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Robots, Robots, Robots in North America
Monday, November 21, 2005
North American robotics companies are on pace for a record year in 2005, with orders by North American manufacturing companies up 30 percent in the first nine months. The Robotic Industries Association reports that through September, 14,840 robots, valued at $913.3 million, have been ordered by North American manufacturing companies. The biggest growth areas, according to RIA officials, have been for robots used in material-handling applications (up 45 percent), welding (up 37 percent) and spot welding (up 19 percent). The automotive industry, traditionally the largest employer of robots, has increased its orders by 44 percent thus far in 2005.
“We expect that the final year-end numbers will set a record for total robots ordered, eclipsing the mark set in 1999, and will come close to a record in terms of revenue,” says Donald A. Vincent, RIA executive vice president.
Those words reflect the push by North American manufacturers to adopt high-tech methods to stave off overseas competition, and also show that robotic technology is becoming more affordable.
Bettcher Amherst Earns ISO Recertification
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Metal stamper Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping, Cleveland, OH, recently passed its ISO 9001-2000 quality inspection for recertification. The firm produces four-slide and multi-slide parts, deep-drawn stampings and large transfer-die stampings. It’s online at www.bettcherllc.com
Hatch Stamping Opts for Online Integrated MIS Package
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Plexus Online manufacturing-information system has been adopted by Hatch Stamping Co., Chelsea, MI, to integrate its 13 separate operating systems, manage its growth and help maintain lean practices. The system, from Plexus Systems, Auburn Hills, MI, also provides Hatch with key metrics, supply-chain management, a continuous-improvement module and detailed traceability. Plexus Online allows customers to track and manage their businesses in real time through a web browser, including electronic data interchange, sales, purchasing, production, quality, production, shipping and accounting. Learn more at www.plex.com