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Three Laser Systems to 3-Dimensional Services

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
The Laser Group of NTC America, Farmington Hills, MI, has delivered three laser systems to 3-Dimensional Services, Rochester Hills, MI, bringing to 14 the number of NTC laser-cutting systems in use by the prototype-part producer. The most recent delivery included the newest laser cutter from NTC, a high-speed TLZ three-axis system, and two TLM five-axis lasers. 3-Dimensional and its sister company, Urgent Design & Manufacturing, employ the lasers in cutting metal sheet and plate, typically within 0.002-in. tolerances. For more, surf to

ArvinMeritor Gains from Steel Wheels

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
According to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), ArvinMeritor, Troy, MI, has delivered more than 850,000 stamped, welded and chrome-clad steel wheels to DaimlerChrysler for its Dodge Ram 1500 truck. Based on that success, DaimlerChrysler has tapped ArvinMeritor for additional steel-wheel business for the next-generation Dodge Ram 2500. AISI says that the ArvinMeritor contract reflects a surge in popularity of styled steel wheels by the public and vehicle manufacturers, with more than 8 million of the wheels on the road today compared to 600,000 only five years ago.

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


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