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Metal Fabricator Expands
Rapid-Prototyping Capabilities

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Integrated Ideas & Technologies, Inc. (IIT), which performs CNC machining, CNC press-brake forming, waterjet cutting and other sheetmetal-fabricating processes, has added a new Haas VF3 vertical-milling machine to increase its capacity to provide quick-turn prototypes. The firm, which operates a 23,000-sq.-ft. facility in Post Falls, ID, supplies prototype parts and sheetmetal enclosures. Its new Haas is a high-speed three-axis machine with 40- by 20-in. cutting area;

Precision Metal Stamper Recognizes
ROI for Training at All Levels

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping, Algonquin, IL, registered to TS 16949 and ISO 13485, has ramped up its comprehensive training program for managers and employees. Training emphasizes effective leadership, continuous improvement in quality, and increased reliability and safety of operations. The firm’s entire management team recently completed a 2-yr. leadership course, and in production setup and operations, Kenmode created multifunctional training specific to particular jobs. Working with the Tooling and Manufacturing Association, Park Ridge, IL, Kenmode developed new position-specific competency- and safety-training programs. More at

Press-Brake Manipulator System
Devised for Heavy Plate

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Serapid, Inc., Sterling Heights, MI, provided a dual LinearBeam push-pull positioning system to Pacific Press Technologies, Mt. Carmel, IL, for manipulating heavy plate in press-brake forming operations. The system moves plate weighing as much as 5000 lb. It travels at 15 ft./min. and cycles once every 10 min. It replaced manual positioning, an operation requiring two operators, cutting manual labor in half and increasing productivity by four times. The Serapid LinearBeam is a mechanical actuator used for load transfer and is rated to 400-ton capacity;


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