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Free Machine-Guarding Evaluation

Friday, October 17, 2003
The Park Nicollet Institute, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is looking for small- to medium-sized metalforming and fabricating companies to take part in its free, nonregulatory machine-guarding program. Participants will receive a confidential shop evaluation with workers completing a brief questionnaire. In addition, some shops will receive free safety training. According to institute officials, participation will help shops in identifying s to control machine hazards, solving various guarding problems and developing better working relationships concerning shop safety. Participants also will receive a certificate from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Again, the institute maintains that all information will be kept confidential. For more information, contact Dr. David L. Parker at tel. 952/993-8753, e-mail

Bellman-Melcor Earns ISO-TS Certification

Friday, October 17, 2003
Bellman-Melcor, Inc., Tinley Park, IL, a fabricator and distributor of brazing and soldering alloys, has earned certification to ISO/TS 16949:2002. The company is the first in its industry to achieve this new standard, according to Steven Campbell, company president.

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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