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Blank Stacker Headed to Aluminum Toll Processor

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
By the end of the year, Aluminum Blanking Co., Pontiac, MI, will be the proud, new owner of an aluminum blank-stacking system designed to protect the surface-sensitive materials that it processes—aluminum and stainless-steel alloys blanked on seven lines with cut-to-length capabilities. The new stacker, from Atlas Technologies, Inc., Fenton, MI, will process coil into stacks of blanks in sizes to 500 by 110 in. with stack weight to 30,000 lb. It will be able to process blanks into two stacking stations with lift tables that can operate independently. A weight-verification system allows for material accountability—once weighed, a blank stack proceeds to a dual wrapping station. The station boasts a lift and transfer unit for palletizing each wrapped stack, which then proceed to a second wrapping station where pallet and stack are wrapped together, ensuring safe transit. Visit Atlas online for more information: Check out Aluminum Blanking Co. at

Big Automation Plans? Take in this Seminar

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Hear pressroom-automation experts present the latest in technology, and then take a plant tour of a leading automotive supplier operating state-of-the-art pressroom-automation equipment by attending the AP&T Automation Seminar Tour, November 5, 2008, in Dearborn, MI. The day-long seminar features presentations on these and other topics: What to think about when automating; destacking, press loading and unloading; and return on investment. Price: $40. Register online at, or call Rick Nicholson at 704/220-3215.

Visteon Expands Russian Activities

Monday, October 20, 2008
To accompany the ongoing construction of its new manufacturing facility in the Kaluga region of Russia, 100 miles southwest of Moscow, Visteon has opened an office in St. Petersburg, Russia. The new office will house engineering and manufacturing experts, and will act as a center for new-business development activities in the region. Visteon’s new Russian plant is slated to begin production in 2010.


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