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NTMA Partners with Online-RFQ Sourcing Service

Monday, July 1, 2002
First Index, Whippany, NJ, an online-sourcing service for custom-manufactured components, has formed a partnership with the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA), Ft. Washington, MD, to help NTMA members earn more business online. Under terms of the agreement, First Index and NTMA will create a co-branded website that will provide NTMA members access to RFQs. NTMA members also gain discounted membership in the First Index supplier network. The First Index sourcing platform for custom-manufactured components, called findFast, has hosted more than 25,000 RFQs posted by more than 7000 buyers in the last 12 months. It does not follow a reverse-auction format; rather, it limits the number of suppliers who receive each RFQ in order to provide each with a reasonable chance to win the work. NTMA represents more than 2400 custom manufacturing companies that design and manufacture tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gauges and precision machined parts.

Courses in High-Speed Machining
and Grinding on the Schedule

Monday, July 1, 2002
TechSolve, Cincinnati, OH, has scheduled is 2002 machining and grinding courses for the rest of the year. TechSolve, formerly known as the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences, employs instructors, engineers and front-line practitioners who teach these courses in a non-biased and practical . Here’s the schedule: · Practical Machining Principles for Shop Application—two-day general overview. October 8-9, November 5-6. · Introduction to High Performance/High Speed Machining—one-day introductory course. October 10, November 7. · Dynamics of High Performance/High Speed Machining—one-day intermediate course. Call for dates (513/541-1669). · Decision Tools for a Lean Machining Environment—three-day course. October 22-24, December 3-5. · Fundamentals of Metal Removal Fluids—one-day course. October 10, November 7. · Grinding Principles & Practice—three-day intensive lecture with practical application/case studies. September 17-19, November 12-14. · Centerless Grinding Principles—three-day intensive lecture with practical application/case studies and optional plant tour. December 3-5. More information is available at

Salvagnini Showcases New Technology

Friday, June 28, 2002
Salvagnini America, Inc. used a recent open house to unveil new fabrication systems and explain its sales and service efforts in North America. The open house comes amid a company initiative to increase its presence in the U.S. metalforming and fabricating markets. To that end, the company introduced new technology including the RoboFormer, a robotic bending cell. Key to the system is the software, which integrates cell components. Vicente Undurraga, CEO, in his welcoming remarks, cited Salvagnini’s in-house software capabilities as key to all of the company’s products, enabling them to seamlessly mesh system components and readily connect to other Salvagnini systems. Undurraga also introduced William E. Bossard as vice president of sales and marketing. In discussing Salvagnini efforts in North America, Undurraga cited the Hamilton, OH, headquarters and showroom, built in 2000, and the recent addition of a training center on-site. The company, last year, opened Salvagnini America West, a branch in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; is planning to add a Canadian branch; and has just opened a tool-manufacturing center at Hamilton. Previously, the company provided tooling from its headquarters in Italy. For more, visit


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