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Machine-Tool Consumption up through October

Friday, December 17, 2004
U.S. machine-tool consumption through October 2004 is up 42.6 percent over 2003 figures, according to AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. AMT president John B. Byrd III attributes a boost in year-end sales to a strong IMTS show in September and the year-end expiration of the 50% Expensing Allowance. The regions showing the largest jumps in sales over 2003 sales have been the western region (up 84.3 percent over 2003), central (up 57.4 percent) and northeast (up 54.6 percent). The midwest region, which leads the pack in overall sales and accounts for 39.7 percent of the total U.S. market, is running 42.1 percent head of 2003 sales.

Robotic-Arc-Welding Seminar Set for April

Thursday, December 16, 2004
The Hobart Institute of Welding technology is offering Robotic Arc Welding, a day-long seminar to be held at the Hobart Institute in Troy, OH, April 12, 2005. The seminar covers criteria for selecting applications for automation and robotics, robot system selection and economic justification for the purchase and implementation of robotics. Types of welding automation will be described as well as key elements of robot systems and related equipment. The seminar costs $1050. To register or for more information, visit

Three Laser Systems to 3-Dimensional Services

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
The Laser Group of NTC America, Farmington Hills, MI, has delivered three laser systems to 3-Dimensional Services, Rochester Hills, MI, bringing to 14 the number of NTC laser-cutting systems in use by the prototype-part producer. The most recent delivery included the newest laser cutter from NTC, a high-speed TLZ three-axis system, and two TLM five-axis lasers. 3-Dimensional and its sister company, Urgent Design & Manufacturing, employ the lasers in cutting metal sheet and plate, typically within 0.002-in. tolerances. For more, surf to


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