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Welding-Automation Website Upgraded
with Robot Demos, Product-Introduction Videos

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Lincoln Electric Automation, Cleveland, OH, has launched an updated and improved website offering visitors a dynamic, interactive look at the firm’s welding-automation products, services and training offerings. Visit the site——to take a virtual tour of the new division’s 100,000-sq.-ft. facility, and to view robot technology demonstrations and product introductions on the firm’s YouTube Channel.

Servo-Press Lines, with Crossbar-Feed
Automation, Installed at BMW Plants

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Schuler Group has installed two new stamping-press lines at the BMW Group’s facilities in Leipzig and Regensburg, Germany. The lines feature Schuler’s ServoDirect technology, blank loaders, crossbar-feeder automation and end-of-line automation. BMW will install a third Schuler line at its Munich plant in 2011. The line in Leipzig, launched on September 9, 2009, will produce more than 40 parts for the BMW 1 and X1 series. The 320-ft. line includes six servo presses linked by seven crossbar feeders, with a total press force of 11,600 tons, including a 2800-ton leadoff press; speed capacity is 17 strokes/min. Learn more at

Indiana Equity Capital Firm Acquires Metal Stamper

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Privately held equity capital firm North River Capital LLC, Fort ne, IN, acquired the assets and business of ne Manufacturing Corp., LaOtto, IN, and renamed the company ne Manufacturing LLC. ne Mfg., with press capacity to 1000 tons, designs and manufactures a variety of products, including axle assemblies, and offers tool and die design and build, CNC machining, metal stamping, and robotic and resistance welding. It employs 50 people in a 110,000-sq.-ft. facility. President Monty Dickerhoof and vice president Ken Gnau remain with the company, and Dickerhoof serves on the new board of directors. Learn more at


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