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Jenks Metals Acquires Orlando Operation

Friday, August 2, 2002
Jenks Metals LLC has purchased the assets of the Metals USA Specialty Metals operation in Orlando, FL. The new operation will supply carbon and alloy steels, aluminum and stainless-steel alloys and brass plate, sheet, bar, extrusions, pipe and tubing to customers in the southeastern United States. Jenks Metals can be reached at 800/432-6091.

Can't-Miss Marketing Opportunity
for Contract Metal Stampers and Fabricators

Friday, August 2, 2002
PMA (Precision Metalforming Association) has launched MakeitMetal, a new sales directory designed to help metalformers and fabricators reach qualified buyers of metal parts. This unique directory will be sent to more than 10,000 qualified purchasing managers, buyers and engineers with buying authority for precision-metal parts. Your company's message will reach these and other key markets: electronics, telecommunications, appliance, automotive and medical/healthcare. To find out more, follow this link:

New Die System
Negates Need for Press Refurbishment

Thursday, August 1, 2002
General Electric, Bridgeport, CT, has saved on press refurbishment by employing a die system from Uni-Guide Products by Humdinger, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. GE faced a $70,000 repair bill on a three-post Bruderer press with an out-of-alignment ram. Instead, GE opted to purchase a new die employing the Uni-Guide die system. GE was able, through the new system, to place the press back in service without repair, claim company officials, producing more than 15 million pieces while running the press two shifts per day unattended. The die was removed once for sharpening at about 7 million strokes. Previous to using the Uni-Guide, GE had pulled the die for sharpening at every 500,000 strokes. The new die-set design uses the Uni-Guide patented, unified internal-guidance system as opposed to a traditional multiple-post-and-bushing guidance system. The system, through its rigid alignment, reportedly provides a significant improvement in alignment accuracy and reliability for high-speed, precision metal-stamping requirements. It can operate in older and worn presses and features simple setup and few moving parts to wear, according to company officials.


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