Lenze-AC Tech names new sales director

Lenze-AC Tech, Uxbridge, Mass., announces the promotion of Eric Klein to director of sales for North, Central, and South America. Klein was previously the company's northeast regional sales director. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Engineering and has spent four years with Lenze-AC Tech, 16 years at Toshiba, and four years with Reliance Electric. The company manufactures servomotors and drives, clutches and brakes, gears and gear motors, and variable frequency ac motor drives.

Kuhnz to lead Dorner marketing efforts

Dorner Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, Wis., has named John Kuhnz to the role of marketing director. Kuhnz will oversee conveyor-platform marketing; he will also coordinate new product research functions for industrial and sanitary markets. Kuhnz joined Dorner in April 2006 and led the development of the company's AquaPruf platform.

John Kowal elected to OMAC Board

John Kowal of B&R Industrial Automation, Roswell, Ga., was elected to a three-year term on the OMAC (Organization for Machinery and Automation Control) Board of Directors during the group's meeting at the ARC Automation Forum in Orlando, Fla. He also serves on two Packaging Machinery Manufacturers' Institute (PMMI) committees. B&R's Uwe Keiter, an end user business development manager based in Germany, was recently named to the executive committee of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup in recognition of the company's and Keiter's contributions. B&R's Marcus Sanhoeffner formerly held this position. Keiter is organizing an OMAC Packaging Workgroup press event in Frankfurt/Main this month. For more information, visit www.omac.org.

Balluff introduces technical services

Some automation projects are too small for outsourcing to system integrators or machine builders, but consume too much time from a company's internal resources. That's why Balluff Inc., Florence, Ky., has introduced a comprehensive menu of technical services including: System design and integration assistance; start-up and installation; process improvement; machine-down and preventive maintenance services; training programs; and product modifications and enhancements. For more information, visit www.balluff.com/techservices.

National Instruments collaborates with maxon precision motors

National Instruments Corp., Austin, Tex., and maxon precision motors, Fall River, Mass., are now collaborating to advance robotics. An informal relationship between the two companies began in 2006, with the inclusion of NI LabVIEW Vis in maxon's EPOS family of digital position and speed controllers. Most recently, the two companies collaborated on the design and development of ViNI, an all inclusive robotics platform created by engineers at National Instruments. ViNI is driven exclusively by maxon motors, gearheads, and encoders and NI CompactRIO embedded controls.

Cicoil receives Raytheon award

Cicoil Inc., Valencia, Calif., has been recognized for its quality and delivery performance by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Cicoil received a 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award at a recent ceremony at Gillette Stadium in Boston. Cicoil was recognized for its 100% quality score and 100% on-time delivery performance in 2009. The company's cable assemblies are used in many of Raytheon's advanced missile systems, including AIM-9X Sidewinder, RAM Missile, EKV, and Patriot Missile systems. For more information, visit www.cicoil.com.

AST Bearings receives ISO certification

AST Bearings, Montville, N.J., has received ISO 9001:2008 recertification after an analysis of its quality systems by Perry Johnson Registrars Inc. AST was previously certified compliant to ISO 9001:2000. For more information, visit www.astbearings.com.

AST sensors meet CE standards

American Sensor Technologies Inc. (AST), Mt. Olive, N.J., has updated and expanded its CE approval for its pressure sensor, transducer, transmitter, and switch product families. AST products with the CE logo conform to EMC Directive 2004/108/EC for Electromagnetic Compatibility. Tested by the independent laboratory, TUV Rheinland, Newton, Conn., each product was evaluated for performance against radiated emissions, electrostatic discharge (ESD), radiated immunity, electrical fast transient (EFT), surge immunity, conducted immunity, and power frequency magnetic field immunity.