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MAG appoints new president.

Robert Wassmer was appointed as president of MAG Industrial Automation Systems--MAG IAS--Sterling Heights, MI.

Wassmer, who is a MAG IAS veteran, came to the company from Bombardier Transportation, where he was director of the research and development section of the locomotive and freight division. He also managed Bombardier's bogie division, including facilities in western/eastern Europe, China and India. He also worked at ADTRANZ, later DaimlerChrysler Rail-systems, where he helped coordinate international development projects.

Wassmer earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, with a focus on product engineering.

Through strategic acquisitions since 2005, MAG IAS has become a group of machine tool companies and brands in the durable goods manufacturing industries. MAG IAS consists of four groups: MAG Powertrain [Cross Huller, Ex-Cell-O and Lamb], MAG Advanced Technologies [Cincinnati Machine, Giddings & Lewis, Cincinnati Automation & Test, Huller Hille, and Fadal], MAG Special Machines [Boehringer, FMS, Hessapp, Witzig & Frank, and Turmatic Systems], and MAG Maintenance Technologies.

In other news from MAG, MAG Maintenance Technologies, Hebron, KY, has expanded its machine tool remanufacturing services to include Fadal vertical machining centers. Offered under the trade name, "R-line," the machines give parts manufacturers and die/mold producers the option to add machining capability through refurbishing an older Fadal machine that they own, or buying a remanufactured machine from stock.

According to Gidon Moshkovitz, R-line general manager, Maintenance Technologies is the only company that is factory-certified to rebuild Fadal products, providing remanufactured VMCs for as low as $29,900.

All R-line rebuilt Fadal machines receive a 158-point inspection, which includes axis motors, spindle drive inverter, spindle cartridge, machine geometry, coolant system, lubrication system, and other components. Upgraded CNC controls ensure up-to-date programming capabilities and performance optimization. Parts are warranted for six months.

The machines that are remanufactured by Maintenance Technologies come from customer trade-ins or directly from machine owners who want to upgrade their machines with current-technology controls and drives.

Remanufacturing operations for Fadal machines are in Chatsworth, CA.
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Publication:Modern Applications News
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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