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Friday, November 11, 2016

Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, IL, supplier of laser-cutting systems, announced that Al Bohlen has been promoted to president of North American operations. He had been vice president and general manager since 2013. For more on Mazak Optonics, visit

Global Shop Solutions, The Woodlands, TX, a developer of enterprise resource-planning software, has named Nick Knight as its senior director of customer services. He previously served as a member of the company’s service team, as consulting project manager and most recently as director of consulting. For more, visit

Guarding System from Sick Wins Innovation Award

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The LaserGuardian Intrusion Detection System and The HawkEye Effect software from Sick, Minneapolis, MN, has been named a 2016 winner of the Benchmark magazine Innovation Award. The award highlights advances in security technology by recognizing innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions, according to the magazine.

The LaserGuardian system combines laser-scanning technology with security cameras and software to prevent unauthorized entry to a facility or structure and minimize false alarms. Via GPS mapping technology, the system and software provide the ability to know the exact location of an intrusion and pinpoint it on an overview of the facility or interior blueprint. This allows building operations to quickly ascertain the location of the intrusion for a faster response time. The system’s image-stitching technology combines cameras and laser scanners to track the threat in real time, enhancing visual verification. The LaserGuardian system also incorporates technology to eliminate false alarms due to environmental conditions.

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TMA to Offer Die-Design Classes in 2017

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) will be offering a die-design class in Illinois starting in January 2017, to be taught by Accurate Die Design Software (Brookfield, WI) president and founder Ray Proeber. TMA had a successful die-design class for decades that graduated hundreds of students, according to Proeber, but due to declining enrollment it had been discontinued in 2005.

“Since the class, more than 10 years ago, had been taught using 2D CAD software along with a 2D die-design software package, it was much harder and took much longer to teach the students than it will be using 3D CAD software,” says Proeber. “Everything is very visual with 3D, of course, and with today’s die-design software, the students can animate dies on the computer screen as if those dies were running in the punch press.”

Software used in the class will include SolidWorks 3D CAD software along with Logopress3 die-design software. For more information, contact Ray Proeber at 262/938-9316 or the TMA Education Department at 847/825-1120.


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