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EDM-System Supplier Announces Dealers

Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Agie Ltd., Davidson, NC, a supplier of wire-cut and die-sinking EDM systems, has named D&R Machinery as Agie distributor for Arizona and Southern Nevada. Also, Foothills Machinery Sales, already an Agie distributor for Colorado and Eastern Wyoming, takes on Agie sales in New Mexico.

Bettcher Adds Presses to Mexican Operation

Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Bettcher Manufacturing has added two 440-ton presses to its Reynosa, Mexico, lineup. The new presses can handle a variety of stamping processes, according to Paul LeMaster, general manager at the Reynosa facility. “Even though both of the presses have medium beds and 12-in. strokes, they have different feeders that can accommodate different material widths,” he said. One new press has a 30-in.-width coil feeder that can accept material in thicknesses from 0.028 to 0.230 in. The other press has an 18-in.-width feeder that handles material from 0.021 to 0.187 in. thick. Bettcher, a manufacturer of precision metal stampings, is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

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.


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