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Eastern-PA Community College Now a Motoman Robot-Training Site

Friday, March 16, 2012
Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), in Eastern PA, has been certified to provide training on Motoman robots as a registered Motoman Endorsed Instructor Training Center. The center will deliver basic and advanced training courses on the NX100 controller, and in maintenance. The robotics courses build on HACC’s existing mechatronics program-- Motoman is online at


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.


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