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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.

ITD Precision Breaks Ground on New Plant

Friday, October 06, 2006
Texas metal-stamping company ITD Precision, with plants in Houston and Harlingen, TX, has broken ground on a new 98,000-sq.-ft. facility in northwest Houston, scheduled for completion next summer. The plant will house six press lines, from 45 to 400 tons, as well as a sub-floor scrap-conveyor system, tool-and-die department and administrative offices. It will replace ITD’s current Houston facility.


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