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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The staff of MetalForming magazine, at the Precision Metalforming Association, wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a joyous New Year. Hot off the Press, your daily site for news of the metalforming industry, returns on Monday, January 5, 2009.

Packaging Challenges? Workshop Offers Solutions

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A series of two-day Packaging Performance Workshops is offered by Packaging World magazine and Schneider Electric, to help manufacturers overcome typical challenges such as unplanned downtime, inconsistent line speed, excess scrap and waste, and lengthy changeover times. The workshops will be held in Tampa, FL, Feb. 24-25; Chicago, IL, June 23-24; and Denver, CO, Oct. 27-28. View the complete agenda at

Northern Mfg. Takes Delivery
of 3D Laser Cutting and Welding System

Monday, December 22, 2008
Prima North America, Inc., Chicopee, MA, has delivered an Optimo 3D laser-cutting machine to Northern Manufacturing Co., Oak Harbor, OH. Optimo is Prima’s largest five-axis 3D machine, for cutting as well as welding. Northern Mfg. is a precision fabricator of custom sheetmetal parts and assemblies, specializing in stainless-steel fabrications for the automotive, farming, appliance and energy industries; Optimo machines feature direct-drive heads requiring no gears or complex kinematics, removing backlash and wear worries. Learn more at


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