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Die Science: Diemaker or dieologist?

February 28, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

If you have ever attended one of my technical seminars, you know that I often use the word dieologist. Don’t waste any time trying to find it on the Internet, because you probably won’t. It’s a word that I made up and frequently use to define a diemaker who uses his or her knowledge of sheet...

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Die Science: The basics of servo-drive presses

February 28, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

As materials change and the competition gets tougher, metal stampers must invest in technology that helps them to remain competitive. In stamping, efficiency is everything. Stampers must produce higher-quality parts in shorter cycle times using materials that often have poor formability. This is an...

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Simulation software takes stamping from feasibility to validation

February 27, 2017

ESI Group has released PAM-STAMP 2017 simulation software for sheet metal forming. The program covers cold, warm, and hot forming processes and most special processes for all types of metallic materials. It offers management of progressive, transfer, and line dies, as well as tool surface design....

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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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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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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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BGL announces sale of Midland Stamping & Fabricating

February 2, 2017

Cleveland-based investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. has announced the sale of Midland Stamping & Fabricating, a Schiller Park, Ill.-based subsidiary of Advanced Alloy Processing and portfolio company of Peak Rock Capital, to Speyside Equity.Midland is a provider of metal stamping and...

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Coe Press offers weekend controls retrofit services

February 1, 2017

Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced that its Technical Services Team can retrofit the Coe HPR (High Power Retrofit) controls package over a weekend to help customers enhance coil processing line performance. The compact controls system, which offers a single point of entry...

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Software provides validation for progressive dies, hot forming

February 1, 2017

AutoForm Eng. has unveiled its latest software version AutoFormplus R7 for process simulation. According to the company, the software offers flexibility and efficiency in process setup and final validation for all forming processes in general and, in particular, for progressive dies and hot...

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Machine Concepts extends sales and services to Mexico

February 1, 2017

Machine Concepts Inc., a Minster, Ohio-based builder of metal processing equipment, has announced it has joined with Piecsa, a regional customer sales and service center in Monterrey, Mexico, to expand and provide service to customers in the metal forming industry in Mexico and south Texas. This...

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Athader S.L. to provide two slitting lines to Nova Steel

January 27, 2017

Athader S.L., based in Renteria, Gipuzkoa, Spain, a company within The Bradbury Group, has announced it will install two ultrahigh-strength slitting lines that handle coils weighing up to 80,000 lbs. at Nova Steel.A line with a slitting capability of 0.375 by 74 in. will be installed at the...

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ETCO Inc. celebrates 70 years of manufacturing

January 26, 2017

ETCO Inc. is marking 70 years in business as a manufacturer of custom precision stampings. The company has manufactured these products in Rhode Island since its inception in 1947 and at its automotive headquarters in Bradenton, Fla., since 1978. The firm was founded as the Electric Terminal Corp....

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Metal spinning machines designed for Industry 4.0

January 26, 2017

Denn has introduced the NTR line of CNC metal spinning machines. According to the manufacturer, the series is designed under the terms of Industry 4.0, which encompasses a number of contemporary automation, data exchange, and manufacturing technologies. The user connects the machine to the...

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