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Medical Design & Manufacturing Show was a great success.

We want to thank all our customers and visitors to the VIS show booth.


Valmarks’ KDM manufacturing expansion

Valmarks’ KDM manufacturing facility in Monterrey is currently on track for its expansion. The build out will, among other things, include new assembly areas and clean rooms and is expected to be completed Q2 or Q3 2015.


Liquid Optically Clear Adhesive installation

Liquid Optically Clear Adhesive (LOCA) system installed in KDM clean room. System is now in preproduction and production modes.


VIS will be exhibiting at the MD&M West

VIS will be at the Medical Design & Manufacturing trade show on February 10-12, 2015 (Booth #1959) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

For more information, please visit: MD&M West


VIS is proud to announce the introduction of the CJ25 joystick encoder

VIS is proud to announce the introduction, by sister division Nidec-Copal, of the CJ25 joystick encoder. VIS can employ this HMI encoder in a variety of custom panels in the medical and specialized industrial/electronic markets. The joystick incorporates 3 input motions, 8 direction linear stick, 20 position rotary and direct Z-axis push-ON. The reliability is certified to 500k cycles on the linear motion and 1 million cycles on the push-switch. It is completely RoHS compliant. Please request the full data sheet for incorporation in your custom control panel assembly.


Nidec Leads All-Japan Executive Team for Second Straight Year

Nidec Corporation (NYSE: NJ) repeats in first place on the All-Japan Executive Team, according to the result of an exclusive survey by Institutional Investor, one of the world’s foremost financial magazines.

Institutional Investor announced on June 2, 2014 that it had selected both Shigenobu Nagamori, President and CEO, as the best CEO and Masuo Yoshimatsu, CFO as the sector’s best CFO for the 2 years in a row in the Electronics/Components sector, according to both buy-side and sell-side analysts who voted for Institutional Investor’s All-Japan Executive Team. Both buy-side and sell-side analysts awarded Nidec’s investor relations team the best, while sell-side analysts rated its chief, Masahiro Nagayasu, as the best and buy-side analysts selected its London IR officer, Shinichi Takagi, as the best in the sector. Nidec is the only company to claim a first-place victory in all eight segments (Best CEO, Best CFO, Best IR Professionals and Best IR Company selected by buy-side and sell-side analysts) of the ranking, which has made Nidec the Most Honored Company in Japan, according to the ranking.

Pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma and utility company Tokyo Gas Co. ranked behind Nidec on the Most Honored list, followed by giant lender Mizuho Financial Group and telecom operator SoftBank Corp.

For more information, please visit: Institutional Investor


2014 SGIA and FlexTech Printed Electronics Symposium

SGIA and the FlexTech Alliance announced a new partnership for the 2014 Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium (Las Vegas, October 21–22) at the SGIA Expo, to offer attendees and suppliers an extensive educational line-up and packed trade-show floor.

“The Symposium will bring together the FlexTech Alliance’s expertise in flexible printed electronics and SGIA’s strong community of imagers, suppliers, distributors and printed electronic members,” said SGIA President and CEO, Michael Robertson. “This intuitive collaboration will advance both communities.”

The Symposium will begin the day before the 2014 SGIA Expo — the specialty imaging industry’s premier trade show — spanning October 21–22, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Flexible, printed electronics markets are developing quickly. FlexTech and our members look forward to working with the SGIA community and developing a program with comprehensive technical and market information. Together, SGIA and FlexTech will help our members continue to navigate this dynamic field,” said Michael Ciesinski, FlexTech Alliance CEO.

For more information, please visit sgia.org


Nidec Completes Acquisition of Kinetek

Deerfield, IL, November 2, 2012 – Nidec Corporation (NYSE: NJ), a multi-billion dollar global manufacturer of small and medium sized motors, and Kinetek, Inc., a leader in the development of custom engineered control, motor and drive system solutions, jointly announced today that Nidec has completed the acquisition of Kinetek. The companies had previously announced the acquisition agreement on September 20, 2012. Kinetek’s leadership in elevator, floor care, commercial food/refrigeration, material handling, aerial lift and golf car market segments will expand and strengthen the commercial segment of St. Louis-based Nidec Motor Corporation, a Nidec Group company.

“Kinetek is truly a leader in the design of innovative, custom-engineered product solutions for world class customers,” said Patrick Murphy, president of the Appliance, Commercial and Industrial Motors (ACIM) business of Nidec Corporation. “Their global engineering talent and manufacturing capabilities will enhance our engineered motor and control solutions capability, and provide access to important markets and growth opportunities. We are very excited to have the Kinetek team join Nidec.”

Kinetek will operate as part of Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC), a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial, and appliance motors and controls. NMC was formed in 2010 when Nidec purchased the motors and controls business of Emerson Electric. It is anticipated that Kinetek operating companies will continue to operate as independent business units as they did prior to the acquisition — with limited business practice changes visible to its customer base.

