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Online Marketplace for Coiled Strip and Wire

Wednesday, August 21, 2002
At, users gain access to an online service created to give material sellers an organized to post surplus materials, and to provide buyers with a searchable database of materials ready for shipment. The site is free, except for a processing fee to the buyer when an actual purchase is made.

ISO 9001-2000: PMA Sponsors Virtual Seminar

Tuesday, August 20, 2002
The new ISO 9001-2000 introduced a significant change in the process of auditing. The new standard requires fewer procedures and relies heavily on objective evidence to demonstrate compliance. To demonstrate compliance, there will be a heavy reliance on the availability of quantitative information and records. An online seminar, The “Shalls” of the New ISO 9001-2000 Procedures, sponsored by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), will prepare you with the information and tools you’ll need to meet the new standards. Jerry Osborne, regional manager, CRS Registrars, Inc., along with other representatives from the training and metalforming industry, will address these issues on Wednesday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET. They will provide an overview on the new rulings, how to track your training efforts and success stories on effective training. Owners/CEOs, presidents, general managers, supervisors, team leaders, human resource managers and coordinators, trainers and industry consultants will all find this topic of benefit. The cost of the seminar is $225 per site for members and $325 per site for nonmember companies. Participation at each site is unlimited. For more information, contact Karen Kittle or Tina Lesniok at 216/901-8800. Also, you can register online at Please note that locations outside of the United States will incur additional long-distance charges. Contact PMA for rate information.

GE Power Systems Opens New FL Stamping Facility

Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Thanks to the system-integration services of J. Williams & Associates (JWA), Spencer, OH, there’s a new stamping plant in Pensacola, FL, owned by the Power Systems division of General Electric. Built from the ground up, the plant features a complete line that JWA assembled and ran off in Cleveland in February 2002 and again in March. Equipment includes a push-pull servo-feed system with powered reel, side car and threading table; a 350-ton straight-side press with automation control; mechanical part loader; magnetic positioning conveyors; a sander for deburring; and skewing conveyors to feed deburred parts into an automated stacker. Auxiliary items include a material lube system and a quick-die-change package. Key individuals involved with integrating the line were JWA president Jeff Williams, who oversaw the whole project; team leader Mike Williams, who also handled the positioning conveyors, sander and stacker; Ted Williams, who worked with the feed company and helped to set up and calibrate the press control; and Bill Williams, responsible for mechanical issues on the press and for ensuring smooth functioning of the secondary operations.


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