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Turret-Press Upgrade Brings
New Controls and Servo Drives

Tuesday, August 13, 2002
 
Automated Machinery, Inc. (AMI), Cincinnati, OH, has rebuilt and retrofit new controls and digital servo drives onto a Wiedemann CNC turret punch press for the A.O. Smith Water Products Co. plant in El Paso, TX. AMI upgraded the 23-year-old press by adding a GE Fanuc O-PC with digital servo drives to improve reliability and ensure that the controls are compatible with another press AMI rebuilt for A.O. Smith last year. AMI also rebuilt the lower turret, workholder and center support table of the press; replaced the guide tracks, index locating pins and Y ballscrew; and repaired the cross-slide mount for workholders, lubrication system, repositioners and X and Y guide-rail bearings. A. O. Smith Water Products Co. manufactures hot-water-heating systems.

Bettcher Adds 300-Ton Niagara

Monday, August 12, 2002
 
Designed to handle coil material to 3/16 in. thick and up to 30 in. wide, a new 300-ton Niagara press is a good mid-sized addition the wide variety of presses running at Bettcher Mfg., LLC, Cleveland, OH. The press bed measures 84 in. by 36 in. The press is equipped with a tonnage monitor and is designed to accept die sensors. Learn more online at www.bettcherllc.com.

W.A. Whitney to be Sold

Monday, August 12, 2002
 
Esterline plans to sell W.A. Whitney as part of its plan to focus on its aerospace- and defense-related businesses. Says Whitney president, Joe Mayer: “I do not foresee any changes affecting Whitney’s services, customer support or new product development.”

 

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