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Swiss Precision-Finishing Machines Coming to the U.S.

Monday, July 18, 2005
Otec Precision Finish Inc., North Kingstown, RI, now offers high-volume brush-deburring systems from Switzerland-based PFS Precision Finishing Systems. The machines remove primary and secondary burrs and will edge-radius stamped and fine-blanked parts using belt grinding and Rotex finishing stations. Rotex stations are ideal for edge-radius work on small holes and grooves and for finishing small precision parts. Learn more at and

Sharon Tube Announces Plant Expansion

Monday, July 18, 2005
Sharon Tube Co., Sharon, PA, will expand its cold-draw facility in Wheatland, PA. It will add 22,000 sq. ft. of production space, and install new cold-drawing equipment to enable the facility to produce tubing to 6.25-in. o.d. by 0.39-in. wall thickness. The project begins in January 2006.Learn more at

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


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