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Bosch Rexroth Expands Hydraulics Operation in Pennsylvania

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Bosch Rexroth marked the opening of its new hydraulics manufacturing and distribution center in Bethlehem, Pa., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour for customers, distributors, and local officials. The new manufacturing facility houses the company’s valve and manifold manufacturing center for mobile and industrial hydraulics, while the new logistics and distribution facility handles shipments to over 500 customers, including its nationwide network of Drive and Control distributors.
The $2.2-million Brodhead Road expansion adds about 150,000 square feet, giving the company approximately 200,000 square feet over two buildings for the distribution and manufacturing operation.
In addition to valves and manifolds, the new manufacturing facility produces industrial, mobile, and compact controls, and provides testing and service support. The new distribution and logistics facility supports customers with functions such as shipping, receiving, logistics, quality control, traffic management, and accounting. The company’s overall Bethlehem operations also include production for large hydraulic systems and power units, which are produced in its City Line Road facilities.


The Manufacturing Institute Launches New Skills Certification System Toolkit

The Manufacturing Institute developed a short, animated video that illustrates how the Skills Certification System can be used to recruit a skilled workforce. In conjunction with the toolkit on Developing Skilled Workers, the video speaks to chief executives, human resource professionals, and operations managers. The toolkit also includes steps to take, partners to build, and templates to use to grow their own talent pipeline. Download the video and toolkit at www.nam.org.

KOMET and SCHUNK Hold Joint Distributor Event

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KOMET, a global manufacturer for bore machining, reaming, and threading, and SCHUNK, a worldwide leader in clamping technology and gripping systems, held a joint distributor event on April 9, 2014 at KOMET of America’s facility in Schaumberg, Ill. The five-hour event consisted of morning presentations of products that were shown working together seamlessly in the afternoon in the machining center on the production floor. Three demos were displayed on the machining center using SCHUNK work holding and tool holding with KOMET cutting tools. All types of work pieces and various materials, such as cast iron and aluminum, were machined, showcasing both company’s tools and technology.


Steelhead Composites Purchases Advanced Metal Spin-Forming Technology

Steelhead Composites, a designer and manufacturer of lightweight pressure vessels, purchased and installed a heavy-duty CNC neck-forming machine manufactured by MJC Engineering and Technology. The machine is specially designed for manufacturing high-pressure cylinders, allowing the fabrication of aluminum cylinders up to 42 cm (16.7 in.) in diameter and up to 3 m (10 ft.) long. The acquisition coincides with the company’s recent award of a $500,000 grant from the state of Colorado as part of its Early Stage Advanced Industries Program to promote growth and sustainability across various industries.


KVT-Koenig Becomes SFC KOENIG

In April 2014, KVT-Koenig became SFC KOENIG, a result of the sale of its Fastening Division to the Bossard Group in October 2012. The name and logo are different, but the company will continue its focus and commitment to customer service and engineered solutions for sealing and flow control.


Eaton Strengthens Global Access to Pumps and Motors Technology

industry news1Eaton has extended its current alliance with Linde Hydraulics to ensure the long-term availability of its DuraForce™ family of piston pumps and motors. The technology offers performance and capability for applications in construction, agricultural, material handling, oil and gas, mining, and process industries. Its modular design promotes greater flexibility for a broad range of industrial and mobile applications.


Colonial Seal Receives ISO 9001 Certification

Colonial Seal Co. recently completed an audit on its Quality Management System, ISO 9001:2008. It is designed to ensure that all systems in place meet the needs of both customers and other entities. No discrepancies were noted on the inspection, and customer on time was 98.2% for the 1st quarter 2014, exceeding the company goal of 97%. Colonial Seal also celebrated its 20th anniversary in May 2014.


Rexroth Pneumatics Becomes AVENTICS

A new standalone company has been created out of the former pneumatics business unit at Bosch Rexroth. Due to a change in ownership, the medium-sized company will now be known as AVENTICS. The company has around 2,100 employees globally, with corporate headquarters in Laatzen (Germany) and production facilities in Laatzen and Gronau/Leine (Germany), Bonneville (France), Eger (Hungary), Lexington (U.S.), and Changzhou (China). In addition to its production sites, the company has an extensive sales network and is represented in more than 40 countries around the world.


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