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Total transfer knowledge

October 11, 2005 | By Dennis Boerger

Transfer systems can deliver flexibility to perform a variety of tasks for current requirements, yet deliver the capability to carry the company at a competitive level over the long haul.

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Pairing the right hydraulic press with your application

October 11, 2005 | By Jay Douglas Hartzell

Choosing the right hydraulic press for your application is crucial. Identifying the right press capability up front can eliminate additional costs and startup delays. Four primary hydraulic press return capabilities are return on position, return on pressure, return on pressure with dwell capability, or combinations of the three. Shown is a press with return on pressure capabilities.

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A focus on slitting lines

September 13, 2005 | By Ken Shoop

As manufacturing has moved overseas, the U.S. slitting market has become saddled with overcapacity. Coil processors can improve efficiencies by upgrading the equipment they use in the following areas: coil storage, changeovers in coil and slitting tooling; scrap handling; and tensioning.

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Pressing through power failures:

September 13, 2005 | By John Meyer

When BMW Dingolfing (Germany) decided to modernize one of its transfer presses, the desired benefits included increased line availability, increased production through the use of an electronic transfer system, and reduced maintenance. However, one of its highest priorities was to minimize or eliminate the risk of production loss caused by interruptions to the power supply.

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Taking a look at automated spray control:

September 13, 2005 | By William J. Kohley

Spray systems often are regarded as simple on-off valve and regulation systems. In reality, though, spray nozzles are precision components designed to yield very specific performance under specific process conditions. Just because nozzles are spraying doesn't mean that they are spraying precisely, and precision spray performance makes a difference in throughput, quality, and bottom-line profits

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AHSS Tooling Requires Greater Protection

September 13, 2005 | By Brad Jeffery

Tools are subject to extreme wear during AHSS forming. Using the right lubricant can help increase tool life.

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Get the most out of your press:

August 9, 2005 | By Dean S Phillips

All presses go up and down, but that's where the similarity among them ends. When its time to review your pressroom and research a new press, consider your manufacturing needs, the parts the press will run, all ancillary equipment, raw materials, and the dies that will be making the parts.

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Judging the quick and the die

August 9, 2005 | By Kate Bachman

Overseas competition, high material costs, just-in-time schedules, demanding quality requirements, stringent safety standards, and industry consolidation are the forces driving trends in the quick die change industry, industry experts say. These forces have intensified the need for quick-die-change equipment and processes, as well as for larger quick die change equipment, equipment that will not damage sensors, and more efficient die storage that can be integrated with quick die change equipment.

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R&D Update: Air-assisted forming of aluminum alloy for automotive components

August 9, 2005 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

Reducing weight while maintaining or improving functional requirements is one of the major goals of automotive design and manufacturing, as it decreases fuel consumption and improves structural design. As a result of these considerations, the use of aluminum alloys in car manufacturing continues to increase, not only in body panels but also in structural, power train, and suspension components.

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Die Basics 101: Part III

August 9, 2005 | By Art Hedrick

Many factors come into play when choosing a production method for stamping. This article discusses and explains the advantages and disadvantages of line dies, transfer dies, and progressive dies. This article is one of a 16-part series on the fundamentals of stamping. Descriptions of all the articles in this series, and links to them, can be found at the end of this article.

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Retrofitting a press for quick die change

July 12, 2005 | By Ron Demonet

Reducing die changeover times is mandatory to become a world-class stamping operation. The most practical way to accomplish it is through careful evaluation of pressroom needs, and the implementation of cost-effective die change equipment and procedures. In today's manufacturing environment, lean budgets are a way of life, which makes retrofitting die change equipment a cost-effective approach.

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Beyond Tool and Die

July 12, 2005 | By Dan Davis

BTD made its first investments in tube fabricating equipment, including a BLM-Adige 803D tube laser cutting system, in 2003. Now tube fabricating accounts for roughly 15 percent of its total business. The story is short, but not so sweet. Paul Gintner, CEO of Detroit Lakes,...

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Draw cushions for mechanical presses

July 12, 2005 | By Andreas Lauke

The use of a draw cushion in the lead-off press of a press line is recommended for the production of high-quality parts to guarantee constant quality through reproducible production parameters.

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Die lubrication: the big picture

June 14, 2005 | By Steven Rainwater

When considering a die lubrication method, you should be sure to evaluate its effect on your entire operation. While most of us focus on how lubrication affects just the manufacture of parts, a close look reveals that it affects many other aspects of running a plant. However, many of them are not obvious.

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Reoiling technologies for stampers:

June 14, 2005 | By Douglas Goetz

The stamping environment has been host to numerous attempts at process improvements over the past few years—some very successful, others discarded as unappealing lessons learned.

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