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Schuler Nets Design Award
for Compact Crossbar Transfer Press

Friday, May 20, 2005
A new compact crossbar transfer press, available through Schuler Inc., Canton, MI, has earned the Global Innovation Award from Design News, a design-engineering publication. The award recently was presented to Hans Hofele, representing the automotive business unit of Schuler Presses, which developed the technology. The press features individual transfer drive units, which are mounted to the press uprights and transfer large sheetmetal parts from one press operation to the next. That allows modification of different press stations for various part complexities. “With older presses, you had to design the stamping operation to handle the most complicated part,” according to Hofele. “You couldn’t modify the press to run faster for less complex projects.” In addition to the press’ flexibility, removal of idle stations within the line has cut press-line length by about 20 feet. With the award, Schuler received $15,000, which was donated to Ohio State University. OSU and Schuler have maintained a long working relationship. Schuler officials say the company has received eight orders for the innovative press.

Red Bud to Supply Cut-to-Length Line
for Flat-Rolled Service Center

Thursday, May 19, 2005
Heidtman Steel Products Inc., a flat-rolled service center based in Toledo, OH, has purchased a 3/8-in. cut-to-length line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, IL. The new line will be installed at Heidtman’s newly expanded facility in Butler, IN. The line will feature Red Bud’s heavy-gauge backed-up straightener, which opens up like a book at the push of a button. That allows full access to all work rolls and backups. Also incorporated is a heavy-gauge stretcher leveler that elongates material lengthwise to exceed the yield point in all material fibers—top to bottom and edge to edge, according to Red Bud officials. The result reportedly is the most stable product that can be produced by a mechanical process. For more, visit

Summit to Discuss Application of Lean Thinking

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
The Lean Enterprise Institute will present Business Process Summit: Applying Lean Thinking Across the Enterprise from June 8 to 10, 2005, at the Hilton Hotel, Logan Airport, in Boston. The nonprofit institute, which has developed tools for implementing an entire lean business system, will present executives from companies that have been successful in going lean. Company successes will be described and breakout sessions will provide detailed implementation analyses. For more information or to register, visit


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