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Dry-Lube Capability for Heidtman Pickling Line

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Heidtman Steel has added dry-lube capability on an existing pickling line at its Cleveland, OH, plant. The dry-film lubricant, used mainly for deep-draw applications, is applied on the line in typical coating weights measuring 200-400 mg/sq. ft., but Heidtman can apply heavier coating weights if required by the customer.
The new capability represents the third upgrade the steel service center has made to this pickling line in the last five years. The line, which includes a continuous inspection system, can handle material to 0.625 in. thick by 72 in. wide.
Noted for expertise in high-strength steels, Heidtman, headquartered in Toledo, OH, processes nearly 5 million tons of steel annually. For more, visit

Three Canning Cells Headed to Auto Supplier

Monday, June 27, 2016
Dutch company Fontijne Formitt has received an order for three canning cells from automotive emission-component manufacturer Katcon. The cells will be used to produce catalytic converters for light vehicles, with two cells to go to Katcon plants in Poland, and one to a Katcon Mexico operation.
The cells can operate at a rate of 120 parts/hr. with one operator, and will feature quick tool change. The tool-change package includes a cartridge design for the sizer, allowing for rapid change between part sizes and shapes.
To learn more about canning equipment, visit

United Tool & Machine Acquires HRI Precision Tool

Friday, June 24, 2016
United Tool & Machine (UTM), Wilmington, MA, a contract manufacturer specializing in wire-EDM, CNC and manual machining, sheetmetal fabrication, and stamping, has acquired HRI Precision Tool Co., Haverhill, MA.
HRI has capabilities in assembly, tooling manufacturing and CNC machining, and is expected to bolster UTM’s existing line of services, according to UTM officials.
“We see tremendous value in developing relationships with several of HRI’s key customers and the diversification it brings to our customer base,” says Scott Fallavollita, UTM president. “HRI is highly regarded as a company that invested a lot into the planning and engineering of a job upfront and did a lot of work beyond the scope of traditional CNC machine shop.”
In addition to the two companies merging, Harry Learned, HRI president, will join UTM as a technical sales engineer.
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