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Market Study on Mechanical, Hydraulic Presses

Monday, April 26, 2004
The 2004 Market Study of Mechanical & Hydraulic Presses is available from Albrecht Associates, Richmond, IN. The study offers a complete overview of the current and future direction of the industry, according to its publisher. The 80-page report, with 41 charts and tables, is designed to help sales mangers, senior executives and management in developing sales objectives, and includes a realistic view of the press market as well as forecasts for 2004 and 2005. Cost is $295 for the first copy and $235 for additional copies. To order or for more information, call 765/962-4903.

Hobart Offers Tool and Die Welding Course

Monday, April 26, 2004
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, OH, offers its customized Tool and Die Welding Course, which may be held at attendee facilities or at Hobart’s headquarters. The course covers surface preparation, metal pretreatment, weld-bead sequencing, techniques for measuring heat input, cooling and post heating or tempering of the weld deposit. Hobart can assist in designing a course based on attendee needs. For more, call 800/332-9448 or visit

AP&T Installs 32-in. Hydroform Press

Friday, April 23, 2004
Major Reflector, Northbrook, IL, has improved manufacturing capacity and the quality of its hydroformed parts by replacing an aging 32-in. hydroforming machine with a new hydroforming press from AP&T, Monroe, NC. Reflectors must have optimum surface finish, a requirement met by the AP&T press since it uses a rubber bladder backed by fluid as the upper die half, eliminating any possibility of scratches. The lower die or punch matches the shape of the finished part, minimizing tool costs. Major Reflector cites a production increase of 450 percent compared to its old press, due to the flexibility and stability of its new hydraulic controls, the speed and repeatability of the press and greatly reduced tool-change times, as little as 20 minutes.


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