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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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Die Science: Choosing between pressure pads and stripper plates

March 6, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

Many problems result from a poorly designed or completely absent pressure pad. In the May/June 2013 issue of STAMPING Journal, I discussed the characteristics of the three kinds of pressure pads. Now it’s time to review the pressure pad styles and see how they compare to stripper plates. Stripper...

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O’Neal Mfg. Services names GM of Iowa Laser facility

March 6, 2017

Birmingham, Ala.-based O’Neal Mfg. Services (OMS) has appointed Matt Moon to general manager of the Iowa Laser division in Cedar Falls, Iowa, a supplier of fabricated metal components and welded assemblies for OEMs. This facility offers sheet and tube CO2 laser cutting, forming, machining, and...

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Die Science: Bridge strippers versus spring strippers

March 6, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

A recent consultation job reminded me of the importance of selecting the best method for stripping cutting punches. It’s not that I haven’t seen similar problems in the past; rather it’s the simple fact that using the wrong type of stripper can result in catastrophic tool failure, as well as...

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Lincoln Electric enters negotiations to acquire Air Liquide Welding

March 6, 2017

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding and entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire Air Liquide’s subsidiary, Air Liquide Welding.The proposed acquisition is subject to a definitive agreement between the parties and customary conditions and...

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Metal powder group announces website launch

March 6, 2017

The Metal Powder Industries Federation's (MPIF) Industry Development Board (IDB), Princeton, N.J., has completed a redesign of the www.pickpm.com website.The new website offers design-specification information and numerous application case studies covering eight powder metallurgy (PM) market...

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Personalization options added to protective eyewear

March 6, 2017

3M™ Personal Safety Division has introduced the SecureFit™ protective eyewear 600 series. Features include Scotchgard™ antifog coating, an antiscratch coating, photochromic lenses that darken when exposed to UV light outdoors and lighten again indoors, polarized lenses to reduce reflective...

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Taking charge of taking inventory

March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Taking inventory of any sort of item is a monotonous task that kills productivity and saps morale, and tube and pipe are especially challenging. Scott Ross learned a thing or two about inventory control at one of the most inventory-intensive companies in the world, Amazon, and has brought some of his knowledge and experience to the tube and pipe industry through his company, Invictus Inventory.

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Tracing the evolution of bending knowledge, bending machines, bender tooling

March 6, 2017 | By Mike Thomas

Tube bending has advanced remarkably over the last 30 years or so, both in the technology available and forming knowledge. Few industries have done as much to innovate as aircraft, and other industries have benefited, especially automotive.

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