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SUV Steel-Frame Concept Lightens Lincoln Load

Friday, November 21, 2003
Using high-strength and advanced-high-strength steels, the Auto/Steel Partnership has developed a frame concept that can replace the Lincoln Navigator ladder-style frame at a weight savings of 23 percent. Incorporating the frame concept would entail no major assembly and packaging challenges, according to partnership officials. For more, visit

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Friday, November 21, 2003, an online metal-pricing utility, is targeted to those responsible for tracking raw-material costs. The service, available for $150 annually, gathers metal prices from an ever-expanding list of reliable contributors, according to site officials, then publishes a final price range once the accuracy of that range is determined. Metal prices are updated twice daily, weekly or monthly, with Spot Tables offered to display prices on a particular day when a metal price seems volatile. All pricing charts and tables describe location, quality, quantity and the category of the metal buyer represented. In addition, time stamps are placed to indicate when a price was last updated. the site features separate pages for each metal tracked. News articles add to site information, providing analysis directly from the trading floor. Currently, boasts 2800 subscribers.

Publication Updates Information Exchange
for Truck, Heavy-Equipment Suppliers

Thursday, November 20, 2003
Learn how heavy-truck OEMs and suppliers can better work together through electronic-data-interchange (EDI) transactions in The Business Process Narratives for Truck and Heavy Equipment Industry. The publication, also referred to as THE-3, is a revised version of the old TAG-3 and is published by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). The update reflects current EDI practices and terminology. EDI practices allow timely communication between partners and increase the degree of integration from the sender’s business process into the receiver’s business process, according to AIAG officials. The payoff is lower cost associated with systems development as partners recognize and eliminate unnecessary activities before automating and integrating business processes. A hardcopy of the document, $10 for AIAG members and $50 for nonmembers, is available through the AIAG customer-service department at tel. 248/358-3003.


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