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Kleiner Perkins, Tiger Global Lead Series B Investment in Rapid Robotics

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rapid Roboticscreator of the first ready-to-work robotic machine operator, today announced $36.7M in Series B funding led by Kleiner Perkins and Tiger Global, with existing investors NEA, Greycroft, Bee Partners and 468 Capital also participating. The latest round is Rapid’s third in less than a year, bringing its total funding to $54.2M.

Since emerging from stealth in late 2020, Rapid Robotics has quickly established itself as a must-take meeting for American manufacturers, as they grapple with a crippling labor shortage that COVID-19 turned into a full-blown crisis.

According to a recent study from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, by the end of 2020 the manufacturing industry had regained only 63% of jobs lost during the pandemic, even with job openings at near-record levels.

“Given the foundational role the manufacturing sector plays in our nation’s economy, it is deeply concerning that at a time when jobs are in such high demand nationwide, the number of vacant entry-level manufacturing positions continues to grow,” Paul Wellener, Deloitte vice chairman and U.S. industrial products and construction leader, said in a statement accompanying the study.

Most of these open positions are for machine operators, the employees who work the machines that mold, stamp and assemble components for every product we buy. Without operators, these simple plastic and glass parts cannot be made. Without those components, entire factories sit idle.

“We hear a lot about the semiconductor shortage, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Contract manufacturers can’t produce gaskets, vials, labels—you name it. I’ve seen cases where the inability to produce a single piece of U-shaped black plastic brought an entire auto line to a halt,” said Jordan Kretchmer, CEO of Rapid Robotics.

Rapid’s solution is the Rapid Machine Operator (RMO), the world’s first cobot specially designed and priced for machine operation. Previous robotics solutions were too expensive for machine-tending tasks. Between hardware, software, integration and maintenance, they wound up costing more than they saved.

The Rapid Robotics RMO, by contrast, arrives trained and ready to perform the most common machine-tending tasks. Rapid’s RMO comes with all necessary components, including grippers and computer vision, can be put to work in hours (typical robotics solutions take weeks or even months) and can be easily transferred between tasks as needed, no retraining necessary. With Rapid’s OpEx-friendly subscription model, factories can “hire” an RMO for less than $2,100 per month, a small fraction of the cost of conventional robotics, bringing automation within reach of manufacturers of all sizes.

“Until now, only the largest facilities could benefit from robotic automation,” said Griffin Schroeder, Partner, Tiger Global. “But most manufacturing in America is done in smaller factories, which have been deeply challenged by the machine operator shortage. For them, the Rapid Machine Operator provides the additional support they need to thrive.”

Manufacturers appreciate how the Rapid Machine Operator delivers positive ROI from day-one, but the value for regional producers goes far beyond that, said Rapid Robotics Midwest GM Aaron Halonen, an auto-industry veteran with decades of experience in design, engineering and quality control.

“Factories around here are in a tough spot,” Halonen said. “Without a way to work their machines, they can’t bid on jobs. No bidding means no business. No business means no revenue, obviously. But it also means no hiring or upskilling in other positions. It has a ripple effect on the entire economy.”

“I had one factory manager grab me on my way out. He said, ‘You know, we were going to manufacture these parts in Mexico, but with the RMO I think we don’t have to,’” he added.

It’s not just the auto industry either. Manufacturers across America are racing to put Rapid’s RMOs in place. Next-generation healthcare infrastructure company Truepill has hired RMOs at its Hayward, California facility to fill and label prescription vials.

“At Truepill, we work behind the scenes to help companies build and power more advanced, efficient and automation-driven pharmacies, fulfilling up to 100,000 prescriptions per day and creating customized, white-labeled experiences delivered directly to consumers’ doors,” said Matthew Alley, Head of Fulfillment and Supply Chain at Truepill. “Rapid is helping us further scale these fulfillment capabilities by providing RMOs that are easy to set up and integrate seamlessly with our staff.”

“With the RMO, Rapid Robotics has come up with the right product at the right time,” said Wen Hsieh, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins. “Rapid Robotics pinpointed an urgent problem in a multi-billion-dollar industry and solved it in a matter of months. They’ve found the perfect balance of innovation, affordability and ease of implementation and use.”

“Since we launched the RMO I’ve been meeting several manufacturers a week, and it’s clear to me that in every part of the country, this industry is ready for a comeback,” Kretchmer said. “With the RMO, our customers are ramping up, winning deals and hiring staff. Together, we’re bringing back American manufacturing one machine at a time.”

