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Turck, InterlinkBT Form Turck Process Automation

Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Turck Inc., Minneapolis, MN, a supplier of control products, and InterlinkBT, Plymouth, MN, a supplier of bus network products, have formed Turck Process Automation. The partnership is designed to develop and adapt the companies’ interface, connectivity, sensing and measurement products to process automation markets. For more, visit

Finishing Suppliers Release First
of Metal Finishing Guides

Tuesday, February 11, 2003
The Metal Finishing Suppliers’ Association (MFSA), Dearborn, MI, has released Zinc, Zinc Alloy and Cadmium Coatings, the first in its series of Quality Metal Finishing Guides. The 22-page guide includes production photographs and several tables for quick reference of technical data. The series addresses several topics including surface preparation, decorative copper-nickel-chromium, decorative precious-metal plating, hard chrome, tin and alloy coatings, and pretreatment for paint and powder coatings. The guides are published to promote technically sound standards and specifications for use by design engineers and buyers of metal-finishing products. To purchase the guides, contact MFSA at 703/433-2524.

Sheetmetal Fabricator Awarded $10-Million
Contract through Online Lead Service

Monday, February 10, 2003
MarkHon Inc., Wabash, IN, a precision custom sheetmetal fabricator has been awarded a three-year parts contract worth $3.5-4 million per year, procured through MarkHon’s membership in First Index Inc., a business-to-business electronic marketplace for custom manufactured parts. First Index, at, is a lead service as opposed to an anonymous online bidding service or auction, say First Index officials, so job shops can pursue customers that fit their niches. Suppliers also can collaborate on design features and production issues prior to submitting a bid.


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