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Strippit/LVD Names British Columbia Rep.

Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Strippit/LVD, Akron, NY, has named Active Machinery Sales, Ltd., Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, as its marketing representative responsible for all product sales in British Columbia. Active will represent the complete Strippit/LVD line of equipment including mechanical and hydraulic CNC turret punch presses, laser-cutting systems, hydraulic press brakes, guillotine shears, fabricating systems and CAD/CAM programming software.

North American Robot Orders
Up Six Percent in ‘02

Tuesday, March 4, 2003
North American manufacturing companies ordered 10,573 robots, valued at $811 million, from North American-based robot suppliers in 2002. Those numbers, from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), represent an increase of six percent in units and five percent in revenue as compared to 2001. RIA estimates that 126,000 robots now find use in the United States, making the country second only to Japan in robot use. For more, visit

Red Bud Multi-Blanking Line to McNeilus Steel

Monday, March 3, 2003
After evaluating the steel-supply needs its local market area, management at steel-service center McNeilus Steel Inc., Dodge Center, MN, decided to expand its facility and add a precision multi-blanking line for coils to 72-in. wide and 80,000 lb. The line, from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, will run at production speeds to 250 ft./min. and process stock to 0.312 in. thick. It will feature two Bradbury levelers, a heavy-gauge stretcher leveler, CNC programmable slitter and grip-feed system, and slit-stack separator.


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