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Allen-Bradley Marks 100 Years

MILWAUKEE—Rockwell Automation Inc. is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Allen-Bradley brand.
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Innovation, Not Cost, Drives Profits

ATLANTA—Manufacturers that compete based on innovation in products and processes rather than on low cost earn higher profits and benefit from higher wages.
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ERP Systems Improve Quality

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—Quality can be improved with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system because manufacturers are forced to implement standard procedures and maintain accurate data for the system to work effectively.
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Gage Makers Face Challenges, Get Some Answers

PHOENIX—Nearly 25 gaging company representatives gathered in the warm desert sun to discuss the current state of affairs in their industry.
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Manufacturers' Knowledge of Lean Varies

DEARBORN, MI—Only one in four small to midsized manufacturers in the Northeast are pursuing lean manufacturing, according to a survey by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
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Rolf Biekert has been named president of Trumpf Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Trumpf Group. He succeeds Peter Leibinger who has been named president of Trumpf Laser GmbH & Co.
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Smithers Scientific Reorganizes

AKRON, OH—Smithers Scientific Services Inc. has reorganized as The Smithers Group.
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Steel Group Earns Victory

CLEVELAND—The fight to end the section 201 steel tariffs took a step forward in March when the House Ways and Means Committee submitted a request to the International Trade Commission (ITC) that it conduct an investigation to examine the impact of the steel tariffs on steel-consuming industries.
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Leica Geosystems (Norcross, GA) announced that the Ford Motor Co. has purchased eight laser tracking systems for inspection and measurement operations in Ford's production plants.
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Manufacturers Don'T Communicate Well with Investors

NEW YORK—Manufacturers are not communicating with investors and analysts as effectively as they think they are.
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