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PMA Educational Foundation Sponsors BattleBots IQ,
a Showcase for Student Manufacturing Skills

Thursday, May 11, 2006
 
More than 1000 participants representing more than 100 high school and college teams from across the country gathered for organized mayhem at the Battle Bots IQ National Robotics Competition in Miami, FL, April 26 -30. The PMA Educational Foundation participated as a funding sponsor for the event. The BattleBots IQ educational program includes curriculum, teacher training and an exciting competition that inspires, educates and engages students through the art of robot building. Its curriculum can be implemented in schools in several s--as a stand-alone robotics class; integrated into an existing class such as technology studies, electronics, physics or other related subjects; or organized as an after-school club. This national competition culminated with the competition, which required students to research, design, build, test and maintain their robots. With names such as Blood, Sweat and Gears, Critical Impact, and The Blender, the robots, built and driven by the students, competed in 3-min. matches in 15- and 120-lb. weight classes. Whatever damage the robots sustained in one round of the tournament had to be repaired by the team prior to the robot’s next scheduled battle. The benefit to manufacturers? Students receive exposure to many aspects of manufacturing, including materials, design, electronics, welding, repair, troubleshooting, documentation, budgeting and teamwork. In many regions, manufacturing-industry representatives have direct contact with students by assisting the teachers in mentoring. According to BattleBots IQ CEO Nola Garcia, "The student robot builders of today are the innovators of tomorrow. They begin working with an idea and a pile of parts. They experience the thrill of seeing their inventions come to life and responding to their control and direction. It's hard work, but a lot of fun. Students' imaginations are captured while they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations, also gaining practical knowledge of math, science, engineering and manufacturing. These students definitely exhibit the skills and attitudes that they need for future success, and will be leaders in the American workforce of the future." For more information, log on to www.battlebotsiq.org.

Service Center Launches E-Commerce Site

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
 
Steel service center Denman and Davis, Clifton, NJ, has launched www.ddsteel.com, offering extensive e-commerce options. It promises intuitive setup to help customers locate products and services quickly, for optimum cost control and improved processing. Users of the site gain real-time inventory information, as well as information on available production services, including CAD/CAM design, cutting, forming and subassembly. A Buy Online feature offers real-time price quotes.

Redesigned Website Offers Tooling Solutions

Tuesday, May 09, 2006
 
De-Sta-Co, Madison Heights, MI, has launched its redesigned website at www.destaco.com. The site features the firm’s array of workholding, automation and electric products. It also houses an Engineering Resource Center, highlighting sales and distribution, service and support, training and other services. Users can search for products by part number, product category or model number, and can easily locate a local distributor. A 3D CAD library allows engineers to configure an individual 3D model from the firm’s wide range of clamps, grippers, slides, rotaries, tool changers and feed escapements.

 

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