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PMA Educational Foundation Announces Grant Budget

Wednesday, September 7, 2005
For 2006, the Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF), Cleveland, OH, will make available a $170,000 grant budget to support and develop training and education for metalforming skills, and to improve the awareness of careers in metalforming. In addition, the PMAEF Board of Trustees, chaired by Susan Wilkey, decided in August to remove the $5000 cap on grant awards that had been in place for the last two years. PMAEF will accept requests for funding from October 1, 2005, through March 1, 2006. For information and to download an application, log on to, or call 216/901-8800.

Prepainted-Coil Slitting Line

Friday, September 2, 2005
ATAS Intl., Allentown, PA, a manufacturer of commercial and residential metal roof, wall and ceiling systems, has installed a new single-loop coil-slitting line from Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL. The line can process 15-ton 60-in.-wide coils of prepainted aluminum, galvanized steel, and copper and zinc alloys in gauges from 0.015 to 0.075 in. Line speed peaks at 1000 ft./min. The line includes a production-reporting system, and coil cars equipped with wireless operator controls.

New Website Focused on Hearing Protection

Thursday, September 1, 2005
The Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group, Smithfield, RI, has launched a new website,, combining data from its two prominent brands—Howart Leight earplugs and Bilsom earmuffs. Safety managers can peruse the site for the latest in hearing-protection technology and products, and for information to help ensure safety-program compliance and effectiveness. The site features a series of short articles addressing topics such as understanding ratings, noise measurements and how noise-reduction ratings are calculated.


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