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New Book Teaches Shop-Drawing Basics

Monday, August 25, 2008
The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, Cleveland, OH, has released a new book titled, How to Read Shop Drawings. An introductory tool for students as well as for manufacturing-company employees, the book discusses three-viewed drawings, drawing to scale, welding symbols and weld joints and their symbols. It’s got a hard cover, 180 information-packed pages, and costs only $10. Order at

Honda Names Supplier of the Year
for Chemical/Fluid-Management Services

Monday, August 25, 2008
Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, PA, has received a Supplier of the Year performance award from Honda of America Mfg. Inc. for its chemical- and fluid-management services, specifically for services supplied to the Honda plant in Marysville, OH. The award recognizes contributions made to helping Honda exceed goals in cost reductions and efficiency improvements. Houghton produces specialty chemicals, lubricants and oils;

QDC System Headed to Bombardier
for Stretch-Forming Presses

Friday, August 22, 2008
Atlas Technologies, Inc., Fenton, MI, has received an order from Bombardier for an innovative die-change system for stretch-forming presses. Slated for delivery in June 2009, the system will allow the firm to change dies as many as eight times per shift, significantly improving its ability to optimize production schedules and avoid having to run large batches and stockpile parts. Plant safety and ergonomics will improve as well, as operators will no longer be required to walk on platforms over the press pit to manually change dies. Atlas Technologies is online at


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