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OEM News 03/27/2008

March 27, 2008
March 27, 2008           Welcome To OEM News American Machinist has launched an innovative newsletter that is ...

March 27, 2008

Welcome To OEM News

American Machinist has launched an innovative newsletter that is designed to give our readers a focused view of what the largest manufacturers in the United States are doing, and alert you to programs, projects and issues that you might participate in or need to be aware of for the continued health of your business.

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Ford Counting On Virtual Manufacturing Technology

DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2008 – Ford Motor Company’s use of virtual manufacturing technologies is a big factor of what’s behind the company’s soaring quality performance.
As an industry leader in virtual technology, Ford uses digital tools to predict and eliminate on-the-job injuries as well as ensure manufacturing feasibility part by part.
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Boeing Targets Small Businesses For NASA Work

he Boeing Company hosted a small-business supplier forum March 19 in Houston that attracted more than 75 companies interested in working together to compete for NASA's Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC).
The FDOC is administered by NASA's Johnson Space Center and includes development, sustaining engineering, operations and maintenance of the mission and training systems that support human spaceflight programs. The contract also includes developing and maintaining the software applications used in these facilities. Read More

Caterpillar To Become Majority Shareholder In A Joint Venture

Caterpillar said it will become majority shareholder — with a 67 percent interest — in an established joint venture in Japan that manufactures and sells Caterpillar branded hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders and track-type tractors, and owns retail and rental stores that provide Caterpillar products and services in key markets in Japan.
The joint venture also has production facilities in Akashi and Sagami, Japan, that provide Caterpillar products to Asia and the world. In addition, Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi's hydraulic excavator development center in Akashi is the global home for the development of Caterpillar's hydraulic excavator product line. Read More

Northrop Grumman Gets Contract

MCLEAN, Va., March 26, 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to maintain and enhance the National Airspace System Resource (NASR) and Electronic NASR (eNASR) systems, collectively known as the NASR II system.
NASR II provides systems operation, maintenance and system enhancements in support of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System, which provides added technological capability to meet future demands in air travel Read More

Boeing Gets 737 Order From Turkmenistan Airlines

The Boeing Company said it has received an order for three Next-Generation 737s by national flag carrier Turkmenistan Airlines. The order for two 737-900ERs and one 737-700 is worth approximately $221 million at list prices.
Turkmenistan Airlines' all-Boeing fleet also includes 717s, Classic and Next-Generation 737s, 757s, and one 767. Read More


3rd Annual Benchmarketing Survey

American Machinist is conducting its 3rd annual Benchmarking Survey, providing the industry with the largest body of performance benchmark data available on machine shop operations. Key findings from the study will be reported in the magazine and American throughout the year, and the results will enable managers, like you, to compare your facilities to industry norms and gain a competitive edge in today's challenging business environment.

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