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Global Brands Takes on Press-Brake Product Line

Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Global Brands Group Ltd. has purchased the Hydrapower trademark and product line of large press brakes from Hydrapower Intl. Inc., Marco Island, FL. Hydrapower is one of the world’s largest exporters of press brakes and shears, and will maintain its presence in North America. View its complete product offerings, including C-frame and straight-side presses, online at

Spec and Order Clamps Online

Tuesday, January 28, 2003
PHD, Inc., Fort ne, IN, has launched a new website called Instant Clamp Expert, featuring its clamp products and allowing visitors to build, draw, price and order clamps directly from the site. Visitors can view clamp animations, access catalogs, configure part numbers, request native CAD models, obtain pricing and place orders. Visit

Metrology Companies Form
Software-Development Pact

Monday, January 27, 2003
Renishaw plc and Metrologic Group have signed a software-development agreement whereby Metrologic Group will develop its Metrolog II software to run on Renishaw’s UCC1 universal coordinate-measuring-machine (CMM) controller platform. In addition, Renishaw will use the new software in its worldwide demonstration facilities. The partnership, according to officials from both companies, allows users of Metrologic software to take advantage of the controller, which reportedly optimizes the CMM/probe sensor interface for maximum part-checking speed and accuracy. Using the UCC1, speeds in excess of 300 mm/sec. can be achieved. Metrologic, Grenoble, France, has offices in the United States, Germany and Italy. Renishaw has a U.S. office in Hoffman Estates, IL. For more, visit or


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