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March a Good Month for Manufacturing

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Statistics from AMT—The Association For Manufacturing technology reveal that orders for manufacturing equipment in March leapt by 11.3 percent from February, but were down 1.4 percent over year-earlier orders. Year to date, orders are up 12.9 percent compared with 2011 and capacity utilization is just shy of 80 percent, according to AMT president Douglas Woods. Learn more.

System Integrators First to Earn RIA Certification

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, has announced its first group of Certified Robot Integrators, since launching the program in January 2012. Receiving the designation: JR Automation, Holland, MI; Motion Controls Robotics, Fremont, OH; Tennessee Rand, Chattanooga, TN; and Wolf Robotics, Ft. Collins, CO. To become certified, integrators undergo an on-site audit, safety training and hands-on testing of key personnel. Learn more here.

Stewart EFI Adds 200-Ton Press

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A 200-ton Minster press outfitted with a transfer mechanism has landed on the shop floor of Stewart EFI, LLC, Thomaston, CT. “The press will us to produce deep-drawn parts to 5.875 in. deep and blank diameters as large as 8 in. from strip to 1/8 in. thick,” says John Labas, vice president of sales and marketing. Stewart EFI produces deep-drawn parts as well as progressive-die and slide-formed metal stampings and wire forms. Secondary operations include assembly, plating and finishing;


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