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Italian Auto Supplier Orders Second Press-Hardening Line

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Italian automotive-part manufacturer U.form has placed an order for its second press-hardening line from AP&T due to increased demand for lighter and stronger vehicle parts from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which already has five press-hardening lines from AP&T.

U.form’s first press-hardening line, featuring a 1200-ton Oden press, furnace, automation equipment and control systems, was installed in October 2015 and is being used for the production of A- and B-pillars as well as other reinforcement parts for Alfa Giulia and Maserati Levante. When production of Alfa Romeo's new models, with a significantly larger percentage of press-hardened parts, begins at the end of 2016, scaling up of production is expected, which has led to the order for the second line.

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Monday, October 31, 2016
Pferd Inc., Milwaukee, WI, a manufacturer and distributor of abrasives, brushes and power tools, has announced the appointment of Tim Lee to the position of technical sales specialist-Steel Works. For more from Pferd, including details on its large-diameter cutoff wheels that range from 10 to 15 in. dia., visit

AutoForm Tapped by VW for Tool Design

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Volkswagen has selected AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCatia as its software of choice in its tooling operations for process design. The software was developed in a joint project between AutoForm ( and Volkswagen, with a main goal of creating an advanced software product for process design that would enable users to rapidly create CAD-quality die faces, which are required for CNC machining.

Through dedicated surfacing commands, AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCatia enables the user to quickly create a die face layout, including deep drawing and all secondary operations in the Catia environment. All generated surfaces fulfill Class-A surface requirements and can immediately be used for CNC machining. The software offers specially developed unique features, allows for the creation of draw shapes, supports company-wide standardization and implements a sophisticated methodology that reduces the complexity of process design, according to AutoForm officials.


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