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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.

MetalMecanica Slated for Early November

Friday, May 10, 2002
Reach the growing metalforming marketplace in Mexico by participating in the fourth annual MetalMecanica USA trade show, which runs November 6-8, 2002, in Mexico City. The exposition, developed by PMA and Penton Media, Inc., brings together the leading suppliers of metal stamping, precision sheetmetal fabricating, assembly, welding and related technologies. The list of more than 200 exhibitors includes suppliers of equipment, material and services for metalforming as well as stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide formers and rollformers. For more information, visit


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