based on total income earned by manufacturing employees in a given state, the wage premium received by manufacturing employees relative to those of other states and the per capita share of manufacturing employment. The logistics rating is based on the share of total logistics industry income as a share of total state income and the employment per capita. These data are collected from the U.S. Department of the Census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Information System and the Center for Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ohio aims to leverage its strengths in manufacturing and logistics to be known as a global leader that offers manufacturing companies an ideal environment to maximize ROI with industry expertise, a business-friendly climate, a well-educated workforce and a strong supply chain to get products to market.

"As globalization, technology and innovation reshape our economy, some of the greatest opportunities for economic growth in Ohio lie in manufacturing," said Daniel Berry, president and CEO of the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, a Cleveland-based economic development group aimed at helping manufacturers in Ohio become more competitive and grow.

"We are looking for opportunities to build on the strengths of our industrial heritage that's highlighted in the Ball State University report by connecting these capabilities with future manufacturing needs in technology-driven growth clusters like materials, advanced energy, materials and aerospace," Berry added.

The global marketplace and recent recession have forever changed the manufacturing landscape, distributing manufacturing employment into second- and third-world economies. Despite these changes and resulting challenges, Ohio's strength in "making things" means that manufacturing will remain a key element of Ohio's economy.

According to the Ohio Manufacturers' Association, manufacturing is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio's economy with 17.8 percent of total output in 2008. Manufacturing leads Ohio's private sector industry in job creation, with more than 14 percent of all Ohio workers are employed in manufacturing. More than half of all manufacturing jobs in Ohio are in high demand industries, such as transportation equipment, plastics and rubber and food.

From the processing of raw materials to the creation of finely tuned products, Ohioans serve as the world's experts in the manufacturing sector. "In Ohio, we have brilliance in all kinds of materials that support manufacturing from manufacturing and process technologies to process know-how," said Eric Burkland, president of the Ohio Manufacturers' Association. "Ohio has all the components that make up an advanced industrial economy."

Ohio's world-class logistics capabilities help manufacturing companies reduce operating costs by getting components and finished goods quickly to their destination anywhere in the U.S. or around the globe. Ohio's extensive logistics management network supports the state's 21,250 manufacturing companies with multi-modal and inter-modal networks allowing efficient import and export of products—180 public airports, eight interstate highways, 36 freight railroads and 25 waterfront ports.

A strategic location also plays an important role; the state is within 600 miles of 60 percent of the U.S. and Canadian population and is within a one-day drive of 70 percent of North America's manufacturing capacity.

Strategic investments and tax reforms enable Ohio companies to compete – and win – in the 21st century global economy. In fact, businesses incur only a flat $150 fee on out-of-state sales of up to $1 million. A recent report by the Quantitative Economics and Statistics Practices (QUEST) of Ernst & Young in conjunction with the Council On State Taxation (COST), ranks Ohio as third in the nation for friendliest tax environment.  Companies continue to discover the benefits of investing in Ohio, finding a preferred location for capital investment, a competitive business environment and a perfect balance between business pursuits and personal aspirations.

"Ohio's ongoing efforts to reform and improve the state tax structure, as well as our loyal workforce and excellent support from the state and the local community keep Lincoln Electric growing in Ohio," said John M. Stropki, chairman and chief executive officer of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of welding systems and equipment headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.  

"Ohio's success is not solely dependent on the strength of its business advantages. It's about Ohio's promise of work-life balance," said Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment. "Low-cost, low-stress communities and short commutes create the State of Perfect Balance, where you can achieve both professional and personal success without sacrificing one for the other."

The Ohio Business Development Coalition is a nonprofit organization that provides marketing strategy and implementation to support Ohio's economic development efforts.

For more information, visit www.ohiomeansbusiness.com

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today opened the doors of a state-of-the art Innovation Center at its Avon Lake, Ohio headquarters.

This facility supports customers with leading-edge capabilities for application development, testing, process optimization and color matching. The new facility is a significant extension of the Company’s customer-focused resources, and represents a first-phase investment of over $3 million.

“The Innovation Center bridges the gap between concept and commercialization for our customers, and enables them to cut development time while boosting their profitability,” said Stephen D. Newlin, PolyOne chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Part of a network of customer-focused facilities around the world, PolyOne’s Avon Lake Innovation Center was designed to provide an environment that facilitates creativity and supports customers in co-developing solutions to the challenges they face. Customers will interact with PolyOne’s engineers and scientists with expertise in engineered materials, color and additives, and Geon brand vinyl to streamline the development cycle and foster new product development.

PolyOne Corporation, with 2010 revenues of $2.6 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. Headquartered outside of Cleveland, Ohio USA, PolyOne has operations around the world.

For amore information visit: www.polyone.com

Published in PolyOne

Computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) industry leader DP Technology, creator of ESPRIT®, will exhibit ESPRIT 2011, the latest version of its innovative software, at Precision Machining Technology Show, or PMTS, 2011, scheduled for April 19-21 in Columbus, Ohio.

