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STI Certifies Eight Press-Brake-Guard Installers

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Scientific Technologies, Inc. (STI), Fremont, CA, has approved eight U.S.-based firms as installers of the company’s LazerSafe hydraulic-press-brake safeguarding system after they recently completed an intensive training course. LazerSafe uses a flat band of laser light to continuously cover the zone below the punch over a 40-mm width. This allows an operator to work in close proximity to the punch with no disruption to the approach speed or bending process. The eight companies approved by STI: Advanced Machine Maintenance, Houston, TX; Buckeye Machine, Forest, OH; Control Imagineering, North Vernon, IN; Formation Machinery & Tooling, Jenks, OK; MCB Management, Arden, NC; Paragon Industrial Controls, Santa Ana, CA; Press Shop Engineering, LaOtto, IN; and Stamptech, Southington, CT. For more from STI, visit

MAPICS Exec Named Regional CIO of the Year

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
The Georgia CIO Leadership Association honored Sandy Hoffman, chief information officer for MAPICS, Inc., Atlanta, GA, as Regional CIO of the Year. Hoffman was recognized for her outstanding technology leadership and the impact of her team on the MAPICS organization, according to the association. She won in the category of CIOs who manage up to 1,000 desktop computers. MAPICS provides ERP, CRM and supply-chain-management software systems to manufacturers. For more, visit

Friction Stir Welding Company Expands

Monday, November 17, 2003
Friction Stir Link, Inc., Waukesha, WI, has enhanced its job-shop welding facility to encompass 4000 sq. ft. of floor space and contain a variety of friction-stir-welding (FSW) equipment. It also houses a variety of weld-testing and analysis equipment. Equipment can perform continuous FSW as well as single-sided FSW spot welds. The firm welds manually as well as with hard automation and robots, to perform prototype development as well as low-volume production work.


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