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New Field-Service Company
Tackles Issues with Drives, PLCs and HMIs

Thursday, July 16, 2009
Meet Automation Service Engineering (ASE), Detroit, MI, a new company specializing in field servicing of factory automation-control systems. The company provides a key-contact single-source responsibility for control-system design and onsite field-service engineering. Its field engineers have system-design experience so that the same engineer selected to design the system also performs all onsite work and new-technology upgrades. ASE services include 24-hr. emergency service, custom conversions for legacy products to new technologies, preventive-maintenance programs and technical training;

Machine-Safeguarding Website
Displays Safe-Practice Videos

Thursday, July 16, 2009
Rockford Systems, Inc., Rockford, IL, has updated its website to include short, informative video clips that demonstrate applications of machine-safeguarding products; a seminar page that offers descriptions of upcoming safety seminars, with online registration; and a catalog, with shop-online functionality, of the company’s products—safety shields, die-safety blocks, interlock switches, signs and labels, etc. Go to

Esab Moving Some of its Production
Out of South Carolina

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Esab Welding & Cutting Products will cease manufacture of gantry cutting machines, arc equipment and plasma power supplies at its North American headquarters in Florence, SC, and move the work to other factories around the world. The Florence facility will remain the company’s “center of excellence” for plasma-arc cutting, including research and development of plasma processes, production of plasma systems and manufacture of torches and consumables. The Florence facility also will continue to manufacture gas apparatus and consumables; will serve as an aftermarket organization for Esab’s mechanized-cutting-machine technology; and will provide centralized services, including customer service, marketing, accounting, human resources and IT. Learn more at


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