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Fanuc Robotics Expands in South America

Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Fanuc Robotics America, Inc., Rochester Hills, MI, has expanded its operations in Brazil with a move to a 22,000-sq.-ft. facility in Sao Paulo. The majority of its floor space in the new facility, according to Jose Teixeira, general manager of Fanuc Robotics do Brazil Ltda., is dedicated to systems engineering, assembly, integration and customer demonstrations. The firm provides robotic systems for welding, machine tending, palletizing and packing, paint finishing and laser processing.

Copper Companies Merge

Friday, January 30, 2004
Cerro Copper Tube Co. and Cerro Copper Products Co., St. Louis, MO, have merged to become Cerro Flow Products, Inc. Find them online at

Interplex Companies Receive ISO/TS Certification

Thursday, January 29, 2004
Four companies owned by global stamper, plater and molder Interplex Industries, Flushing, NY, have been certified to ISO/TS 16949:2002, the international quality-control designation established for suppliers to the automotive industry. The four companies are Soprec, Dannemarie Sur Crete (France); Interplex Mexico, Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico); Interplex Sunbelt, Tamarac, FL; and Interplex Metals, Warwick, RI. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers, plus national trade associations, wrote ISO/TS 16949:2002 in conjunction with ISO. The specification aligns existing QS-9000, VDA6.1 (German), EAQF (French) and AVSQ (Italian) automotive-quality-systems standards within the global automotive industry. Together with ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS 16949:2002 specifies the quality-system requirements for the design/development, production, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. It does not replace QS-9000; it is an optional document that will eliminate the need for multiple certifications. Clients registered to ISO/TS 16949:1999 had until the end of 2003 to upgrade their registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002.


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