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Metal Stamper Launches into Sheetmetal Fabrication

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Chirch Global Manufacturing, LLC, McHenry, IL, a precision metal stamper that offers tool and die services, assembly and JIT delivery, has partnered with Amada America Inc. to install an automated sheetmetal-fabrication cell. Included is a servo-driven22-ton turret punch press, a hybrid servo-hydraulic press brake, an automated load and unload material-handling system and robotic finished-parts stacking. Chirch also opted for Amada’s offline-programming software, which helps keep production personnel focused on value-added production tasks. Its website hosts a video of the manufacturing cell in operation—

Waterjet-Cutting Showroom Opens in China

Friday, January 21, 2011
Jet Edge, Inc., St. Michael, MN, a manufacturer of waterjet-cutting systems, has opened a new sales, service and equipment-demonstration showroom facility in Shanghai, China. The facility will supply and support local customers, provide training and maintain a spare-parts warehouse. More at

Robotic-Safety Training Gets a Boost
at Alabama’s Robotics Technology Park

Friday, January 21, 2011
Phase I of the Robotics Technology Park (RTP), in Tanner, AL, opened in September 2010 with the commissioning of a 52,000-sq.-ft. Robotic Maintenance Training Center. Included is safety training, on apparatus provided by Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc.—safety mats, safety light curtains, interlock switches and perimeter guarding. Phase I encompasses three robotic welding cells, eight single-robot workcells, and a robotic assembly line comprising seven robots, a conveyor system and an automatic-guided vehicle—all guarded by Omron’s safety equipment. Phase II of the RTP, slated to open spring of 2011, will encompass a 30,000-sq.-ft. Advanced Technology Research and Development Center, which will be used by NASA and the U.S. Army Missile Command for R & D. Phase III will welcome an Integration and Entrepreneurial Center, where companies will build and adapt robots for new industries and where start-up companies will be able to set up and test new robotic lines, integrate software and equipment and train maintenance and production staff. Learn all about the RTP at; read up on Omron’s robotic-safety apparatus at


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