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Minn. Medical-Device Maker
Moves to New, Larger Facility

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
LSA Laser, specialists in laser-beam cutting, welding, ablation and marking for an array of medical devices, has moved into a new 26,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Plymouth, MN. Among the devices it manufactures are defibrillation leads, stents, catheters, surgical and dental instruments, orthopedics and heating devices. Along with adding manufacturing space, the move allows the firm to expand its R&D capabilities, to work with customers’ design engineers throughout the product-development process. LSA Laser operates 22 laser-processing systems;

Zapp Tooling Alloys Opens U.S. Operations

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
German-based Robert Zapp Werkstofftechnik GmbH, a distributor of PM materials for the European and Asian tooling markets, has opened Zapp Tooling Alloys, Inc., in Summerville, SC. The new location—18,000 sq. ft. of warehouse and office space—offers its ZPM-brand tool and high-speed steels in plate, round and flat bars, in several alloys including equivalent alloys to CPM 3V, 9V, 10V, and S90V. Learn more at

Bone Up On Powder Metallurgy Parts

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), Princeton, NJ, has published a pair of publications on powder-metallurgy (PM) specifications and applications. The PM Automotive Parts Catalog lists more than 750 individual parts in engines, transmissions/transfer cases and body/chassis assemblies representing more than 300 applications in North American, European and Asian light vehicles. And, MPIF has published the 2009 edition of its Standard 35, Materials Standards for PM Structural Parts. Aimed at design and materials engineers as well as purchasing agents, the standard offers technical specifications on the industry-approved materials used to make PM parts, including new sinter-hardened steels and the first high-temperature-sintered hybrid low-alloy steel in the as-sintered and heattreated condition. Visit for more information.


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