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Alcoas Next-Gen Aluminum-Production Process Improves Formability

Friday, December 5, 2014
Alcoa has unveiled its new Micromill process that promises to dramatically change the microstructure of aluminum, allowing the production of an aluminum alloy for automotive applications that reportedly has 40 percent greater formability and 30 percent greater strength than the incumbent aluminum, while meeting stringent automotive surface-quality requirements.  Additionally, automotive parts made with Micromill material will be twice as formable and at least 30 percent lighter than parts made from high-strength steel, according to Alcoa, and Micromill reduces the time to transform molten metal into aluminum coil from 20 days to 20 min. Learn more here.

Trio of Fastener Brands Earn GM Quality Awards

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Three brands of Stanley Engineered Fastening, Shelton, CT, have earned General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Awards: Dodge threaded inserts and compression limiters, Pop rivets and Gripco internally threaded nuts and assemblies;

Community College Earns NIMS Accreditation

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Machine Technology Program at Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA, has earned accreditation from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Accreditation required an onsite evaluation and facility inspection, along with interviews with students and faculty. The NIMS national skill standards for machining address programming, setup and operation of CNC milling and turning equipment, as well as job planning, measurement and safety;


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