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The Robert E. Morris Company Opens New Technical Center in NH

Dover, NH October 18, 2020: The Robert E. Morris Company, a world class distributor of high-quality machine tools and manufacturing solutions, is pleased to announce the opening of our new 10,000 square foot regional Technical Center in Dover, NH. The office is located at 46 Venture Drive and is set to open to visitors January 2nd, 2021.

The new Dover Technical Center, will boast an 8,000+ sq/ft showroom, a high-tech training facility as well as office space for the Service and Applications Center.  This will be the Service Hub for the northern New England area.

Lou Olson, President of the Robert E Morris Company, stated “This is a return to our roots for supporting customers locally in this area.  We have designed this new facility with the customer in mind.  It will be locally staffed for training, service, turnkeys and general customer support. We plan to have about 10 machines on the floor for demonstrations as well.  This addition is in line with our corporate strategy of providing the best service and training in the industry and helping our customers do more with less.” 

The new Dover Technical Center will serve Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and eastern Massachusetts.

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Absolute Machine Tools Wins 2020 PMPA Technical Member Participation Award

[Ridgedale, MO – November 2020] Machine tool importer and distributor Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. received the PMPA (Precision Machined Products Association) Technical Member Participation award at the association’s annual meeting recently in Ridgedale, Missouri. Absolute Machine Tools has been presented with this award for the last three years for its outstanding contributions and service to the PMPA. Just six of the association’s 170 Technical Member companies received the award this year.

Technical Members of PMPA supply the machinery, tools, materials and other items used by manufacturers of precision products. The award recognizes suppliers who share their expertise and latest developments at national technical conferences, exhibit at the association’s Precision Machining Technology show, speak at chapter and national meetings and serve as PMPA leaders. In announcing award winners, the PMPA said, “Absolute Machine Tools values its membership in the PMPA and is committed to growing and educating fellow PMPA members and the manufacturing industry in the United States.”

The company sells and supports a comprehensive selection of machine tools, including its Nexturn Swiss-type lathes and Lico multi-slide CNC screw machines and twin spindle multi-slide mill/turn centers that are of particular interest to PMPA’s precision part making membership. 

Absolute Machine Tools Vice President of Sales – Production Turning Greg Knight said the award “Demonstrates the knowledge, skill and commitment of the Absolute Machine Tools team to helping its customers maximize their productivity in any way possible.” 

About Absolute Machine Tools, Inc.

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. sells and supports Productive Robotics Cobots; Johnford Bridge & Gantry Mills; You Ji Vertical Turret Lathes; Tongtai Horizontal Machining Centers (former Hitachi-Seiki OEM); Quicktech Multi-Axis Multi-Spindle Mill/Turn Centers; Lico Multi-Slide CNC Screw Machines and Twin Spindle Multi-Slide Mill/Turn Centers; Nexturn Swiss-type Lathes; AccuteX Wire EDM and Die Sinker Machines; APEC 5-axis Gantry-style Linear Motor Machining Centers; and Precihole Gundrilling Machines. The company has worked with several of its principal machine tool partners for over 30 years to offer some of the most heavy-duty, accurate, and productive machines in the industry. The company has built its reputation on exemplary applications engineering, service, customer support, comprehensive training, and effective preventive-maintenance programs. In addition to its headquarters in Lorain, Ohio, the company has established direct full-service technical centers in Mason, Ohio and Livonia, Michigan. 

For more information, contact Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. at 800-852-7825 or

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Doosan Debuts a Multi-Level Rotary Pallet System for NHP Series

Pine Brook, NJ – November 10, 2020 – Doosan Machine Tools introduces a multi-level RPS (Rotary Pallet System) for its popular NHP Series horizontal machining centers, specifically the NHP 4000 and NHP 5000. This RPS system fits into the product line between the sophisticated Linear Pallet System (LPS) at the higher end of the automation spectrum and the single-level RPS, which is cost effective, but cannot be expanded if growth demands it.

The multi-level RPS holds up to 21 pallets (3 layers of 7 pallets) vertically, which saves on floor space. The new configuration will be attractive to job shops that need to add capacity to their machine or require an affordable, more compact pallet system to consolidate fixtures that may be feeding their horizontal machining centers. With JIT scheduling, job shops that cater to multiple industries (where tasks may change from month to month) can benefit from the RPS by cutting down on setup time.

