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Pepperl+Fuchs Acquires Product-Identification Firm

Friday, October 29, 2004
Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, supplier of factory- and process-automation products and services, has acquired Omnitron, a German-based supplier of Data Matrix 2D optical-coding readers for product identification and online data recording. Data Matrix technology allows detailed information to be imprinted, by any printing process, on the smallest of products, with feature size as small as 0.25 mm. For more information, log on to

Horizon International Taps Plexus Online for ERP

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Horizon International Group, a Taylor, MI-based producer of machined and formed parts for a variety of industries, has selected Plexus Systems, Auburn Hills, MI, to provide enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) software. Horizon International, a Tier One automotive supplier, now can consolidate inventory tracking, quality management, quoting, data capture, accounting and human resources under a single ERP program, Plexus Online. “Plexus Online provides a complete, fully integrated information-technology solution that is designed specifically for manufacturers,” says Heather Gardner, Horizon International CEO, commenting on the decision to replace all existing systems throughout the company with the ERP software. For more on ERP products and services from Plexus Systems, visit

Trumpf Training Certified for CEUs

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Customers who attend training classes conducted by Trumpf Inc., Farmington, CT, now can earn continuing education units (CEUs), which then can be translated to academic credit or used to sustain certifications. Trumpf, a provider of fabricating machinery, recently had its training programs certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training after a comprehensive authorization procedure. Each year, according to Trumpf officials, the company conducts more than 200 product training courses on topics such as flatsheet laser cutting, punching, bending and welding. For more, visit


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