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R&D Update: Controlling material flow in drawing operations

June 17, 2016

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The researchers at The Ohio State University's Center for Precision forming perform research on controlling material flow in drawing operation using CNC hydraulic cushions to help improve drawability.

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Reading progressive die strip — Part II

June 16, 2016

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Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part article about reading progressive-die strips. Part I, which appeared in the May issue, covered the causes of pilot hole distortion and mismatched cuts. Hard marks, otherwise known as coin marks, occur when metal is severely squeezed between two...

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Die Science: Developing forming dies - Part III

June 16, 2016

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Editor's Note: This is third installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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Die Science: Developing forming dies - Part II

June 16, 2016

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Editor's Note: This is first installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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Die Science: Solving punch breakage problems - Part III

June 16, 2016

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Numerous factors contribute to the premature failure of piercing and cutting punches. In addition to problems with the punches, such as tool steel or problems caused by EDM and grinding, the press can cause problems through deflection, and bridge strippers also can cause punch breakage.

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Die Science: Designing dies 2-D or 3-D?

June 16, 2016

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Both 2-D and 3-D die design packages have advantages and disadvantages, which are discussed here, but true success lies in the designer's ability, not the software's.

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Customizing your GMAW gun for the job

June 15, 2016

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Being as comfortable as possible on the job is important for mind, body, and productivity. Customizing your GMAW gun for the application can improve your personal comfort and weld quality.

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A metal fabricator you can’t pigeonhole

June 15, 2016

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IMS Engineered Products’ revenue has increased by 45 percent during the past five years. How? The fabricator is part of a larger organization, IMS Companies, with diverse revenue streams coming from gear manufacturing, stamping, electrical harness assembly, and more. But IMS’s story of growth really boils down to a straightforward strategy: quick response.

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Lean, large, and keeping pace

June 15, 2016

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Ironform Corp. formed in 2013 after Wynnchurch Capital purchased two large metal fabricators. But Ironform’s story is more about scaling up metal fabrication through acquisition. It’s about adapting the principles of lean manufacturing to custom metal fabrication—on a large scale.

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Scaling up metal fabrication: In support of the front line

June 15, 2016

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General Sheet Metal Works has experienced double-digit growth in recent years. For a $70 million operation, that’s saying something. And yet, the company has few growing pains to speak of—thanks to a new business structure that has made scaling up much easier.

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Steel prices look to be creeping up in the near term

June 14, 2016

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The U.S. has placed duties on several types of steel imports, and the domestic steel companies have idled plants. That means supply sources are slowly tightening. Increased demand by the domestic industrial base could push steel prices higher.

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How equipment can help relieve the skilled-worker shortage

June 9, 2016

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If you need more workers and you’re having a difficult time finding them, perhaps you should explore equipment options that can mitigate the need for more help. For example, some welding tables can eliminate the need for extra hands.

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Die Science: Fundamentals of drawing

June 8, 2016

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Columnist Art Hedrick goes back to basics about drawing, offering a comparison of drawing and casting, an explanation of flow and control.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Five essential stamping rules for component designers

June 7, 2016

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Over the years I have received many requests from readers asking for suggestions and advice for particularly challenging stamping applications. Some of the issues can be addressed through creative tool design; some can’t. Some stampings by design make it virtually impossible to satisfy all the...

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Engaging people on the shop floor: Turn underutilized employees loose

June 3, 2016

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Keeping all employees engaged all the time isn’t easy, but the benefits are substantial. Ultimately, such engagement unleashes employee talent.

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