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Dieffenbacher to Supply More Presses to Elkay

Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Elkay Manufacturing Co., headquartered in Oak Brook, IL, will be outfitting its Ogden, UT, manufacturing operation with hydraulic drawing presses from Dieffenbacher North America Inc., Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The presses feature Dieffenbacher’s Multi Point Control (MPC) die-cushion technology, designed specifically for the drawing, bending and trimming of stainless-steel sinks. Elkay already employs two MPC double-bowl presses in its Lumberton, NC, facility as well as two MPC single-bowl presses at its Broadview, IL, plant. For more about MPC technology, visit

Book is All About Managing Coating Operations

Tuesday, December 14, 2004
The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) has published Planning and Specifying Industrial Protective Coating Projects, a 246-page book intended to aid owners, specifiers, contractors and others responsible for planning and managing coating operations. The compilation contains select chapters from SSPC publications as well as a collection of related SSPC standards, guides and specifications, all pertaining to the planning phase of an industrial protective-coating project. Cost is $57 for SSPC members and $85.50 for nonmembers. Prices will go up as of January 1. For more information or to order, contact the SSPC Publications Sales Office at 877/281-7772, e-mail or visit the SSPC Online Bookstore through

AutoForm, Tool Coater Team Up
for Enhanced Die Development

Monday, December 13, 2004
AutoForm Engineering, a producer of die-face design and simulation software for the automotive and sheetmetal-forming industries, has announced a joint venture with German tool-coating company VST Keller. “By combining sheetmetal forming simulation with expertise on material coatings for tools, this (joint venture) will provide our customers with new insights and knowhow on how to improve their tool designs early in the product-development process,” explains Dr. Waldemar Kubli, AutoForm Engineering CEO. With the collaboration, the joint-venture partners believe customers will be able to identify tool-wear problems and solve them early, significantly reducing the amount and cost of tool modifications during die tryout and production startup phases. For more, visit


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