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Atlas Technologies Adds Vertical Machining Center

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Atlas Technologies announced the installation of a HAAS large-frame vertical machining center (VMC) at its Fenton, MI, facility. The VF-12-series VMC is designed to accommodate large-volume machining required to service Atlas’ various customer markets.

The VMC adds to the Fenton facility’s 51,000 sq. ft. of inhouse manufacturing space that currently provides custom welding and fabrication as well as contract-manufacturing services. The VMC features a 150 by 28-in. T-slot table with 50 taper configurations and spindle speeds to 10,000 rpm. The machine’s capabilities will streamline the manufacturing process to meet increasing production demands while providing a higher quality of metal fabrication, according to company officials.

“The VMC will increase our production times and efficiencies to consistently deliver quality products to our markets,” says Andy Basgall, general manager at Atlas Technologies, “along with creating career opportunities for qualified individuals that will support our expanding metal-fabrication department today and into the future.”

Record Year for North American Robot Orders, Shipments

Monday, February 6, 2017

In 2016, the North American robotics market broke all-time records for orders and shipments, according to a report from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). During the year, 34,606 robots valued at approximately $1.9 billion were ordered in North America, representing growth of 10 percent in units over 2015. The automotive industry experienced another strong year with orders growing 17 percent. Units shipped to North American customers also grew by 10 percent, with 30,875 robots valued at $1.8 billion shipped in 2016. Shipments into the automotive market grew 25 percent relative to 2015.

The fourth quarter of 2016 alone saw North American orders of 10,621 robots valued at $561 million, a growth rate of 18 percent in units ordered and 21 percent in revenue over the fourth quarter of 2015. Q4 shipments grew 33 percent on a unit basis with shipments of 8825 robots valued at $494 million.

For details on RIA, visit

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Friday, February 3, 2017

Force Control Industries, Fairfield, OH, has added Mike Fox as its Western regional manager, supporting reps and distributors, OEM and industrial customers in the Western region of the United States and Canada.

The company offers expertise in oil-shear technology, providing a full line of clutches, brakes and clutch brakes for OEMs in diverse applications. For more, visit


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