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2Q Industrial-Laser Shipments Fall

Thursday, September 11, 2003
Shipments of industrial-laser equipment within North America and exports of the same totaled $97.1 million in the second quarter of 2003, down 25 percent from a year earlier, according to a survey of 41 North American laser manufacturers by the Laser Systems Product Group (LSPG) of the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The 2Q report shows that shipments of CO2 laser systems decreased by 20 percent and Nd:YAG laser shipments dropped 40 percent compared with the same period last year. Cutting applications served as the largest source of industrial laser activity in 2Q, accounting for 65 percent of all shipments. Why the drop? “The decline in laser shipments reflects the rate of capacity utilization—near 70 percent—amongst our key customers,” explains Dave Plourde, LSPG chairman. “The figure may not seem low, but productivity increases cannot justify demand for machines when this much spare capacity exists.” For more, visit

Robotics Seminar Slated for December

Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Learn strategies for optimizing robot productivity, minimizing downtime, and gaining control of the robotic arc-welding process at a seminar titled, How to Implement Effective, Global Robot Process Controls. The seminar hits Cleveland, OH, December 9-10. Learn more at

Trumpf Recognizes Top Distributors

Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Trumpf Inc., Farmington, CT, recently presented the following 2003 sales-achievement awards to its top distributors: Outstanding Distributor Performance—Primeline Fabricating Machinery, Indianapolis, IN; Sustained Excellence—Fabricating Machine Tools Ltd., Cleveland, OH; Most-Improved Performance--Southern States Machinery, Greensboro, NC; Appreciation—Advanced Fabricating Machinery, Ontario, Canada. Trumpf produces fabricating machinery and laser production equipment. For more, visit


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