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Robot Orders Slump for Automotive Tasks,
but Rise for Non-Automotive

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
While North American robotics orders are off by 23 percent in the first half of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007, orders in non-automotive sectors increased by 23 percent in units and 16 percent in dollars in the first half of the year, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Robotics orders from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers fell by 43 percent during the first half of the year. Leading the surge in sales to non-automotive manufacturers: the semiconductor/electronics/photonics industry (up 117 percent), metals (up 74 percent) and plastics and rubber (up 71 percent). Visit RIA online at

New Book Teaches Shop-Drawing Basics

Monday, August 25, 2008
The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, Cleveland, OH, has released a new book titled, How to Read Shop Drawings. An introductory tool for students as well as for manufacturing-company employees, the book discusses three-viewed drawings, drawing to scale, welding symbols and weld joints and their symbols. It’s got a hard cover, 180 information-packed pages, and costs only $10. Order at

Honda Names Supplier of the Year
for Chemical/Fluid-Management Services

Monday, August 25, 2008
Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, PA, has received a Supplier of the Year performance award from Honda of America Mfg. Inc. for its chemical- and fluid-management services, specifically for services supplied to the Honda plant in Marysville, OH. The award recognizes contributions made to helping Honda exceed goals in cost reductions and efficiency improvements. Houghton produces specialty chemicals, lubricants and oils;


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