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Smalley Debuts Design Website
for Rings and Springs

Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Smalley Steel Ring Co., Lake Zurich, IL, has developed a new website feature that allows custom-design of Smalley rings and springs to user specifications. Visitors to enter design parameters, pick material type, click on “Calculate,” and the software provides results. Requests based on the calculations then can be electronically submitted to Smalley engineers.

Spin-Lathe Upgrade
Ups Productivity at Wheel Maker

Monday, May 13, 2002
Specialty Rim Supply (SRS), operated by Specialty Blanks Inc., Terre Haute, IN, has upgraded two spin lathes used in production of aftermarket aluminum wheel rims. The improvements, courtesy of Hess Engineering, Niles, MI, reportedly raised productivity and lowered costs at SRS. The upgrade goal was to improve repeatability of the CNC program/equipment, thus reducing setup time for rim-size changes. Also, equipment and software were to be added to ensure local and long-term equipment support. The Hess upgrade included installation of four hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic servo valves and controllers, computer monitor and keyboard, CNC, and electrical input and output modules. Upon installation, SRS measured a 24-percent reduction in spin-lathe setup time and an 85-percent decrease in scrap resulting from setup, according to Ken Metzger, engineering manager at Specialty Blanks.

New Website Features Servo Roll Feeds,
Straighteners, Press Accessories, More

Friday, May 10, 2002
P/A Industries, Inc., Bloomfield, CT, has launched a new website at that provides online product catalogs describing its equipment for coil handling and press feeding, press accessories, winder automation products and carrier-strip and coil-end joiners. Customer case-history short stories, with photos, describe successful cost-saving installations.


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