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Motoman Named Supplier of the Year

Wednesday, August 14, 2002
GKN Automotive, Inc., a supplier of automotive drive-line components, named Motoman Inc., Dayton, OH, its 2001 Capital Equipment Supplier of the Year. GKN has some 200 Motoman industrial robots installed among its three plants in North and South Carolina. Most of the robots are used to tend machines and handle materials. The award is judged on criteria from 10 categories, including service, support, pricing, quality, engineering initiatives and operational performance.

ESAB Shape-Cutting Manuals Available Online

Wednesday, August 14, 2002
ESAB Cutting Systems, Florence, SC, has made all of its machine-related manuals available on the web and on CD-ROM. The offering includes 37 archived manuals; 21 manuals on large gantry machines; 20 CNC manuals; 20 schematic package manuals; 21 small gantry-machine manuals; eight waterjet manuals; and four shape-library manuals. All are in English, some in other languages such as German, Spanish and Portuguese. Visit the website for more details:

Turret-Press Upgrade Brings
New Controls and Servo Drives

Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Automated Machinery, Inc. (AMI), Cincinnati, OH, has rebuilt and retrofit new controls and digital servo drives onto a Wiedemann CNC turret punch press for the A.O. Smith Water Products Co. plant in El Paso, TX. AMI upgraded the 23-year-old press by adding a GE Fanuc O-PC with digital servo drives to improve reliability and ensure that the controls are compatible with another press AMI rebuilt for A.O. Smith last year. AMI also rebuilt the lower turret, workholder and center support table of the press; replaced the guide tracks, index locating pins and Y ballscrew; and repaired the cross-slide mount for workholders, lubrication system, repositioners and X and Y guide-rail bearings. A. O. Smith Water Products Co. manufactures hot-water-heating systems.


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