The RPS is equipped with a user-friendly HMI screen located at the setup station that communicates with the CNC that operates the horizontal machining center. The main CNC also stores all the programs and tool data.

The high throughput NHP series and the multi-level RPS are the perfect combination for maximum productivity. The NHP series was designed to provide great thermal stability and vibration dampening strength, higher acceleration and deceleration, and quick chip evacuation, all of which are vital for smooth, seamless operation. 

The center trough chip evacuation on the NHP series allows chips to fall directly underneath the spindle, letting gravity do the work. Accumulation of chips inside the work envelope of a machine can be the cause of many mechanical failures and alarms, negating the value of the RPS. Maximum ceiling shower coolant and bed flush coolant allow chips to gather in the trough and then into the lift-up chip conveyor for proper disposal.

Another benefit to the matchup is the modular approach used in the NHP series, allowing expansion of the tool magazine from the standard 60 all the way up to a 275-tool matrix. This means an operator can load enough tools to machine all the pallets stored on the RPS.

For additional information on the NHP and RPS combination or other innovative products from Doosan Machine Tools, visit them online at


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Entrepreneur Mark Cuban Joins OnRobot and Hirebotics CEOs to Discuss the Future of Manufacturing

ANN ARBOR, MI – November 10, 2020. Robotics investor and entrepreneur Mark Cuban will join OnRobot CEO Enrico Krog Iversen and CEO of Hirebotics, Rob Goldiez, for an online panel discussion hosted by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) on November 19 at 1:00 pm ET.  The ‘Manufacturing: The Next Generation — through collaborative automation’ virtual event will see the robotics thought leaders discuss their powerful visions of the future of manufacturing. The expert panel will share insights on how collaborative automation helps future-proof manufacturing companies, helping to build resilience and reduce risk as the world navigates unprecedented COVID-19 challenges where uncertainty is now the only constant.

Collaborative robotic applications are now the fastest growing segment of the industrial automation market. It’s a trend that looks set to gain pace through 2020 and beyond as more companies deploy collaborative automation that solves specific manufacturing challenges with affordable and easy-to-use cobots or light industrial robots. These smaller robots offer application-specific tools with simple programming and setup, even for manufacturers with little experience.

“We believe the use of automation technologies such as robotics, AI, machine vision and motion control is poised to skyrocket in the future as companies seek to improve their competitiveness though improved productivity, product quality, and time to market,” says Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, North America’s largest automation trade group. “Mark Cuban has been a strong proponent of automation as a way to help the United States become more competitive as a nation while addressing skilled worker shortages and improving conditions for the workforce, views shared by A3,” adds Burnstein, “We look forward to his insights as well as those from Enrico Krog Iversen and Rob Goldiez, who are both innovative robotics industry executives.”

OnRobot CEO, Enrico Krog Iversen, emphasizes how user-friendly ccollaborative applications offer flexibility, low cost and guarantees around worker health and safety that traditional robotics can’t compete with.  “I’m excited to join forward thinkers like Mark Cuban and Rob Goldiez for us to share helpful insights for manufacturers that are thinking about deploying collaborative applications in their facility during Covid-19 and beyond,” he says.

Iversen, formerly CEO of the world’s most successful cobot maker, Universal Robots (UR), could have retired comfortably when UR was acquired by Teradyne in 2015. Instead, Iversen assumed leadership at OnRobot, which has since become one of the world’s leading suppliers of low cost, no fuss, robotic tools including grippers, sensors and vision cameras.

“OnRobot is focused on lowering the barriers to automation adoption among small-to-medium size companies and serving as a one-stop-shop for all the end-effectors and components manufacturers need to make the most of their robotics investment,” explains Iversen. “We’re seeing that Covid-19 has accelerated pre-existing trends towards the adoption of collaborative automation, enabling companies to quickly retool operations in response to workforce interruptions, public health measures or sudden changes in production demand.”

Mark Cuban may be best known as the CEO of Dallas Mavericks and as founder of the globally successful Shark Tank television show, but he has emerged as a strong advocate for robotics and automation as a way for manufacturers to remain competitive in what he has dubbed “America 2.0.”

