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M.S. Willett Redesigns Website

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Production stamper and tool-and-die builder M.S. Willett, Inc., Cockeysville, MD, has redesigned its website, The updated site includes short movie clips demonstrating the firm’s ability to design, develop, manufacture and automate metal stampings and assemblies. M.S. Willett provides a range of secondary operations including automated resistance welding, in-die and offline tapping and robotic welding. Its Tool & Die Group, known for high-speed transfer systems, designs and builds tools and dies, custom automation machines and production systems for sheetmetal components and light metal packaging.

Laser-System Builder Opens Offices in China

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
GSI Lumonics, Farmington Hills, MI, and Rugby, England, has opened two regional sales offices in mainland China—in Shanghai and in Beijing. The offices will handle the firm’s complete range of laser products, including its JK Industrial Nd:YAG series for cutting, welding and drilling, and its Lumonics series of CO2 lasers.

Automatic Feed Co. Going to Lean School

Tuesday, April 12, 2005
The Lean Learning Center, Novi, MI, a provider of lean curriculum and consulting, has been contracted by Automatic Feed Co, Napoleon, OH, manufacturer of coil-handling and press-feed automation systems, to assist in Automatic Feed’s commitment to developing an enterprise-wide lean operation. Automatic Feed calls its lean transformation the SMART (Standardization & Modularization Action Resource Team) Initiative. Its lean team has attended the Lean Kaizen Boot Camp program offered by the Lean Learning Center. Lean-team leaders are reorganizing processes, standardizing procedures and cross-training personnel to fundamentally change the they do business. In one case, a control process has been improved so that system wiring content was reduced by 66 percent. Automatic Feed is online at Learn more about the Lean Learning Center at


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