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KC Aluminum and Stainless Service Center
Orders New Multiblanking Line

Friday, October 24, 2008
Ken-Mac Metals, a division of ThyssenKrupp Materials NA, Inc., has ordered a precision multiblanking line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The new line will process stainless steel, aluminum and prepainted materials at the Ken-Mac service center in Kansas City, MO. It will include the Red Bud precision grip-feed system and a CNC programmable slitter, and will produce blanks with width and length tolerances of plus or minus 0.005 in. An automatic strip-divider positioning system will automatically set up the dividers in the strip stacker as the operator sets up the slitting head. Ken-Mac will employ the line to process coils weighing as much as 50,000 lb. at widths to 72 in and in sheet thickness to 0.135 in. Learn more about Red Bud multiblanking lines at To read up on Ken-Mac’s capabilities, surf to

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.


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