Caplugs recently acquired an injection-molding operation in the Pudong district of Shanghai. The company also launched Caplugs (Shanghai) Plastic Products Ltd., a full-service operation to meet local customers’ needs. Caplugs also has a Web site translated to Mandarin at caplugs.cn.

PERSONNEL
Otto, a manufacturer of precision switches and control grips, has named Patrick Ackerman as its International Sales Manager. His initial focus will be to expand the Asian and Latin American markets.

Surfware Inc. has promoted Greg Schils to the position of product manager. He will oversee all Surfware product development, including expanded functionality for both Surfcam and TrueMill technology.

CERTIFICATION
Applied Robotics’ newest gripper product designed for handling meat and other fresh and frozen food products has been approved and certified by the USDA. The Meat Gripper is manufactured from materials approved by both the FDA and USDA. The gripper adheres to all production cleaning guidelines and can be sanitized quickly and easily.

maxon motor’s “maxon medical” business unit that supplies high-precision microdrives smaller than 10-mm in diameter for the medical technology sector, received certification under the ISO 13485 medical standard.

TEST DRIVE SOFTWARE
Onset Computer Corp., the “HOBO” data-logger company, is making available the trial version of HOBOware that runs on PCs and Macs. Users can test-drive the software’s full capabilities free for 30 days.

The software combines fast, easy logger launch and readout functions with data-plotting capabilities. The trial version of HOBOware can be downloaded at www.onsetcomp.com/products/software.

AWARDS
Faro won a Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award from the National Center for Advanced Technologies. Faro was part of a team assembled by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining to improve manufacturing methods for naval submarine tapers and carrier-propulsion driveshafts.