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This Week In Brief: May 4, 2010

Silver-based antimicrobial solutions provider Agion Technologies (Wakefield, MA) has announced the launch of its Medical Device Market Acceleration Program (MedMAP). The program offers medical device manufacturers a service designed to accelerate the development and regulatory clearance of 510( k) and CE-marked devices featuring the company's antimicrobial protection engineered to minimize bacterial colonization.

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology has opened a West Coast Tech Center in Irvine, CA. Featuring such metrology technology as optical, touch scanning, CT, x-ray, and measuring software, the 3800-sq-ft facility was established to support customers in the region as well as local growing markets, according to the company.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Kurt Manufacturing Co. (Minneapolis). The company provides a range of workholding options for manufacturing, including CNC vises, rotary table workholding, static milling chucks, zero-point clamping systems, and accessories.

Algoryx Inc. (Los Angeles), a systems engineering company that provides mold characterization studies (MCS), has received its sixth and seventh U.S. patents for its technology for injection molding cycle-time reduction, process monitoring, and control. Its MCS technology can reduce production costs by reducing cycle time to eliminate 1 to 2 shifts per week for 24/7 operations; reducing press energy consumption by 4 to 5%; eliminating 99% of in-process dimensional inspections and analyses; reducing automated assembly line shut-downs due to out-of-spec parts; and removing risk during mold development and part production.

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