In 2017, Cuban became an investor in Hirebotics, a company that pioneered the provision of ‘robots-as-a-service’ and cloud connected cobots. “We saw a tremendous need in the market to leverage automation in helping manufacturers meet labor shortages quickly without the need for capital investment and robotics know-how,” says Rob Goldiez, CEO of Hirebotics. “With our BotX Welder, we have recently turned our attention to welding – a segment of the manufacturing industry that is in a crisis with the shortage of skilled welders. I am thrilled to join Mark Cuban and Enrico Krog Iversen and share our unique approach to cobot applications.”

Moderated by Robert Huschka, director of Education Strategies at A3, the November 19 event is free and open for all to attend.

Register here:

About the Association for Advancing Automation
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), and A3 Mexico. RIA, AIA, MCMA and A3 Mexico combined represent over 1,200 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward.

About OnRobot
OnRobot product range features a wide assortment of tools for collaborative applications, including: electric, vacuum and magnetic grippers, the award-winning Gecko gripping technology, force/torque sensors, a 2.5D vision system, screwdriver, sander kits and tool changers. This new combination of offerings from OnRobot makes it quicker and simpler to automate tasks such as packaging, quality control, materials handling, machine tending, assembly, and surface finishing. Headquartered in Odense, Denmark, OnRobot also has offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, Soest (Germany), Barcelona, Warsaw, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Budapest.

About Hirebotics
Founded in 2015, Hirebotics has made automation accessible to businesses of all sizes with its no-capital approach, renting out cobots from Universal Robots (UR) to factories. Hirebotics delivers application-specific skills to the UR cobots and provides remote monitoring through a cloud platform and mobile app that delivers continuous monitoring and instantly available 24/7 support.

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Desktop Metal to Host Virtual Conference AM 2.0 – The Future of Additive Manufacturing

The additive manufacturing industry is expected to grow over the next decade as the market surges from $12 billion in 2019 to an estimated $146 billion in 2030. This market inflection is being driven by a shift in applications from design prototyping and tooling to mass production of end-use parts, enabled by the emergence of what Desktop Metal refers to as Additive Manufacturing 2.0, a wave of next-generation additive manufacturing technologies that unlock throughput, repeatability, and competitive part costs. These solutions feature key innovations across printers, materials, and software and pull additive manufacturing into direct competition with conventional processes used to manufacture $12 trillion in goods annually.

Desktop Metal will host a first-ever virtual conference — AM 2.0 — to provide an in-depth view of these next-generation additive technologies, including binder jetting, and how unlocking benefits like generative design, tooling-free manufacturing and mass customization are propelling the AM industry forward.

Desktop Metal leadership, including Ric Fulop, Jonah Myerberg, John Hart, Arjun Aggarwal and Live Parts inventor Andy Roberts, will reveal how AM is moving from prototyping and R&D, to high volume production of end-use parts. Virtual panels of customers across industry sectors and technologies will share how implementing AM 2.0 solutions are improving throughput and repeatability, while reducing competitive part costs. 

Registration for the event is open to all.

When: November 18, 2020, 10:00am – 3:00pm ET

Agenda: 10:00: Keynote & Additive 2.0 Panel Discussion (with guest moderator 

Terry Wohlers)

11:00: Binder Jetting Systems 

11:30: Shop System Deep Dive

12:00: Additive 2.0 – Real World Applications

12:30: Q&A

1:00: Live Parts/Live Sinter Software Presentation

1:30: Studio System Customer Panel

2:00: Shop System Customer Panel

2:30: ‘Ask Me Anything’ Q&A with Desktop Metal Team

Registration: additive-manufacturing-2-0

Media Contacts: Lynda McKinney

Erin Keefe

About Desktop Metal

Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, Desktop Metal, Inc., is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with an expansive portfolio of 3D printing solutions, from rapid prototyping to mass production. The company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make Additive Manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world.


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New motor spindles save users second machine

SAUTER is presenting a new series of motor spindles with exceptionally high power density. The spindles are suitable for turning/milling centers and three- and five-axis milling machines and can be used in conjunction with a B-axis if required. The market innovation: Thanks to a new cartridge system, users can implement two different machine concepts in the same installation space, thus saving a second machine tool. In the Speed Drive variant, the motor spindles achieve very high speeds of up to 30,000 rpm, and in the Torque Drive variant, torques of up to 450 Nm are possible.

