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Software Cuts Die-Machining Time for South African Tool Builder

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
At its tool shop in Uitenhage, South Africa, MA Automotive Tool and Die has chosen Smirt DieNc and DieShop software modules from Smirtware, Inc., via Vero Software, for manufacturing of its stamping dies. The selection follows an evaluation test where the use of DieNc resulted in a 46-percent time savings in linear machining as compared to the operation’s standard process.
MA Automotive Tool and Die is part of MA, a company of Group CLN, an Italian concern active in the automotive industry. The group’s companies produce steel sheetmetal, stamped parts, automotive structural modules, wheels and mechanical components.
Smirt, available through Vero Software, is designed to support the manufacturie of stamping dies and molds. Included are 3D-based modules for visualization, machining, cost estimation, planning and scheduling. For more, visit

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Friday, April 24, 2015
ECi Software Solutions, Fort Worth, TX, announced that Grant Howe has been named chief technology officer. The company, online at, offers business and e-commerce products and services utilizing on-premise and cloud-based technologies.
Bystronic Inc., Elgin, IL, has appointed Chad Jackson regional sales manager for the Southern and Midwestern United States. Bystronic,, provides laser-cutting, waterjet-cutting and press-brake systems as well as system software and customer training and support.

United Performance Metals Unveils Redesigned Website

Thursday, April 23, 2015
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, a supplier of stainless and duplex stainless steel, and nickel and cobalt alloys, has introduced a redesigned website, The updated site provides a mobile friendly user experience, with access to the entire United Performance Metals product catalog.
The product catalog provides immediate search and quote access and comprehensive technical information. Online quoting, Live Chat and a customer document portal provide multiple avenues for visitors to engage with the website. The site also includes a complete list of industry certifications, detailed processing capabilities and application briefs. 


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