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Balluff Acquires Capacitive-Sensor Manufacturer

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
German-based capacitive-sensor manufacturer SIE Sensorik, with U.S. offices in Toledo, OH, has been acquired by Balluff, Inc., a manufacturer of inductive, capacitive, photoelectric, magnetoresistive, magnetostrictive, RFID and vision sensors. Balluff, a subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, maintains its North American headquarters is in Florence, KY; SIE will be fully integrated into the global operations of Balluff.

Caterpillar Names Lincoln Electric Outstanding Supplier

Monday, April 14, 2008
The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, OH, received the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification according to the MQ11005 standard. Lincoln Electric, a Caterpillar certified supplier since 1991, becomes the first welding-consumable manufacturer to deceive the designation. Caterpillar’s new certification program recognizes suppliers that are working toward zero defects in the manufacturing process. It combines third-party ISO 9001:2000 registration and full ISO/TS 16949:2002 compliance along with Caterpillar-unique elements taken from the new MP11005 principles. Only suppliers with a demonstrated history of success using Six Sigma are eligible for the certification. Lincoln Electric is online at

Coil-Processing Seminar Includes Plant Tour

Friday, April 11, 2008
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, will host a coil-processing seminar in West Chester (Cincinnati), OH, on June 24 at the Wingate by Windham & Meridian Conference Center. Attendees will learn about blanking and multiblanking, leveling, and slitting, as well as the SCS and EPS processes for hot-rolled black material. Featured speakers include Dean Linders, vice president of marketing and sales for Red Bud; Eric Theis, formerly of Herr-Voss and now a consultant; Al Zelt, an expert in slitting technology; and Kevin Voges, president of The Material Works. The seminar will conclude with a tour of United Performance Metals in Hamilton, OH. Learn more at


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