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Partners in Robotic Fastener Installation

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Robot and machine-vision-system integrator Clear Automation, Southington, CT, has partnered with PennEngineering, manufacturer of the Pemserter fastener-installation press, to market the newly developed Robotic Pemserter installation system. Included are input and output conveyors, and a Fanuc robot to move the workpiece in and out of the press. More at

New Steel Service Center Coming to the Port of Indiana

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Roseville, MN-based Ratner Steel, a provider of full-line flat-rolled steel sheet and plate, announced plans to locate a new facility at the Port of Indiana. Ratner ( will invest $14.25 million to construct and equip the 102,000-sq.-ft. steel-service center at the Lake Michigan port. The facility, slated to open early in 2013, is expected to employ as many as 30 people by 2015. It will provide support to the 30 companies now operating at the Port of Indiana, which handled more than 2 million tons of cargo in 2011.

Lincoln Electric Acquires Weartech

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Weartech Intl., Anaheim, CA, a manufacturer of cobalt-based hardfacing and wear-resistant welding consumables, has been acquired by Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, OH. The add-on to Lincoln’s consumables portfolio enhances its presence in the high-growth energy and process-chemical market segments. Learn more at and


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