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Northern Ohio Laser-Technology Tour

Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Modern Manufacturing Solutions, a northern-Ohio distributor of metal-fabricating equipment, will co-sponsor, along with Mazak and Praxair, a tour of four northeast-Ohio metal fabricators using the latest in laser-cutting technology. The event, slated for Thursday, Feb. 24, is free of charge. Companies to be toured: East End Welding, Corsa Performance Exhaust, Thycurb & Burt and Will-Burt Co. To learn more, call Modern Manufacturing at 614/771-6347.

R&D Project Studies Rollforming
of Variable-Thickness Material

Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Metform Intl. Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has completed an R&D project that included the design of rollforming tooling for forming parts from variable-thickness steel. It performed the project on behalf of a Canadian automotive-parts manufacturer. Material thickness varied by 50 percent over the length of each part. Results of the project prove that the use of innovative designs and materials in the tooling allows production-rollforming of the parts, allowing the customer to achieve weight-reduction goals without sacrificing the cost and strength advantages of steel, according to Metform officials. Visit its website for more information:

Handy & Harman Acquires French Supplier

Monday, January 3, 2005
The Precious Metals Group of Handy & Harman, Milwaukee, WI, has acquired Protechno S.A., a French manufacturer and distributor of brazing and soldering materials. Handy & Harman, a supplier of metal-joining products, expects to use the acquisition as a platform for growth and expansion in Europe.


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