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Robot Orders on the Rise

Thursday, June 28, 2007
North American robotics companies posted gains of 24 percent in new orders in the first quarter of 2007, according to statistics from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Through March, North American manufacturing firms purchased 4603 robots valued at $274.5 million. Including exports, the numbers jump to 5027 robots valued at $293.9 million. “This is the highest number of robots we’ve seen ordered in a quarter since mid through 2005,” says RIA executive vice president Donald Vincent. “Orders to the automotive sector jumped 45 percent in the first quarter when compared to the prior year.” Introduces Video Capability

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, a business-to-business online marketplace for the machine-tool industry, is now giving users the ability to upload and show videos of machines for sale. Sellers on the site can now post videos demonstrating machine-tool capabilities and features—the videos are loaded through and can be played directly on In addition to standard photos typically accompanying each listing, the expansion into video offers users the chance to review machines in operation. A new section titled Videos lists all machines by date added, allowing users to view recently added machine videos and increasing accessibility. has 100,000 registered users and more than 35,000 machine listings provided by more than 1000 sellers, and the site is viewable in Chinese and Spanish to facilitate international transactions.

A Consolidation of Metalformers in Minnesota

Monday, June 25, 2007
BTD Manufacturing, Inc., Detroit Lakes, MN, has acquired Pro Engineering, Minneapolis, MN. Pro Engineering provides metal stampings and employs 29 people. BTD offers design, engineering, prototyping and short-run stamping, robotic and manual welding, finish machining, assembly, heattreating and packaging;


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