About Rapid Robotics

Rapid Robotics is the creator of the first affordable robotic machine operator (RMO) designed for simple machine tasks. Available for just $25K a year and requiring absolutely no programming, systems integration, specialized hardware or robotics skills, the Rapid Machine Operator enables manufacturers to easily deploy a pre-trained cobot in hours, moving it between tasks as needed and seeing ROI in months.

Rapid Robotics’ founding team combines robotics and manufacturing expertise with a SaaS business model to deliver affordable solutions to real-world industry problems. Investors include Tiger Global, Kleiner Perkins, NEA, Greycroft, Bee Partners and 468 Capital. Rapid Robotics is based in San Francisco, California.

Media contact
Chris Ulbrich
rapidrobotics@firebrand.marketing
415 848 9175

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Global Container Handling Equipment Demand Influenced by Electric/Hybrid Vehicles: Fact.MR

According to a new market intelligence study by an ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm, the global market for container handling equipment is expected to increase at a value CAGR of 4.2% over the forecast period, to reach a market surpass US$ 2 Bn by 2031.

Historically, between 2016 and 2020, sales of container handling equipment surpassed US$ 1.5 Bn by the end of 2020. Due to COVID-19, transportation around the world was halted. Restricted movements by the government around the globe slowed down the growth of container handling equipment.

The increasing number of new terminals and the advent of automation is one of the most prominent trends in the container handling equipment market. As container terminals aim for higher productivity and more efficient operations, automation is making significant strides across the globe.

In order to meet the challenges of larger vessels and taller cranes the automated solutions will get adopted by port terminals. Automation of ports not only shrinks the turnaround and waiting time for container handling equipment but also cuts the container handling duration. Manufacturers of container handling equipment are focusing on reducing carbon emissions due to stringent rules and regulations.

Key Takeaways from Market Study

  • By propulsion, electric/hybrid container handling equipment sales to soar, expanding at around 4% CAGR
  • Automated stacking cranes demand to experience substantial growth, generating over 40% revenue
  • U.S market to expand at a CAGR of 2.4%, attributed to increasing port infrastructure development
  • U.K to account for over 1 out of 5 sales of container handling equipment in Europe
  • East Asia to generate a total incremental opportunity of about US$ 176.5Mn
  • South Asia likely to generate US$ 280 Mn incremental opportunity through 2031

“Higher productivity, better operations and consistent efforts at reducing emissions are driving the container handling equipment industry to new heights” says a Senior Research Analyst.

Competitive Landscape

Prominent container handling equipment manufacturers profiled in market intelligence report include Liebherr, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc., Cargotec Corp, Konecranes, SANY and Kalmar among others. Prominent expansion strategies include forging strategic partnerships, launching new products and expanding existing production capacities.

  • In 2019, Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. partnered with ANGST Group and VCE (Vienna Consulting Engineers) ZT GmbH to form a joint venture called Palfinger Structural Inspection GmbH (STRUCINSPECT).
  • Likewise, in the same year, Konecranes acquired one of largest crane service companies in Italy, Italian Trevolution Service SRL, specializing in crane modernizations, repairs, maintenance, spare parts and hoists, and components.

These insights are based on a report on Container Handling Equipment Market by Fact.MR.

E-mail: shantanu@factmr.com

Web:    www.factmr.com

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Teledyne’s new AI software allows learning at runtime

WATERLOO, Ontario, Aug. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Teledyne is pleased to announce its Sapera Vision Software Edition 2021-07 is now available. Sapera™ Vision Software from Teledyne DALSA offers field proven image acquisition, control, image processing and artificial intelligence functions to design, develop and deploy high-performance machine vision applications.

The new upgrades to the Sapera Vision Software include enhancements to its AI training graphical tool Astrocyte™ and the image processing and AI libraries tool Sapera Processing.

“We are excited to introduce continual learning to the Astrocyte package. This helps improve the accuracy of a classifier ‘on the field’ by training only the samples that fail, without having to retrain from scratch,” said Bruno Ménard, Software Director for Teledyne’s vision solutions group. “Astrocyte now includes a new anomaly detection called ‘pixel-level anomaly detection’. This new algorithm is much more robust and precise than the previous one. It also has the ability to generate heatmaps at runtime,” he continued.

