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Study Shows that Prepainted Cut Edges
Exhibit Good Corrosion Resistance

Friday, July 15, 2005
There’s no need to fear the use of prepainted metal parts when there is an exposed cut edge in the design. A recent test performed by the National Coil Coating Association (NCCA), Cleveland, OH, shows that prepainted parts with exposed cut edges performed better, in terms of corrosion resistance, than did post-painted parts. NCCA, with PPG Industries and the North American Zinc-Aluminum Coaters Association, worked together to compare the corrosion resistance of prepainted metal louvers on air-conditioning units with three types of post-paint—electrocoat, powder finish and spray finish. Testers believe that prepainted parts perform well in corrosion testing because the sheet is uniformly cleaned, pretreated and painted, in two coats versus one, as a flat surface, so the edge-to-edge and side-to-side variability is virtually eliminated. Learn more at

Braner/Loopco Sells Coil-Processing Systems

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Servilamina Summit SA de CV, Queretaro, Mexico, has installed a new single-loop coil-slitting line and automatic slit-coil packaging line from Braner USA, Inc., Schiller Park, IL. The slitting line can process coils to 25 tons and 60 in. wide, in steel thicknesses from 0.024 to ¼ in. It includes an entry coil straightener, 10-in. arbor turret head slitter, recoiler and entry and exit shears. Braner/Loopco also recently received an order for a close-tolerance multi-blanking line from Steel Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, KY. The line will be capable of converting 80,000-lb. 72-in.-wide coated and bare carbon-steel coils, in gauges from 0.028 to 0.135 in., into flat-panel sheets and precision blanks. Braner/Loopco is online at

Red Stag Helping to Sell Five Press Cells
from Tower Automotive/Milwaukee

Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Red Stag Engineering and Automation, Waupaca, WI, has assisted Banc of America Leasing & Capital LLC by providing proposals for removing five press cells from the Tower Automotive plant in Milwaukee, WI. Tower installed the cells in 2000 to produce hydroformed parts. They include 5000-ton Schuler and 7000-ton SPS presses, automation products from ne Trail, ABB robots and other equipment. For more information, call 715/258-5074.


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