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Technological advances in powder coating spray and recovery

February 24, 2017 | By Jeff Hale

Gone are the days of the large monolithic powder coatings systems that snaked around a shop floor and the need to have multiple booths for color changes. Technology advances now make more compact, one-booth systems capable of quick and easy color changes a reality.

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Punch up your production

February 24, 2017

Automation and software have helped streamline punching significantly—and not just by scrutinizing the machine cycle time and total green-light time, but by looking at the overall punching cycle time, from sheet loading until a punched part reaches the next operation.

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Die Science: What really makes a press shop work?

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

As stampers, we often believe that purchasing new machines and investing in new technology are key to remaining competitive in the global market. Although keeping up with the latest equipment and techniques is very important, it’s not the only answer for having a successful stamping company....

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Ensuring quality bent parts—from sheet to ship

February 24, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

Weaver Fabrication & Finishing gauges its bent parts' quality before they're even formed--from ensuring that its material is to spec to measuring that the dimensions, thickness, stiffness, and edge quality of the parts it bends on its new press brake machine are to its customers' specs. Here is how the manufacturer does it.

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Die Science: Opportunity knocks

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

When you think of the tool and die industry, you often think first of tool- and diemakers—people grinding die sections, reading engineered drawings, assembling dies, and trying out tooling. Although tool- and diemakers are critical to the diemaking process, many jobs are equally important to the...

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Die Science: The influence of product design

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

I find it somewhat disheartening how often product designers fail to see the downstream effect of the decisions they make regarding the design of a stamped product. Poor tolerencing and part feature decisions cost the stampers and die builders any profit they may have realized. While I don’t want...

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Die Science: Die costing and estimating

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

One of the common complaints I hear from stampers is that tooling cost estimates differ significantly when they are requesting quotes. One would think that if every shop were quoting to the same die design standards, the tooling cost would be similar from each shop quoting, but that’s not the...

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In defense of diversification in metal fabrication

February 24, 2017 | By Tim Heston

In 2008 a Shelby, N.C., fabricator cranked out armored plate like there was no tomorrow. Then the defense contracts ended, and tough times ensued. But after almost shutting its doors, the plant has since been transformed into a diversified metal manufacturer.

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Safe-to-sewer solutions simplify disposal

February 23, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

he type of cleaning solutions and lubricants a stamping manufacturer uses during and after forming determines whether it must dispose of them as hazardous waste, which requires transporting them to an off-site haz waste facility or simply discharge them to on-site sewering systems. Here is what to look for in ecofriendly metalworking fluids.

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Auto stamper gets two coil feed lines for the size of one

February 23, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

The Adient Co., automotive seating, stamping, and assembly plant in Athens, TN was struggling with material damage and accuracy feeding thin material handling on its current compact feed system. It resolved the problems by installing two compact Dallas LoopSelect SpaceSaver™ dual loop/feed systems that allow it to run very thin materials in the front loop, and then switch to a back loop for thick materials.

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Advancements in furnace design improve hot stamping

February 16, 2017 | By Borek Dvorak, Jad Tawk

New roller furnaces for hot stamping have been designed using finite element method (FEM) analysis for numerical simulations of heating processes and heating power distribution. The advanced designs focus on optimal heating, modern roller drives, a new approach to the furnace’s input and output without movable parts, and other items with respect to the optimal technological and technical aspects to enhance the ability to perform nonuniform (Taylor) tempering and hardening.

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How do you measure your shop’s performance?

February 16, 2017 | By Bill Frahm

The use of operational effectiveness and efficiency (OEE) measurements is a good way to get a feel for how a manufacturing operation is performing, but further work needs to be done if a shop really wants to fix what ails it.

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Management in the metal fabrication industry

February 9, 2017 | By Aaron Continelli

Just as shop floor workers require special skills, shop managers do so as well. Here is an overview of management duties and what employers in the metal fabrication industry are looking for in managers.

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Technology Spotlight: Reading the laser cutting beam—there’s an app for that

February 1, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Precitec’s cutting head senses trouble in real time, and communicates via Bluetooth directly to an operator’s phone or tablet.

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Following the roll forming road map

February 1, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Many people call roll forming a black art, but David Rostocil isn’t one of them. If an operator is given the print, follows documented operating procedures, and maintains good records—and has consistent material thickness and properties to work with—the process becomes a science, one that over time can be tweaked and perfected.

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