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Orchid Intl. Wins Quality Award

Wednesday, February 27, 2002
The Orchid Intl. manufacturing facility in Gordonsville, TN was recently presented with the Tennessee Quality Commitment Award. The award is intended to stimulate the economic well-being and quality of products and services from Tennessee companies, through quality management and practices. Orchid Intl. manufactures high-volume metal stampings and complete modular subassemblies for the automotive, appliance and electrical markets.

Website Features In-Die Tapping Heads

Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Hutchison Tool Sales, Bensenville, IL, has added in-depth technical information on in-die tapping heads to its website. New information on the site includes downloadable CAD files, technical design instruction, tapped-hole size information, stripper travel requirements and recommended tap-speed data. Find it all at

Robot Sales Off in 2001

Tuesday, February 26, 2002
No surprise here: the North American robotics market fell 30 percent in 2001, affected by the U.S. recession just as were other capital-equipment markets. New year-end statistics from the Robotic Indutries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, show that North American customers ordered nearly 9000 robots last year valued at $680 million. Add to this the 779 robots (valued at $52 million) shipped oversaes and North American robotics manufacturers experienced an overall decline in unit sales of 32 percent, and 34 percent in dollars. A positive note: fourth-quarter sales jumped 20 percent over third-quarter sales. How many robots now work in U.S. factories, you ask? RIA estimates that number to be around 118,000, making the United States the world's second largest robotics user, trailing Japan.


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