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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

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.

MRP Webinar--Best Practices from Quote to Invoicing

Thursday, April 25, 2013
On Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 2:00 PM eastern time, SigmaTek Systems, developer of SigmaMRP software, will host a webinar titled, Best Practices to Run a Full Fabrication Job from Quote to Invoicing, and Creating POs. Topics include integration with cad/cam nesting, applying secondary operations, integrating invoices with e-mail programs, and producing easy-to-use route cards. Learn more and register to attend at


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