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Plant-Floor Software Provider Launches Website

Wednesday, June 30, 2004
AIM Systems Group, Napoleon, OH, a developer of plant-floor and manufacturing-enterprise software, has launched, offering an overview of the firm’s software and allowing visitors to build their own software suite and take a tour of the available modules. AIM (Automation Integration Manager) allows a manufacturer to know, in real time, equipment status, maintenance requirements and productivity levels of every machine in its plant. Information flows into a seamless reporting system that integrates with a firm’s ERP system. AIM Systems Group is a business unit of Automatic Feed Co., designer and builder of coil-handling and press-feeding automation systems.

New Machinery’s Handbook
a Must Engineering Reference

Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Industrial Press Inc. has published the 27th edition of Machinery’s Handbook, touted as the bible of the metalworking industries. It’s loaded with 2600 pages of information and data that’s been revised and improved upon by experts from industry and academia. The handbook provides mechanical and manufacturing engineers, designers, draftsmen, toolmakers and machinists with a broad range of material, from the very basics to more advanced data. New or revised material includes information on cutting tools, screw threads, symbols and abbreviations, disk springs, material properties and sheetmetal characteristics. To order, in book form or as a CD-ROM,call 888/528-7852, or log onto

New Multi-Blanking Line Headed for Calif.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Pacific Toll Processing, Carson, CA, a toll processor of surface-critical flat-rolled steel coil, has ordered a 60,000-lb. by 72-in.-wide multi-blanking line from Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL. The line will convert exposed automotive-quality and pre-painted coil, from 0.015 to 0.135 in. thick, into precision blanks at up to100 cycles/min., and produce up to 600 blanks/min. Width tolerances are plus or minus 0.002 in., length tolerances plus or minus 0.005 in. Blanks will range from 5 to 72 in. wide and from 10 to 144 in. long.


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