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Denso Replaces Gap-Frame Presses
with Straightside, Prolongs Die Life

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Denso International America plant in Battle Creek, MI, recently installed a fully integrated stamping line from Sutherland Presses, El Segundo, CA. The line, which features a Sutherland CRS-Series counter-rotating straightside press and an AB-Wintriss-based integrated control solution, replaces a line that featured 220-ton two-point gap-frame presses. Denso, which produces automotive heating and cooling components and systems at the plant, expects that the change to a straightside press will improve die life for its 38-station progressive dies.

Laser Shipments Glow in 2nd Quarter

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Second-quarter shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems for North America and U.S. exports rose 5.4 percent (to $180.5 million) compared to year-earlier figures, according to the Laser Systems Group of AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology. Exports accounted for $20.5 million of the shipments. Cutting applications represented the largest source of industrial-laser activity for the quarter, accounting for more than 75 percent of all shipments.

Mittal Takes Flat-Rolled Capacity Offline

Friday, October 6, 2006
According to The Plain Dealer, Mittal Steel USA said Thursday (yesterday) that it will idle two blast furnaces, one in Cleveland, OH, and the other in East Chicago, IN, to bring production of light flat-rolled products in line with reduced demand. The furnaces will undergo some required maintenance and then be brought back online when the market dictates.


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