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Cutting costs automatically with automated material handling

November 30, 2015

Schletter Inc., a producer of solar mounting systems, invested in an automated sheet metal storage and handling system from Volz-Stopa America Inc. for its Shelby, N.C., manufacturing facility.

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Ask the Expert: How do I calculate press tonnage for swaging?

November 30, 2015

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Q: We are in the process of quoting a new job for the swaging and stamping of copper rod. To do this job, we need to buy a hydraulic press. The goal is to deform copper rods into a flat form on one of the edges. How do we calculate how much press tonnage we need? A: Obviously I would need a...

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Die Science: Training new tool- and diemakers

November 27, 2015

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I must get two or three calls a week from companies needing tool- and diemakers, die maintenance specialists, or die repair specialists. The demand for skilled labor has skyrocketed in the last year or so. Unfortunately, most of the time I can’t help them. The Dwindling Talent Pool...

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Aluminum Workshop: Fine-line lack of fusion and its causes

November 16, 2015

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Q: I recently fabricated a large component from 1-in.-thick 5083 aluminum. The customer required it to be radiographed. His inspector failed one of the radiographs because of a lack of fusion (LOF) discontinuity. I looked at the radiograph and I can’t see any discontinuity. Could the inspector be...

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Arc Welding 101: For the record: Grounding, work leads are not the same

November 16, 2015

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Q: I am writing this in regards to an article you wrote last year about grounding and grounds (“Achieving a good work lead connection,” Practical Welding Today, July/August 2014, p. 58). You mentioned that grounding to a structure should not be used if at all possible. My question is this: If...

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Consumables Corner: Discovering the cause of lack of fusion in PJP joints

November 16, 2015

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Q: We manufacture various products for the agriculture and transportation industries. A majority of our products are made from 6061 and 5652 aluminum and are joined with gas metal arc welding (GMAW-S) using a 5356 filler metal and 100 percent argon shielding gas. Most of the joints are partial...

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Women in manufacturing: One company’s 50-50 workforce

November 11, 2015

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PPI, a diverse manufacturer based in the Southeast, defies national trends. While women make up only 27 percent of the U.S. manufacturing workforce, they make up nearly half of PPI’s workforce. What drew these women to manufacturing, and what makes them stay?

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Making CAD magnets

November 11, 2015

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Does your shop have special punching tooling that it would like to use more? Columnist Gerald Davis demonstrates how to prepare a CAD model of the punching tooling that a customer can download into its own CAD tooling library and possibly incorporate into future jobs that may end up with the job shop.

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A grand unifying theory of press brake bending: Part III

November 11, 2015

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In this installment of the Grand Unifying Theory of bending, press brake guru Steve Benson describes bending calculations for aircraft tooling. He also covers the basics of bottoming

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Interrelated coil processing reduces cost, enhances control

November 11, 2015

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More stampers are using multiple coil processing methods, including feeding, multiblanking/slitting, recoiling, and blanking, on the same line to achieve flexible fabrication. Benefits of doing so include better control and savings.

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Profiles in stamping: John Boughton

November 11, 2015

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When everything hangs on the frame, and you design the frame, everything hangs on you. Profile of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles frame designer John Boughton reveals insights into his 52-year career.

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3-D transfer die simulation eliminates transfer die headaches

November 11, 2015

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Often, transfer dies are designed, built, and installed in a press, and then stamping manufacturers discover that they have crash interference problems. Then diemakers are sent to fix the problems, but the solutions slow down productivity. Running transfer dies through simulation software first can circumvent those problems.

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Manufacturer revives stamping department with overhaul, press rebuild

November 11, 2015

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Quality Industries made a U-turn on its decision to let its stamping department stall and has reignited the department’s restart with a press retrofit, quick die change (QDC) equipment, and a new press.

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The wide world of welding stainless steel

November 11, 2015

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Welding stainless steel is not much different from that required in welding standard carbon steel, with a few exceptions. First, you must exercise more care and control with regard to heating and cooling stainless steel. Second, it’s important to properly match filler metals with the material being welded.

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A chase to the cut

November 10, 2015

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To best evaluate which process is best for you, you must first understand your application and define your needs and limitations, all while accounting for new opportunities and future goals. By doing so, you best match the system capability with your needs, allowing you to take full advantage of the productivity, versatility, and quality benefits that automated cutting has to offer.

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