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Olson Intl. Monterrey Rewarded for QDC Project

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Airbag safety-system manufacturer TK Holdings selected metalformer Olson International Monterrey as the winner of its supplier-development award called Quality Circles for Suppliers, Supplier Development Project. The award recognized the 45,000-sq.-ft. Monterrey facility, an operating unit of IMS Buhrke-Olson, for design and implementation of a new quick-die-change (QDC) procedure for a 200-ton press. As a result of the project, die-change time dropped from nearly 2 hr. to a scant 50 min., and the team is hard at work with the intention of attaining 30-min. changeovers. IMS-Burke-Olson also operates manufacturing plants in Arlington Heights, IL, and in Matamoros and Monclova, Mexico;

Seyi, Wintriss Combine to Develop
High-Speed Automated Stamping Line

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Seyi America, Tullahoma, TN (, has completed the runoff of a pair of its SH2-50 high-speed presses as it nears completion of a joint venture undertaken with its primary controls supplier, Wintriss Controls, Acton, MA. The 50-ton-capacity presses, with speed capacity to 700 strokes/min., anchor an automated, turnkey production system and will be the first Seyi presses of their kind installed in the United States, according to Seyi officials. Included in the line is a Wintriss WPC 2000 clutch/brake control outfitted with a SmartPAC2 automation control with built-in Internet connectivity. An Allen Bradley Micrologix 1400 programmable controller will direct the payout reel, pullthrough feeder, loop control, parts washer and rewind reel. The main motor will be controlled by a Delta variable-frequency drive with a two-bank resistor braking system. And, to minimize heat buildup from the high-speed presses, each machine features a recirculating oil cooling/heating unit.

Laser-Technology Conference Proceedings
Ready for Download

Monday, February 1, 2010
The Laser Institute of America (LIA) has posted all of its conference abstracts and proceedings to an online archive—more than 1500 laser-technology presentations, searchable by keyword. The proceedings are then available for purchase for $28 ($25 for LIA members). Visit the LIA online store at


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