Headline News Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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