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Robotic-Safety Partnership Grows in Numbers

Friday, September 10, 2010
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, announced that six companies have joined its Partnership for Collaborative Safety, in time for RIA’s National Robot Safety Conference, September 27-29 in Indianapolis, IN. Joining the partnership’s initial member company, PIAB Vacuum Products, are Denso Robotics, Frommelt Safety Products, IPR Robotics, Omron STI and Pilz Automation Safety. The National Robot Safety Conference will feature the first public release of the new Robot Safety Standard Draft, R15.06 (2011); learn more at

Lean-Thinking Conference
Slated for Baltimore in November

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Plan now to attend the 2010 International Excellence Inside Conference, November 15-19 in Baltimore, MD. Hosted by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the conference will feature six keynote speakers who will share their lean strategies and success stories, and discuss best practices for continuous improvement. Among the speakers is Dr. John Izzo, author of Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, who will discuss the integration of values and purposeful leadership into business practices; and Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, who will address out-of-the-box thinking and development of a people-centered culture. Learn more and register to attend at

Website a Hot Spot for Info on Low-Melt Alloys

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Learn all about fusible alloys (also known as low-melt alloys) at the newly redesigned website of Bolton metal Products Co., Bellefonte, PA (formerly Cerro Metal Products Co.) The site contains product specs, technical data and application info, as well as a request-for-quote/contact form; Among the applications for low-melt alloys: drop-hammer dies for short-run sheetmetal forming (made by casting fusible alloys against wood or plaster patterns); and tooling for the bending of thin-walled tubing and channels.


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