Team Penske and Nikon Metrology have expanded and extended a partnership with Nikon providing manufacturing support to Penske’s NASCAR team.

“Team Penske is continuously looking for opportunities to further develop the processes involved in building fast, consistent, and reliable race cars,” says Team Penske President Tim Cindric. “By expanding our partnership with Nikon Metrology, we now have an industry leader that is committed to taking the quality of our race cars to another level.”

Nikon has been working with the Penske Technology Group, but the new agreement gives the metrology company more prominence in evaluating parts and manufacturing methods used in car builds.;

Schuler Group revives Bliss brand in North America

Founded in 1857, the Bliss brand has thousands of metal-stamping presses in service throughout the U.S., but has not launched a new product in decades. Brand owner Schuler Group plans on reviving Bliss by launching a 250-metric-ton press and new machines.

“The Bliss product portfolio will also include 400 ton and 630 ton straight-side presses, as well as 80 ton to 315 ton C-frame presses with one and two connections,” says Paul Nicholson, CEO of Schuler North America.

The Bliss machine’s structure has been sourced in the Schuler Group and remanufactured at Bliss Clearing Niagara in Hastings, Michigan, a Schuler remanufacturing operation. Bliss presses are configured for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with features such as condition monitoring and remote access/diagnostics.;

Adient acquires two Dallas Industries feed lines

Dallas Industries has supplied two feed lines with reels and retrofit coil guide rolls for existing stamping systems to Adient, the former Johnson Controls, in Athens, Tennessee.

The 40,000 lb capacity compact LoopSelect SpaceSaver feed lines include a 60" and a 72" version. The lines feature a selectable loop control, and the front-loop mode allows processing of light-gauge material at long feed lengths and higher speeds. The back-loop mode allows processing of heavy-gauge materials using a clock-spring loop to form beneath the coil.