ASCO Numatics Announces Industrial Automation Scholarship Winners
ASCO Numatics announced the recipients of the 2014 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship. The first recipient, Nicholas Aerni, is from Taylor Mill, Ky., and a senior at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The second recipient, Kaitlyn A. Martin, is from Baytown, Tex., and is a senior at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Co. They were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship towards their Bachelor’s program degrees in electrical/computer engineering and mechanical engineering. The company will further support the winners’ studies with an additional $1,000 grant to the engineering departments of each of their universities.
The scholarship winners were announced at Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)’s annual Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO 2014 in Chicago. The Amazing Packaging Race, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths. The race helps support the PMMI Education and Training Foundation, which provides scholarships to packaging students from PMMI partner schools.
The scholarship program, now in its seventh year, has awarded a total of $70,000 in merit-based scholarships to 14 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. The company has provided an additional $14,000 in grants to 12 schools of engineering.
HAWE Offers Hydraulics Apprenticeship Program
In the process of expanding its assembly, light manufacturing, and distribution process in Charlotte, N.C., HAWE Hydraulics North America found it increasingly difficult to find local workers with hands-on experience in the hydraulics skill set. Therefore, in June 2012, the company sought out an opportunity to develop an apprenticeship program that would benefit both the company and the apprentices.
The company has partnered with Central Piedmont Community College and developed an educational program allowing apprentices to gain both hands-on experience in the fluid power industry and, at the same time, obtain a degree in the mechatronics engineering program. This is a means for HAWE Hydraulics to build a talent pipeline of technicians who are willing to grow with the company while gaining the technical experience necessary to support the value-added services extended to its customers.
HAWE Hydraulics is now two years into the program with four talented students who play an integral part in the company’s processes. In more recent months, they have taken on additional responsibilities, such as the restructuring of its safety manual, conducting safety training, learning in-depth quality assurance processes, and assisting the customer service department.
For more information, contact HAWE Hydraulics North America at www.hawehydraulics.com.
Altec Wood Chipper Recognized
Altec Industries Inc.’s newest controlled-feed wood chipper, the DSC6, was awarded Arbor Age’s 2014 “A+ New Product Award.” The award recognizes products introduced to the professional arborist market during the past year. Products are judged by innovation, marketability, and application within the market. The DSC6 is easy to use for the operator who needs a smaller machine capable of processing a large amount of debris. An eight-blade feed roller design allows for smooth operation for all types of materials.
Festo Becomes Distribution Partner of ZAYTRAN Products
Festo has entered into an agreement to become the exclusive distributor of ZAYTRAN products in the North American marketplace. This partnership will expand the customer base of both companies and increase the range of pneumatic grippers offered by Festo. ZAYTRAN’s customer base is comprised of automation integrators who work in every major industry from hard disk fabrication to aircraft manufacturing.
National Fluid Power Society Australia Established
The official name of what was The International Fluid Power Society of Australia (IFPSA) Inc. is now National Fluid Power Society Australia (WA) Inc. (NFPSAWA). The affiliate membership that the IFPSA had with the IFPS in the U.S. will be handed over to the newly named organization so that the members of all fluid power societies in Australia that support NFPSAWA will benefit from the affiliation, even though the “international” part of the American society’s name will not be used in Australia. The NFPSAWA executive committee will initially consist of three FPS Inc. members and three NFPSAWA members.
JARP Industries Expands Cylinder Remanufacturing Program
JARP Industries, a manufacturer of custom hydraulic cylinders, opened a stand-alone manufacturing facility for its growing cylinder remanufacturing business. The 25,000-ft2 facility is solely dedicated to the company’s remanufacturing program. The facility enables remanufacturing of up to 20,000 cylinders a year, significantly expanding its existing capacity of 7,000. It also allows the ability to offer customized inventory programs.