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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The staffs of MetalForming magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association wish you and yours a joyous and safe holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Hot off the Press, your daily source for news of the metalforming industry, returns Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

Schuler Finalizes Organizational Changes

Monday, December 24, 2007
On the heels of its acquisition of Muller Weingarten AG, Schuler AG finalized several organization changes. Schuler Inc., Canton, MI, is the main point of contact for new equipment sales in North America, and for service of new and existing Schuler and Muller Weingarten installations in the United States and Canada. For all installations in Mexico, Muller Weingarten S.A. de C.V., from its new facility in Puebla, Mexico, will be the main point of contact for aftermarket service for Schuler Group brands. And, BCN Inc., Hastings, MI, remains an independent company servicing the Bliss, Clearing and Niagara brands in North America. Learn more at

High-Speed Slitting Line Installed Down Under

Monday, December 24, 2007
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, has designed and built a high-speed slitting line recently installed in Melbourne, Australia, by Surdex Steel, a subsidiary of Australia’s largest privately owned service-center chain Southern Steel Group. The slitting line features hands-free threading using a loop traverse system that also supports the strips during tail out, preventing them from falling into the pit. Also included are self-nesting strip dividers and a head-changing system that allows for offline setup and 2-min. head changes. Capacity: 60-in.-wide coils of stock to 0.157 in. thick, with a line speed peaking at 1000 ft./min. Learn more at www.redbudindustriescom.


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