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Three-Day Seminar to Address
Stamping-Die Binder Development

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Attend a seminar on binder development September 21-23 in Detroit, MI, to learn how to minimize shape distortions due to springback; compensate die surfaces to accommodate for the part’s elastic relaxation after forming; and how to create an optimal die-addendum surface to result in thinner, stronger, more formable and dimensionally precise stampings. Course instructors: Ed Herman, owner of Creative Concepts Co., and John Stolter, president of Stolter, LLC. The concepts to be taught have been used on automotive-type panels stamped from mild and high-strength steels, and aluminum alloys. Herman worked previously for General Motors for 39 years in new-process development; Stolter is a product and process consultant and professional trainer, and has served as principal training consultant for the General Motors Tool & Die Supervisor College. Price: $1200. Learn more by attending a free webinar to introduce the subject on Friday, August 21, 2009, from noon to 1:00 pm. To register, call John Stolter at 586/693-0219.

Indy Community College Launches
New Manufacturing- Education Program

Friday, August 7, 2009
National Tooling and Machining Association Chairman Ron Overton told those attending the ribbon-cutting opening ceremony for the advanced manufacturing lab at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN, that “the manufacturing workforce of the future will need technical skills as well as an aptitude for troubleshooting in a team environment.” That’s the mission of a new Ivy Tech program, described in a recent article in The Indianapolis Star, which will offer an associate’s degree and train students in robotics, industrial engineering and other related subjects. The lab will house more than $350,000 worth of equipment to create an advanced automation environment.

Lincoln Electric Acquires Chinese Weld-Wire Maker

Thursday, August 6, 2009
Lincoln Asia Pacific, the Asian subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Cleveland, OH, has acquired Jinzhou Jin Tai Welding and Metal Co., a welding-wire manufacturer in Jinzhou, China. Lincoln Asia Pacific had owned 48 percent of the company, and acquired the remainder from Taiwan-based Kuang Tai Metal Industrial Co. and other partners. Jin Tai’s annualized sales for the first half of 2009 were $130 million. Learn more about Lincoln Electric at


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