Sapera Vision Software is ideal for applications such as surface inspection on metal plates, location and identification of hardware parts, detection and segmentation of vehicles and noise reduction on x-ray medical images.

New features in this release:

  • Continual Classification: New algorithm allows to pre-train a classifier in Astrocyte and then perform further training at runtime in Sapera Processing.
  • New Anomaly Detection with Output Heatmaps: New Anomaly Detection algorithm which is more robust in locating defects while providing the ability to generate output heatmaps. Heatmaps at runtime are very useful for obtaining the location and shape of defects without the need for graphical annotations at training.
  • Live Acquisition for Dataset Creation: When creating dataset in Astrocyte you can now acquire live video from a camera and generate a series of files automatically prior to training. During acquisition images are prepared for training (i.e. adjusted for size and aspect ratio) before being saved to disk.

For more information visit our website.

About Teledyne
Teledyne’s imaging businesses form an unrivalled collective of expertise across the spectrum with decades of experience. Individually, each company offers best-in-class solutions. Together, they combine and leverage each other’s strengths to provide the widest imaging and related technology portfolio in the world. From aerospace through industrial inspection, scientific research, spectroscopy, radiography and radiotherapy, geospatial surveying, and advanced MEMS and semiconductor solutions, Teledyne offers world-wide customer support and the technical expertise to handle the toughest tasks. Their tools, technologies, and vision solutions are built to deliver to their customers a unique and competitive advantage.

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The Sense of Touch

Cobots have been developed to a point where the only thing differentiating them from their human co-workers is soft-skills. Cobots developing adaptive capabilities, like decision-making or problem-solving, is challenging for engineers although progress is inevitable. With state-of-the-art sensors, actuators and software, cobots are now capable of experiencing physical sensations, allowing them to feel and identify an object being touched. Here Claudia Jarrett, US country manager at automation parts supplier, EU Automation, discusses the advantages of tactile technologies for cobots.

The first cobot was manufactured in 1996, designed for basic pick and place applications and communicated with operators using motion resistance. Cobots have since come a long way towards supporting humans’ work in a safe way. They are now able to detect objects and people in their environment using vision sensors and can even slow down, or stop functioning, in case of an unintended contact. 

Modern cobots also possess the ability to take corrective actions and minimise risks, but sophisticated models take a further step in imitating human-like problem solving. Touch sensing technologies are quickly evolving to increase both the applicability and safety of cobots, especially in demanding applications that require handling delicate materials safely and precisely, such as healthcare. 

Preventing collision

Currently, there are several tactile sensors used in cobots, including piezoelectric, piezoresistive, capacitive and elastoresistivity types. Piezoelectric technologies are used for gathering data from the cobot’s joints and transmitting it to the controller. On the other hand, capacitive sensors can act as proximity sensors, allowing the cobot to slow down when it detects the presence of an obstacle.  

Most detection sensors are placed outside of the cobot, such as area sensors, that enable the machine to slow down or stop when human workers are close to it. Although collisions might still happen, these technologies ensure that the impact is minimized. To make navigation more reliable, tactile sensors may be embedded at the end of the cobot arm, just like in a human arm, and equipped with artificial intelligence to always avoid collision and allow the cobot to move more efficiently. 

Precise object handling

Tactile sensors can also be used to identify the features of objects and recognize defects and changes. For example, early research from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering used embedded tactile sensors with conductive fluid to simulate human touch, resulting in a robot differentiating between the texture of wool and that of cotton. 

Modern touch sensing systems use tactile sensors to gather different information about an object, such as shape, size, texture and transmit an electrical signal to the controller. They then measure the real characteristics of the objects producing accurate information. This is helpful for defect detection at a deeper level, by being able to spot issues with the texture of objects. 

These sensors are also valuable for precise object placement, when loading parts into a fixture for machine tending. The sensing technology can find the exact part location and correct changes in the position or size of the raw stock material by measuring the insertion force. 

With a more effective sense of touch, cobots could be used in applications where they interact with more fragile or deformable objects. One possibility could be using tactile technology in surgical cobots to enhance precision and accuracy. For this to be successful, multiple tactile sensors would have to be integrated using AI and machine learning. 

Advancements in tactile sensors for cobots allow humans and machines to perform increasingly complex tasks in a collaborative environment to achieve more productivity and accuracy. An agile work environment that plays on the strengths of automation is key to a successful business. At EU Automation we encourage the development of automation technologies and help manufacturers reduce downtime by sourcing components safely and timely. 

