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Atlas Sells EOL Racking Systems to Ford

Friday, November 12, 2004
The Ford Motor Co. Chicago Stamping Plant has ordered 10 end-of-line (EOL) racking systems from Atlas Technologies, Fenton, MI. The systems will go on large transfer presses and on intermediate-sized tandem press lines. From the installations, the plant expects to improve production, reduce ergonomic issues, improve floor-space utilization, reduce part damage and eliminate EOL bottlenecks. Atlas will include height-adjustable tables, anti-fatigue rubberized decking, dedicated lighting and fans to the systems. Learn more at

Banner Vision Sensor a Finalist for Design Award

Thursday, November 11, 2004
The PresencePlus P4 vision sensor from Banner Engineering, Minneapolis, MN, has been selected as a finalist for the 2004 Product Design & Development magazine Engineering awards. The P4 is a self-contained vision sensor—similar in size to traditional photoelectric sensors—that performs 360-deg. Non-fixtured product inspections. Award criteria call for products to require significant engineering and be uniquely qualifies to perform designated functions. For more on the P4, visit

Northern Industries to Retrofit Cut-To-Length Line

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Steel service center Northern Industries, Crestwood, IL, has chosen Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, to retrofit a Northern cut-to-length line. Red Bud will incorporate its heavy-gauge hydraulic grip-feed system and variable rake shear into the line, allowing Northern to supply closer length and squareness tolerances on hot-rolled product in thicknesses to 0.312 in.


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