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New Tryout Presses
Part of VW's Mexican Expansion

Friday, July 9, 2010
Volkswagen announced plans to invest another $1 billion over the next three years in its Puebla manufacturing complex. Included is the purchase of two Dieffenbacher tryout presses (16,000 and 25,000 kN models) for its tool-making department. The lower-tonnage model will include a 4000-kN four-point drawing cushion and a 3200-kN ram cushion. And, the bigger press will allow the plant to simulate mechanical production presses when trying out body dies. More at

Learn How to Hire
Manufacturing-Sales Superstars

Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Tooling and Manufacturing Association, Park Ridge, IL, will host its annual Marketing Day on Friday, July 30, from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Among the agenda topics: techniques for working with manufacturer’s representatives, and how to hire sales superstars. Also, a representative from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will address the economy and key sectors and indicators. Learn more and register to attend here.

Six Sigma Excellence
Earns MA Metal Recognition

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Cummins Inc. presented a Chairman’s Award to metalforming company M A Metal, Edinburgh, IN, for its commitment to Six Sigma management philosophies designed to improve process and product quality, eliminate waste and defects, and save money. The award-winning project, in which the Cummins engine-business global purchasing staff had to quickly identify new, niche suppliers of oil pans and covers, was one of 40 that Cummins selected from among its 4000 Six Sigma projects in 2009. Says Ronnie Burton, M A Metal’s vice president of operations and a student in Cummins’ Six Sigma Supplier Training: “Our contributions to this [project taught us how we can use Six Sigma to improve product and service delivery to all of our metalforming and stamping customers.” More at


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