“We are impressed with the vision, commitment and people of Nidec, and are excited to be part of Nidec moving forward,” said Randy Bays, Kinetek president and CEO. “This new relationship provides a terrific opportunity to continue to build on the strengths and values we’ve developed at Kinetek and our operating companies. We look forward to continued success with Nidec.”

About Kinetek
Kinetek traces its roots to 1908 with the founding of the Imperial Electric Company in Akron, Ohio and 1911 with the founding of Merkle-Korff Industries in Chicago. Today, Kinetek manufacturing and design centers are located on three continents and employ about 3,000 worldwide. Kinetek product lines include AC, DC, and brushless DC electric motors, pumps, gearing, gearboxes, fans, transaxles, human machine interface products (membrane switch assemblies, graphic overlays), electronic controls/systems and end products. www.kinetekinc.com

About Nidec
Founded in 1973, Nidec is a manufacturer and distributor of electric motors and related components and equipment with headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. The company provides discrete and variable speed motors and pumps, electronic motor controls and other electronic components. Nidec comprises over 170 consolidated and affiliated subsidiaries, with over 100 manufacturing and sales locations in 25 countries with more than 107,000 employees. www.nidec.co.jp/english/index.html

About Nidec Motor Corporation
Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC) is a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial, and appliance motors and controls. The NMC product line features a full line of high efficiency motors, large and small, which serve Industrial, residential and commercial markets in applications ranging from water treatment, mining, oil and gas and power generation to pool and spa motors, air conditioning condensers, rooftop cooling towers and commercial refrigeration. It also makes motors, controls and switches for automotive and commercial markets. www.nidec-motor.com


Kinetek Agrees to be Acquired by Nidec Corporation

Deerfield, IL, September 20, 2012 – Kinetek has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Nidec Corporation (NYSE: NJ), a multi-billion dollar global manufacturer of small and medium sized motors. When the transaction is completed later this year Kinetek will become the second prominent U.S. acquisition of Nidec as it previously acquired the motors and appliance controls business of Emerson Electric in 2010.

“We are very proud of the team, technology, products and companies we’ve built at Kinetek and are now excited to be joining with Nidec to take our businesses to the next level,” said Randy Bays, Chief Executive Officer of Kinetek. “The shared synergies and commitments between our companies made Nidec the best choice among those companies our Board of Directors was considering for this important strategic relationship.”

The acquisition, expected to be finalized in November, will bring the custom engineered control, motor and drive system solutions expertise of Kinetek to Nidec’s global technology and manufacturing platform. Kinetek holds leading positions in the elevator/escalator, commercial floor care, golf car/utility vehicle, aerial lift/material handling, commercial food & refrigeration, and medical market segments.

Kinetek traces its roots to 1908 with the founding of the Imperial Electric Company in Akron, Ohio and 1911 with the founding of Merkle-Korff Industries in Chicago. Today, Kinetek manufacturing and design centers are located in the United States, Mexico, Italy, and China and employ about 3,000 people worldwide. Kinetek product lines include AC, DC, and brushless DC electric motors, pumps, gearing, gearboxes, fans, transaxles, human machine interface products (membrane switch assemblies, graphic overlays), electronic controls/systems and end products.

Kinetek companies include U.S.-based Advanced Motors & Drives, Imperial Electric, Scott DC Power Products, Euclid Universal, Kinetek Controls, Kinetek Advanced AC Solutions, Merkle-Korff Industries, Motion Control Engineering, Valmark Industries, Italy-based FIR Group (FIR, TEA & Selin); and China-based Kinetek De Sheng (KDS), Kinetek Jinghe (KJH), Kinetek Motor Master (KMM) and Zhongxiu Kinetek (ZXK).


Valmark Industries Awarded ISO 13485 Certification for North America Operations

Livermore, CA, January 24, 2012 – Valmark Industries, a leader in the design of human machine interface (HMI) products and member of the Kinetek group of companies, has earned ISO 13485 Certification for its Livermore, California headquarters manufacturing plant and Monterrey, Mexico subsidiary, Kinetek de Mexico. ISO 13485 is an internationally recognized standard that specifies requirements for quality management systems of medical device manufacturers.
Achieving ISO 13485 Certification is a significant quality milestone, said Bob Sullivan, president of Valmark. “This important certification helps confirm the ongoing commitment at Valmark to provide customers with the highest quality products and services. We are quite proud of this achievement!”

Clear alignment with the needs of key markets is critical to Valmark’s continued success, noted Sullivan. “ISO 13485 helps validate this alignment by certifying we have systems in place to ensure the proper philosophy, processes, and controls required by our medical device customers — while continuing to exceed the requirements of our other market segments.”

The quality management systems certification audit was performed by British Standards Institute (BSI) Americas of Reston, VA. Valmark’s industry leading HMI solutions will be on display in Valmark’s booth (2511) at MDM West (Medical Design & Manufacturing) in Anaheim, California from February 14 – 16.