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New Managers Onboard at Serapid

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Serapid, Inc., Sterling Heights, MI, hired Dennis Lucas as vice president and general manager, and Robert Adams Jr. as engineering manager and chief engineer. The firm provides quick-die-change technology to the metalforming industry;

DARPA Funding a New Direct Digital Manufacturing Center

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sciaky, Inc., a provider of additive-manufacturing systems developing near-net-shape prototype parts, is teaming with the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University to launch the Center for Innovative Metal Processing through Direct Digital Deposition. Funding for the 6000-sq.-ft. center is being provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Learn more about the center here ; Sciaky is online at

Record Robot Sales in 2011

Friday, February 17, 2012
North American robotics companies sold more robots—19,337 to be exact--in 2011 than ever before, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. The previous record was 18,228 robots, sold in 2005. Compared to 2010, North American robot sales in 2011 ticked up by 47 percent in units and 38 percent in dollars. Of note: automotive orders from component suppliers jumped 77 percent in 2011, while orders for robots from OEMs grew by 59 percent. More at


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