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Manufacturing Excellence Conference
Set for October in Dallas

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence will hold its 2006 conference October 16-20 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas, TX. “Thriving in the Challenge of Change” is the theme for the conference, which will include more than 30 tours of best-practices plants in the Dallas area, 40 theme-related exhibitors, 30 workshops and more than 60 lean-focused best practices delivered by the practitioners who developed them. “This conference is definitely a timely resource for those companies looking to increase their competitiveness in 2006 and beyond,” says Dan McDonnell, conference chair. For more information and to register, visit

Batesville Tool & Die Invests
in Web-Based Operations-Management Tool

Monday, August 21, 2006
Plexus Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, will help Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. manage its stamping operations at its plants in Batesville, IN, and Queretaro, Mexico. The Plexus Online ( collection of more than 350 functional modules will integrate Batesville’s administrative, engineering and production operations. The system is accessible through a web browser and allows users to link to their business data and track operations. It supports lean activities such as Kanban scheduling, pull systems and Kaizen. Batesville Tool & Die provides stampings and welded assemblies with presses to 1200 tons, primarily for the automotive market.

White Paper: Benefits of Control
and Information-Systems Integration

Monday, August 21, 2006
A new white paper from Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI, explores how an integrated control and information infrastructure can help manufacturers reduce production costs, improve regulatory compliance and respond more quickly to changing market demands. the paper, Integrating Control and Information Systems, available at , outlines business trends that drive the need to create an environment where data can be turned into useful information—in an easy to access and use format--to improve manufacturing and business processes. The white paper comes as the company has recently brought together its software product offerings into a single integrated suite—FactoryTalk. Modular standards-based FactoryTalk software applications feature integration with the Rockwell Automation Logix control platform as well as extensive connectivity to third-party and legacy systems, according to company officials.


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