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Thursday, August 18, 2005
A website portal for computer-aided design (CAD) information and tutorials,, has released its online TechBits Viewer, containing more than 250 free CAD-technology tips applicable to all 3D CAD systems. Some topics covered among the free tips: moving to 3D; implementation, planning, preparation; solid-modeling concepts; construction and performance; editing and database issues; surface and curve modeling; modeling for CAM; and data exchange. The independent website portal, with information for novices as well as seasoned pros, was developed by eDocHelp,, a provider of electronic documentation and technical services.

Elrae Adds 400-Ton Minster to its Stable

Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Metalforming company Elrae Industries, Inc., Alden, NY, has installed a 400-ton Minster E2 Hevistamper press, the second high-tonnage Minster press the company has installed in recent years (it previously purchased a 600-ton E2 Hevistamper). The new straight-sided press features a 108-by-54-in. bed and a 12-in. stroke, and can process sheet to 0.312-in. thick. Elrae is online at

Morgal Adds New Feeder-Straightener

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Feed Lease Corp., Rochester Hills, MI, has sold a new servo-feed pull-through straightener combination unit to Morgal Machine Co. for installation at its newly opened stamping plant, S.C. Metal Products LC, in Aiken, SC. The unit, rated for steel to 0.140-in. thick and 42-in. wide, will feed and straighten flat blanks used for making V-grooved pulleys. The servo control includes a four-function two-button remote pendant for jog-to-length in fast and slow speed modes, and stores 200 job recipes.


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