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Ford in Germany Taps AutoForm for Design

Wednesday, September 29, 2004
AutoForm, headquartered in Switzerland with U.S. offices in Troy, MI, has announced that Ford is the first OEM in Germany to implement AutoForm-OneStep and AutoForm-DieDesigner software to conduct stamping feasibility analysis early in the product development cycle. The software allows Ford to determine, at an early stage, the feasibility of stampings, taking into account quality criteria, design goals and advanced materials, according to Ford officials. That allows the automaker to minimize risk, reduce tool-development costs and shorten delivery times. For more, visit

Bradbury Rollforming Lines Headed to England

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
The Bradbury Co., Moundridge, KS, along with its European subsidiary, Bradbury International UK Ltd., Stourbridge, West Midlands, England, will engineer and install integrated rollforming production lines for Kingspan Metl-Con, Sherburn, Malton, North Yorkshire, England. The lines will incorporate flexibility for pre- and post-punching and post-forming of profiles. One line will form light-gauge coiled steel from 0.7 to 2.0 mm thick. A second line will handle thicker material, 2.0 to 4.0 mm. The Kingspan plant will use the lines to fabricate façade framing.

Fanuc Robotics Certifies Ultra Tech Machinery

Monday, September 27, 2004
Ultra Tech Machinery, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, OH, has been awarded the rank of Certified Integrator by Fanuc Robotics, Rochester Hills, MI. Ultra Tech will sell and integrate Fanuc robots exclusively, for press-tending cells, palletizing, machine loading and unloading, and polishing/deburring. It offers turnkey robotic and dedicated automation systems, including design, integration and installation, as well as on-site training for maintenance and operator personnel.


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