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AMT SWAT Team to Tackle
Automation Cycle-Time Issues

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Orion, MI, a supplier of factory-automation design, engineering and process-consulting services, has formed a cross-discipline group called the Cycle Time SWAT Team. The team, created from the company’s simulation, programming, controls and mechanical groups, will focus on helping robot-system integrators and end users lower cycle times and increase production. The SWAT approach, according to company officials, consists of three phases: Evaluation, where the current installation is assessed, target areas for improvement identified, and a cycle-time-reduction budget established; Soft Implementation, where software and other improvements are made, which are the least disruptive and lowest-cost improvements and where sufficient savings may be realized to meet overall system objectives; and Hard Implementation, where any tooling, fixturing, cell-layout, parts-feeding or dunnage changes are made. For more from Applied Manufacturing Technologies, visit

Suppliers Team to Educate Industry
on Hexavalent Chromium

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Great Lakes Air Systems, Praxair and Bureau Veritas have joined forces to assist customers in reducing exposure to hexavalent chromium, a byproduct produced via metalworking processes, with welding considered as the primary source of overexposure. “The collaboration among these three companies allows us all to offer the best solutions to those dealing with this issue at the plant level,” says Jim Reid, vice president of Great Lakes, manufacturer of the RoboVent weld-fume filtration system. “It gives the opportunity to troubleshoot before they become OSHA violations.” For more from Great Lakes Air Systems, visit

Sheetmetal Fabricator Launches Website

Monday, November 26, 2007
DeWys Manufacturing, Inc., a precision sheetmetal fabricator in Marne, MI, has launched a redesigned website at The firm offers cutting, punching, bending, forming, manual and robotic welding, assembly and painting services.


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