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Free Online Informational Videos on Coil Coating

Thursday, November 29, 2007
The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) has published new videos at its website,, that are intended to educate manufacturers about the uses, options and advantages of utilizing prepainted metals. Video topics include: Prepaint Saves Money, Why Eliminate Your Inhouse Paint Shop, The Coil Coating Process, Coil Coating Myths and Prepaint Offers Design Options. Besides the videos, the NCCA website provides learning resources such as case studies, tutorials, tool kits and technical bulletins.

Balluff Acquires German Sensor Manufacturer

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Balluff Inc., Florence, KY, has announced that its German parent company, Balluff GmbH, has acquired SIE Sensorik Industrie GmbH, a German capacitive-sensor company. Balluff manufactures a variety of sensors as well as linear position transducers and ID systems. For more on the company’s offerings, visit

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


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