ABB Sells First Robot Manufactured In U.S.

AUBURN HILLS — The Zürich, Switzerland-based technology company  ABB has sold its first robot manufactured in the United States.

The IRB 2600 robot is the first to be produced at the ABB Auburn Hills plant, and was sold by ABB reseller CIM Systems Inc., based in Milan, Italy, to Hitachi Powdered Metals USA Inc. of Greensburg, Ind.

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First Ever US-China Robotics Forum Set For Automate 2017

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor-based Association for Advancing Automation announced a joint U.S.-China Robotics Forum, to be held April 4 at the Automate 2017 Show and Conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The forum will bring together A3’s Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the North American robotics industry trade organization, and its counterpart, the China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA).

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ACEC Recognizes Michigan’s Top Engineering, Surveying Projects

LANSING — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards ceremony.

On March 11, design professionals and guests gathered at The Fillmore Detroit to recognize outstanding Michigan engineering and surveying projects from the past year, as well as engineering professionals who have significantly contributed to the profession.

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MSU’s Anthony receives $500,000 NSF CAREER Award

EAST LANSING — Rebecca Anthony, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Michigan State University College of Engineering, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to research nanostructure manufacturing that will make LED lights more efficient and versatile.

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Stoneridge Income Jumps On Tax Benefit

NOVI — Stoneridge Inc., the Novi-based manufacturer of electronics for the automotive and other transportation markets, reported net income of $48.4 million or $1.70 a share in the fourth quarter, up from $6.1 million or 22 cents a share in the same quarter of 2015.

Revenue was $172.6 million, up from $154.6 million a year earlier.

For the full year, net income was $77.5 million or $2.74 a share, up from $22.8 million or 82 cents a share a year earlier. Revenue was $696 million, up from $644.8 million a year earlier.

The company also issued an “adjusted earnings” figure removing the benefits of deferred tax assets in 2016. Without that benefit, net income for the fourth quarter was $9.6 million or 34 cents a share for the fourth quarter of 2016, and $40.2 million or $1.42 a share for the full year.

The company said it expected 2017 sales of between $705 milion and $730 million, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of 10 to 11.5 percent of sales. The earnings per share guidance for 2017 was $1 to $1.15 a share.

For more information, including a replay of a conference call discussing the results, visit http://www.stoneridge.com.

Stoneridge was founded in 1965 in Warren, Ohio as a contract manufacturer for the auto industry. It went public in 1997 and moved its headquarters to Novi in 2016.

MSU Engineering Students Working On New Solar Project, To Save University $10M

EAST LANSING — Construction on a new solar array project – a venture that could save the university $10 million over 25 years – has started at Michigan State University. Continue reading MSU Engineering Students Working On New Solar Project, To Save University $10M

Pilot Project at Michigan Tech Leads to Federal Regulations Changes

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University participated in a national pilot project that helped the federal government revise its regulations to make a major reduction in the number of federal certification forms and the administrative follow-up paperwork on federal research grants.

Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees were told about the pilot project and the regulations changes at their regular meeting Friday, March 3. Continue reading Pilot Project at Michigan Tech Leads to Federal Regulations Changes

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