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Trans-Matic Employs New
Planning and Scheduling System

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Trans-Matic, Holland, MI, a PMA member and manufacturer of deep-drawn parts and assemblies, has selected NaView as its as its advanced planning, scheduling and execution system. NaView, from RSS Solutions Inc., Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, “is a very flexible and mature product with the capability to do both forward and backward scheduling at the same time on an order-by-order basis,” says Michael Kroll, director of information technology and communications for Trans-Matic. “We must coordinate 4000 open orders for the tool room and needed a scheduling solution to manage the complexity of our unique environment. NaView will allow us to easily see the impact that incoming jobs will have on other jobs in the schedule. We will be able to make decisions based on accurate data, which will help us boost throughput and improve on-time delivery.” For more on NaView, visit

W.A. Whitney Merges with Piranha/Bertsch

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Mega Fabrication, Inc., Hutchinson, KS, has purchased W.A. Whitney Co. from Esterline Technologies. Whitney, Rockford, IL, will continue operations, supplying laser-cutting machines, portable punch presses, CNC Fabricators and plasma-cutting machines. Mega also owns the Piranha line of ironworkers, press brakes and shears, and Bertsch plate-bending rolls and section rolls.


Wednesday, September 8, 2004
The staff of MetalForming has gathered up its fishin' poles and headed out for the IMTS show in Chicago for a few days, looking to reel in new technology and equipment fit for metalforming operations. Look for Hot off the Press to return on Monday, Sept. 13, including any industry-related news and information we gather from the IMTS show floor.


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