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Springmakers Register
Second Consecutive Good Quarter

Thursday, June 9, 2005
The springmaking industry continues to rev up, according to the first-quarter 2005 Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI, Oak Brook, IL) Key Business Trends survey. This is the second straight quarter where the majority of survey respondents say that business has improved. Only 14 percent indicated a decline in business. SMI represents 370 member companies throughout North America. It’s online at

Xact Wire EDM Adds Capacity to Two Facilities

Thursday, June 9, 2005
Two of the EDM-service facilities operated by Xact Wire EDM Corp., Waukesha, WI, have installed new machining equipment. The company added two wire-EDM machines to its plant in Cary, IL, and one new machine to its facility in Waukesha. The firm is online at

Volvo Invests in Stamping-Simulation Software

Wednesday, June 8, 2005
AutoForm Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland (Troy, MI) has sold licenses of its AutoForm-Sigma software to Volvo Car Corp. Volvo will use the software on a project for the front sidemember of its S40/V50 car. The main application, says Volvo, is to investigate the variability in material properties of the part and the effect on production yield. It already uses AutoForm software for early feasibility analysis and deep-drawing simulation. AutoForm-Sigma will allow its designers and engineers to apply statistical-process-control techniques and forming simulations together to account for variability in material characteristics, tool wear and other parameters, to create a more efficient and stable production process. Learn more at


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