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Contract Manufacturer Adds Big-Bed HMC

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, a custom manufacturer of large-scale components, assemblies and weldments for Caterpillar, Oshkosh and other notable OEMs, has installed a Toyoda FH1250SX horizontal machining center to address recent growth in orders. The machine allows D&S to expand its machining envelope from 60 to 94 in. and accommodate larger-scale components, and features a pallet shuttle to quicken changeovers. More at

Steel Service Center Receives Quick ROI on New Nesting Software

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tampa Bay Steel, a service center in Tampa, FL, is enjoying numerous benefits following installation of SigmaNest CAD/CAM nesting software from SigmaTek Systems, Cincinnati, OH. Tampa Bay Steel operates laser-, plasma- and waterjet-cutting machines, and according to David Carpenter, engineering manager for the service center, the software “increases machine productivity and reduces material scrap.”  Also noted is the software’s cost-estimation capabilities, which has resulted in more accurate and winning quotes for the firm. Learn more about SigmaNest at; Tampa Bay Steel is online at

Seven-Press Automated Line Planned for Dana Plant in Germany

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
AP&T announced plans to deliver a seven-press line to Dana’s Reinz-Dichtungs-GmbH facility during the summer of 2012. AP&T most recently installed, late in 2010, a second four-press automated line for producing heat shields at the plant, featuring its SpeedFeeder press robots; Learn about the Dana-Reinz plant, which produces gaskets, heat shields and other vehicle components under the Victor Reinz brand, at


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