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Website Formed for Turret-Punch-Press, Shear Parts

Monday, February 18, 2002
Automated Machinery, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has launched a website to serve customers seeking replacement parts, retrofits, rebuilds, field service and technical support for turret punch presses and right-angle shears. In addition, the site,, offers information on AMI Borliner, AMI scheduled-maintenance programs and Recora Switchmats pressure-sensitive perimeter controls. Also offered through the website are new, obsolete and reconditioned control parts; a line of parts for table, turret and punching-mechanism rebuilds; clutch/brake parts; and workholder assemblies for Wiedemann, Amada and Strippit equipment. Automated Machinery offers maintenance, technical assistance, rebuilds, retrofits and parts for fabricating equipment.

Domestic Steel Shipments, Prices Drop in December

Monday, February 18, 2002
Domestic steel-mill shipments totaled 99,448,000 net tons in 2001, down 8.8 percent from 2000, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Through December 2001, the capability-utilization rate was 75.6 percent, down from 84.4 percent in 2000. For December alone, mills shipped 6,872,000 net tons, a decrease of 9.1 percent as compared to December 2000 shipments. U.S. prices for hot- and cold-rolled sheet in December 2001 were down 11 and 14 percent, respectively, as compared to December 2000. AISI cited steel imports as the cause for slumping shipments and depressed prices. For more data, visit

Reko, Radix Form Factory-Automation Alliance

Friday, February 15, 2002
Reko Automation and Machine Tool, Inc., Tecumseh, Ontario, and Radix Controls Inc., Oldcastle, Ontario, have formed a strategic alliance to provide turnkey factory-automation systems. Radix specializes in integrated software, vision-guided robotics, and vision inspection and control systems while Reko focuses on design, fabrication and installation of turnkey manufacturing systems. The alliance will help the companies capture an increased share of the North American automation-system market and expand into larger projects in a variety of industries, according to officials from both companies.


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