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Connecticut Spring & Stamping to Present at Shingo Prize Conference

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Self-Directed Work Teams Improve On-time Delivery and Quality is the title of the presentation that Connecticut Spring & Stamping (CSS) will provide for the 2012 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference, September 25-26 in Worcester, MA. CSS vice president of continuous improvement Gaston Pelletier and continuous improvement engineer Greg Mitera will give the presentation. They will discuss how the firm’s use of self-directed work teams achieves “ambitious 100-percent on-time delivery and quality objectives.” Among the operational improvements that Pelletier and Mitera will discuss: printing job-start dates more visibly on work orders; setting up break areas close to production lines; and procedures for moving material more quickly to the shop floor. Learn more about the event here. CSS is online at

Colt Automation Under New Ownership

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Press-automation equipment manufacturer Colt Automation, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was recently sold to a private consortium. The firm remains under the helm of general manager Rick Adams. Colt Automation manufactures coil-handling equipment including coil cars, upenders, uncoiler reels and cradles; press-feed equipment such as straighteners and roll feeders; and servo-transfer systems;

Powerful Stretcher-Leveler Up and Running in Mississippi

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The FerrouSouth toll-processing facility in Iuka, MS, has commissioned what it is calling the most powerful stretcher-leveler in the country. The Butech Bliss machine can produce more than 4 million pounds of stretching force to eradicate internal stress from steel sheet from 1/8 to ½ in. thick by 96 in. long. It’s installed inline with a Herr Voss ½- by 96-in. 11-roll precision leveler. More at; learn more about stretcher-leveler technology from Butech Bliss at



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