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New Leader at SME

Monday, January 21, 2013
Dennis Bray, president and CEO of Contour Precision Group, Clover, SC, has been elected 2013 president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Dearborn, MI. Contour Precision Group includes Huffman, a manufacturer of equipment abrasive-waterjet cutting, super-abrasive grinding and additive laser processing. SME is online at

Medical-Device Maker Specs Hydraulic Press to Form Titanium

Friday, January 18, 2013
Greenerd Press & Machine Co., Nashua, NH, has designed and built a 75-ton hydraulic press to form titanium blanks for a medical-device manufacturer. The press boasts a 35-ton cushion cylinder (also used as a knockout) and a secondary ram-mounted 20-ton cushion/eject with proportionally controlled speed for the eject function. Also included is hydraulic clamping, RFID identification of tooling and closed-loop control of the tooling heaters to maintain a drawing temperature of 600 F within plus or minus 1 deg. The main ram features two pressing circuits—one to control speed between 0.2 and 2.0 in./min, the other between 7.2 and 36 in./min. More at

Baird is Manufacturing Fourslides and Transfer Presses

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Baird Machinery Corp. announced that it is now building the new Nilson Model 1-FB fourslide at its plant in Thomaston, CT, in the 700L, 751, 2-F and 3-FB models. It’s also building new U.S. Baird transfer presses in models 2-19, 3-25, 3L-25, 3L-37, 3L-45, 4-44,4-56, 5-51, 5-60 and 5L-51;


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