Gauge manufacturer buys Mesacon assets ST. PAUL, MINN. — TSI Inc., a manufacturer in noncontact dimensional measurement gauging, has acquired the assets of the noncontact speed and length measurement products of Mesacon GmbH of Dortmund, Germany.
Mesacon products are sold primarily to the metals industries. TSI also serves the wire and cable, fiber-optic, medical-tubing and other plastics industries. With the acquisition, TSI has a stronger presence in Europe with the ability to provide a wider range of products and services.
St. Paul-based TSI reported 1999 sales of $110 million and employs more than 700.
Web site teams up with shipping firm
AKRON, OHIO — Akron-based Plasticsandchemicals.com has a new service available for instant freight quotes on items listed on the Web site.
The Internet trading site for the plastics, chemicals and rubbers industries has teamed with Bulk Connection Inc. of Mystic, Conn., a national shipping company. When viewing details of products for sale or items wanted, a user clicks on the Bulk Connection icon and is given a questionnaire. After the form is completed, a freight quote from Bulk Connection is given and the user is returned to the plasticsandchemi cals.com Web site.
FRx, IQMS combine software capabilities
DENVER — FRx Software, a supplier of financial reporting and analysis software, has signed an agreement with IQMS of Paso Robles, Calif., to bundle FRx products for the needs of the plastics processing industry.
IQMS provides enterprise resource planning software and production monitoring systems. The combined software adds new financial reporting capabilities, including modeling and analysis, to IQMS's products.
IQMS's products include IQWin32, an enterprise resource planning system written specifically for plastics processors. With the integration of FRx, users can take control of financial reports for one or more plants in various locations, with different accounting systems.
FRx is based in Denver.
Commerx now offers transportation service
GREEN BAY, WIS. — Schneider Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Schneider National Inc., has joined forces with Commerx Inc. to offer transportation services to Commerx customers via the transportation center on Plas ticsNet.Com.
The PlasticsNet.Com community is composed of buyers and sellers of both direct and indirect materials used in the plastics industry. Functions incorporated into the transportation center include real-time quotes, routing, multimodal selection, tracking, status and consolidated freight payment.
"Freight transportation today is as much about information and communication as it is about tractors and trailers," Chris Lofgren, chief information and logistics officer for Schneider National, said in a news release.Schneider National is headquartered in Green Bay. Commerx, founded in 1995, is based in Chicago.
Systronics, Lasor AG merge operations
NORCROSS, GA. — Systronics Inc. of Norcross, Ga., merged with Lasor AG of Bielefeld, Germany, on March 14.
Systronics manufactures surface-inspection, area-inspection and thickness-measurement systems. Lasor makes laser inspection systems for a variety of roll-good applications.
The combined companies expect to become a world leader in surface inspection with both laser and camera-based technology.
Heinz Benninghoff will be president of the parent company, Lasor AG, and Werner Goeckel will be president of Lasor/Systronics, North America. Systronics will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Lasor.
DSM EPP reorganizes stock shapes unit
READING, PA. — DSM's Engineering Plastic Products Group has reorganized its engineered plastic stock-shapes business, forming development and marketing groups to combine new product development, application development and new technology activities for its North American, European and Asian units.
"In recent years, many markets for stock shapes have grown significantly," Ben van Kooten, president of the DSM EPP business group, said in a news release. "For example, the use of stock shapes in semiconductor manufacturing equipment has increased rapidly and will continue to do so. Other advanced equipment manufacturing sectors also represent opportunities for high-performance stock shapes for machined parts."
Nearly all of the original equipment manufacturers in these markets are global manufacturers, he said. DSM EPP's unified organization aims to serve those firms on a worldwide basis.
DSM EPP, based in Reading, manufactures engineering thermoplastic rod, tube and plate stock shapes for machining. It also produces custom nylon castings and electrostatic dissipative shapes.