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Machine-Foundation Experts Solve
Press-Pit Challenge for Automotive Stamper

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Progressive-die stamper and tool and die shop Wellington Industries, Belleville, MI, recently installed a 2000-ton press that required a unique foundation solution. When preconstruction soil testing revealed a water-soaked sand base insufficient to support the 1 million-lb. press, machine-foundation and press-pit experts Delta Industrial, Chesterfield, MI, excavated the site to remove the sandy soil. The 22-ft.-deep excavation project required support by 30-ft. steel pilings; Delta pumped water from the pit through six well points. Then, after allowing the ground to dry, Delta used an epoxy-based non-shrink grout for the press pit that the firm says is five times stronger than concrete. During press installation, Delta placed four 3-ft. by 2-in.-thick leveling base plates atop the foundation, 20 ft. apart, that were within 0.001 in. variance—no additional leveling was required. Learn more about Delta’s machine- and press-foundation design and build services at Wellington Industries is online at

Free Webinar: Forming High-Strength Steels

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Join MetalForming magazine columnist and tool and die engineer Pete Ulintz on January 19, 2010, 12 PM EST, for a free 75-min. webinar titled Forming High Strength Steel, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Attendees can log in from remote locations or can attend at one of several U.S. host locations and benefit from networking opportunities with other attendees. On the agenda: metallurgical properties of high-strength steels, applications for high-strength steels, and tooling and machining requirements. The program will repeat on January 21, 2010, beginning at 6 PM EST. Learn more and register to attend here.

Kevin Roberts, Owner of Perfecto, Acquires Littell

Friday, December 4, 2009
Littell, LLC, owned by Kevin Roberts, has purchased the operating assets of Littell Intl., Inc., Schaumburg, IL, a manufacturer of uncoilers, straighteners, feeds and accessories for the pressroom and coil-processing industries. Roberts also owns Perfecto Industries, Piqua, OH, and Gaylord, MI, a manufacturer of coil-handling and feed equipment; Littell is online at


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