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Danly IEM Earns E-business Award
Thursday, February 07, 2002
Danly IEM, Cleveland, OH, has earned an e-Volution in Manufacturing award, presented by Smart Business Network (SBN)—Cleveland. The award recognizes small to mid-sized manufacturers in Ohio that have used e-business tools effectively in their businesses. Danly IEM has undertaken a major effort to use the Internet to improve efficiency and communications as well as simplify business processes. Registered users can buy products and receive technical support through the Danly IEM website. The company manufactures die sets, diemaking supplies and components. To see how Danly IEM has put its efforts into practice, visit www.danly.com.
International Knife & Saw Expands Capacity, Sheds Bankruptcy
Thursday, February 07, 2002
International Knife & Saw, Inc. (IKS) is expanding its Florence, SC, manufacturing facility as the company relocates equipment from its Cincinnati plant. Beginning this year, straight and circular cutting tools for the metalworking industry will now be manufactured in Florence.
IKS emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy last December. Now substantially debt-free, IKS has been able to invest in manufacturing, research, development and marketing in efforts to grow the company, according to Frederick F. Schauder, president and CEO. For more information, visit www.iksinc.com.
ULSAB-AVC Confirms Continuing Effectiveness of Stamping
Wednesday, February 06, 2002
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has just released the results of its design study for the ULSAB-AVC (Advanced Vehicle Concepts), a showcase for the latest high-tech steel grades for automotive applications, and it’s clear: even as the use of more complex steels grows, more than 70 percent of the body structures and closure parts make use of the stamping process. The study comprised conceptual designs for two vehicles—a two-door hatchback and a four-door mid-size sedan, both meeting the more stringent safety standards coming in 2004. A consortium of 33 global steel companies directed and funded the study, to confirm the applications and benefits of what the steel industry calls advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). These new grades gain high-performance properties in strength and formability by incorporating multi-phase microstructures of martensite, bainite and/or austenite. AHSS, which make up more than 80 percent of the AVC body structures, exhibit a superior combination of excellent formability, high strength, dent resistance and crash-energy management. Key is the ability of the alloys to workharden during forming. AHSS tailored blanks make up the AVC front suspension, a double-wishbone design. Closure panels are of 0.6- Dual Phase 350/600 AHSS. In all, tailored blanks account for 40 percent of the AVC body and closure structures; hydroformed parts, 20 percent; and tailored tubes, 6 percent. Stamping, concludes the report, is the predominant steel-forming method, used in more than 70 percent of the body structures and closure parts. More information can be gained at www.ulsab-avc.org