Waukesha Tool & Stamping
acquires Parkview Metal
Waukesha Tool & Stamping, Sussex,
Wis., has acquired Parkview Metal
Products, Lake Zurich, Ill. With the
acquisition, the companies will combine and form Waukesha Metal
The acquisition adds fabrication and
robotic welding to Waukesha’s capabilities while expanding its stamping and
automated assembly services. The
company will add 20 employees in its
fabrication department and 15 in
stamping, hiring at both the Wisconsin
and Illinois facilities.
Waukesha plans to continue
Parkview’s fabrication services in Lake
Zurich until the end of the year.
Automatic Feed Co.
introduces new business unit
Automatic Feed Co., Napoleon,
Ohio, an automotive supplier of high-speed coil processing equipment, dies,
and automated systems, has formed
AFCO Precision Manufacturing, a unit
that offers precision fabrication,
machining, and assembly capabilities.
A member of the Association for
Manufacturing Technology, AFCO has
ISO 9000:2001 and 14000:2004 certifications and the TE supplement. The
business unit has aligned its engineering, manufacturing, and quality operating systems to serve the mining, agriculture, wind energy, and other industries that rely on heavy machinery.
SMDI supports automakers
with steel products to
meet new NHTSA
American Iron and Steel Institute’s
Steel Market Development Institute
(SMDI) recently announced that it
is supporting automakers in their
efforts to meet new roof-crush
standards implemented by the
National Highway Traffic and
Safety Administration (NHTSA).
NHTSA issued a final rule
requiring automakers to manufacture vehicle roofs that withstand
three times the vehicle’s weight on
both sides of a roof, up from 1.5
times. The mandate, which is part
of an initiative to reduce rollover
fatalities and injuries, applies to
vehicles weighing up to 6,000 lbs.
The Mass Efficient Architecture
for Roof Strength (MEARS) program, an initiative to develop a
roof architecture using AHSS materials, investigated the impact of
three different grades of steel and
architectural elements to hold a
load three times the vehicle’s maximum weight while achieving less
than 4. 5 in. of roof deflection. The
initial phase examined the roof
strength of three different vehicle
concepts while keeping mass, cost,
manufacturability, and repairabili-ty in mind. The results increased
performance and load requirements while reducing mass by 4. 4
kg, SMDI says.
HK Metalcraft Manufacturing
receives OHSA award
HK Metalcraft Manufacturing
Corp., Lodi, N.J., has received the
OSHA SHARP (Safety and Health
Achievement Recognition Program)
award from the New Jersey
Dept. of Labor and Workforce
Development. The award recognizes small employers that demonstrate exemplary achievements in
workplace safety and health.
HK manufactures precision
metal stampings, spring washers,
formed products, and related
assemblies for various industries.
Advanced Metal Etching
to receive ISO 9001:2008
Advanced Metal Etching Inc.,
Ligonier, Ind., will receive ISO
9001:2008 certification in
The company, which currently is
9001:2000-certified, is a supplier
of photochemical etching services
for thin, flat metal parts for prototype and production requirements.
Ratner Steel installs two Red
Bud stretcher levelers
Ratner Steel, Roseville, Minn.,
recently installed two stretcher levelers from Red Bud Industries, Red
Both stretchers were installed in
existing lines as part of an upgrade
in Ratner’s processing capabilities.
One machine processes material
up to 0.250 in. at 100,000 PSI.
The second machine processes
material up to 0.500 in. at 75,000
PSI yield or 0.375 in. at 100,000