Sauter Feinmechanik GmbH
Carl-Zeiss-Straße 7
D-72555 Metzingen
Phone: +49 (0) 7123 926-0 <

Contact info: Website


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LED Lighting, Controls and Turnkey Energy Project Solutions Provider Orion Hosts Q2 Investor Call/Webcast Thurs. Nov. 5th at 10am ET

MANITOWOC, Wis., Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX) (Orion Lighting), a provider of LED lighting systems and turnkey lighting and energy project management will host a conference call/webcast to review its FY 2021 second quarter results and business outlook on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Orion plans to release its results premarket on the same morning.

Webcast/Call Details
Date / Time: Thursday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT)
Call Dial-In: Dial (877) 754-5294 or (678) 894-3013 for international
Webcast / Replay:
Audio Replay: (855) 859-2056, ID#1379339 (available shortly after call through 11/12/20)

About Orion Energy Systems
Orion is a provider of LED lighting systems and turnkey project implementation, including installation and commissioning of fixtures, controls and IoT solutions, as well as ongoing system maintenance and program management, helping customers to enhance the efficiency of their business while reducing their carbon footprint. Orion systems utilize patented design elements to deliver industry-leading energy efficiency, enhanced optical and thermal performance and ease of installation, providing long-term financial, environmental, and workspace benefits to a diverse customer base, including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500.

Twitter@OrionLighting and @OrionLightingIR
StockTwits: @Orion_LED_IR

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Limited Time Offer: Choose BIG KAISER & Raise Funds for the NRL

Hoffman Estates, IL – Choose best-in-class cutting tools, tool holders, tool presetters and workholding products from BIG KAISER and support the National Robotics League (NRL) at the same time. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, BIG KAISER will donate 2 percent of every order from an NTMA member company directly to the NRL program.

“This will be our fifth annual promotion to support workforce development and STEM through the National Robotics League,” says Chris Kaiser, President/CEO of BIG KAISER. “We love to help our customers reduce set ups and cycle times, improve part finishes, and reduce costs through longer tool life. We also hope this year-end offer will incentivize NTMA members who haven’t tried us yet.”

There is no order minimum or maximum, and only two requirements:

  1. Place your order through your local BIG KAISER distributor and request “drop-ship” from
  2. Note “NRL2020” on your order so that NTMA benefits from every dollar you invest.

BIG Kaiser offers nine products lines of precision tooling, workholding, and tool management systems aimed at reducing both the overall process time and the cost per part. If your machine is equipped with a BIG-PLUS spindle, remember that BIG KAISER is the official licensed provider of BIG-PLUS tool holders in North America. Do not use any substitute dual contact products on your valuable machines.

Popular products include face mill holders, end mill holders, collet chucks, angle heads and tapping adaptors. The world-leading KAISER Boring System, high-performance Sphinx Drills, Speroni Tool Measurement Systems and UNILOCK Workholding are included, as are CAT, BT, HSK and Capto systems. Download the latest product guide or find your local distributor at

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U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes FANUC America, Rockwell Automation and Industry Partners for Apprenticeship Programs

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs has been named a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) by the Department of Labor (DOL). FANUC shares this achievement in collaboration with industry partners including Rockwell Automation, APT Manufacturing Solutions and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).

An official signing ceremony hosted by U.S. DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia named 18 SRE organizations. The FANUC America-Rockwell Automation coalition gained recognition for its focus on robotics and advanced automation, specifically the integration of these technologies into systems and the future workforce needed to support them.

Effective May 11, 2020, the U.S. DOL issued a Final Rule that establishes a system for advancing the development of high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). IRAPs provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. IRAPs include a paid-work and an educational component and result in industry-recognized certifications.

The intent is to address America’s skills gap and rapidly increase the availability of high-quality apprenticeship programs in sectors where apprenticeship opportunities are not widespread. SRE’s have the authority to oversee the development of high-quality IRAPs.

Industry leaders FANUC and Rockwell have worked together over the past decade developing training, certifications and an education and training delivery network. This network of educational partners includes more than 1200 high school and post-secondary FANUC-certified training organizations, and over 150 university and career technical training partners associated with this industry team.

“FANUC is honored to be named an SRE,” said Paul Aiello, Director of Education, FANUC America. “Our team combines FANUC’s world-renowned robotics and CNC with Rockwell Automation’s advanced controls, APT’s expertise in system integration and NOCTI, the largest credentialing organization in the U.S.”

