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Macomb (MI) Community College Partners
for Training Facility

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Through a partnership between Macomb (MI) Community College, General Motors and Comau PICO, a supplier of automation systems, two training laboratories and three training cells have been installed at Macomb’s Michigan Technical Education Center (MTEC). The installation answers a need in manufacturing where production companies may not have space or personnel to provide hands-on training. For the robotic-welding cell, GM has donated two Fanuc robots and a fully simulated multistage robotic-welding process. A press-to-press automation simulator and machining center round out the training-cell offerings. The two laboratories, one for programmable-logic-controller/drives technology and the other for hydraulic and pneumatic technology, provide training for programming, editing and troubleshooting systems that run advanced manufacturing processes. Providing the training are Macomb’s Workforce Development Institute and Comau PICO personnel. The MTEC cells and labs can help with your company’s training needs. For more information, surf to

Press Tonnage Control Earns Energy Savers Award

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency, Houston, TX, has presented its National Energy Savers Award to Ford Motor Co. for the automaker’s work in commercializing the Force Modulator system. The energy-efficient technology was developed to improve the operation of stamping presses, particularly those used to form lighter-weight materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum. The system, developed by Smedberg Machine Corp. and marketed by Metalforming Controls Corp., provides a soft hit, user-controlled tonnage at all points in the stroke, hold on bottom and a controlled binder-ring return. As lack of tonnage control during the press stroke has been considered a barrier to the use of aluminum and high-strength steel, this technology will accelerate use of these materials in auto/truck applications, thus reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy, according to the technology’s backers. That capability resulted in the award presentation. For more, visit

Ferguson Metals Honored by Buckeye State

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Ferguson Metals, a Hamilton, OH-based supplier of specialty stainless steel and high-temperature alloys, has won an award in the Commitment to Excellence tier of the Ohio Award for Excellence. The award, patterned after the Malcolm Baldridge Award, recognizes companies that have demonstrated a serious commitment to excellence and a process for continuous improvement. “We have embraced a philosophy of continuous improvement that is driven by programs such as the roadmap to Excellence and ISO certification,” said H. ne Ferguson, president, commenting on the award. The company will receive its award at a conference to be held this September in Columbus.


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