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Reverse Tonnage—Everything You've Als
Wanted to Know, and More

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Reverse tonnage—a.k.a. snapthrough—is the subject of an exhaustive eight-page tech brief from Aida just posted to the free White Papers download area of our website. To get there from our homepage at, click on the Multimedia link on the navigation bar. The Aida paper on reverse tonnage answers these and other questions: • What causes reverse tonnage? • What are the symptoms? • How does it negatively affect a press? • How can stampers identify the amount of reverse load in an operation? • What steps can be taken to reduce reverse tonnage?

Misumi USA Moves to New North American HQ

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Die and mold component manufacturer Misumi USA, Inc. has moved into a new corporate headquarters facility in Schaumburg, IL. The new location accommodates the company’s entire Factory Automation and Die, Mold and Press divisions, and allows for further expansion. More at

Metalformers Expecting a Good Summer Ahead

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
According to the May 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect business conditions to continue in a positive direction during the next three months. The May report shows that 42 percent of survey participants expect an improvement in economic activity during the next three months, 48 percent predict that activity will remain unchanged, and 10 percent expect a decline through the summer months. Eighty-five percent forecast incoming orders to increase or remain fairly steady for the next three months, and 54 percent report that average daily shipping levels are above levels of three months ago.


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