Find out more about our services at www.euautomation.co.uk

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NEW CATALOG: EXAIR’s Catalog 33 Features New Static Eliminators, Industrial Vacuums, More

EXAIR’s new Catalog 33 is our best catalog yet; a full color technical guide offering solutions to common industrial conveying, cooling, cleaning, blowoff, drying, coating and static electricity problems. The greatly expanded Catalog 33 introduces new VariBlast Precision Safety Air Guns, the Intellistat Static Eliminators, Liquid Atomizing Spray Nozzles, and the EasySwitch Wet-Dry vacuum. A best practices section for using compressed air products has also been added.

VariBlast Precision Safety Air Guns allow you to use just the flow you want with trigger control. They are lightweight, ergonomic, comfortable and have three extension lengths available. The Intellistat Ion Air Gun Static Eliminator is built for laboratories, scientific testing, clean processes and sensitive assembly work. This catalog also introduces Liquid Atomizing Spray Nozzles in a full or hollow cone spray pattern that are used to cool, wash, rinse and suppress dust. These liquid spray nozzles are made of 303 stainless steel to provide durable and corrosion resistant nozzles that work with many liquids. The EasySwitch Wet-Dry industrial vacuum changes from liquid mode to dry mode in less than 10 seconds with no tools, springs or hardware.

EXAIR products help companies conserve compressed air, reduce dangerous noise levels and eliminate harmful dead-end pressures. Detailed technical explanations, performance data, application photos and dimensional drawings are provided for each product. A price list is also included.  https://exair.co/cat33pr

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Vertex is the First Contract Manufacturer to Offer Hastelloy-X Superalloy 3D-Printed on a VELO3D Metal Additive Manufacturing Solution

CINCINATTI, Ohio – August 13, 2021 – Vertex Manufacturing, a Cincinnati-based contract manufacturer, has purchased a second end-to-end additive manufacturing solution from VELO3D Inc.—this time dedicated to the superalloy Hastelloy-X. Vertex is the first contract manufacturer to own a VELO3D system that processes this high-performance material. The company acquired a VELO3D solution for Inconel 718 alloy, in June.

Vertex was created by industry pioneers, originally of Morris Technologies, with a mission to help customers needing advanced manufacturing solutions for both development and production programs. Staffed by experts with decades of experience in materials, methods and quality, Vertex offers a range of services in addition to additive manufacturing (AM), including advanced multi-axis CNC machining, rapid castings and final inspection of manufactured parts.

The decision to purchase a Sapphire Hastelloy-X of their own was definitely a forward-looking one for Vertex, says the company’s vice president, Tim Warden. “We chose VELO3D because we view this system as being a great fit for a number of applications that we couldn’t build today with our current additive machines. While our Inconel 718 Sapphire machine will fit the needs of many industries, there’s more of a niche market for the incoming Hast-X machine that will allow our customers with specialized needs for high-temperature, high-pressure, long-lifetime applications in the aerospace, and industrial gas turbine markets.”

Hastelloy-X is not a heat-hardened material, so it doesn’t become brittle at high temperatures, and its high oxidation resistance provides durability over many years of continuous use. “3D-printed Hast-X provides unique, robust, material qualities. Combining this with the fact that Vertex is AS9100 certified it will allow us to help our customers take programs from development to production much quicker,” says Warden.

Planning to acquire more AM equipment in the future (after the Hastelloy-X install next month), Steve Rengers, president of Vertex, describes his company’s partnership with VELO3D as an evolving one. “We’re interested in VELO3D because we value innovation, and we see them as a leader of innovation among advanced LPBF systems,” he says. “VELO3D’s technology—the non-contact recoater, and the ability to do challenging geometries without supports—is a differentiator. That’s what Vertex is all about as well, so it’s a great collaborative relationship we’re looking to expand upon.”

Benny Buller, founder and CEO of VELO3D, is enthusiastic about the partnership. “We have a true meeting of the minds with Vertex about the potential for AM to boost innovation and transform manufacturing in so many exciting ways,” he says. “Accessing end-to-end advanced 3D printing through a contract manufacturer is a valuable option for OEMs of every size looking to optimize supply chain efficiency.”

