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Trumpf Recognizes Top Distributors

Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Trumpf Inc., Farmington, CT, recently presented the following 2003 sales-achievement awards to its top distributors: Outstanding Distributor Performance—Primeline Fabricating Machinery, Indianapolis, IN; Sustained Excellence—Fabricating Machine Tools Ltd., Cleveland, OH; Most-Improved Performance--Southern States Machinery, Greensboro, NC; Appreciation—Advanced Fabricating Machinery, Ontario, Canada. Trumpf produces fabricating machinery and laser production equipment. For more, visit

Sonobond Receives NIST Grant
for Ultrasonic Welding of Al Auto Bodies

Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Sonobond Ultrasonics, Inc., West Chester, PA, has been awarded a $441,000 grant by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program to develop ultrasonic metal-welding technology for the mass production of aluminum automobile bodies. The project, sponsored by Ford, is part of a nearly $9-million three-year program to develop ultrasonic welding for Al auto-body applications, leading to reduced vehicle weight and improved fuel economy. Preliminary welding trials conducted by Ford and Sonobond have demonstrated the feasibility of welding auto-grade aluminum in thicknesses to 1 mm in a lap-joint configuration. The goal is to extend the technology to various joint configurations under various welding conditions, using robust equipment and advanced process controls. Along with Ford and Sonobond, project participants include American Technology, Inc. and Edison Welding Institute. For more about the NIST Advanced Technology Program and its projects, visit For more from Sonobond Ultrasonics, visit

Straightline Expands Steel-Buying
Inventory-Management Website

Monday, September 8, 2003
Straightline Source, the online steel-distribution division of U.S. Steel, has added new services to its website, StraightEdge, a suite of online contract and inventory-management tools available on the site, now provides more detailed information to improve inventory management. The enhancement allows users to view in real time their steel supply at the individual part level including work-in-process material, on-hand material and material scheduled to ship. The site’s StraightQuote quoting and ordering service now has an improved interface that provides more delivery options. Included is a “buy steel” calendar that provides delivery-date options over a 90-day period. The site also debuts SteelOutlet, designed to promote excess prime product as it becomes available. This feature allows customers to scan coil or sheet offerings in various sizes and dimensions at a preset price. Other improvements include simplified site navigation.


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