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Bootz Industries Installs Blanking Line

Friday, April 30, 2004
Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL, has installed a blanking line at Bootz Industries, Evansville, IL, a manufacturer of metal bathtubs and sinks. Production requires flat, square blanks, and the new 72-in. 16-gauge line, featuring Red Bud’s motorized grip-feed system, can produce these blanks with a repeatable length tolerance of +/-0.005 in. Ensuring consistent squareness is the feed’s alignment system and pivoting shear.

Porth Takes Over Production
of J.A. Richards Bending Equipment

Friday, April 30, 2004
Porth Products, Paw Paw, MI, will be producing spare parts and equipment formerly provided by J.A. Richards Co., Kalamazoo, MI, which has gone out of business. Porth Products will be producing—at its own Lawton, MI, facility--hand-operated rotary and ram benders as well as many electric and rotary power benders that had been supplied by J.A. Richards. These products will be incorporated into the AcroBend line of benders, rod partners and bending tools, described at Karl Proth, president of Porth Products, was national sales manager for J.A. Richards from 1984 to 1992.

Report Details Formability of High-Strength Steels

Thursday, April 29, 2004
Just released is a 174-page report characterizing the formability of several high-strength steels. The report, resulting from a collaborative effort of the American Iron and Steel Institute and the Department of Energy, is available through Automotive engineers will find the results useful in understanding high-strength-steel behavior under press-forming conditions, according to participants in the research. Steels included in the study included drawing-quality and deep-drawing-quality steels, conventional high-strength steels, advanced high-strengths steels such as dual-phase and TRIP, and ultra-high-strength steels. These types of steels, according to AISI officials, offer opportunities to reduce mass and increase fuel efficiency in automobiles while improving safety and structural performance--without adding to vehicle cost.


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