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Thursday, March 07, 2002
ABB Inc., Fort Collins, CO, announced from the show floor of METALFORM '02, on Thursday, March 7, that it has become the first robot supplier to sell 100,000 robots. The firm sold its first robots in 1974, mainly for machine tending and material handling, applications that account for 30 percent of its robots sold today. TRUMPF OPENS LASER TECH CENTER The Trumpf Laser Technology Center has opened in Plymouth, MI, sporting a fully accessible state-of-the-art laser laboratory for the development and validation of laser applications. The center houses more than 15 Trumpf laser and laser machines in a 29,000-sq.-ft. facility staffed with more than 50 employees, more than half of which are skilled technicians and engineers. For more information, call Kathryn Chamberlain, 734/354-9770.

Metallurgy Companies Come Together

Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Inductotherm Industries, Rancocas, NJ, has formed the Inductotherm Group, which includes these leading companies: Inductotherm, Inductoheat, Lepel, Thermatool, Consarc, Bricmont, EMSCO, HI T.E.Q., Radyne, Welduction and Newelco. John H. Mortimer, P.E., was named president/ceo of the new group. The Inductotherm Group comprises five main product groups: Consarc Group, dedicated to the melting and remelting of specialty super alloys; Engineering & Services Group, which provides automation controls and robotics; Furnace Group, supplier of induction melting furnaces and power supplies, charging and preheating systems and more; Heating Group, covering design and manufacture of induction and dielectric heating equipment; and Welding Group, focused on development of high-frequency induction welding equipment, pipe and tube mill systems, rollforming lines and tooling.

MECO Metal Finishing Takes Parent's Name

Tuesday, March 05, 2002
Electroplater MECO Metal Finishing USA, Inc. has officially changed its name to Possehl Connector Services. The firm, which has been part of the global Possehl organization since 1995, operates facilities in Rock Hill, SC and Elk Grove Village, IL. Learn more at


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