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MACHINES THAT MAKE THINGS BETTER ALSO CREATE NEW JOBS AND HELP AMERICA COMPETE

 LOS ANGELES, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The next time you drive, fly in an airplane, turn on a computer or eat Cheerios(R) you are probably using a product that has been made better and more affordable by Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM), a key technology for putting thousands of employees back to work.
 EDMs are highly precise, computer-controlled metal cutting systems that make dies, molds and prototypes for consumer and industrial products through a series of rapid electrical sparks.
 EDMs, accurate to within one ten-thousandth of an inch (.0001 inch), are the No. 1 machine tool that helped build Japan's dominance in the automotive and consumer electronics industries (to name a few) and are one of the main highlights at the Westec '93 Show.
 "EDMs can help the U.S. compete more effectively against low- priced, foreign-made goods," said Gary Gustafson, applications and sales manager at Sodick Inc. "They are intelligent machines that can produce goods continuously for weeks at a time while creating new jobs for experienced and entry-level machine operators, programmers, engineers and others."
 Held at the L.A. Convention Center, March 22-25, Westec is North America's largest annual machine tool and manufacturing exposition featuring the world's latest manufacturing trends and technologies. As 30,000 manufacturing specialists, design engineers and production managers will attend, this show is especially important considering the local and national job outlook.
 Today, EDMs make tiny surgical instruments that are guided by miniature video cameras which allow patients to heal much faster and with less pain. EDMs help save lives and millions of dollars annually by shortening hospital visits and allowing patients to return to work sooner. EDMs are also used each day in hospitals and by medical suppliers to produce individual artificial bone implants, often within hours of determining the need for surgery.
 Recently, EDMs helped win the Gulf War by producing critical armaments and supplies from night vision camera housings and tank parts to bullet casings, Patriot missiles, B-2 bombers and aircraft guidance systems, to name a few.
 "EDMs are used by large manufacturers like Chrysler, Johnson & Johnson and Boeing as well as small job shops and subcontractors to make high-quality affordable goods that compete globally," Gustafson said. "This in turn helps create U.S. jobs, helps reduce our trade deficit and contributes to a stronger economy.
 "It is also generally accepted that consumers would buy more U.S.-made goods such as cars, computers, radios, shoes and appliances if they were convinced that quality and durability were built in. EDMs deliver all of these -- as well as jobs."
 Engineers at La Mirada, Calif.-based Sodick Inc., the world's largest EDM producer, report that EDMs are one of the most affordable ways for U.S. firms to ensure quality and efficiency while reducing costs.
 For a personal EDM demonstration or more information, contact Sodick Inc. at Westec '93 Booth No. 5100 North Hall, or call David J. Kuff at 213-651-5100. Sodick Inc. is located at 16820 Valley View Ave., La Mirada, CA, 90638; telephone: 714-522-1331.
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 /CONTACT: David J. Kuff of David J. Kuff & Associates, 213-651-5100, for Sodick/


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