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Tedco Awarded Grant to Increase Productivity

Friday, December 2, 2016

Tedco, Inc., a Cranston, RI-based manufacturing company supplying precision-formed stampings, has been awarded the Business Affected by Foreign Trade grant by the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NETAAC), in partnership with the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The grant will provide funding to Tedco to increase productivity throughout various departments, including production, sales and marketing, and administration. Increased productivity in these areas will allow Tedco to compete more efficiently on a global scale.

“NETAAC has afforded Tedco the opportunity to scale our administrative and productive operations to become more efficient,” says Dona Vincent, Tedco president. “We’ll be able to take an in-depth look at the current processes at work in our organization and invest in improving them long-term to contribute to continued growth.”

NETAAC was formed to aid New England manufacturing companies that have been negatively impacted by import trade. Qualifying businesses receive financial assistance through a cost-sharing model that helps to fund business-building consulting projects. These projects can include marketing and positioning strategies, e-commerce, lean manufacturing implementation, and ISO compliance and registration initiatives. 

Bliss Presses are Back

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A familiar name in the metalforming industry is back: For the first time in decades, a new press branded under the name of renowned U.S. manufacturer Bliss was presented by Schuler at FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas. At the show, Schuler displayed a 250-mton Bliss press with state-of-the-art controls, specially designed for the North American market.

“The Bliss product portfolio will also include 400- and 630-ton straightside presses as well as 80- to 315-ton C-frame presses with one and two connections,” says Paul Nicholson, CEO of Schuler North America. “We have more than $10 million of parts in inventory and service centers all over the continent.”

The Bliss press showcased at FABTECH formed bottle openers as a giveaway for customers at the Schuler booth. The machine structure has been sourced in the Schuler Group and completely remanufactured at the BCN site in Hastings, MI. Available with both Allen-Bradley and Omron controls, Bliss presses are configured for the Internet of Things (IoT) with features such as condition monitoring and remote access/diagnostics.

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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.

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