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FMA launches sheet metal operator certification program

December 16, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced a new certification program for precision sheet metal operators for testing and validating their skills in sheet metal forming and fabricating.The new Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) Level I Certification...

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Mazak Optonics plans new HQ in Elgin, Ill.

December 3, 2008

Mazak Optonics Corp. plans to move into a new, $10 million North American Headquarters complex in Elgin, Ill., by the end of the first quarter, 2009.Construction of the new facility—located on a highly visible, eight-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of Interstate 90 and Randall...

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Preco names VP of sales

November 11, 2008

Preco Inc., Somerset, Wis., has hired David Krattley as vice president of sales for the metals market within the laser equipment division.Krattley has more than 19 years of experience in the industrial laser market. His career started at LMI (currently Preco Inc.), and he most recently had been...

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nLight acquires majority interest in Optotools

November 11, 2008

A supplier of high-power semiconductor lasers and fibers, nLIGHT Corp., Vancouver, Wash., has acquired a majority interest in Optotools GmbH, Heilbronn, Germany, a supplier of high-power semiconductor lasers for industrial customers.The established Optotools product line will remain, and integrated...

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Prima appoints European sales manager for Laserdyne systems

October 14, 2008

Prima North America Inc., the North American subsidiary of Prima Industrie S.p.A., Torino, Italy, has appointed Paolo Busti as European sales manager for Laserdyne Systems.Busti manages all Laserdyne Systems sales activities in western and eastern Europe.Busti has worked in a number of positions...

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Bystronic opens Canadian office

September 20, 2008

Laser cutting and press brakes manufacturer Bystronic Inc. held a grand opening for its newest company, Bystronic Canada Ltd. on September 17, 2008. General Manager of the new company, Peter Kyc explained, "Bystronic places a very high value on customer satisfaction, and it is clear that our...

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LIA conference addresses laser safety

September 16, 2008

Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., will present the International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC®), an event that addresses all aspects of laser safety, March 23-26, 2009, at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel in Reno, Nev. The event will include instruction on practical activities of...

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Industrial Metal Supply launches 3-D laser cutting and fabrication division

September 16, 2008

Industrial Metal Supply Co., Sun Valley, Calif., has created a new business unit that will provide six-axis, 3-D laser cutting and fabrication services to the company's customer base of design and manufacturing firms, metal fabricators, welders, machine shops, and other businesses throughout...

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TRUMPF Canada names managing director

August 12, 2008

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed James Rogowski as managing director of TRUMPF Canada.The company recently acquired the remaining shares of Advanced Fabricating Machinery, which serves the Canadian market as a sales and spare parts facility for TRUMPF products. Rogowski is responsible...

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Hypertherm acquires manufacturer, supplier of laser consumables

August 12, 2008

Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., recently acquired ESSE A Srl., Italy, a manufacturer and supplier of laser consumables and accessories.The acquisition adds to Hypertherm's manufacturing assets and customer base in laser cutting heads and consumables, while expanding its product offering to its global...

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Laserdyne schedules User Group Meeting

August 12, 2008

Prima North America's Laserdyne Systems division will hold its annual User Group Meeting Oct. 1-2 near its facility in Champlin, Minn.The first day will feature speakers from Laserdyne, as well as system users from around the world. The second day will include a tour of the Laserdyne facility. The...

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D&S Mfg. unveils expansion plan

August 12, 2008

Michael Dougherty, president of D&S Mfg. in Black River Falls, Wis., has announced the company's initiation of a $6.4 million expansion of its production facilities. The 12-month project commenced in June."As a result of the strong sales growth we have experienced during the past several years, D&S...

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Forum explores shipyard applications for lasers

July 15, 2008

The second international forum on Shipyard Applications of Industrial Lasers (SAIL 2008) will aim to provide the shipyard community and maintenance organizations with current, international laser processes, practices, and equipment. The event will include international trends for laser processing...

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TRUMPF combines operations in China

June 17, 2008

TRUMPF, Germany, recently broke ground on a new production building in Taicang, China.The building will bring the company's three existing production operations into one facility, starting in July 2009. In addition to combining machine tool and operating table production, the facility also will...

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LAI adds officers to senior management team

June 17, 2008

LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has named two officers to its senior management team: Vinnie Caliendo as chief financial officer and Eric Nelson as vice president and chief technology officer.Caliendo previously was CFO at Rich...

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