Gary Brown and Ulf Heule planted a tree on the grounds of HTC to commemorate 30 years of growth in North America.

Heule Tool Corp. (HTC) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary serving manufacturers in North America. Established in 1988 by Heule Werkzeug AG in Balgach, Switzerland, and first located in W. Plymouth, Michigan, HTC moved to Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati, in 1993. It offers automated deburring, chamfering, countersinking, and spotfacing tools in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Speaking at the 30th anniversary open house, HTC President Gary Brown, who has been leading HTC for 29 years, thanked Heule Werkzeug CEO Ulf Heule, who was present at the event. He also recognized Ulf’s father, Heinrich, who invented the first automated deburring tool in 1961 and launched the company.

Ulf Heule thanked HTC employees for their hard work in making Heule successful in North America, which also has subsidiaries in Germany, China, and South Korea. www.heuletool.com

Philipp Hauser, head of turbine group/Liechti Americas, watches as GF Machining Solutions production engineer Matt Bryant demonstrates a machine control.

GF Machining Solutions opens Aerospace Center of Competence

GF Machining Solutions’ Aerospace and Energy Center of Competence near Charlotte in Huntersville, North Carolina, is dedicated to supporting turbine component manufacturers.

GF Machining Solutions Americas President Scott Fosdick says the 21,000ft2 facility, “expands our capabilities to deliver today’s most advanced machining solutions to North American aerospace and energy manufacturers.”

The facility features a showroom for demonstrating AgieCharmilles wire and sinker EDM, Mikron 3- and 5-axis milling, and Liechti airfoil milling machines, along with training rooms and office space.

“With the Center of Competence, we are able to combine our North Carolina team at one location to continue to provide the superior localized customer service and support our customers have come to expect,” says Philipp Hauser, head of turbine group/Liechti Americas. www.gfms.com

Upskill a finalist in Hannover Messe’s Hermes Awards

Deutsche Messe named augmented reality (AR) device and software producer Upskill one of five finalists for the Hermes Award during the opening ceremony of Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade show that attracts more than 5,000 exhibitors and 200,000 attendees. The only U.S.-based company shortlisted, Upskill was recognized for outstanding innovation in developing the newest version of its Skylight AR platform.

In its 15th year, the Hermes Award industrial technology prize recognizes solutions showcased at Hannover Messe for the first time.

Brian Ballard, Upskill’s CEO and co-founder, said, “It is a true honor to be a finalist among other innovative, global technology companies at Hannover Messe.”

Dr. Jochen Köckler, chairman of Deutsche Messe’s Managing Board and head of the award’s independent jury, commented, “The nominated entries reflect the trend toward self-learning and autonomous systems that leverage the full power of artificial intelligence and smart sensor technology. It’s solutions like that that are driving the second wave of digitization.”

Upskill investors include Boeing HorizonX, GE Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Accenture, and Cisco Investments. www.upskill.io