PMTS, a biennial international forum for manufacturers, suppliers and users of products dedicated to the production of precision-machined and turned parts, will take place this year at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Visitors to PMTS 2011 are encouraged to visit ESPRIT at booth No. 1010, where knowledgeable DP representatives will be available to discuss vital upgrades and perform demonstrations of how those upgrades can be put to work for you.

SolidTurn® drilling has been enhanced in ESPRIT 2011 with the addition of “Full Clearance” as an option for “Return Plane.” The advantage of adding the “Full Clearance” option to the drilling cycle is that the user can set and view the distance on the technology page.

To better support Swiss-style turning, a new lead-out option, called “Edge Break,” has been added to ESPRIT 2011. Swiss-style lathes utilize a guide bushing to support the bar stock for better rigidity. Occasionally, it is necessary to retract the turned stock back into the guide bushing. If there is a burr on the outer diameter (OD) of the stock, the guide bushing could jam or be damaged when the stock retracts. The new “Edge Break” option for the lead-out move will create a chamfer move to break the edge of the stock at the OD.

For more information visit: www.dptechnology.com or www.pmts.com

Published in ESPRIT

Product improvement and new product development are a critical part of all manufacturers' growth opportunities. These elements are the way to stay ahead of global competition. But, the time required in the real world to model and test any product design change is significant. Assuming companies have the resources to devote the time and effort to R&D, it still takes months to prototype, test, refine and test again.

The polymer industry is a perfect example. Built around the interaction of complex molecular structures, understanding how they bond and then change over time is critical to the reliability of products. Because of the real world complexities of temperature, pressure and wear and tear, the only practical option for many polymer manufacturers is the time-consuming and costly approach of building and observing. Anything that can reduce time or expense can mean the difference between commercial success and failure in the polymer industry.

Ohio is committed to capitalizing on its strength in advanced materials to create and attract 21st century businesses and jobs. From its early roots in Akron's tire production and the region's support for the auto industry to supply today's growth industries, Ohio has always been the heart of America's polymer industry.

Costs associated with accessing markets and shipping products and supplies can be a considerable business expense for polymer and advanced materials companies. In addition, the challenge of coordinating with polymer manufacturers, suppliers and other resources across many states can be a logistical nightmare for companies.

Collaborative industry relationships are critical to developing and assuring the commercialization of technology-based, high value-added polymer products, says Dennis Barber, executive director of the Ohio Polymer Strategy Council, focused on providing strategy and resources for Ohio's polymer industry.

Ohio's world-class transportation infrastructure, proximity to major markets and large-scale polymer and advanced materials industries offer key cost-reducing advantages for polymer companies and makes the state the preferred location for advanced material businesses. Generating $50 billion in annual economic activity and $1.3 billion in exports from plastics, rubber, resins, polymers, composites and other advanced materials, Ohio leads the nation in polymers and advanced materials production.

Ohio's world-leading polymer industry is one of the state's most expansive and important economic sectors. With more than 1,150 companies and a workforce greater than 80,000, the state has the largest concentration of polymer product producers, machines, materials and workers in North America. At least one industry establishment exists in 76 of Ohio's 88 counties.

Ohio also is home to the world's largest concentration of advanced materials and polymer research and development expertise. Eight Ohio universities have polymer research programs, offering a well-educated workforce and opportunities for research collaborations to create new products, applications and opportunities for growth. This workforce supply minimizes time associated with training, significantly increases productivity and reduces operating costs. In addition, millions of dollars of strategic investments by Ohio Third Frontier and more than 60 collaborating private industry partners are paving the way for commercialization of new technologies.

In addition to plastics, rubber and resins, Ohio's key polymer sectors include advanced composites, advanced energy, bioproducts, flexible devices, nanotechnology and polymer processing.

"Building on its rich rubber and automotive manufacturing heritage, Ohio has become a global leader in polymers and advanced materials," Barber continued. "Ohio's leadership is supported by the top polymer science programs in the U.S., the world's highest concentration of polymer research and development and the country's most extensive industry supply chain."

Bahman Taheri, chief executive officer of AlphaMicron in Kent, Ohio, believes his location in Ohio has attributed to the company's success. "Ohio's strong industrial base in plastics and printing and leading research in liquid crystals, polymers and polymer engineering make the state a natural home for the polymer industry," shared Taheri. "In Ohio, I have everything I need to succeed professional and personally."

Ohio's polymer success is not solely dependent on the strength of its business advantages. Today's industry leaders have made Ohio a top choice to pursue their personal goals as well.

"In Ohio, work-life balance is more than a buzzword; it's the way we do business," said Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment. "Low-cost, low-stress communities and short commutes create the State of Perfect Balance, where you can achieve both professional and personal success without sacrificing one for the other."

Download Ohio's latest brochure about the polymer industry: http://bit.ly/enSJxM

About the Ohio Business Development Coalition
The Ohio Business Development Coalition is a nonprofit organization that provides marketing strategy and implementation to support Ohio's economic development efforts. For more information, visit www.ohiomeansbusiness.com

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