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New Side Trimmer and Scrap Chopper
Installed on Nucor Pickle Line

Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Butech Bliss, Salem, OH, has installed a new side trimmer and scrap chopper on a cold-mill pickle line at the Nucor Steel facility in Decatur, AL. The side trimmer is a driven-turret-head style with closed-loop controls for knife lap, gap and width settings. The scrap chopper is a newly designed shimless helical-knife cutting style with double knife hubs in each head, and includes a second set of chopper heads that allows for offline knife maintenance. The setup can handle hot-rolled carbon steel to 0.375 in. thick at line speeds to 700 ft./min. Learn more at

Educational Foundation Awards Grants

Monday, January 2, 2006
The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF) has awarded a total of $44,500 in grants to three programs created to enhance the U.S. metalforming workforce. PMAEF awarded $24,500 to the Hired program at Hennepin Technical College, Minneapolis, MN; $10,000 to Wire-Net’s School-to-Career program, to be conducted in collaboration with Max Hayes High School, a vocational school in Cleveland, OH; and $10,000 to the BattleBots IQ program. Hennepin Technical College will use its grant to support development of an occupational English project for metalforming students. The Wire-Net program guides students toward future careers with metalworking companies. And, the BattleBots IQ program features an integrated robotics curriculum that includes mathematical analysis, scientific reasoning, team problem solving and effective verbal and written communications.

Happy New Year

Thursday, December 29, 2005
The staffs of MetalForming magazine and PMA wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Hot off the Press returns on Monday, January 2, 2006.


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