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Burlington Automation Acquires
New Automation Assets

Thursday, November 07, 2002
Burlington Automation Corp. (BAC), Burlington, Ontario, Canada, announced the purchase of all assets, drawings, intellectual property and the NAC trademark from New Automation Corp. Theo Somers has been appointed as general manager of the group originating from the acquisition. BAC designs and builds custom automation machinery for the structural-steel industry and also produces tube-mill secondary-finishing equipment. For more, visit

Companies Collaborate to Develop
Open Protocol for Safety Communications

Thursday, November 07, 2002
Sick Inc., Rockwell Automation and Omron Corp. are collaborating on the development of an open protocol for safety communications. The automation and machine-safety companies are working together to devise a protocol based on the existing standard protocol found in DeviceNet and Ethernet/IP networks, allowing safety devices to communicate seamlessly across these networks to other safety devices without additional programming. The feature is expected to be realized without the need for expensive safety-specific hardware such as gates and bridges. Additional benefits, according to Sick officials, include network design flexibility as well as simplified training and maintenance. For more information, visit

Dorner Updates Conveyor Website

Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Dorner Mfg. Corp., Hartland, WI, has updated its website,, to provide simpler navigation as users seek information on the company’s six major conveyor platforms. In the redesigned site, simple descriptions route users through the steps of choosing the correct conveyor systems for their applications. Now, 2D and 3D CAD libraries of company conveyors can be downloaded from the website. Other enhancements include News that Moves, a 2-min. video summary of company products, news and research; specifications and features for each conveyor platform; downloadable service manuals and online ordering of catalogs.


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