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Blanking Line for Alliance Steel

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Red Bud Industries recently shipped a 0.375-in. by 72-in. blanking line with stretcher-leveling to Alliance Steel Corp., a steel service center located in Bedford Park, IL. The stretcher-leveler includes Red Bud’s SureGrip technology that allows various materials, such as hot-rolled, pickled-and-oiled or even coated, to be run without slippage or the need to change the gripper pads, according to company officials. The nonslip metallic grippers reportedly can be used for a year or longer without requiring replacement.

The unit also features Red Bud’s Quick Draw technology that enables cycle times of less than 8 sec. from the time the material is stopped for stretching to the time it starts moving again. This is as much as three times faster than other units on the market, claim Red Bud officials.

The new line handles coils to 90,000 lb. and consists of a coil stage and load system, uncoiler, heavy-gauge peeler/breaker, crop shear, dual roller-levelers, a roller inspection area, the sretcher-leveler, servo roll feed, variable rake shear, and a drop stacker with end-discharge rollouts.

For more on this technology, visit

Successful FABTECH 2016 Las Vegas Wraps

Monday, November 28, 2016

In mid-November, FABTECH 2016, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, welcomed 1,500 exhibiting companies and 31,110 attendees from more than 120 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Exhibit space spanned more than 575,000 sq. ft., giving attendees the opportunity to see manufacturing’s latest innovations, interact one-on-one with key vendors and explore industry trends. Throughout the three-day event, attendees also had access to more than 100 education sessions and expert-led panel discussions. A variety of special programming was featured as well, including a keynote from boxing legend and entrepreneur Sugar Ray Leonard and an appearance from cast members of the reality TV show “Counting Cars.”

Hundreds of live product demonstrations showcasing manufacturing’s most cutting-edge equipment and technologies took place daily on the exhibit floor, allowing FABTECH exhibitors to present their current product offerings to targeted buyers.

Special-event and panel-discussion topics covered matters relevant to today’s manufacturers. They included additive manufacturing/3D printing, how to attract more women to manufacturing careers, improved product development strategies and how the 2016 presidential election results could impact manufacturing around the world. 

FABTECH rotates annually between Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta. FABTECH Mexico also occurs annually and FABTECH Canada occurs biannually. These events are made possible by FABTECH’s five co-sponsors, including Precision Metalforming Association, American Welding Society, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, SME and Chemical Coaters Association International. For more information about FABTECH 2016 or FABTECH 2017, taking place in Chicago on Nov. 6-9, 2017, please visit

A Wagonload of Thanksgiving Wishes

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

With Thanksgiving 2016 upon us, chances are that many are taking at least a minute or two to reflect on what we are thankful for. Perhaps we’re thankful for the opportunities our land has provided, or thankful for parents or grandparents that that brightened our younger days. Or maybe we’re thankful for the gifts and toys they provided that made those younger days so much brighter. Taken together, these opportunities to give thanks apply to a recent article at

It tells the story of Antonio Pasin, who, at age 16, traveled to America from Italy with his family, searching for opportunity after selling their prized mule to afford the trip. Settling in Chicago, Pasin took what work he could, and in 1917, had enough money in his pocket to rent a one-room workshop. From a family of cabinetmakers, he plied his trade, building whatever he thought he could sell. He noticed that people seemed most interested in the sturdy wooden carts he built to haul tools. 

Pasin named these carts “Liberty Coasters,” after the Statue of Liberty. By the late-1920s, with sales rising, Pasin shifted from wood to metal as the material of choice for his wagons, hired more workers, and adopted the relatively new processes revolving around automotive assembly lines and metal stamping. Success in these efforts led to a new nickname for Pasin: Little Ford.

Pasin died in 1990, but he left his mark on the world with his wagons…little red ones. We’re thankful to you, Antonio Pasin, for giving us Radio Flyers.

Our offices are closed tomorrow and Friday, but we’ll be right back at it next Monday. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the staff of MetalForming magazine!  


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