Message from ISTMA secretariat: This is the second
issue of the ISTMA e-newsletter, relative to the second quarter 2007.
The meetings in Joensuu (Finland) and the World Conference are milestones
in ISTMA calendar, to happen next June 2007. Next ISTMA newsletter expected
to be released next September. Comments and feedback welcomed.
ISTMA meetings in Joensuu (Finland), 9th and 10th June:
agenda and documentation posted in Joensuu 2007 option of the ISTMA website
(members only section), for the 9th June meeting (Executive Committee
plus Board of Directors meeting) and for the 10th June meeting (Members
Business conditions reports (second semester 2006):
Europe report has been posted, both in traditional format and new format
(historical time series and graphs). Americas report is already available
and posted in the traditional format. Americas data will be released in
the new format during June and posted in the ISTMA website (see Business
conditions option, members only section
New publication available: the CD / DVD with materials
from the 10th International Pattern Model Making Congress
(Paris, June 2006) can now be ordered in the ISTMA
website. This important publication about rapid manufacturing, tooling,
prototyping and models has been organized and published by AFIM, the French
association affiliated in ISTMA.
Regional branches meetings:
- ISTMA Asia/Fadma met last 29th March in Singapore.
See news in the ISTMA home
page. New officers have been elected.
- ISTMA Europe met last 26th March in Budapest
(Hungary). See news in the ISTMA home
page. Country reports and minutes of both meetings are posted in the
Regional meetings option of the member’s
only section of the ISTMA website.
Direct access to ISTMA website for NTMA and SWISSMEM members:
NTMA members (USA) were the first to have direct access to full
ISTMA website (including the contents of the member´s only section)
without need for a second log-in. SWISSMEM,
from Switzerland, have now also implemented the direct access procedure
for its members. This is the result of successful cooperation between
the technical teams of ISTMA secretariat and NTMA and SWISSMEM ones and
it is expected to improve the easy access to ISTMA member´s only
contents in the website and its visibility. The direct access
implementation does not need ISTMA secretariat to have access to
the security passwords of the members of affiliated associations.
Access to associations only pages continue to need ISTMA username and
password with the right privileges.
Korean added to new ISTMA terminology: KODMIC, the ISTMA
association from Korea, has contributed with the translation of the asian
version of terminology, to be integrated into the new ISTMA Terminology
webservice. The release of this service will be announced next World Conference,
in Joensuu (Finland).
NTMA Business/Customer Forecast Report now available for all
ISTMA associations: NTMA produces three times per year the NTMA
Business/Customer Forecast Report which contains important information
regarding business conditions in the U.S. tooling and machining industry.
This important document is now available to ISTMA members (see Business
conditions option in the menu, member’s only section of ISTMA website).
World Conference in Joensuu (Finland): more than 170 participants from
26 different countries are expected in the 2007 ISTMA World Conference.
If you did not yet register, try a last minute registration! And see you
in Joensuu! Information about the Conference here
and also available in www.imtec.net/istma
Visit to Grintech Oy included in the program of visits: participants in
the World Conference will have the opportunity to visit the famous automated
toolshop previously operated by Perlos Tools. Gritech Oy expanded substantially
in spring 2007 when it acquired the Perlos shop in Joensuu. Perlos Tools’
mechanization subcontracts and mould business will continue under the
name Gritech Tools.
Automatic translation is now available in ISTMA website:
Alta Vista Babel Fish automatic translation based on Systran technology
was implemented in ISTMA website. Users can now see the ISTMA pages into
Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish
by automatic translation and keeping the original layout of the page.
To use it, just select a page in ISTMA website and select the flag in
the Babel Fish logo in the right frame of the page. A new page will open
with the translated version of the original page (If needed click on the
fish). This new facility can be of interest to members of associations
from non-English speaking countries.
Dynamic visualization of world accesses to ISTMA website now available:
ClusterMaps technology has been implemented in ISTMA website, allowing
to visualize the accesses from all over the world from last 11th March.
The maps clearly show that ISTMA website is accessed from all over the
world. More than 4000 access have been registered last two months. This
facility is available in the bottom of the left frame of the website.
4th International Conference and Exhibition on Design and Production
of Machines and Dies / Molds, June 21-23, 2007, Cesme (Izmir), Turkey:
Next ISTMA newsletter expected to be released June 2007. Comments and feedback