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Die Science: Step-by-step troubleshooting of stamping dies, Part I

March 6, 2015

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Opinions on how to troubleshoot a stamping operation are not in short supply at any production stamping or die-building shop. I’m not trying to stereotype diemakers, designers, or technicians, but their decisions often are made based on insufficient data. Statistically speaking, if I...

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Die Science: Step-by-step troubleshooting of stamping dies, Part II

March 6, 2015

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In Part I of this article, which appeared in the January/February 2015 issue, I discussed the first two basic steps in troubleshooting: Identify problems with the part and verify the die and press setup parameters. Following are the remaining seven steps in the process. Step 3—Reassess and...

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Ask the Expert: Stamping thin, hard stainless steel

March 6, 2015

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Q: We recently received an order for domed spring washers stamped from 0.0010-inch-thick 301 1/2 hard stainless steel. The parts are about 0.250 in. OD and have two 0.006-in.-diameter pierced holes on a 0.150-in.-dia. circle centered on the part. We usually do not stamp anything less than 0.010 in....

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Watlow installs special punching machine

March 6, 2015

Hannibal, Mo.-based Watlow, a producer of electric heaters, temperature sensors, power controllers, temperature controllers, and supporting software, has installed the thousandth TruPunch 1000 punching machine manufactured at the TRUMPF factory in Hettingen, Germany. The entry-level machine is...

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Study reinforces idea that pace of engineering is accelerating

March 6, 2015

Which issues cause the biggest headaches for today’s engineers around the world? According to a new global study by business information provider IHS, Englewood, Colo., the pressure to work faster, the threat caused by institutional knowledge drain, and challenges posed by environmental...

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Schuler AG CFO gets contract extension

March 6, 2015

The Supervisory Board of Schuler AG, Göppingen, Germany, has decided to renew its contract with Norbert Broger through December 2020. Broger has been CRO and labor director with Schuler AG since January 2013. He is responsible for finance, controlling, IT, human resources, internal audit, legal...

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Eriez names manager-process engineering

March 6, 2015

Eriez®, Erie. Pa., a provider of magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, materials feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment, has promoted Xinkai Jiang, Ph.D., to the new position of manager-process engineering. Jiang joined the company 10 years ago as a research engineer...

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AME announces 2015 Dr. Sherrie Ford Scholarship recipients

March 6, 2015

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Rolling Meadows, Ill., has announce the seven recipients of the 2015 Winter/Spring Term Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path Scholarship. “These select few represent the bright future of manufacturing in America,” said AME...

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Pressroom catalog helps customers build end effectors

March 6, 2015

De-Sta-Co has combined several individual product line catalogs into a single resource for stamping press operators. The pressroom catalog is designed to show customers all the tooling, vacuum, and gripping options the company offers for building sheet metal press end effectors. The 290-page...

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Blade designed for blast machine processing of narrow workpieces

March 6, 2015

Wheelabrator has introduced a concave blade for its 35 Ezefit blast wheel, which achieves a narrow blast pattern and a tight “hot spot” at high abrasive speeds. The blade design is suitable for blast machines processing narrow workpieces, such as wire, rod, tube, pipe, bar, and...

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Wheelabrator Group (Canada) celebrates grand opening

March 5, 2015

Metallic surface preparation provider Wheelabrator Group (Canada) Ltd. celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and luncheon at its new facility in Burlington, Ont. This office facility offers conference rooms and workstations for engineering and sales. The location offers...

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Wilson Tool unveils website for AEM

March 5, 2015

White Bear Lake, Minn.-based Wilson Tool International®, a provider of sheet metal fabricating tooling, has launched a website for Advance Eng. & Mfg. (AEM), acquired by the firm in 2014. AEM offers tablet punches and dies and related accessories and services for numerous industries. The new...

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Proto Labs wins Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award

March 5, 2015

Prototype and low-volume production parts manufacturer Proto Labs Inc., Maple Plain, Minn., has been awarded a 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award by corporate growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. In its 11th year, the awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders...

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Epic Piping to build headquarters, pipe fabrication plant in Louisiana

March 5, 2015

New pipe fabrication company Epic Piping has announced it will build its national headquarters and a $45.3 million, 200,000-sq.-ft. plant in Livingston,, La. According to the firm, the plant will create 560 full-time jobs. The plant, expected to be completed in Q2 2016, can be expanded to...

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3-D waterjet software ingredients are the right mix for easy operation

March 5, 2015

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Companies have been programming 5-axis waterjet heads for 2-D and 3-D tables for decades. The process has moved from being a time-consuming chore to a couple of clicks, and from requiring extensive process and software knowledge to being operator-friendly.

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