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New Website for Buying, Selling
Coiled Strip and Wire

Friday, November 8, 2002
A new online service, is advertised as “a new to buy and sell continuous-coiled metal strip and wire.” The service gives sellers an organized to post surplus materials, and provides buyers with a searchable database of materials that are ready to ship. The only charge is a processing fee to the buyer when a purchase is made. Included on the site are most ferrous and nonferrous materials, according to service officials.

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology
Receives DaimlerChrysler Award

Friday, November 8, 2002
DaimlerChrysler AG has presented an International Procurement Services Supplier Award to Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology (IMT), headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany, with a manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, MN. IMT was one of 10 recipients of the award, which honors efficient suppliers in the areas of quality, costs, technology and logistics. In presenting the award, a DaimlerChrysler official noted that IMT has been a longstanding premium partner in the field of measuring systems, and that IMT played a major problem-solving role during DaimlerChrysler startup problems with its E-Class launch. For more, visit

Companies Collaborate to Develop
Open Protocol for Safety Communications

Thursday, November 7, 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


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