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Consortium Aims to Shorten
New-Vehicle Lead Times

Tuesday, November 4, 2003
A consortium of tooling suppliers, researchers, Ford and General Motors are working to develop software to help reduce launch lead times for new vehicles, courtesy of a $5.3 million grant, according to AutoTech Daily. Spearheading the effort is the Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to the grant, from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program, the four-year project will receive $5.5 million from participating companies. Partners calculate that the software, known as the Digital Body Development System, may save U.S. automakers $3.5 billion in vehicle launch costs through shortened lead times, a reduced number of physical prototypes and improved quality. Key to the project is early involvement of tooling suppliers. Also participating in the program: Altarum Institute, American Tooling Center, Atlas Tool, Autodie International, Cognitens, ComauPICO, EDS, Perceptron, Riviera Tool Co., Sekely Industries and Thunder Bay Pattern Works. The University of Michigan and ne State University are providing program support.

Carl Zeiss Earns Bosch Supplier Award

Monday, November 3, 2003
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, Minneapolis, MN, has received the Supplier Award from the Bosch Group in Bamberg, Germany. With this award, Bosch honors the consistent high quality of products and services as well as cost-efficiency and on-time delivery that the measuring-systems supplier provided in 2001 and 2002. Bosch has presented the award every two years since 1987 to select suppliers from its worldwide supplier base. Zeiss one of 60 companies to have received the award and one of only five capital-equipment suppliers to have done so.

Matenaer Adds Machining and Forming
Equipment; Sales Rep.

Monday, November 3, 2003
Matenaer Corp., West Bend, WI, with recent capital purchases, now offers machined products and fabrications to its line of stamped and laser-cut products. The company, specializing in specialty flat-washer production, has added new Okuma CNC horizontal and vertical machining centers as well as an Amada 100-metric-ton press brake. Also, the company has added Alan Pierschalla as representative serving the eastern half of the United States and Canada. For more, visit


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