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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part IV

October 27, 2009

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Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick explains common cutting operations used in stamping: trimming, piercing, blanking, notching, shearing, lancing, and pinch trimming. Find out how they work and which applications are appropriate for each.

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Survey shows improving business conditions—pickup in hiring, capital spending—over next six months

October 26, 2009

The October 26, 2009, National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Industry Survey report, based on responses of 78 NABE members to a survey conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 12, 2009 about...

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Federal Reserve survey sees housing, manufacturing improving

October 21, 2009

A Federal Reserve Beige Book survey released today found that housing and manufacturing are driving the early stages of the economic recovery.According to the survey, "many sectors" have either...

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Resistance welding system enhanced with electrically operated linear servo actuators for improved weld pressure control

October 20, 2009

T.J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., now offers a resistance welding system with electrically operated linear servo actuators designed to eliminate problems associated with pneumatic systems.The...

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Otis wins contract for Seoul development

October 20, 2009

Farmington, Conn.-based Otis Elevator Co. has been awarded a contract from AIG Korean Real Estate Development YH to provide 125 elevators, escalators, and moving walkways for Internationa Finance...

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Metal forming companies expect leveling in business conditions, incoming orders during fourth quarter

October 19, 2009

According to the October 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a leveling in business conditions and incoming orders during the final...

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Mound Technologies wins $1.5 million contract from Army National Guard

October 15, 2009

Heartland Inc., a diversified company with businesses in steel warehousing and fabrication and petroleum retail and wholesale operations, today announced that Mound Technologies, Springboro, Ohio, its...

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Workholding system's captured screw, dowel assemblies allow quick installation

October 13, 2009

Stevens Eng. Inc. and Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. have introduced the Unilock starter kit workholding system. The kit allows users to plug the components immediately into their production cell...

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Flashback arrester designed for medium gas consumption requirements

October 13, 2009

Witt-Gastechnik offers 85-20, a flashback arrester for medium gas consumption requirements in gas welding, cutting, and burning applications. It delivers up to 1,589 SCFH for acetylene and other...

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ERP software enhanced with human resource and sales order RMA modules

October 13, 2009

MIE Solutions has released version 10.4 of its MIE Trak production control and job tracking software for the manufacturing industry. The new release includes a human resources module and a new quality...

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Software facilitates process plan cost-optimization

October 13, 2009

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has developed a new software module that enables the rapid and transparent definition of cost-optimized process plans.AutoFormplusR1 users can rapidly evaluate different process...

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Door interlock allows exit even when door is locked

October 13, 2009

Fortress Interlocks' DM-I door interlock features an internal release mechanism that allows exit from a dangerous area, even when the door is locked.The unit is mounted on the outside of the guard,...

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Monitoring system reduces laser cutting lens deterioration

October 13, 2009

Bystronic has incorporated a cutting lens sensor (CLS) detection system on machines equipped with Bylaser 4,400- to 6,000-W laser sources.The design of the monitoring system incorporates optical photo...

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Quick-change cylinder lock reduces changeover times on large tools, fixtures, molds, and dies

October 13, 2009

Tooling Technology has added a new product to its line of Segen pneumatic quick-change cylinder locks.The new PD500 Mega Cylinder helps decrease changeover times on large tools, fixtures, molds, and...

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Motoman partners with Agile Planet

October 13, 2009

Motoman Inc., an industrial robot manufacturer in Dayton, Ohio, and robotics software developer Agile Planet Inc. have entered into a technology partnership that integrates a customized version of...

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