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New Coil-Processing Lines
Headed to Belgium, Australia

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, has sold coil-processing systems to Holvoet NV (plants in Kortrijk and Gent, Belgium) and to Mid Metals, Yatala, Queensland, Australia. Holvoet purchased its third Red Bud line, this one a multiblanking line for coils to 0.138 by 72 in. The line combines the slit-to-width and cut-to-length processes into one operation to produce custom blanks directly from a master coil. For Mid Metals, Red Bud installed a precision blanking line for material to 0.393 in. thick, with stretcher-leveling to allow the Greenfield site to serve the laser-cutting and fabrication markets. It can process stainless-steel coils to 79 in. wide, 53,000 lb. with part length to 355 in. and length tolerances of plus or minus 0.005 in.

Stamper Supplying Motor Laminations
for GE Locomotives Headed to South Africa

Tuesday, March 08, 2011
General Electric has delivered the first two of 100 new C30ACi locomotives it’s building for South Africa. The locomotives feature stamped AC motor laminations produced by The McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH. Ten of the locomotives will be manufactured in Erie and Grove City, PA, and 90 will be assembled locally at Transnet Rail Engineering’s site in South Africa.

Future Products Adds
Makino High-Speed Wire EDM

Friday, March 04, 2011
Die-tooling and machined-components manufacturer Future Products, Clawson, MI, has added a Makino DUO43 CNC wire EDM to its stable of equipment. The machine boasts a 28- by 22-in. work table and 17.7-in. X axis, 11.8-in. Y axis and 12.6-in. Z axis. The machine features high wire-tension technology developed for optimum shape accuracy, says Makino literature, particularly in corner geometry. Positioning accuracy and repeatability are rated at ±0.00006 in. (full stroke) in 1.6-in.-thick tool-steel plate; roundness accuracy is ±0.0002 in. in 1.6-in. plate with a 0.8-in. hole diameter. Future Products is online at


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