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White Paper Details Noise,
Vibration Control for Product Designers

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Product designers seeking to build cost-effective noise and vibration controls into their products can get help from a new white paper authored by E-A-R Specialty Composites, Indianapolis, IN. The paper, The Four-Fold Method of Noise and Vibration Control, is available online at It offers basic principles that affect the choice of materials for noise and vibration control. E-A-R manufactures a broad selection of materials for applications requiring noise and vibration control.

Stamping Reject Rate Plummets for AutoForm User

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Franke Küchentechnik AG of Switzerland reports that its reject rate in stamping of a complex stainless-steel sink has plummeted from 14 to 2.5 percent since employing AutoForm-OneStep simulation and optimization software from AutoForm Engineering. The company uses the software for simulation of all of its new deep-drawn and stamped parts, for optimization and reengineering of existing parts, and for feasibility studies based on FEM assessments. With the software, “we can make appropriate assessments about new sink designs and their formability, we better achieve our design objectives, and we can design parts at acceptable formability limits with a lot more confidence,” says Christian Bomatter, Franke Küchentechnik development manager. AutoForm’s U.S. office, AutoForm Engineering USA, Inc., is located in Troy, MI. For more, visit

New Certification Program
for Thermal-Spray Coaters and Metallizers

Monday, August 22, 2005
The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) has launched a contractor certification program, SSPC-QP 6, for companies that perform thermal-spray coating/metallizing work on industrial and marine structures as well as metal parts. The program’s goal is to provide facility owners with a tool for prequalifying and selecting contractors that employ industry-standard capabilities. For more on this and other SSPC certification programs, contact Bob Windsheimer, SSPC certification manager, at tel. 412/281-2331 ext. 235, or e-mail


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