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The links, which follow, are designed to assist OEM manufacturers, designers, buyers, developers, and architects, find information about metal stamping, roll forming, metal corrugating, welding, useful associations, professional engineering associations, industry related periodicals, and general business resources, which can be beneficial to their operations.

Industry Trade Associations And Professional Organizations

Aluminum Association, Inc.
A trade association for U.S. producers of primary aluminum, recyclers, and semi-fabricated aluminum products. This site also offers publications, aluminum statistics, and audiovisuals.

American Electroplaters & Surface Finishers Society (AESF)
The AESF is an international society that advances the science of surface finishing to benefit industry and society.

American Galvanizers Association (AGA)
The AGA association members represent the after-fabrication hot-dip galvanizing industry throughout the United States, Canada & Mexico.

American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
The AISI promotes steel as the material of choice and works to enhance the competitiveness of the North American steel industry and its member Companies. Member companies include integrated, electric furnace, and reconstituted mills. Associate members include suppliers to, or customers of, the industry. Affiliate member organizations include downstream steel producers of products such as cold rolled strip, pipe and tube, and coated sheet.

American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA)
The AMTDA is a trade association dedicated to advancing the marketing of machine tools in the United States through distribution.

American Mold Builders Association (AMBA)
American Mold Builders Association has been the leading industry trade organization serving U.S. mold builders. Member companies serve OEMs in many industries including automotive, medical, electronics/electrical, toys, recreation and sporting goods, building and construction, lawn and garden, consumer, and industrial. Site contains publications and resources, plus industry links.

American Society for Materials International (ASM)
Society of materials engineers and scientists dedicated to advancing industry, technology, and applications of metals and materials. Site offers ASME, AWS, ISO, NACE, and ASTM standards. Contains links to its magazines Advanced Materials & Processes and Heat Treating Progress and a searchable directory to over 1300 manufacturers and service providers in the metals & materials industry.

American Welding Society (AWS) The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a nonprofit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines. AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development.

Association for Forming & Fabricating Technologies of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Focuses on the technologies and processes that efficiently make products from metal sheet, coil, plate, tube, or pipe stock. Typical industries served are automotive, off-highway, aerospace, defense, appliance, furniture, and consumer electronics products. Site includes areas with technology trends and other resources.

Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Organization dedicated to manufacturing excellence. Site contains lots of educational information

Association of Steel Distributors (ASD)
The Association of Steel Distributors (ASD) is a non-profit organization, providing the steel distribution industry a forum for ideas exchange and market information. Members have access to the most current industry developments and legislative issues. Regional and national meetings give members numerous opportunities to learn and network in this competitive environment.

Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
AMT represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing machinery and equipment actively supports and promotes American manufacturers of machine tools and manufacturing technology. The site contains timely articles, a directory, discussions of issues, and association links.

Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE)
Technical organization in the steel industry dedicated to the advancement of technical and engineering phases of the production and processing of iron and steel. This site has a great “Links” section for producers and users of steel.

Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers (AMEA)
Members are individual machinery and equipment appraisal professionals.

Canadian Welding Association (CWA) The Canadian welding association is a not-for-profit division of the CWB Group. The CWA was formed as a national membership driven association, mandated to promoting and supporting the welding and joining industry in Canada.

Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation
The purpose of the ET Foundation is to develop, promote, provide, and fund education and research related to aluminum extrusion processes and technology, while developing and promoting interest in, and awareness of, the field of aluminum extrusion.

Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA)
This association keeps members current concerning metal forming and fabricating trends and technologies. Members include professionals from the areas of coil processing, sheet and plate fabricating, roll forming, stamping and press working, welding, and assembly. Site provides on-line quoting opportunities.

Industrial Distribution Association (IDA)
The IDA is the world's largest trade association of distributors to industry. Standard products carried by I.D.A. members include abrasives, cutting tools, valves, pumps, safety and maintenance supplies. These products are commonly referred to as MRO items (maintenance, repair and operations).

Industrial Supply Manufacturers Association (ISMA)
Formerly known as the American Supply & Machinery Manufacturers' Association (ASMMA). A North American manufacturer trade organization dedicated to assisting its members sell through industrial distributors a complete range of Maintenance, Repair, Operating, and Production supplies consumed by industry. The site contains a value-added partner section and a resources area.

International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI)
The IISI is a non-profit research organization providing a world forum concerning aspects of the international steel industry. Members include nearly all of the world’s major steel producers. It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

International Training Institute (ITI)
This association provides training opportunities to union members in the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning industry.

