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Beckwood Press Company Expands Engineering Department by 40%

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Beckwood Press Company, St. Louis, MO, a maker of custom hydraulic presses, automation systems, and the Triform line of precision forming equipment, recently expanded its engineering department from 15 persons to 21, for a 40-percent increase in engineering staff. Since June 2017, Beckwood added a structural/hydraulics engineer, four electrical/controls engineers, and one drafter.

“Over the last five years, we have seen an increase in requests for sophisticated machinery with improved safety and efficiency,” says Adam Strein, Beckwood’s engineering manager. “These new engineers have really helped to expand our capabilities in these areas.”

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IEEE Proposal Shows Chinese Model Is Gaining Traction in Global Manufacturing

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A recently announced proposal by the New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to develop an international mass customization standard is to be the first international standard led by a Chinese company -- Haier, Qingdao, China, a maker of consumer electronics and home appliances.

Mass customization is different from the concept of customization. It does not refer to the low production efficiency at a manual workshop and goes beyond providing the end user with module options. Instead, mass customization allows the user to participate in the innovation process and the result of that process as well as benefit from the value generated throughout the life cycle.

In 2005, Haier announced the rendanheyi business model, which transforms users to lifelong users and reshapes employees as creators. In addition, the model creates a long-term cooperation, co-creation and win-win relationship among users, employees and the brand rather than the one-time buyer-seller relationship.

Bend Tooling, Inc. Launches a Redesigned Website

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Bend Tooling, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, launched a redesigned website at, highlighting the company’s knowledge of tube bending and tooling needs in a new user-friendly format. The upgraded website provides easier navigation with a mobile-friendly platform. Bend Tooling’s Rotary-Draw Tube-Bending Guide is available for free download and the Mandrel Nose Placement Calculator is now an interactive utility to calculate the ideal placement of the mandrel nose and provide the optimal mandrel nose diameter for a specific application.

The site allows visitors to easily request quotes, troubleshoot tube-bending issues, identify parts, and browse or search the Bend Tooling Encyclopedia™. The site will be updated regularly with company news, technical articles, training, and product information.

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