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Autodie Plans $24-million Investment

Thursday, March 03, 2011
 
A 12- to 18-month modernization plan has been hatched by Autodie, Grand Rapids, MI, to upgrade its CNC milling capabilities and improve its overall plant infrastructure. The large-scale manufacturer of automotive stamping dies aims to dramatically improve lead time and quality levels for its customers, domestically and abroad. More at www.autodie-llc.com.

Midwest Consortium to Develop Modeling
and Simulation Solutions for Manufacturers

Thursday, March 03, 2011
 
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) reports that the Obama administration is awarding $2 million to create a new public-private partnership that will help Midwest (OH, IL, IN and MI) institutions develop high-tech computing solutions for small- to midsized manufacturing companies. The Council on Competitiveness (www.compete.org), a collection of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders “working to ensure U.S. prosperity,” will administer the award. The money will be used to develop “a Midwest Project for Modeling and Simulation,” says The Plain Dealer article, “which will help small and medium-sized companies enhance their productivity through the use of technology that is more typically used by larger businesses."

Contract Manufacturer Increases
EDM Capacity to Tackle “Tall Parts”

Wednesday, March 02, 2011
 
“Our new wire-EDM machine (a Mitsubishi BA24 model, with a 16.5-in. Z axis) gives us the capacity to do tall EDM parts,” says Bobby McIntire, marketing and sales manager at G&H Diversified Manufacturing L.P. The Houston, TX, contract manufacturer includes on its process resume CNC laser cutting, manual and robotic welding, precision machining and sheetmetal fabrication, and wire-EDM. Its new Mitsubishi EDM machine features the new V350 power supply with anti-electrolysis technology, and PM4 control that allows process automation from rough to finish machining. Its healthy Z-axis height allows G&H to process the tall parts common among its customers working in the oil industry. Learn more at www.mitsubishi-world.com; G&H Diversified is online at www.ghdiv.com.

 

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