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Suppliers Take Note: GM has Standardized
its Communication Network for Manufacturing

Thursday, October 16, 2003
 
General Motors Corp. has standardized on EtherNet/IP for its vehicle manufacturing operations. The network is expected to provide real-time communication between GM machine controllers, robots and process-control equipment, and also funnel information to higher-level business systems. As a result of the standardization, suppliers to more than 60 GM factories in North America, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East have until Jan. 1, 2007, to make their products EtherNet/IP-compatible. ODVA, Ann Arbor, MI, an international association comprised of members from automation companies, will provide training and support for the new system.
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Roll-Kraft Installs Laser Marker

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
 
Roll-Kraft, Mentor, OH, has added a laser marking system to enhance the legibility of information etched into company products. Laser etching provides safe, clean marking without producing stress on part surfaces, according to company officials. The clean marking is expected to aid in product tracing and cross-referencing with setup charts and drawings. For more company information, visit www.roll-kraft.com.
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Kendale Industries Earns
International Automotive Quality Recognition

Tuesday, October 14, 2003
 
An ISO/TS 16949 Quality Management System Certificate has been awarded to Kendale Industries, Inc., Valley View and Independence, OH, for manufacture and supply of washers, stampings, screw-machine products and turned parts. Kendale (www.kendaleinc.com) operates in four buildings totaling 228,000 sq. ft., employs more than 250 and runs more than 42 presses, from 22 to 150 tons. It has manufactured thousands of die sets for round washers, and makes these off-the-shelf tooling available to customers at no charge. Compound washer die sets can produce as many as 15 washers per stroke.
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