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Bettcher Enhancing its Lean Programs

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
High-volume stamper Bettcher Amherst Metal Stamping, Brook Park, OH, has contracted with the CAMP Product Development Group, a non-profit organization that provides engineering and training services to manufacturers, to help enhance its lean-manufacturing initiatives. Bettcher aims to continuously improve its quality, on-time delivery and competitive pricing. It supplies precision metal stampings including four-slide and multi-slide parts, wireforms, deep-draw parts and large transfer-die stampings, and is online at

Rolled Alloys Expands Cincinnati Plant

Tuesday, August 9, 2005
A 24,000-sq.-ft. expansion made to the previous 36,000-sq.-ft. Cincinnati, OH, facility of Rolled Alloys, Temperance, MI, allows the plant to store additional inventory as well as add new processing capabilities. Rolled Alloys supplies heat-resistant, corrosion-resistant, high-temperature and titanium-alloy products. The new addition includes a new Trumpf Trumatic laser-processing center that can cut stainless steel to 5/8 in. thick and nickel-alloy plate to 3/8 in., as well as a Timesaver burr-removal machine and a Virtek CMM.

Robot Industry Surging Full Speed Ahead

Tuesday, August 9, 2005
The robotic-automation business is good—so good that Yaskawa Electric Corp., Kitakyushu, Japan (parent company to Motoman Inc., West Carrollton, OH) is building a new robot factory to expand production capabilities. The new 100,000-sq.-ft. facility in Kitakyusha will manufacture, beginning in November 2005, medium- to large-sized robots for resistance welding, material handling and painting. It expands Yaskawa’s production capacity to 2000 robots/month.


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