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Omax Receives SBA's Tibbetts Award for Innovative Waterjet R&D

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

On January 10, 2017, Omax Corp., Kent, WA, was one of 37 companies to receive the prestigious Tibbetts Award at the White House. The award is given to small businesses and individuals by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) in recognition for innovative research and development of transferrable technology. Omax received the award for its innovation in the area of micro-abrasive waterjet technology, culminating in the MicroMax JetMachining Center.

“Receiving the 2016 Tibbets Award is truly an honor,” says Dr. Peter Liu, senior scientist at Omax and creator of the MicroMax abrasive waterjet. “It’s great to be recognized for our R&D work at such a high level.”

The MicroMax provides a positioning accuracy of less than five microns and can cut extremely small parts in virtually any material, according to company officials, and its Tilt-A-Jet cutting head allows for taper-free edges and rapid cutting speeds.

For more about Omax, visit

Two New Coil Lines Plus Retrofits Sent to Adient in TN

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dallas Industries, Troy, MI, has delivered two complete feed lines, along with two reels and retrofit coil guide rolls for existing systems to the Adient (formerly Johnson Controls) facility in Athens, TN. The new LoopSelect SpaceSaver feed lines, one 60 in. wide and the other 72 in. wide, each offer 40,000-lb. capacity.

The compact and flexible lines feature selectable loop control, where front-loop mode allows processing of light-gauge material at long feed lengths and higher speeds, and back-loop mode allows processing of heavy-gauge materials through the use of a clock-spring loop beneath the coil.

Each of the feed lines purchased by Adient include a servo feed/piloting pull-through straightener (model DRFXDS-8) with 8-in.-dia. feed rolls and nine 4-in.-dia. straightener rolls. Both lines were built on an Allen-Bradley, ethernet-based control architecture.

Dallas Industries’ full line of products includes conventional and compact coil feed lines, as well as servo feeds, air feeds, heavy-duty straighteners and coil-handling equipment. For more, visit

Beckwood Press Website Promises More Resources, Easier Navigation

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Beckwood Press Company, St. Louis, MO, has launched a new website, The manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses and automation systems as well as the Triform line of specialty forming equipment describes the site as featuring a simplified menu structure, streamlined paths of discovery and a responsive layout for all platforms. The site also provides in-depth information on forming applications, press-frame styles and maintenance strategies. Also offered: An Education Center where visitors can learn about new forming technologies and old technologies being used in new ways. In addition, it hosts articles, white papers, videos and success stories.

“Our new website offers users a customized experience with articles and technologies relevant to the specific needs of manufacturers and informative videos that illustrate the complexities of various manufacturing processes,” says Josh Dixon, Beckwood’s director of sales and marketing.


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