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Ford Taps Rockwell Automation
for Press-Automation Upgrade

Thursday, October 03, 2002
Ford Motor Co. has selected Rockwell Automation to upgrade automation for two stamping-press lines at the Ford plant in Walton Hills, OH. The upgrade, to be completed next September, will improve productivity through more rapid product rollouts, reduced downtime and streamlined production schedules, according to Ford officials. Rockwell, as prime contractor, will oversee stamping-press control-system integration; refurbishment of robot-control systems; and integration of new robots into the press lines at the 2.2-million-sq.-ft. plant.

Kewill ERP Under New Ownership

Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Kewill ERP, Minneapolis, MN, developer of JobBoss manufacturing-management software, has been purchased by Exact Software, of the Netherlands. The firm's legal name is now Exact Software ERP-NA, Inc. The online address hasn't

Entron Controls Acquires British Federal Division

Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Entron Controls, Inc., Carol Stream, IL, a supplier of resistance-welding control systems, has purchased the British Federal Electronics Division in the U.K., and formed BF Entron, Ltd. Entron traditionally serves an 80-percent commercial market and 20-percent automotive; BF Entron is expected to capture 80 percent automotive, including a significant portion of the world automotive resistance-welding market. View the company online at


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