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TMA to Offer Die-Design Classes in 2017

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) will be offering a die-design class in Illinois starting in January 2017, to be taught by Accurate Die Design Software (Brookfield, WI) president and founder Ray Proeber. TMA had a successful die-design class for decades that graduated hundreds of students, according to Proeber, but due to declining enrollment it had been discontinued in 2005.

“Since the class, more than 10 years ago, had been taught using 2D CAD software along with a 2D die-design software package, it was much harder and took much longer to teach the students than it will be using 3D CAD software,” says Proeber. “Everything is very visual with 3D, of course, and with today’s die-design software, the students can animate dies on the computer screen as if those dies were running in the punch press.”

Software used in the class will include SolidWorks 3D CAD software along with Logopress3 die-design software. For more information, contact Ray Proeber at 262/938-9316 or the TMA Education Department at 847/825-1120.

New 72-in. Stretcher-Leveler at Alliance Steel

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Alliance Steel, Bedford Park, IL, is wrapping up install of a Red Bud high-efficiency stretcher-leveler that boasts 90,000-lb. coil capacity and can handle material widths to 72 in. and thicknesses to 0.4 in. This line features Red Bud’s SureGrip technology and is capable of a 40-ft. stretch in a cycle time of less than 8 sec. The stretcher-leveler is complemented by two inline Bradbury E-Drive corrective levelers to ensure flatness and nearly stress-free results, according to Alliance Steel officials.

The equipment addition, to go online by the end of November 2016, adds to Alliance Steel’s existing flat-roll capabilities, including slitting, leveling, multi-blanking and cold reduction. For more from Alliance Steel, visit

Dengensha Opens Cinci Customer-Service Center

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dengensha America recently opened a customer-service office in Cincinnati, OH, primarily to provide more timely response for resistance-welding customers in the company’s southern territory.

Dengensha America, based in Bedford, OH, offers automotive, agricultural and general manufacturers a resistance-welding product line that includes projection and spot welders; weld guns, feeders and controls with consumables; and spare parts.

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