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Lincoln Electric Partners to Develop 3D
Steel-Fabrication Simulation Software

Monday, November 16, 2009
Lincoln Electric Automation, Cleveland, OH, has partnered with Jitech Fabrication Technologies, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to develop 3D simulation software to allow structural-steel fabricators to simulate and evaluate alternative methods for the automation of steel-fabrication operations. The software, called StrucCIM, will help fabricators coordinate several discrete operations, including cutting, coping, layout marking and welding. Under the partnership agreement, Lincoln Electric Automation will integrate StrucCIM, sell licenses, and build custom robotic-welding and cutting cells; Jitech will develop optimized, automatic programming features for each workcell layout. Learn more at and

Sensor/Safety-System Manufacturer Upgrades Website

Friday, November 13, 2009
Sick, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, a manufacturer of sensors, safety systems, machine-vision products and systems for logistics automation, has launched a new website at The new site offers detailed product features, benefits and specifications, and includes request-for-quote and buy-online functionality. Visitors can also read up on applications for Sick’s products, seek spare parts, and access an improved service and support area for software downloads, training information and product support.

Plex Receives $6 Million Shot in the Arm

Friday, November 13, 2009
ERP-software provider Plex Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, announced it has received a $6 million equity investment from numerous sources, including $5 million from private equity firm Apax Partners, as well as investments from company management and its founding investors. Plex provides a software-as-a-service ERP solution for manufacturers called Plex Online;


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