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Columbia Marking Tools Becomes
a Certified Vision-System Integrator

Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Cognex, Natick, MA, a supplier of machine vision systems for gauging, guiding, counting and identifying products on production lines, has certified Columbia Marking Tools, Inc., Chesterfield Township, MI, as an authorized vision-system integrator for the state of Michigan. Columbia Marking Tools designs and manufactures metal and plastic marking equipment, including stamps, roll-marking dies and marking machines. Check out Cognex products at

Johnson Controls Tackles Lean in a Huge

Monday, January 24, 2005
The Automotive Group of Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee, WI, has begun implementing a new comprehensive operations-management lean-operations software solution across its 30 North American manufacturing facilities. It is deploying the Factory Logic Lean Operations Management System, from Factory Logic, Austin, TX, to integrate leveling, sequencing, scheduling and Kanban/supermarket capabilities to allow the firm to respond better to changes in demand, production and inventory levels. The company-wide implementation follows an extensive pilot implementation at its plant in Holland, MI. Learn more at

De-Sta-Co Expands in China

Friday, January 21, 2005
De-Sta-Co Industries, Madison Heights, MI, has opened a new facility in Shanghai, China, to serve as headquarters for support of the firm’s offices operating throughout China. The office allows the company to make its robotic automation products, including grippers, slides and end effectors, readily available to the Asian market.


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