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Oct 2003

Die-Matic Buys New 800-Ton Press

Die-Matic Corp., Brooklyn Heights, OH, has purchased a new custom-built 800-ton Minster press with transfer capabilities. To house the press and provide for future large presses, the company has created a 30,000-sq.-ft. addition. Also calling the addition home is an autophoretic coating line which, according to company officials, competes with e-coat in durability, finish and cost.

Oct 2003

Echo Industries Celebrates Division’s 100th Anniversary

Echo Industries, Inc. has announced the centennial anniversary of its Adell Metalforming Division, located in Orange, MA. Founded by John Adell in 1903, the division continuously has developed its deep-drawn metalforming capability, increasing that capability today by using the latest multi-cylinder hydraulic presses, according to company officials. Echo purchased Adell in 1997.

Oct 2003

Maysteel Redesigns an 11-Part Assembly Down to Just Two Parts

Using strategically placed integral flanges, tabs and other contact points to enable single-step projection welding, an original design for a hard-drive bay that required assembly of 11 separate parts and 13 separate spot-welding steps now is made of just two parts, and welded in one cycle.Maysteel, Menomonee Falls, WI, designed the new assembly, which requires 12 weld connections on two planes, all made in one weld cycle, of two U-shaped pieces, replacing the original assembly that combined L-shaped and formed pieces.The new design automatically covers the card-guide openings of the drive, eliminating the need for a separate sealing process.

Oct 2003

Equipment Investment at Metro Tool & Die

Metro Tool & Die Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has purchased a bevy of new equipment to enhance its stamping, tooling, assembly, robotic-welding and powder-coat-painting capabilities. Added this year by the 100-employee company are a coordinate measuring machine, robotic-welding capacity, a large-bed wire-EDM machine and a CNC milling machine.

Oct 2003

Bomco Cuts Lead Time on Complex Parts

Bomco, Inc., Gloucester, MA, has implemented a number of primary and secondary forming and fabricating processes to produce complex components and assemblies for commercial and military applications. For example, the company, in its 46,000-sq.-ft. facility, has manufactured an aircraft starter air manifold using hydroforming, press forming and multiple-axis laser machining, delivering the part on a short lead time to an aerospace customer. The 4.5-in.- dia. 2.38-in.-high manifold is made of 0.040-in.-thick AMS 5511 material.

Oct 2003

Olson Intl. Installs High-Speed Presses

Increased demand due to new business and a changing market mix has led Olson International Ltd., Lombard, IL, to acquire two Minster 100-ton high-speed presses. The presses run at speeds to 250 strokes/min. and come equipped with servo feeds, light guards and sensors. One press features a 60-in.-wide bed, a Helm Loadguard Smart Pack system and Wintriss die protection. The second press, with a 48-in.-wide bed, features a direct-drive motor and a Rockford control system.

The new presses will join others, ranging in capacities from 65 to 400 tons, at Lombard and another Olson manufacturing plant in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Olson produces chassis, cases and covers for automotive infotainment systems; brackets and inflator housings for automotive airbags; and small- to mid-sized stamped and assembled parts for electronics and appliance OEMs.

Oct 2003

New FMP Equipment Cuts Stripper-Plate Production Time

Flexible Metal Products (FMP), Mt. Juliet, TN, has added a Komatsu fine plasma machine, used to cut through 1-in.-thick material in producing coil-fed progressive dies built and run by the company. With the new machine, the average time for completing a stripper plate has been reduced by 70 to 80 percent, according to FMP officials. An added bonus is the machine’s ability to cut prototype parts and flat-pattern strip layouts used in the design and development of new dies. This is done through the simple conversion of .dxf files into a cutting path, reportedly enabling production of these parts and layouts in only minutes.

Oct 2003

Hughes Parker Adds Four Presses

Hughes Parker Industries (HPI), a metal stamping, fabrication, assembly and finishing contract manufacturer located in Lawrenceburg, TN, and Manchester, TN, has added four presses at the Lawrenceburg facility. The new presses increase HPI’s tonnage capacity from 800 to 1000 tons and maximum bed size from 124 to 132 in.

HPI, serving the automotive, heavy-duty-truck, off-road, lawn-and-garden and recreational-equipment industries, also employs powder-coat and e-coat paint lasers as well as turret punch presses.

Oct 2003

Okay Industries Wins Safety, Quality Awards

Okay Industries, New Britain, CT, has received an award from the Connecticut State Workers Compensation Commission for compiling the best safety record in the state—881 days without a lost-time incident. A producer of precision parts for the automotive, medical and other industries, Okay Industries also was recognized by an automotive customer as Supplier of the Year. In honoring Okay, the customer noted its 100-percent on-time delivery with a defect rating of only 3 ppm.

Along with its commitment to safety and quality, company officials note that Okay has developed highly automated assembly machines to shorten lead time on families of components.

Oct 2003

Interlake Industries Names Habe COO and Executive VP

Interlake Industries, Inc., Willoughby, OH, has appointed Lisa Habe as executive vice president and chief operating officer. The company specializes in short- to medium-run metal stampings with facilities in Ohio and Florida.

Oct 2003

Genesee Consolidates Under One Roof

The former Genesee Metal Stamping Inc. and Genesee/Ben Mer Inc. now operate under one roof as Genesee Group/NY, Inc. The group now operates from a newly expanded facility at 975 John St. in West Henrietta, NY. It requests that all purchase orders placed with either company bear the name Genesee Group/NY, Inc.

Oct 2003

TriWestern Metals Adds Electrogalvanizing Line

TriWestern Metals Co., Chicago, IL, has added a new electrogalvanizing line, able to handle strip from 24 to 60 in. wide in thicknesses from 0.015 to 0.080 in., and coils to 40,000 lb. The company also offers slitting, cut-to-length and precision-blanking services.

Oct 2003

Utah Stamping Expands Capacity

Utah Stamping, Clearfield, UT, has installed a Minster 400-ton 120-in.-wide-bed production press and new hydraulic-press equipment for assembly of stamped components. This addition adds to Utah Stamping’s production, prototype and toolroom capabilities, providing press capacity ranging from 45 to 400 tons and allowing greater flexibility in the size and complexity of parts. Along with the capacity expansion. thee stamper is upgrading its MRP and 3D CAD computer systems to improve planning, design and machining technologies.

Oct 2003

Ultra Tool Adds Press, Opens Second Plant

Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, WI, has added a 400-ton Minster punch press. With press and the company’s tooling-sensor lab, “we are poised more than ever for zero defects and increased productivity,” said Terry Hansen, Ultra Tool president.

The company recently opened a second plant near its first to handle growth, and is pursuing ISO/TS 16949 certification with a target date of December 2003.


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