Rengers agrees, and views the future of AM as an accelerating one. “We’re going to continue to see product development cycles shorten as AM has a significant impact on reducing manufacturing times,” he says. “This will be in defense-critical areas such as hypersonics as well as more traditional aerospace and aviation. We’re also seeing a lot of movement happening in areas such as alternative energy, remote-energy, and the extension of human lifestyle quality through orthopedic implants—and we are building our business supporting those needs with the best technology available.”

Going forward, Vertex will remain closely attuned to the pull of customer requests, Rengers says, rather than pushing them towards specific technologies. “Depending on the paths they’re taking, those are the machines and materials we will invest in,” he says. “As Vertex expands, the keys to innovation rely on the best people, the best processes, and the best equipment—and VELO3D is an important piece of that puzzle for us.”

In March, VELO3D announced plans to merge with JAWS Spitfire Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: SPFR) and become a public company.

To learn more about how VELO3D  empowers engineers and designers to imagine more and additively manufacture nearly anything, follow VELO3D on LinkedIn or visit velo3d.com.

About Vertex

The pioneering spirit that drove Morris Technologies, Inc. to become the premier global supplier of additive metal printing services and capabilities is now fueling Vertex Manufacturing. Leveraging decades of experience with thousands of applications across the aerospace, medical, defense, oil & gas and consumer goods industries, Vertex is committed to delivering products and services that meet or exceed customers’ quality and schedule requirements, earning trust and conducting all aspects of what we do, and how we do it, with the highest levels of integrity: https://www.vertexmfg.com.

About VELO3D

VELO3D, one of Fast Company’s 2021 World’s Most Innovative Companies, empowers engineers and designers to imagine more and additively manufacture nearly anything with a fully-integrated patented solution of software, hardware, and process-control featuring FlowTM print preparation software, AssureTM quality assurance software and the Sapphire® family of laser powder bed 3D printers. VELO3D additive manufacturing solutions for 3D-printing high-value metal parts allow for previously impossible geometries, so businesses can make the mission-critical parts they need without compromise. Customers include some of the world’s most visionary companies, such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Chromalloy, Honeywell, LAM Research and Raytheon Technologies. For more information, follow VELO3D on LinkedIn or visit velo3d.com.

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Transportation Industry to Be Wheel of Fortune for Industrial Fastener Manufacturers, Evaluates Fact

As per a revised report published by an ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm, the industrial fasteners market is anticipated to surpass US$ 98 Bn in 2021 and expand at a CAGR of around 5% over the next ten years.

Market intelligence study, analyses that industrial fastener demand is set to register strong growth owing to escalating demand from the transportation industry, especially automotive and railways. Automotive offers a wide application scenario, and every automobile consumes, on an average, nearly 50 kg to 90 kg of fasteners. A plethora of automobile manufacturers are partnering with coating & fastener manufacturers to develop custom-suited automotive fasteners.

Fastener surfaces can get damaged if they are subjected to too much moisture. Usage of optimum finish could control friction and prevent moisture build-up on a bolt or screw. Electrodeposited zinc, nickel, epoxy electro coatings, and hot dip galvanization are some of the choices that are being considered by fastener manufactures to cater to the demanding applications of automakers.

Key Takeaways from Market Study

  • The industrial fasteners market is anticipated to add 1.6X value by 2031.
  • Metal fasteners capture a major chunk of the market and are set to create an absolute $ opportunity of over US$ 60 Bn by2031.
  • Among the types, nuts has been the fastest-growing segment over others globally in the past decade.
  • The market in East Asia is set to dominate market revenue in 2021, and is expected to gain 169 BPS by 2031 over 2021.
  • Power generation & transmission application is poised to experience highest growth among all the applications at a CAGR of 5.6% during 2021-2031.
  • Due to the COVID-19 crisis, demand for industrial fasteners was hit in 2020, which saw a decline of 2.5% over the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

“Targeted acquisition and capacity expansion to remain commercial voice of key market players,” says a Senior Research Analyst

Vital Players Adopting blend of Organic & Inorganic Strategies

Key players are hinging their fortunes on targeted expansions, strategic collaborations, and product launches in the market space to substantially increase their presence. Major players are on an acquisition spree and are focusing majorly on improving their geographic presence and generate revenues from untapped markets.

These insights are based on a report on Industrial Fasteners Market by Fact.MR.

