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Hydrapower Production Line to Star
in New Pole Plant

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
KW Industries, Sugar Land, TX, announced plans to build a new lighting-pole manufacturing plant outfitted with a production line from Hydrapower Intl., Marco Island, FL.. Hydrapower will provide the new KW facility with a coil-processing line and taper slitter, 50-ft. press brakes with automated sheet feeding, a conical die set, an exit conveyor and a seam welder with entry loader. KW president Jim White credits the automation associated with the line with allowing a workforce of six to produce 100 poles/8-hr. day. Read up on Hydrapower’s complete lineup of fabricating equipment at

Hypertherm Earns OSHA Recognition

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has bestowed its OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) Star worksite status upon Hypertherm, Hanover, NH, a manufacturer of plasma-arc and laser-beam cutting systems. OSHA VPP Star status recognizes organizations that maintain injury and illness rates significantly below U.S. government averages for their industry. For 2010, Hypertherm experienced less than one incident/100 full-time employees, compared to the industry average of nearly eight incidents/100 workers. More about Hypertherm at; read all about the OSHA VPP Star program at

Get Trained Now to Prepare
for New Robot-Safety Standard

Friday, May 6, 2011
Come the end of the year there will be a new robot-safety standard (R15.06) standard in town, and to help manufacturers prepare, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) will conduct a series of four seminars in June and July. The Robot Safety Training seminars are slated for June 1 at Genesis Systems, Davenport, IA; June 30 at Omron Scientific Technologies, Fremont, CA; July 20 at Components Express, Woodbridge (Chicago), IL; and July 27 at the Alabama Industrial Development Training/Robotics Technology Park, Tanner, AL. Learn more and register to attend.


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