As an SRE, FANUC and its coalition will work with customers to align them with schools in FANUC’s Education Network that are local to their manufacturing facilities. The team will guide each company to develop an IRAP that helps them build a pipeline of skilled workers by upscaling current employees and filling open positions with high school and college students.

“We joined forces because we saw the extreme need for qualified, skilled workers,” added Aiello. “We worked with our industry and education partners to develop these programs to provide career pathways and upskilling options through high-school, training organizations, post-secondary colleges and universities – all aligned to employers’ needs.”

IRAPs incorporate industry-training curriculum and industry certifications that expand into relevant apprenticeships in order to develop the next-generation advanced manufacturing workforce. As a DOL-designated SRE, the FANUC-Rockwell Automation SRE coalition will assure that IRAPs are high quality, competency-based, modular, scalable and portable to secure the workforce for U.S. manufacturing.

“IRAPs provide an innovative approach to develop emerging occupational careers that are highly sought after. The bottom line is that manufacturing needs skilled workers with automation technology training. This framework is more agile and linked with employers, who provide insight into the talent requirements from an upcoming workforce,” says Aiello. “Meanwhile, the program candidates can be sure they are developing the skills needed to support their future employers’ advanced automation plans while also feeling confident they will be desirable job applicants.”

Workforce Outlook Panel Discussion

Join FANUC along with the US DOL and NOCTI for a panel discussion on “Workforce 2025 Outlook – Aligning Education with Industry.” The discussion will include what progressive companies are doing today to control and narrow the skills gap leading into 2025. This session is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, and is part of FANUC’s New Virtual Event, “Take Control”. Register Today!

Skills Gap

The manufacturing skills gap is widely seen as a threat to the future of US manufacturing. The trend of a tight labor market, due to a combination of economic variables, baby boomers retiring and lack of qualified workers, is expected to grow as manufacturers adopt more advanced automation into their operations. In addition to its IRAP, the FANUC-Rockwell SRE team has worked closely to promote exciting careers in robotics and automation as well-paying jobs with opportunities for growth. Find out more at

For employers to find out more about IRAPs, visit:

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, and provides industry-leading CNC systems, robotics and factory automation. FANUC’s innovative technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability.

FANUC embraces a culture of “Service First” which means that customer service is our highest priority. We are committed to supplying our customers with parts and support for the life of their FANUC products.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in: Auburn Hills, MI; Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Huntington Beach, CA; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; Birmingham, AL; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico. For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: Also, connect with us on YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing The Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit

About APT Manufacturing

APT Manufacturing Solutions was founded in January of 1996. Since inception, APT has been on the cutting-edge of technology, utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing methods, software, and processes. After 20 years our reputation precedes us; established by building long-term relationships with our customers and providing them superior service. APT currently has customers throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Israel, Mexico, and Europe. In 2015 APT announced a state-of-the-art training center for high school students. There is a definitely identified skills gap in the manufacturing sector, and we believe that educating our young people is our part in aiding in a solution to the problem. For more information visit


NOCTI is the largest provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for career and technical education (CTE) programs across the nation. Whether using assessments to meet Perkins accountability requirements, to guide data-driven instructional improvement, or to assist with teacher evaluation systems, NOCTI provides a credible solution through its validated and reliable technical skill assessment. For more information visit

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Ready Robotics launches Ready Academy online platform to teach automation topics

Columbus, Ohio-based Ready Robotics has launched the Ready Academy, an online educational platform that helps manufacturing professionals learn how to design, deploy, manage, and scale automation.

The platform launches with more than 40 hours of educational videos with curriculum developed by robotics PhDs Kel Guerin and Jake Huckaby. Building on more than four years of the company’s experience enabling manufacturers to deploy automation on their own, the curriculum covers automation topics including project assessment, end-of-arm tooling, parts presentation, robot safety, no-code robot programming, and building machine-tending tasks.

Key to the rapid learning enabled by the platform is the use of the company’s Forge/OS enterprise-grade operating system and Task Canvas for robot programming. In the same time it typically takes to learn how to program simple movements in a robot’s native programming language, students can achieve lights-out automation. This is accomplished through Task Canvas’ intuitive programming interface. Robot programming is condensed into a matter of days so that more attention can be given to all the other equally critical components of automation.

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