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List of Certified Robot Integrators Now at 10

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, has awarded RIA Certified Robot Integrator status to two Midwest companies, bringing the total number of certified integrators to 10. Freshly certified: QComp Technologies, Inc., Greenville, WI; and Wynright Robotics Solutions, Elk Grove Village, IL. Integrators earn the certification after undergoing a rigorous on-side audit, safety training and hands-on testing of key personnel. Here’s more about the program.

Paint-Line Upgrades Have Fabricator Feeling Greenand Profitable

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, has enhanced its liquid-spray painting process to yield “significant time- and cost-savings,” says president and CEO Michael Dougherty, “while improving employee health and comfort.” Among the upgrades is a new spray booth with an expansive opening, enabling the company to spray more parts per cycle—as much as three times as many parts—compared to its previous booth. Also new is a reclamation system to filter phosphates from the wash water and overspray, and an automated drying system with downdraft filtration. D&S, which also recently installed a powder-coating line, is a custom manufacturer of large-scale components and assemblies to Caterpillar, Oshkosh, Trane and other OEMs. Among its core competencies are laser, oxyfuel and plasma cutting, machining and robotic arc welding;

Plex Partners to Offer Direct Access to CAD Data

Monday, November 12, 2012
Users of the Plex Online cloud-based ERP solution can now directly access 3D and 2D CAD data, thanks to Plex’s new strategic partnership with Actify Inc. Actify’s Centro software enables manufacturing organizations and their supply chains to access, interact with and communicate part data, supporting all major CAD data formats. More at and


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