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MetalMecanica USA 2002
Features 1-Day Stamping Seminar

Tuesday, August 6, 2002
Mexican manufacturers’ representative Promotores Tecnicos will provide a daylong seminar comprising seven lectures on a variety of metalforming topics at this year’s MetalMecanica USA, November 6-8, Mexico City. Topics to be covered: vibration and noise isolation, lubrication systems, quick die change, scrap-collecting conveyors, mechanical press technology, safety systems for presses, and sheetmetal feeding systems. Complete show information is available online at

Materials Handbooks Available Online

Tuesday, August 6, 2002
ASM International, Materials Park, OH, has launched a web-based version of its authoritative series of handbooks on metals and materials, ASM Handbooks Online. Access to the searchable version of the ASM Handbooks, Volumes 1-20, which compiles more than 19,000 printed pages of articles, graphs, charts and tables, is available for an annual subscription fee of $279 ($179 for ASM members). See a free demo at

Metlab Gains $500,000 Grant
for Tool and Die Coating Process

Monday, August 5, 2002
An advanced coating process that promises to extend the life of metalworking tools by up to 10 times will be available from Metlab, a Philadelphia commercial heat-treating company, under a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant is through a federal program aimed at enabling companies to commercialize new processes that save energy. The new process will deposit coatings of vanadium carbide on stamping and forming tools, draw dies and other tools. It can treat parts up to 18-in. diameter and weighing up to 1500 lb. It employs thermal-diffusion technology to apply a coating 15 microns thick, with a surface hardness to 3800 HVN. Metlab is online at


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