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Red Bud to Supply Cut-to-Length Line
for Flat-Rolled Service Center

Thursday, May 19, 2005
Heidtman Steel Products Inc., a flat-rolled service center based in Toledo, OH, has purchased a 3/8-in. cut-to-length line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The new line will be installed at Heidtman’s newly expanded facility in Butler, IN. The line will feature Red Bud’s heavy-gauge backed-up straightener, which opens up like a book at the push of a button. That allows full access to all work rolls and backups. Also incorporated is a heavy-gauge stretcher leveler that elongates material lengthwise to exceed the yield point in all material fibers—top to bottom and edge to edge, according to Red Bud officials. The result reportedly is the most stable product that can be produced by a mechanical process. For more, visit

Summit to Discuss Application of Lean Thinking

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
The Lean Enterprise Institute will present Business Process Summit: Applying Lean Thinking Across the Enterprise from June 8 to 10, 2005, at the Hilton Hotel, Logan Airport, in Boston. The nonprofit institute, which has developed tools for implementing an entire lean business system, will present executives from companies that have been successful in going lean. Company successes will be described and breakout sessions will provide detailed implementation analyses. For more information or to register, visit

Cognex Acquires Vision- Sensors Company

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, supplier of machine-vision systems, has acquired DVT Corp., Duluth, GA, a supplier of vision sensors for inspection and quality control. The acquisition provides Cognex with a worldwide network of more than 150 industrial distributors, in addition to its own network of 40 distributors, mostly in North America. Learn more at


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