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IT MELTS MATERIAL IN ITS PATH: ONE OF WORLD'S LARGEST LASER CUTTING SYSTEMS DEMONSTRATED

 ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's largest laser cutting systems will be demonstrated at the Orlando Advanced Productivity Exposition (APEX) opening tomorrow, Feb. 2, at the Expo Centre.
 Displayed by Peak Precision (Winter Park, Fla.), this machine is 14 feet wide, 24 feet long, and weighs 26,000 lbs. It cuts metals from one thousandth of an inch to one-half inch thick at speeds ranging from 300 inches to 30 inches per minute. The focused laser beam melts the material in its path and the molten material is blown away using gas pressure.
 Florida manufacturers seeking time-saving technologies and more efficient production methods will attend this three-day event which runs through Thursday, Feb. 4.
 The Orlando APEX, Florida's largest machine tool and manufacturing exposition, is sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA). The event features more than 120 exhibitors demonstrating the latest advances in machine tools, computer-aided design and manufacturing applications, quality control, and other technologies critical to competitive manufacturing. More than one-third of the exhibitors are Florida-based.
 "Competitive manufacturing demands a regular influx of upgraded technologies and more efficient applications," said Nancy Berg, SME director of expositions. "By showcasing the latest advancements in equipment productivity, flexibility, and reliability, Orlando '93 provides Florida manufacturers with the tools they need to increase customer satisfaction and deliver higher quality products."
 Show hours at the Expo Centre are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 3; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. More than 3,000 manufacturers from throughout the southeastern United States are expected to attend.
 SME, headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., is an international professional society dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in the field of manufacturing engineering and management. Founded in 1932, SME has more than 75,000 members in 68 countries and sponsors over 325 senior chapters and 220 student chapters worldwide.
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 /NOTE: Good business/status-of-manufacturing stories and interviews, as well as dynamic equipment-in-action visuals for photo or TV coverage, are available during the show.
 CONTACT: Deborah Babb, SME show manager, 407-849-2566; or Beth Magewick, SME Event Public Relations, 313-271-1500, Ext. 341/


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