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Tower Automotive Enters the Solar-Energy Business

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Stirling Energy Systems (SES), Scottsdale, AZ, has contracted with Tower Automotive for the production and assembly of the mirror facet components of its new SunCatcher concentrating solar-power system. Tower’s experience in producing automotive exterior and structural stampings matched well with the needs of SES, company officials said. Each SunCatcher dish includes 40 mirror facets, with each facet comprised of three major components—a stamped rib support and metal substrate, and the mirrors. Learn more about SES and the SunCatcher at

Beckhoff Automation Expands in the Carolinas

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Beckhoff Automation LLC, Burnsville, MN, a supplier of PC-based controls, industrial PCs, automation controllers, servo drives and motors, opened a new sales and engineering center in Charlotte, NC. It hired Ron Pryor, customer service engineer, and Les Queen, application engineer, to work at the new center, a 3000-sq.-ft. facility that includes a training room. It’s the firm’s seventh regional office in North America; .

Partnership Delivers New
Manipulation-Control Software for Motoman Robots

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Industrial-robot manufacturer Motoman Inc., Dayton, OH, has partnered with robotics-software provider Agile Plant, Inc., Austin, TX, to provide an optimized control package for fabricating cells using dual-arm robots. The partnership will integrate Agile Planet’s Kinematix manipulation software with Motoman’s dual-arm and other robot models. Learn more at; Agile Planet is online at


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