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Robotic-Systems Integrator gets New Digs

Monday, May 23, 2005
Automated Concepts Inc., has moved into a new 65,000-sq.-ft. facility in Council Bluffs, IA. The facility provides 60 percent more space for the company to design, manufacture and program turnkey robotic applications. The roomier location also enabled the company to reconfigure the manufacturing floor plan for more efficient workflow. For more, visit

Machine-Tools Acquisition in South Korea

Monday, May 23, 2005
The Doosan Group of South Korea has acquired the management of Daewoo Heavy Industries and Machinery (DHIM) from Korea Asset Management Corp. The acquisition includes the DHIM Machine Tool, Construction and Defense divisions. DHIM will now be called Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd. As a result, two machine-tool companies, the other being Doosan Mecatec, will carry the same Doosan logo. “The two companies will operate independently,” says Young Park, president of Doosan Machinery America, Inc. (DMA), Sterling Heights, MI, the Doosan representative in the United States. “DMA will reinforce its sales activity through its existing distributor network in North America.” DMA offers a range of CNC vertical and horizontal lathes and horizontal and vertical machining centers.

Schuler Nets Design Award
for Compact Crossbar Transfer Press

Friday, May 20, 2005
A new compact crossbar transfer press, available through Schuler Inc., Canton, MI, has earned the Global Innovation Award from Design News, a design-engineering publication. The award recently was presented to Hans Hofele, representing the automotive business unit of Schuler Presses, which developed the technology. The press features individual transfer drive units, which are mounted to the press uprights and transfer large sheetmetal parts from one press operation to the next. That allows modification of different press stations for various part complexities. “With older presses, you had to design the stamping operation to handle the most complicated part,” according to Hofele. “You couldn’t modify the press to run faster for less complex projects.” In addition to the press’ flexibility, removal of idle stations within the line has cut press-line length by about 20 feet. With the award, Schuler received $15,000, which was donated to Ohio State University. OSU and Schuler have maintained a long working relationship. Schuler officials say the company has received eight orders for the innovative press.


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