Laser Institute of America (LIA)
The Laser Institute of America is the professional membership society dedicated to fostering lasers, laser applications and safety worldwide. Serving the industrial, medical, research and military communities, LIA offers technical information and networking opportunities to laser users from around the globe.

Machine Tool Technologies Association (MTTA)
Part of the MTA, the Manufacturing Technologies Association, it is the national organization representing companies that are involved in the UK machine tool and manufacturing technology sector.

Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA)
MDNA members buy and sell used capital equipment. Established in 1941 to assure buyers of the integrity and reliability of used machinery dealers that are members of the association, the association represents nearly 500 member companies around the world.

Materials Research Society (MRS)
This society brings together scientists, engineers and research managers from industry, government, research labs and various analysts and provides the online community in which to share findings and ideas. Good site, but with very limited information currently.

Metal Finishing Suppliers Association (MFSA)
MFSA represents the interests of suppliers to the surface finishing industry.

Metal Forming
See the Precision Metalforming Association.

Metal Treating Institute (MTI)
Metal Treating Institute is the only international trade association representing the corporate heat-treating industry. Members include commercial heat treaters, captive heat treaters, and suppliers.

National Association of Metal Finishers (NAMF)
NAMF is the industry association representing hundreds of independent member surface finishing firms.

National Center for Excellence in Metalworking Technology (NCEMT)
The National Center for Excellence in Metalworking Technology (NCEMT) was established in 1988 as one of the Centers of Excellence sponsored by the United States Navy Manufacturing Technology (MANTECH) Program. The NCEMT develops leading-edge capabilities in process analysis and optimization, materials analysis and selection, process development, product analysis and simulation, technology transition and deployment, and training and education for advanced metalworking technologies. It specializes in the following process areas: net shape manufacturing by casting, semi-solid metalworking, forming and powder metallurgy, surface and heat treatment, joining, machining and cutting, and systems integration and concurrent engineering.

National Coil Coating Association (NCCA)
This site is dedicated to promoting the growth of coil coated products. NCCA represents both the companies that coat the metal ("coil coaters"), and various suppliers including the leading steel, aluminum, coatings manufacturers, as well as chemical, pretreatment and equipment suppliers that provide the necessary services to produce and further process prepainted coil. The site contains a newsroom and a resource library plus a 16-minute video on the coil coating process.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Supports the development of skilled workforces for the metalworking industry.

National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA)
Member companies are involved in second tier manufacturing, or "job shops," that provide parts to American manufacturing centers.

Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA)
Part of the Precision Metalforming Association. It was formerly known as the NSMPA - National Screw Machine Products Association and was created by a group of screw machine shop owners seeking to improve the standing of the Industry. The site includes an industry overview section and a very comprehensive resources center.

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
The association for metal forming companies. PMA members include metal stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide formers and roll formers. The site is also home to the Custom Roll Forming Institute.

Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA) Develops equipment standards for the protection and benefit of buyers and users of resistance welding equipment and accessories. Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance encourages the highest standards of ethics in the resistance welding industry.

Robotic Industries Association (RIA) RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms. The site includes a Buyer's Guide with a search engine function, feature articles, daily news updates, case studies, technical papers, event calendar, job openings, an "Ask the Experts" forum, and much more.

Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SMACNA)
SMACNA's mission is to provide products, services, and representation to enhance members' businesses, markets, and profitability. Members include heating, ventilating and air conditioning; architectural sheet metal; industrial sheet metal; kitchen equipment; specialty stainless steel work; manufacturing; siding and decking; testing and balancing; service; and energy management and maintenance companies.

Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA)
SSINA is a trade association representing virtually all the producers of specialty steel in North America including bar, rod, wire, angles, plate, sheet and strip, in stainless steel and other specialty steels.

Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA)
Members are primarily steel producers such as mini-mills. It is the primary trade association for scrap-based EAF steel makers.

Steel Plate Fabricators Association (SPFA)
The SPFA’s membership is composed of manufacturers of ferrous and non-ferrous custom designed and fabricated steel and alloyed plat for steel mills, railroads, utilities, and petroleum, chemical, water and related industries

Steel Recycling Institute (SRI)
The Steel Recycling Institute promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products.

Steel Service Center Institute (SSCI)
Members include domestic and international wholesalers of industrial steel products who take products from metal producers and provide new products in various sizes and grades.

Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA)
Chicago-area association of companies engaged in precision metalworking, plastic molding, and supplier companies in the Chicago area. Site contains many training programs and offers continuing education courses.


Professional Engineering Associations

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
An educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership. Contains sections on products and publications, education and training, plus a library.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the only engineering society that represents individual engineering professionals and licensed engineers (PEs) across all disciplines.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
SAME is a nonprofit professional engineer association, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions, and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies.

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