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Daimler Orders Schuler Blanking Lines for German Plant

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Daimler AG has ordered two laser-blanking lines from Schuler for its Mercedes-Benz facility in Kuppenheim, Germany. The two lines, with installation set for late in 2015, will cut blanks out of a moving sheetmetal coil. The blanks then are formed into car-body parts. Using three simultaneously operating fiber lasers to cut, no dies are required.

Simple loading of a cutting program results in a flexible blanking method with no need for procurement and handling of blanking dies. Product changes can be made almost without any setup time, according to Schuler officials, simply by loading the corresponding cutting program. Easing installation, the lines require no basement or elaborate foundations.

Schuler's U.S. operation, Schuler Inc., is headquartered in Canton, MI. 

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Monday, July 20, 2015

Eamon Geary has joined the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI),, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), as manager of construction sustainability. He is responsible for assessing environmental opportunities for steel in the marketplace, representing the steel industry in sustainability codes and standards development arenas, and providing information and support to SMDI’s construction, automotive and container programs and to other AISI teams on matters affecting construction sustainability.

Omax Corp., Kent, WA, recently named William Wei its new sales manager for Asia. The company designs and manufactures advanced abrasive-waterjet-cutting technology. For more, go to

Abtex Corp., Dresden, NY, announced that James Ameigh has joined the company as production manager. In that role, Ameigh oversees the production and manufacturing of Abtex deburring brushes. Find out more about the company, a provider of integrated brush/machine deburring products to the North American manufacturing industry, at

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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