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Fanuc VP Ostby receives
RIA Robotics Leadership Award

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) has presented the 2006 Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership to Kevin Ostby, vice president of regional operations for North and South America for Fanuc Robotics America, Inc. The Engelberger Robotics Awards, named for Joseph F. Engelberger, considered to be the “father of robotics,” are presented in four areas: leadership, application, education and technology development. Ostby has been involved with robotics for more than 30 years, including the past 25 with Fanuc. Before that, he was responsible for the first robots installed at Buick Motor Division for General Motors. He has served in a variety of positions with robotics-industry trade associations.

Reorganized Engineering Group
at Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Orion, MI, a supplier of factory-automation design, engineering and process-consulting services, has reorganized its engineering group. The reorganization creates four new practice areas—Robot Programming, Digital Processing and Simulation, Design Services-Mechanical and Electrical, and Advanced Applications—designed to improve response to customer requests for engineering services and programs. For more, visit

Machine Safety Tutorial at Banner Website

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Banner Engineering, Minneapolis, MN, has introduced its iKnow Machine Safety online tutorial at The tutorial allows users to understand the mechanics and applications behind machine safety systems through short, interactive lessons, and features simple navigation, expanded glossary and downloadable resources for on-the-job reference.


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