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Houghton Centralizes Chemical Ordering System

Thursday, April 11, 2002
Houghton International, Inc., Valley Forge, PA, a supplier of metal-processing chemicals and support services, has centralized its order entry system at its headquarters location. The consolidation replaces six systems scattered throughout the country, and enables customers to order all product lines as well as fluid sample requests from the same location. The order-entry system runs on ERP software, automating all business transactions and allowing direct access to technical services. The new order-entry contacts: tel. 888/459-9844, fax 610/666-0174. Operating hours have been extended to 6:30 p.m. EST to accommodate West-Coast customers.

Machine-Tool Consumption Up,
But Still Trails 2001

Wednesday, April 10, 2002
U.S. machine-tool consumption totaled $193.84 million in February, a 24.9-percent increase from the month prior but down 14 percent from February 2001. The numbers, from data complied by the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology, show year-to-date (through February) consumption of $349 million, off 26.8 percent from last year’s levels. “Despite the positive economic indicators that have been reported the last two months, the manufacturing sector is likely to see a slower, more deliberate recovery than other sectors,” said Ralph J. Nappi, AMTDA president, responding to the data.

Orchid to Supply In-Press Transfer System

Tuesday, April 9, 2002
The Meridian Automotive Systems plant in Ionia, MI, will, in December 2002, install an in-press transfer system from Orchid Automation, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The transfer system will service a double-ram press (2500 and 1500 tons) with bolsters measuring 200 by 132 in. Total transfer length is 400 in. Transfer load capacity is 650 lb. per ram and per side of transfer. To minimize wear and tear on the system, Orchid designed it with a dual lift drive--one for the tooling rails during operation and the other for the entire unit during maintenance and die change. The Meridian facility manufactures car and truck bumpers


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