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Software Firms Unite to Develop Cost-Estimating
and Quoting System for Metalformers

Thursday, July 31, 2003
Cimatron Ltd., Givat Shmuel, Israel, a developer of CAD/CAM software for the tooling industry, and Turn-Key Technologies Inc., a Canadian supplier of tool and die software and services, have allied to release DieQuoter. A fully comprehensive cost-estimating and quoting system, DieQuoter provides metalformers with a CAD model, evaluates part formability, instantly determines blank size, estimates tooling and establishes costing models for all locations, operations, overhead structures, outside processes, packaging and freight. For more information, visit

Olson International Implements
New Planning and Scheduling Software

Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Crediting its new software system with shaving a day and a half from its planning and scheduling cycle, metalforming company Olson Intl. Ltd. says it has eliminated waste such as overtime, premium airfreight and other factors affecting its bottom line. Olson, with plants in Lombard, IL, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, employs more than 500 people, supplying precision metal stampings and assemblies to the automotive, appliance and electronics industries. A long-time user of Mapics SyteLine ERP software from Mapics, Inc., it recently implemented Mapics Advanced Planning and Scheduling software that it says “synchronizes manufacturing operations using orders, materials and capacity to obtain precise delivery dates.” Log on to to learn more.

MSCI Issues Improved Metals Activity Report

Wednesday, July 30, 2003
The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has published its Metals Activity Report (MAR), a metals-shipments and inventory report designed as a successor to the institute’s Business Conditions II report. The new MAR estimates North American shipments and inventories of the seven most popular steel products handled by metals service centers. The reports are made available, in varying levels of detail, to MSCI members, the news media and to subscribers. For more information, call 773/867-1300, ext. 105.


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