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Trans-Matic Recognized for Strides in Safety and Health

Friday, April 26, 2013
Metalformer Trans-Matic Manufacturing Co., Holland, MI, has been awarded status as a Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition (MSHARP) participant. In administering the MSHARP program, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration assesses companies’ workplace conditions, safety culture and safety-management systems. Trans-Matic manufactures deep-drawn metal stampings and assemblies including commercial and residential lock hardware components and automotive ABS brake components; Learn more about the MSHARP program here.

Record-Setting Quarter for Robot Sales

Friday, April 26, 2013
North American robotics companies set new records for first-quarter orders and shipments, according to statistics released by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Through March 2013, North American robotics companies received orders for 5833 robots, a 14.5-percent jump compared to the same period last year and a 10 percent increase over the previous first-quarter record set in 2005. Likewise, first-quarter shipments to North American customers totaled 5736 robots, breaking the previous record for robot shipments, set in 2012, by 24.6 percent. Several end-use markets posted double-digit growth compared to last year, including automotive components. More at

New Certification Program for Portable 3D Metrology

Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Coordinate Metrology Society, San Diego, CA, has launched the industry’s first Level One Certification for portable 3D metrology. Examinations will be held at the Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) July 22-26, 2013, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The Level One examination is a proctored online assessment comprising some 200 multiple-choice questions covering theory and practices common to most portable 3D metrology devices. A Level Two exam on portable CMM technology will be piloted during the 2013 CMSC. Check out certification-program guidelines and find application forms at


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