Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Technolink Snaphost October 2018

We are celebrating Manufacturing Month this October
by featuring insights from a couple of our members. 

This summer, Donn Silberman, Technical Services Manager for Starrett Kinemetric Engineering (SKE) in Laguna Hills, CA, successfully completed leading his second Starrett Technician Training Workshop.
While these workshops are currently targeted to be repeated and improved upon each year, SKE now has 22 trained technicians who are employed by SKE partners and work in concert with the SKE Factory Technicians. This new service business model parallels and works in conjunction with the Starrett Factory Sales Team (Product Specialists). Now both Factory Sales and Service Teams work closely with our Distributors’ Sales and Service Teams to build strong relationships with our end user customers.
Starrett Kinemetric Engineering designs, manufactures and sells Optical Comparators and Advanced Vision Metrology Systems for measuring dimensions of complex manufactured parts for industries across the globe. These include medical devices, aerospace, telecommunications, packaging and much more. Services include installing, calibrating and repairing these systems, as well as training end user customers to obtain the most productivity from these modern machines.

Training and educating staff, partners and end users is a key function of the SKE Technical Services Team. In addition to  traditional hands-on in person in the user’s lab or a specific training facility, Starrett now offers remote over the internet training and technical assistance where a trainer can access a student’s system (from anywhere in the world) and, together, they can go step-by-step through detailed instruction to get to the desired result of the specific technical application. This teaching model is being expanded with more innovations to come. To learn more, click 


CMTC announces Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 5! 
California manufacturers will open their doors with the aim to inspire our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.  For a full list of participants and events, click 

A Technolink supporter, CMTC
 is a non-profit organization that serves as a trusted advisor to manufacturers by providing solutions to grow both their businesses and the California economy.
“California’s Manufacturing Network”, formed and managed by California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC),  is a collaboration of more than 20 manufacturing-focused partners that augment CMTC’s services. The combined services are aimed at delivering a broad range of technical assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers (SMMs) in both urban and rural areas statewide.
The Network’s mission is to generate a positive financial impact for manufacturers and the California economy. The Network offers a variety of services including:
  • On site workforce training and/or center-based workforce training
  • Consulting and coaching to improve manufacturing costs and productivity
  • Growth services to drive new products, markets, and customers
  • Assistance with industry-specific challenges
The Network measures its performance from financial impacts realized and satisfaction ratings reported via client surveys conducted by a third party. The Network is an efficient way for CMTC to bring added capability and capacity to serve manufacturers statewide, especially in rural and underserved regions.
California’s Manufacturing Network is the “Go-To” organization supporting small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout California by generating significantly more financial impact for their clients and for the State of California.
CMTC is one of fifty-one Centers across the nation in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network which is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to develop and deploy technology, management and technical expertise for SMMs focused on improving their productivity and global competitiveness.  For more information, click 

photo courtesy CMTC blog 


We are pleased to share that the Technolink Presidents' Club Fall Forum was featured in the San Bernardino Sun. A special congratulations to Technolink Principal Supporter  KVP International  for this spotlight on the incorporation of automation in the workplace.  To read the article, click here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Technolink Fall 2018 Presidents' Forum Presentations

Thank you for joining us at the Technolink Presidents' Club Fall 2018 Forum.  We spent the day sharing friendly, thought-provoking conversations exploring the transformational shift in business and the workplace. 

We will come together again for our annual Spring Forum on Tuesday, March 26 at the Athenaeum Club at Caltech. 

Some of the forum presentations are included below for your viewing. 

Thank you for making Technolink such a rich and inspiring community!  May we continue to share the gift of kindness with all throughout this harvest and Thanksgiving season.

Mag Powell-Meeks
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Exploring the Transformational Shift in Business & the Workplace
Steve Gitlin
Aerovironment, Inc.
How to Leverage Technology Resources to Develop Value Proposition to Our Customers
Kent Peterson
P2S Inc.
Decarbonizing the Energy Grid"
Yaron Gamburg
International Affairs Specialist

Geopolitical Situation Briefing
Yaron Gamburg

Middle East Briefing
Terry O'Neill
The O'Neill Company
Global Economic Forecast"

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Technolink Snapshot September 2018

Snapshot News from Technolink Members

Many of us in the Technolink community know and understand that protecting our Intellectual Property (IP) is the key to fostering innovation and encouraging discovery in research and development across many fields.  With many current news stories focusing on the added economic value of IP rights, we turned to Technolink member Marc Karish, patent attorney at Karish & Bjorgum, a premier law firm that specializes in protecting the intellectual property of small to mid-size companies in California and beyond. In our conversation with Mr. Karish, he points out that timing is critical when it comes to protecting intellectual property -- whether it be medical devices, industrial and/or mechanical inventions or any results of the creative mind.

