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ANSI Approves Revision
of B11.19—Performance Criteria for Safeguarding

Thursday, August 28, 2003
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved a substantial revision of the B11.19 standard, Performance Criteria for Safeguarding, according to the Association of Manufacturing technology. The revised standard complements ANSI B11 machine-tool safety standards and covers detailed requirements of protective measures. These include fixed, adjustable and interlocked guards; safeguarding and awareness devices; safeguarding methods and safe-work procedures; complementary equipment; and inspection and maintenance of safeguarding equipment; and training. To order ANSI B11.19-2003 or for more information, contact Paul Nicolicchia at AMT, or tel. 703/827-5266.

Two Prima North America Divisions Share New HQ

Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Prima Laser Tools, provider of 2-D and 3-D laser-machining systems and automation, has moved into a new 68,000-sq.-ft. facility in Chicopee, MA, along with sister company Convergent Lasers. The two divisions fall under the corporate umbrella of Prima North America. The new Chicopee facility features a large showroom and training and application center. Look online at for more information.

Robot Sales Through the Roof

Wednesday, August 27, 2003
North American robotics companies posted new-order gains of 34 percent in the first half of 2003, according to figures released by the Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, MI. Strong gains in robots ordered for resistance spot welding and material-handling applications led the . Learn more at


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