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Formtek-Maine Purchases New Turning Center

Friday, July 17, 2015
Formtek-Maine, Clinton, ME, a manufacturer of coil-metal processing and press-feed equipment and systems, has purchased a new Okuma LB4000 turning center. The Okuma machine will add capacity and will be the fourth CNC turning center utilized to manufacture parts for Formtek-Maine’s products.
The Model LB4000 turning center has the capacity to turn a 16.93-in.-dia. by 59-in.-long part and is equipped with live tooling and a bar-stock feeder with 12 spindle liners. The machine is expected to increase efficiency for the production of straightener rolls. These now will be produced entirely on one machine, eliminating station-to-station work processes.
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FCA Honors Vari-Form as Top Supplier

Thursday, July 16, 2015
FCA US LLC has recognized Vari-Form, Troy, MI, as Supply Chain Management Supplier of the Year for 2015. Recent Vari-Form projects with FCA US include an upper cross-member for the 2015 Jeep Cherokee, applying Vari-Form’s proprietary Pressure-Sequence hydroforming technology. The resulting structure is lightweight, contributing to a 45-percent increase in fuel efficiency for Cherokee over previous vehicles.
Criteria for Vari-Form’s selection included achieving the highest levels of performance as measured by the FCA US External Balanced Scorecard. In this year’s case, Vari-Form supply-chain-management scores ranked first among the nearly 3,600 suppliers measured. The scorecard evaluates supplier performance in areas such as quality, delivery, cost, warranty and partnership – and input from FCA senior leadership.
With production facilities in Canada, Mexico, Italy, China and the United States, Vari-Form applies the concept of tubular hydroforming to body, chassis and other automotive structural parts. For more, go to

Hyson to Host Metalforming Symposium

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Hyson will host an interactive event featuring presentations, discussions and hands-on demonstrations of technology related to the forming of advanced high-strength steels at its Innovation and Development Center in Brecksville, OH, on September 22. Also on the agenda: a panel discussion with industry experts including Dr. Hyunok Kim (EWI), Jim Landowski (Komatsu), Eric Kam (AutoForm), Dean Kanelos (Nucor), Peter Ulintz (PMA) and Darrell Quander (Hyson). Register to attend at


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