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Conveyor Line Changes Hands

Friday, September 12, 2008
The ETC (enclosed track conveyor) product line manufactured by Product Handling Equipment, Inc., Buckner, KY, has been acquired by 1stSource Products, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN. 1stSource will rebrand the conveyor line as E-Trac Lite, supplementing its existing E-Trac high-capacity square-tube enclosed-track conveyors. Learn more at

Armor-Plate Production Proves Lucrative for AZ Firm

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
LAI International, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, a supplier to Boeing, Eaton, GE, Lockheed Martin and other Fortune 500 manufacturers, has won several contracts for manufacturing armor-plate assemblies. As part of its recent agreements, LAI received five awards for production of military-vehicle armor plating developed by the Army Research Lab, designed to stop penetrating-type explosives. LAI supplies precision components and subassemblies using processes such as hot forming, CNC machining, chemical milling and five-axis precision waterjet drilling. It operates five U.S. facilities;

Double-Sheet Detector Protects
Expanded-Metal Press Line

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Niles Expanded Metals, Niles, OH, has installed a Model 120 double-sheet detector, from Roland Industrial Electronics, Cleveland, OH, on an automatic production press used to produce expanded-metal materials. The control unit of the double-sheet detector can store as many as 255 programs, making it well-suited to the large variety of materials processed at Niles, including several grades of carbon steels, as well as magnetic and nonmagnetic stainless steels, aluminum and titanium alloys and various exotic alloys. Material thickness can range from 0.10 mm to 8.0 mm. Learn more at; Niles Expanded Metals is online at


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