E-mail: shantanu@factmr.com

Web:    www.factmr.com

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PMPA National Technical Conference 2021, August 8-10

PMPA National Technical Conference 2021

Rudy Ruettiger, the famous football walk-on from the University of Notre Dame, will motivate everyone in the keynote speech. The NTC features 27 interactive sessions focused on precision machining. Performers from precision machining shops will benefit from the four tracks: Fundamentals, Mastery, Administrative and Job Layout. Topics include GD&T, materials, CNC, Swiss, CAM, continuous improvement, culture, audits and an escape room where teams work together to “win the contract!”

Find out more at:

pmpa-national.com/events-education/national-events/national-technical-conference-late-spring/

Huntington Convention Center
300 Lakeside Ave E
Cleveland, OH United States of America
(216) 928-1600

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New PJ 303X 5-Axis Machining Center From Mitsui Seiki Provides High Precision and Versatility For Processing Smaller Workpieces

[Franklin Lakes – July 2021] Mitsui Seiki’s new PJ 303X 5-axis machining center provides maximum precision and versatility in processing of workpieces up to 230mm tall and 280mm in diameter (9″ x 11″), and 20 kg (44 lbs.) in weight. Typical applications cover an extensive range of critical parts such as lens molds, medical products, EDM electrodes and fuel cell components. 

The machine’s X-, Y-, and Z-axis travels are 300mm, 325mm, and 200 mm (11.8″, 12.8″, 7.9″) respectively. A-axis rotation is +40˚ to -100˚, and the C-axis rotates a full 360˚. High-speed linear motors move the X-, Y- and Z-axes, while the rotary axes employ direct-drive motors. Rapid traverse speed for the X-, Y-, and Z-axes is 20 m/min (66 ft/min).

A 50,000-rpm, HSK-E25 taper spindle offers high-speed machining capability. An automatic tool changer engineered to store up to 24 tools as large as 40mm (1.57″) in diameter and 120mm (4.7″) in length provides tooling versatility. 

To maximize precision, the sliding machine surfaces of the PJ 303X are hand-scraped. 

Advanced spindle thermal displacement technology is standard, including a symmetrical gantry column structure that accommodates thermal deformation fluctuations and a thermal compensation mechanism for the machine spindle/head. 

Operator-friendly features further enhance precision, including a 380mm (15″) color display with touch panel capability than can be moved to the most convenient position relative to the work envelope. The machine’s double-stage rotary door provides wide access for visibility and setup. 

The PJ 303X consumes a compact 1,755 mm (5.75′) x 2,370mm (7.77′) x 2,655 (8.7′)
(W x L x H) of floor space, and weighs approximately 4,500 kg (9,900 lbs) 

Mitsui Seiki USA chief operating officer Bill Malanche said, “The compact PJ 303X machining center provides high precision, speed and versatility for the processing of an important range of part sizes across a wide variety of applications.” 

For more information, contact Mitsui Seiki at (201) 337-1300, www.mitsuiseiki.com.

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Obituary: Edward E. Gallucci

Edward E. Gallucci

January 11, 1949 – July 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Logan Clutch Parts and Service Manager, Ed Gallucci.

Ed was loved by many and known by all. A mentor to many Logan Sales Engineers and fellow employees over the years, Ed enjoyed sharing stories of his days as Parts and Service Manager at National Acme, or his days as a member of a rock band during high school and college. Ed was an avid Model Railroader (O-gauge), a member of the Pontiac Club and more recently the Corvette Club (he loved is yellow 2000 Corvette).  At the age of 65, Ed entered the world of boating and later sailing – making his way around the Lake Erie Islands with family and in-laws.    Ed and his wife Sue were inseparable, spending lots of time together with their children and grandchildren on many trips and adventures.

Ed started his career with Logan in 1998, after a successful 30-year career as Parts and Service Manager for National Acme, a Cleveland based OEM of Multiple Spindle Screw Machines. Out of several hundred Acme employees, Ed was one of the last to leave, and for those of you who knew Ed, you knew why. Ed LOVED National Acme Screw Machines and the Screw Machine market. Ed could recite chapter and verse any Acme parts and service manual, machine serial number and machine attachment in detail. Ed joined Logan Clutch since Logan was a key supplier of clutches and controls to National Acme – this gave Ed the chance to continue his career in screw machines, selling Logan product into that market.

He is survived by his wife Sue, children Sandra and Robyn Gallucci and Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday July 23rd from 4-8PM at DeJohn Funeral Home, 28890 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills 28890. A Memorial and Service will be held Saturday, at the same location at 10:00 AM.

https://www.dejohnfuneral.com/edward-gallucci/

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