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OEM News 08/14/2008

Aug. 14, 2008
August 14, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR SCHUNK Inc., a world leader in workholding, toolholding, and automation technology, is proud to announce their partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), ...
SCHUNK Inc., a world leader in workholding, toolholding, and automation technology, is proud to announce their partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), one of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Racing teams. SCHUNK will serve as the "Official Workholding Solutions Provider" of Joe Gibbs Racing, home of the #20 Home Depot Toyota driven by Tony Stewart, the #18 M&M's Toyota, driven by Kyle Busch, and the #11 FedEx Toyota, driven by Denny Hamlin. For information on SCHUNK'S toolholding components, rotating and stationary workholding systems, and automation components, visit
Cummins Announces Significant Developments In Fuel Economy
Cummins Inc. said it will add Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) aftertreatment to its Heavy-Duty products for 2010 to deliver the best fuel efficiency for its customers.

Cummins will combine recent advancements in catalyst technology with its unique engine systems to provide customers with significant fuel economy improvements, in addition to meeting the near-zero emissions levels required by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2010 regulations. Read More

Johnson Controls To Develop Components For Electric Vehicles
The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, has awarded Johnson Controls-Saft a contract valued at $8.2 million. The contract will focus on the development of lithium-ion battery systems for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and over the course of two years will seek to validate the commercial feasibility of lithium-ion technology for mass market PHEVs. Read More

General Dynamics Gets $37 Million Contract For Reactive Armor
The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), in Picatinny, N.J., has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a $37 million
contract for the qualification and production of reactive armor side skirt tiles for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics. Read More

Lockheed Martin To Acquire Tenix's Interest In RLM Holdings
Lockheed Martin said one of its subsidiaries has entered into a contract to acquire Tenix Group's interest in RLM Holdings Pty Ltd, a radar, systems engineering and integration and logistics management business headquartered in Adelaide, Australia. Read More.

Boeing Announces Orders For 737s, 767s And 777s
  • Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines finalized an order for two Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ERs and two 767-300ERs. The order is valued at $449 million at list prices. One of the 767s is a substitution for a previously ordered 787, as reflected today on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries Web site. Read More.

  • Boeing and British Airways signed an order for two Boeing 777-300ER jetliners valued at $529 million at list prices. Read More.

Benchmarking at IMTSAmerican Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year. American Machinist, will review the results of this third annual survey, and talk about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS. Vernyi also will talk about the program for the Job Shop Day at the IMTS and the speakers that will be featured there. August 20,2008 at 2:00 pm EST
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Tool Shop Optimization:
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The only workshop that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop. The 2008 Machine Shop Workshop is an intensive 2-day event featuring peer presentations, best-practices and an emphasis on solving your real-world problems. Your registration includes:
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American Machinist Launches New Internet Forum The American Machinist Forum is a place to share thoughts, ideas and best practices for machine shops. The focus is on making machine shops competitive, efficient and flexible enough to compete in a global environment. You'll find discussion about manpower, use of automation and technology, creative uses of machine tools and a whole lot more. So sign up now and jump in. Click Here
AM Machine Tool Theater
New Machine Tool TheaterAmerican Machinist announces launch of Machine Tool Theater. Watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity. Watch Videos Now
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