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Linear Transfer Open House Reveals a Market Uptick

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
When MetalForming magazine visited the recent open house hosted by Linear Transfer Systems, Barrie, Ontario, Canada, on Feb 2, we saw plenty of action, as technicians readied several systems for first-quarter shipment. On the shop floor: a pair of MD-Class Titan Series heavy-duty servo-transfer systems (payload capacity of over 1200 lb.); a blank feeder headed to the Dana Corp. plant in Longview, TX; a stand-alone LTF magnetic conveyor destack feeder headed to the Trim Trends Canada Ltd. Plant in Dundalk, Ontario, Canada; a walking-beam tandem line with a pair of W-Class through-the-window transfer systems for Deco Automotive in Rexdale, Ontario, Canada; an FR-Class front-and-rear transfer system (that includes an automated bar-change system) and a magnetic conveyor/blank feeder rated to 30 strokes/min. for Marwood Metal Fabrication in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada,; and an MD-Class Titan Series transfer system for Autotek Industrial de Mexico in Puebla, Mexico.

SteelSummit Tennessee Retrofits Blanking Line

Monday, February 23, 2004
SteelSummit Tennessee, Lavergne, TN, has installed a multi-blanking retrofit for its existing Red Bud blanking line. The retrofit allows SteelSummit to multi-blank material in thicknesses to 0.135 in. and widths to 72 in. The system can produce as many as 13 blanks at one time. The retrofit includes Red Bud’s CNC programmable slitter with an automatic knife-locking system. Also included is a pallet-loading system from Red Bud, designed specifically for multi-blanking.

Ideal Products Acquires Pin-Making Competitor

Friday, February 20, 2004
Ideal Products, Beacon Falls, CT, has purchased the operating assets of competitor Patriot Wire Products, also of Beacon Falls. Ideal will relocate Patriot employees and assets to its 175,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility. Ideal, boasting annual sales of $10 million, manufactures fabricated metal components for a variety of industries. Patriot, with annual sales of $1.5 million, manufactures badge, safety and specialty draper pins. Ideal is a division of Orbitform Group, Jackson, MI.


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