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Integrated Blanking Lines
Installed at Honda Stamper

Monday, March 25, 2002
KTH Parts Industries, a primary supplier of structural stampings and welded assemblies to Honda of America, has installed two integrated blanking lines from Sesco Products Group, Sterling Heights, MI. The lines, capable of processing 0.125-in.-thick by 72-in.-wide HSLA material at up to 230 FPM, will allow KTH to blank in-house and maintain the required standards for on-time delivery, part quality and operational efficiency. A PLC with three touchscreen panels monitors all equipment in the lines--uncoiler, traveling coil car, crop shear, straightener, servo roll feed, etc...--and provides the operator with information on setup, troubleshooting and diagnostics. Sesco partnered with Aida Dayton Technologies on the lines, which feature 600-ton high-speed blanking presses.

Alkar Steel Receives ISO/TS Certification

Monday, March 25, 2002
Cold Metal Products, Inc. announced that its subsidiary Alkar Steel Corp., Roseville, MI, has received certification to the ISO/TS 16949:1999 automotive quality standard. The standard is expected to eventually replace the QS-9000 standard used by Daimler-Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Alkar Steel supplies flat-rolled strip steel to metal stampers and spring makers and has been ISO 9002 and QS-9000 certified since 1998.

Tube-Fab Seminar Includes Machine Demos

Friday, March 22, 2002
Learn all about automated tube-cutoff and finishing processes, CNC tube bending, laser tube cutting and workcell automation at a 1-day seminar called Streamlining Your Tube Fabricating Processes. Presented by BLM-Adige USA at its Center for Productivity Improvement in Tube Fabrication, Wixom, MI, the seminar runs April 18th and is repeated April 19th. To register, call 248/560-0080.


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