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A short study on sheet steel specification syntax, Part I

March 7, 2017 | By Daniel J. Schaeffler

Do you know how to order sheet steel? A good rule of thumb is to order as restrictive as you need for manufacturing success, but as general as you can to lower your purchasing costs. Knowing the proper terminology is key.

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Ametek Coining completes A2LA accreditation

March 7, 2017

Ametek Coining, Montvale, N.J., has announced it has completed A2LA accreditation and now offers analytical laboratory and failure analysis services.The company has operated an in-house analytical laboratory for many years, supporting the manufacture of solder and braze preforms, as well as stamped...

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Stärke Material Handling Group establishes charitable initiative

March 7, 2017

Stärke Material Handling Group, Thorold, Ont., in cooperation with its independent dealership network, has launched a new charitable initiative known as Stärke Kids and Communities. The initiative aims to provide support and resources to those in greatest need of assistance, including vulnerable...

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Die Science: Choosing the right blank type for your stamping application

March 7, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

Selecting the proper blank size and profile often is critical to achieving a successful stamping process. Attempting to form a part’s geometry with the incorrect blank size or shape can result in splitting or excessive thinning. The blank shape also affects the consistency of the trim line...

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Die Science: Finding the right method for die shoe guidance

March 7, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

Choosing the proper guidance and heeling method is critical to the success of any stamping operation. Improperly guided and heeled die shoes may result in cutting and forming sections interfacing with the wrong clearances, severe deflection, and die damage. Guide Pin and Bushing BasicsGuide pins,...

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Liberty Experiences COE Integrity

Liberty Experiences COE Integrity

March 7, 2017

By: Coe Press Equipment

Watch this testimonial about COE’s service solution for our Liberty Steel customer involving a retrofit upgrade to an existing straightener head and how it significantly improved equipment performance when processing Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS).  If your coil line operation requires upgrades in order to successfully handle the challenges of processing high tensile materials, contact the COE service experts for an assessment.  We offer affordable mechanical and control upgrade investments that will boost productivity, increase ROI and better serve your customer’s needs.  +1 (586) 979-4400

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Die Science: Under pressure to find the best pressure pad

March 7, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

Pressure pads are critical to the success of a stamping operation. These pressure-loaded plates, either contoured or flat, perform the function of holding, stripping, or controlling metal during cutting or forming. Three Basic TypesAlthough there are many specialty pressure pads, they can be broken...

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Strip/flux combo decreases cladding time on Alloy 625

March 7, 2017

Voestalpine Böhler Welding has introduced a patented strip/flux combination for single-layer cladding of Alloy 625. The UTP Maintenance Soudotape 625/Record EST 625-1 LD cuts down on cladding time and on the use of cladding materials, the company reports. Alloy 625 composition with less than 10...

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Die Science: The time and place for die polishing

March 7, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

As a young apprentice tool- and diemaker, I was taught that when building a forming die for a drawing, stretching, or bending operation, all forming sections had to be polished to a mirror-like surface finish in the direction of metal flow. Not doing so would result in poor material flow, premature...

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Predictive monitoring/analytics system diagnoses pump operating problems

March 6, 2017

The new PumpSense™ sensor-based system from Prophecy Sensorlytics™ provides predictive diagnostics technology to alert pump/blower users to developing problems and prescribe fixes without any need for outside support, expertise, or data analysis. Designed for integration by OEM pump...

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Smithers Quality Assessments receives aerospace accreditation for AS9100:2016

March 6, 2017

Akron, Ohio-based Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA) has received accreditation from ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for AS9100:2016, the quality management standard used in the aerospace industry. SQA has offered AS9100 certifications since 2001.AS9100 is based on the ISO 9001 quality...

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AEC files new scope-clarification request on fake pallets

March 6, 2017

Last week the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., filed a new scope-clarification case against China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. and its extensive network of affiliates, asking the Department of Commerce (DOC) to expand the DOC’s determination last December regarding Zhongwang’s...

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Die Science: 4 causes of poor strip feeding in progressive dies

March 6, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

Most stamping plants have experienced poor strip feeding in a progressive die. Not only can this problem cause great frustration, but it also can lead to die and press damage, poor quality, scrap, safety hazards, and downtime. Four potential causes usually are to blame. 1. Die Alignment The...

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Messer Cutting Systems hires central regional manager

March 6, 2017

Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Messer Cutting Systems, a provider of thermal cutting gantry machines for the metalworking industry, has hired Todd Wellens as central regional manager. Wellens has more than 20 years of experience in the fabricating machine tool marketplace, as well as 10 years of...

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Die Science: Drawing pad basics

March 6, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

The drawing pad, otherwise known as the binder, blank holder, or pressure ring, is one of the most important components of a drawing and stretching operation. Its shape, thickness, deflection, and surface quality are critical features. In addition, the material it’s made from is crucial....

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