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Rochester Toolmakers Form Alliance
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
The Rochester (NY) Tool and Machine Association has formed the Rochester Manufacturing Network, a coalition of small and mid-sized companies providing tooling and machining services. As reported in the city’s newspaper, Democrat and Chronicle, the greater-Rochester area is home to more than 400 companies that make screws, dies, molds and similar industrial hardware. Most are small family-owned operations, and the association feels that forming this coalition will help the companies overcome any size disadvantage.
As envisioned, according to the newspaper, “customers would approach the network with a contract for a project. The network would then allow individual members to bid for pieces of the contract that fit their specialties.” This would “knit more than 400 companies into one giant machine and tooling company with multiple manufacturing capabilities.”
Adds association executive director Doug Seward: “This creates a one-stop shop network of companies.” Similar alliances have developed in Dayton, OH and Meadville, PA.
E-Business Alliance Delivers CAM Software
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
CAM-software provider Pathtrace Systems Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has joined with online business-to-business marketplace Engineering.com Inc. to promote EdgeCAM software. The software automates the programming of CNC metal-cutting machine tools, and will be sold and supported by the Imaginit Technologies reseller network throughout Canada and the United States. Imaginit is a division of Engineering.com’s E-business partner, Rand Worldwide. Learn more at www.engineering.com
Namasco to Install Fagor Cut-To-Length Line
Monday, April 28, 2003
Namasco Ltd. is enlarging capabilities at its Brantford, Ontario, Canada, service center with the addition of a new cut-to-length line from Fagor Arrasate USA, Inc., Bensenville, IL. The line, which incorporates a Fagor Roto-Oscillating Shear, can operate at speeds to 180 parts/min. It will process coils weighing to 70,000 lb. in widths to 74 in. and in thicknesses to 0.135 in. In addition to rectangles, the shear can produce trapezoids, parallelograms and triangles, and the shear blades can be exchanged with dies that permit production of herringbones and curved shapes.