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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 www.welding.org
ArvinMeritor Gains from Steel Wheels
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
According to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), ArvinMeritor, Troy, MI, has delivered more than 850,000 stamped, welded and chrome-clad steel wheels to DaimlerChrysler for its Dodge Ram 1500 truck. Based on that success, DaimlerChrysler has tapped ArvinMeritor for additional steel-wheel business for the next-generation Dodge Ram 2500.
AISI says that the ArvinMeritor contract reflects a surge in popularity of styled steel wheels by the public and vehicle manufacturers, with more than 8 million of the wheels on the road today compared to 600,000 only five years ago.