CHICAGO — Atlas Electric Devices Co. has passed the torch to a new generation.
At Plastics USA in Chicago, the company announced its new organizational structure, which includes moving operating control from the second generation to the third generation of the Lane family.
Along with creating six new equipment divisions, William Lane passed the firm's leadership to his children. Lane will become a senior adviser with the title of chairman, while Gwyneth Johnson, Russell Lane and Charles Lane will act as managing directors in the office of the president.
The firm dubbed the plan ``Atlas 2000: A Design for the Future.''
``Atlas 2000 will benefit us in how we get to the customer, how the customer sees us and our reaction to see that the customers get what they need,'' William Lane said.
The company started reorganizing at the beginning of the year. The goal was to give Atlas employees more power when responding to customers. By having separate divisions acting almost like independent businesses, the company hopes to have more flexibility, Johnson said.
Atlas' equipment divisions are polymer evaluation products, weathering instrumentation, fire science products, textile testing, analytical instruments and outdoor exposure testing.
Each product line will be headed by general managers who have complete responsibility for product-line divisions and internal and external service functions.
The polymer evaluation products division is headed by Allen Zielnik. The new division is to emphasize international standards development, partnerships with customers and the company's alliance with associations such as ASTM.
Atlas polymer evaluation products are designed to test heat reflection, impact resistance, melt index, thermal expansion and other physical properties of plastics.
The company introduced the Ci3000+ Xenon Weather-Ometer at the show, held Oct. 6-8. The machine features a microprocessor controller and a temperature-control system and provides accurate, repeatable test results that can be reproduced. The unit is equipped with a menu-driven, liquid-crystal-display control panel. The microprocessor-based operator interface simplifies start-up, improves diagnostics, automates calibration and offers easy programming of user-defined test cycles. The new CPU stores 12 preprogrammed, industry-defined tests and calibration procedures, plus five user-defined custom test programs.
Chicago-based Atlas is a leading supplier in quality-control and quality-assurance testing equipment. The firm sells in 50 countries and operates four plants in Europe and three in the United States — in Chicago, Miami and New River, Ariz.
Atlas employs about 450 worldwide, with 70 percent of the company's sales coming from outside the United States.