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Oakland Univ. to Host Tool and Die Forum

Monday, November 2, 2009
On November 17, 2009, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, Rochester Hills, MI, will host The Future of Tool and Die: An Industry Dialogue. The free event will explore the relationships between tool and die companies and their customers in the automotive value chain. The event begins with presentations from representatives of Ford Motor Co., Takata Stamping and the Center for Automotive Research. Attendees will then break out into groups to discuss and define some of the issues the industry faces, and develop action plans. To attend, e-mail Carrie Sliwinski at

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Manufacturing Opportunities in the Energy Sector

Monday, November 2, 2009
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, will present a webinar titled Automation & Manufacturing Opportunities in Renewable & Alternative Energy, on November 13, 2 p.m. Learn more and register to attend here.

Metalformer Upgrades to Latest ISO Standard

Friday, October 30, 2009
The Bazz Houston Co. has upgraded to ISO 9001:2008 at its manufacturing plants in Garden Grove, CA, and Tijuana, Mexico. The firm manufactures springs, metal stampings and wire forms, and also performs assembly operations and builds tooling; Compared to ISO 9001:2000, the new standard, issued about a year ago, includes some important differences. For starters, according to the website of Praxiom Research Group, it emphasizes the need to ensure that outsourced processes comply with all customer and legal requirements. And, in the area of customer requirements, the new standard holds companies accountable for identifying specific post-delivery requirements such as warranty provisions, contractual obligations such as maintenance, and supplementary services such as recycling and final disposal. Praxiom offers an online ISO 9001:2008 gap analysis at


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