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Schuler Conference to Highlight
Automotive Lightweighting

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Make plans to attend the one-day symposium, The Future is Light: Manufacturing Technologies from Schuler, September 7, 2011, at Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI. On the agenda are technology-based presentations on how to reduce vehicle mass, including discussions of cold forming of high-strength steels, pressure-controlled hardening (hot stamping), tube hydroforming and aluminum and plastic forming. Attendees also will hear Chrysler’s John McGuire (group manager, die design, press automation and global manufacturing standards) address the Evolution of High Strength Steel at Chrysler—Stamping Manufacturing. Learn more here.

Webinar: Price Volatility of Resins
and Base Metals

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Futures and swap practitioner Tony Diaz, from broker-dealer MF Global, offers a webinar on Risk Management Strategies for Resins and Base Metals on Thursday, August 25, from 8:00 to 9:30 am EDT. Learn about hedge instruments such as the NYMEX PP and LLDPE futures and swap contracts, and gain an understanding of price-risk management and some specific strategies companies use to offset price volatility of resins and base metals. Learn more and register to attend here.

Door-Production Cell Stars
Seven Die-Handling Units

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Reed City Tool, Inc., Reed City, MI, has supplied a production cell to a door manufacturer featuring seven Serapid RollBeam telescopic linear-actuator push-pull systems, to enable quick die change in and out of the firm’s presses. Five of the systems provide 5 ft. of travel and one offers 6 ft. of travel; each pushes 18,000-lb. dies at 20 ft./min. Reed City Tool manufactures dies, molds, hydraulic presses, automatic die-change systems and other equipment used in the manufacture of residential, garage and entry doors; Learn more about Serapid at


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