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Metal Stamper Upgrades Its
Business-Management Software System

Friday, September 27, 2002
Almco Steel Products, Bluffton, IN, has selected Plexus Online manufacturing software to handle its inventory control, quality management, purchasing, accounting, EDI and other business functions. Almco supplies stamped parts and assemblies to heavy-truck and automotive manufacturers. Plexus will improve its capabilities for lot traceability, ISO 9000 compliance, inspection-data collection and in other areas. Plexus Online, Clarkston, MI, is an application service accessed through a standard web browser—no software needs to be installed at the user PC. Learn more at

Cold Metal Products Secures Financing Approval

Friday, September 27, 2002
U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved up to $48 million in debtor-in-possession financing to enable Cold Metal Products, Pittsburgh, PA, to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The firm, an intermediate strip-steel processor, will be able to continue its existing wage and benefit programs for active employees.

Automotive Resistance-Welding Standard Revised

Thursday, September 26, 2002
The American Welding Society (AWS) has issued the revised and updated edition of its Recommended Practices for Test Methods for Evaluating the Resistance Spot Welding Behavior of Automotive Sheet Steel Materials (AWS/SAE D8.9M:2002). Use it to evaluate the performance of spot welding of coated and uncoated automotive sheet steels. Its weld-testing procedures were developed under the guidance of industry experts from automotive OEMs. Order on the AWS website,


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