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The Future of the U.S. Tool & Die Industry is Taking Shape, Starting January 29

Friday, January 22, 2010
The Tool & Die Futures Initiative (TDFI) kicks off its inaugural meeting on Friday, January 29, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Attend the meeting (241 Elliott Hall) to help shape the group and charts its course. The agenda for the meeting includes a presentation from Jeff Engle, a lean expert from Takata who will discuss lean strategies for tool and die companies; Mike Vincent, from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, to talk about lean-process training and provide ideas on potential funding opportunities for the group; and Bob Quinn, president of tool and die shop RCM Inc., who will lead the conversation on how the TDFI should be structured. TDFI is sponsored by the Center for Integrated Business Research and Education (CIBRE) at Oakland University's School of Business Administration. Learn more by e-mailing Bob Quinn:

New Website a Rollforming-Information Hub

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Anchored by a thorough “What is Roll Forming/Capabilities of Roll Forming” section, a new website from Formtek, Inc., Cleveland, OH, offers a one-stop reference for information on rollforming equipment and tooling. The site,, also includes an RFQ page where visitors can submit information regarding a specific rollformed product and upload CAD or PDF drawings. The process-capabilities area of the website functions as an online textbook on the process, covering topics such as design considerations, springback and end flare, setup tim,e and production rate and conversion cost.

SoCAl Fab Shop Powers Up with Solar Panel

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Research Tool & Die Works, Carson, CA, a manufacturer of wires and other hardware for marine electrical systems, has installed a 225-kW solar system from SolarCity. The firm expects the system to slice $848 from its monthly electricity bill. SolarCity worked with RT&D to provide its Power Purchase Agreement zero-down financing option for small businesses. Learn more about RT&D at; SolarCity is online at


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