"Businesses should file patent applications as soon as possible," says Mr. Karish. "Under the America Invents Act, any delay risks someone else making the invention available to the public before the application filing date and thereby limiting or eliminating possible patent protection.  The inventor’s own public use, offer for sale, sale or public disclosure of the invention more than one year before filing a patent application renders the invention unpatentable."

For the first time in history, 80% of a company's assets are intellectual rather than physical. And, with global access to so much information online, an idea can be copied before it is protected. "The Internet allows for nearly instantaneous transfer and copying of inventions after they are made public.  If an invention is disclosed prior to filing a patent application, someone may start copying it immediately and that copying may prevent patent protection unless the inventor can show that the copier learned of the invention from the inventor."

In our fast-paced economy, protecting intellectual property domestically and abroad is more time-sensitive than ever. Karish & Bjorgum specializes in all aspects from acquisition and transactions to litigation. To learn more, visit www.kb-ip.com.  

Technolink member Lt. General Larry James, Deputy Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports the launch of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On pair of spacecraft from Vandenberg AFB on May 22, 2018.  The mission is a partnership between NASA/JPL and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).

GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which orbited Earth from 2002-2017. GRACE-FO will carry on the extremely successful gravity measurement work of its predecessor while testing a new technology designed to dramatically improve the already remarkable precision of its measurement system.  The two GRACE satellites, flying in formation, very precisely measure Earth’s gravity and changes in gravity around the globe.  For detailed information about the mission, see this link: https://gracefo.jpl.nasa.gov/.  For a video of the launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9, click below:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot August 2018


Technolink congratulates member Yaron Gamburg on his new position as International Affairs Consultant. Mr. Gamburg is a senior diplomat who has just finished his tour of duty at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC where he served as Minister for Public Diplomacy. He worked closely with the US Department of State, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the State governments of Maryland and Virginia, institutions of higher education, think and fact tanks and the leaders of Jewish, Hispanic and African American communities, religious groups and institutions.

Mr. Gamburg has extensive experience in international cooperation in the areas of Homeland security, economic relations and public diplomacy.  He was also involved in bilateral trade negotiations, made presentations at OECD and at the EuroMed program of the EU, as well as at O’Reilly Gov2.0 global conference. In recognition of his contribution to California-Israel homeland security, he received an award from the California Office of Homeland Security. Mr. Gamburg also served as an official delegate to the Middle East peace conference in Annapolis sponsored by the George W. Bush administration.

Fluent in English, Russian, Hebrew and French, Mr. Gamburg was interviewed and commented to TV, radio, newspapers and digital media worldwide: LA Times, France 24, Le Monde, L’Express, Pervyi Kanal, Izvestia, Kol Israel, Maariv and many others.

An early adapter and enthusiast of Digital Government, he initiated a training program on digital diplomacy that became mandatory for all diplomats within the Israeli Foreign Service. He also blogs about Diplomacy in the age of social media on Small Talk 2.0.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Technolink Snapshot July 2018

Happy 4th of July

It's that time again for baseball games, picnics, and barbecues with family and friends. Over the next few days, I encourage all of us to take a few moments to reflect upon the many great American liberties and freedoms we have today in this great nation because of the selfless sacrifices of our military and public safety heroes of yesterday and today.  
May everyone have a safe and wonderful summer!

Snapshot News 

At this special time of year, we are reminded of the many sacrifices and stories of courage of great heroes. In a recent correspondence with Technolink member Colonel Chris Richie, USMC, instructor at the Air War College in the Department of Leadership and Warfighting, he shared his concept of the "Invisible Medal." 
After 26 years of active duty service, he offers reflection on the true value of servant leadership. Less about performance, mission or profit, it has everything to do with people, relationships and unlocking the full potential in everyone. To learn more, please take a moment and listen to Colonel Richie's recent interview with Ken D. Foster for the Voices of Courage podcast. Listen now >>