Friday, October 08, 1999

INDUSTRY NOTES: MANUFACTURING


Local firm developing gun parts

BY MIKE BOYER
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A tiny Edgewood company has teamed with some defense industry giants to develop a lightweight device for the Army to distinguish friend from foe during war games and actual battles.

        Accu-Counter Inc., launched five years ago by former military police officer Kenneth L. Brinkley, is part of Boeing Co.'s integrated products team, which has received a $1 million development contract from the Army's Simulation Training Instrumentation Command at Fort Benning, Ga.

        The team, which includes Oerlikon Contraves, Inter-Coastal Electronics, DRS Technologies and Raytheon, is developing a device to identify and monitor soldiers during training and eventually in combat. Accu-Counter will provide technology showing instantly when and where shots are fired and in which direction the firearm was pointed.

        At the same time, Accu-Counter has begun marketing an infrared firearms monitor to police agencies. The thin, 13/4-inch long device — which fits under the pistol grip — tracks the recoil action each time the weapon is fired. The device was demonstrated last week to the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors in Phoenix. It can provide maintenance and reliability data on the weapon as well as information when shootings occur.

        “This is really kind of an odometer for firearms. We think the potential is huge,” said Thomas R. Wells, Accu-Counter's chief executive.

Toolmaker shares apprenticeship tips
        The development of a successful apprenticeship program will be discussed at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Tri-State Tooling & Machining Association at the Argosy Hotel and Casino in Lawrenceburg.

        Robert Hughes, a founder of Clifty Engineering & Tool Co. in Madison, Ind., which repairs specialty machines, tooling and dies, will discuss development of his company's apprenticeship program, started in 1963. The dinner meeting starts at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 including dinner and boat admission. Information: Doreen Haus, (513) 948-2010.

Seminar will teach flexibility to firms
        Orchestrating a nimble company will be the focus of a half-day seminar Oct. 19 presented by Midwest Manufacturing Solutions and Client Server Associates at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, downtown.

        Gary Allen, vice president of global operations at O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt, the Fairfield unit of Kroll O'Gara Co., will describe his company's effort to become more nimble. Those efforts helped Kroll O'Gara become a member of Business Week's list of fastest growing small companies. Information: Jennifer Kist, 381-7200.

       



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