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Ferris State Working with Hurco Cos.

Friday, August 25, 2006
Nearly 20 years ago, the Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) Manufacturing Tooling Technology program purchased three KM3 CNC mills from Hurco Cos., Indianapolis, IN. In the past few years, thanks to a renewed partnership between FSU professors and Hurco, the university has been able to upgrade its machinery equipment multiple times. For example, in 2002, “we approached Hurco stating that we had $72,000 and needed three machines,” recalls Dean Krager, associate professor in the FSU program. “Not only did Hurco let us buy two machines at a deep discount, it gave us a third machine to use on consignment for two years and told us that we could buy it for the depreciated value at the end of the consignment period. When all was said and done, we were able to purchase approximately $180,000 worth of equipment for $90,000.” Hurco has provided FSU with other top-of-the-line machines at deep discounts, too, according to Krager, and also provides applied education experience to FSU students as well as scholarship funding. For more from Hurco, visit More on the Manufacturing Tooling Technology program at FSU can be found at

Pangborn Purchased by Atlas Holdings

Thursday, August 24, 2006
Pangborn Corp., Hagerstown, MD, a manufacturer of surface-preparation equipment, has been acquired by Atlas Holdings LLC through its Capital Equipment Resources unit. “Management is certain that under Atlas Holdings and Capital Equipment resources ownership, Pangborn will further strengthen its North American market position and re-establish itself as the preferred shot-blast and air-blast equipment and services provider in the global marketplace,” says Randy Hudson, Pangborn president and CEO.

Pepperl+Fuchs Earns UL Certifications

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The Systems & Solutions business unit of Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, recently received UL508A, UL698A and UL698B accreditation from Underwriters Laboratories for the manufacture and certification of general-purpose and hazardous-location control panels. The business unit develops, manufactures and commissions marshalling cabinets, displays and annunciators, distribution panels, control-room cabinets, fieldbus panels, custom operator-interface units, standard and custom fieldbus junction boxes, and fieldbus power cabinets. For more, visit


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