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Smedberg Machine Corp. to Handle
Chinese Press Line

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Smedberg Machine Corp. (SMC), Chicago, IL, has signed a distribution agreement with Toledo Press Co. and a top Chinese press builder, Jier Machine Tool Group, to distribute and service new presses and press parts by Jier. Jier offers a full line, including OBI presses, blanking presses, and progressive-die, tandem-line and transfer presses, from 350 to 4500 tons. Heading up new-press sales for SMC is Allen Vander Zee, formerly of Verson. Learn more at

Shop Online for Carbide-Tipped Piercing Punches
and Other Specialty Tooling

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Major Industries Ltd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with a U.S. office in Port Huron, MI, has launched a website for the cold-heading industry: Surf there to peruse its hexagon tooling, segmented hex inserts, extrusion punches, carbide dies, trimming dies and solid carbide punches.

All About Powder Coating

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Hot off the presses and available for purchase is the revised and expanded third edition of Powder Coating—The Complete Finisher’s Handbook, from the Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Alexandria, VA. The nearly 500-page book covers all aspects of setting up and running a powder-coating operation. It includes a glossary of terms and a troubleshooting guide, and covers the latest information in powder materials, pretreatment, paint-booth design, powder application methods, conveyors, dry-off methods and curing. Learn more at


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