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UM Offers Lean-Mfg. Management Course

Friday, August 29, 2003
The University of Michigan Business School is offering a five-day management course that covers lean-manufacturing operations. Leadership in Plant Operations will be held October 27-31, at the university’s Ann Arbor campus. Attendees will learn how to initiate lean-manufacturing practices, reduce manufacturing cycle times, quickly and accurately assess a plant, measure performance, encourage safe environments and practices, and align manufacturing and operations with other business functions. The course is designed for manufacturing and operations managers as well as individuals working in plant operation. The course fee is $6,850 and includes tuition, books and instructional materials, living accommodations and meals. For more information or to register, call 734/763-1000.

Mi-Tech Steel Orders Slitting-Inspection Line

Friday, August 29, 2003
Mi-Tech Steel, Inc., Louisville, KY, a flat-rolled-steel distributor and coil processor, has awarded Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL, an order to supply a double slitting and coil-surface-inspection line. The line will be installed at the new Mi-Tech facility in Jackson, MS. The line is capable of top and bottom surface inspection and slitting of coils weighing to 60,000 lb. in widths to 72 in. It can process surface-critical class 1 galvanized and bare cold-rolled steel coils in thicknesses from 0.015 to 0.125 in. at speeds to 1000 ft./min. This will be the seventh Braner/Loopco slitting line installed for Mi-Tech. For more, visit

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.


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