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Ulbrich Standardizes on New ERP System

Monday, October 26, 2009
The seven production facilities and seven service centers around the world of Ulbrich Stainless Steels soon will all be operating with a customized ERP software application from Axis Computer Systems, a business unit of Consona Corp., Indianapolis, IN. The new company-wide implementation will streamline Ulbrich’s ERP business processes and is expected to provide cost savings across its sales, manufacturing and costing functions. Ulbrich already has implemented the Axis ERP solution at its shaped-wire production facility in North Haven, CT, and at its North Haven corporate finance department; other locations, including production facilities and service centers providing strip, flat and shaped-wire products, are scheduled to go live with Axis in 2010. Read up on Axis and Consona Corp. at and; learn more about Ulbrich at

Ohio Steel Processor Upgrades its
Oscillate-Coil Capabilities

Monday, October 26, 2009
Specialty Strip & Oscillating, Inc., Masury, OH, has installed two new oscillators to improve its ability to provide oscillated coils of cold-rolled, low- or high-carbon, alloy or stainless-steel strip and sheet. New oscillator capabilities include face sizes from 4 to 14 in., width from 0.260 to 2.5 in., gauge from 0.009 in., welds annealed and ground, slit or deburred, straight-patterned coil walls and coiled on steel liners, fiber cores or spools. Customers can now run a coil interrupted for 10 to 15 times longer than with conventional ribbon-wound coils, say company officials, eliminating downtime, coil-end scrap loss, and coil telescoping and tangling. Specialty Strip & Oscillating provides oscillate coils with 20-25 miles of continuous strip that weigh as much as 5000 lb.;

Cosma Auto-Chassis Line
Developed to Take On Solar-System Work

Friday, October 23, 2009
Solar-array manufacturer Skyline Solar, Mountain View, CA, has begun commercial production of the racking and structural components of its new high-gain solar (HGS) arrays at the Cosma metal-stamping facility in Troy, MI. Cosma and Skyline Solar collaborated on product design and materials optimization, including the development of the HGS structure so that it would fit into Cosma’s standard plant layout developed for large-volume metalforming and assembly.

According to Skyline Solar, each HGS array consists of two main components: a reflective rack with integrated tracking, and four rows of high-gain solar panels along its edges. HGS arrays are mechanically coupled together into long columns with adjacent units sharing mounting and tracking hardware. Multiple columns are installed side by side to create large solar fields. Cosma’s initial production line is expected to yield 1000 units per month.

Visit Skyline Solar at Cosma, an operating unit of Magna Intl., manufactures vehicle frames, chassis systems and body-in-white systems using a variety of processes including stamping, rollforming, hydroforming and welding;


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