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AIDA-America marks milestones in technology developments

June 16, 2008

Press manufacturer AIDA invests five percent of its annual revenue into research and development. This allows the company to provide continuous improvement initiatives to produce new designs and technologies capable of solving customer problems. Over the last decade, the company has launched nine...

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Presses meet industry requirements for parts production from high-strength materials

June 16, 2008

AIDA's single-press transfer systems and press-to-press transfer lines are designed to provide total solutions for stampers with requirements to produce parts from high strength steel. Use of automation with these transfer systems, including the company's gap transfer lines, can also reduce...

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AIDA names president, managing director of its Western Hemisphere operations

June 16, 2008

AIDA has named Troy Roberts as president and managing director of the Western Hemisphere portion of its global organization. The core of the press builder's custom products group, AIDA Engineering Ltd., AIDA-Europe, and AIDA-America Corp., primarily support the automotive industry. Roberts'...

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AIDA unveils new Web site

June 16, 2008

AIDA, a mechanical stamping press manufacturer, has unveiled a new website www.aida-america.comdesigned to give stampers a comprehensive resource for metal forming. Streamlined navigation allows visitors to easily access and look at the press builder's product line that process 30 to 4,000 tons, 15...

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Guild Intl. marks 50-year anniversary

May 15, 2008

Guild Intl., Bedford, Ohio, has announced that this year marks the 50th anniversary of its founding.In 1958 Donald Wheeler—father of the company's current president, Michael Wheeler—began what then was known as Guild Metal Equipment Co., a manufacturer of shear welding machines for the...

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Pacific Press Technologies announces staff appointments

May 15, 2008

Pacific Press Technologies (PPT), Mt. Carmel, Ill., a manufacturer of metal forming equipment, recently appointed Steve Schurman as director of sales and marketing and promoted Dan Peach to PEP (Productivity Enhancement Program) sales manager.Schurman returned to Pacific Press after working for...

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Aida Stamping Press

Driven to integrate

May 13, 2008 | By Michael Bishop

Changes come often in the steel industry--a business that sticks around long enough might eventually bear little resemblance to the version established at its inception. This is the case for Parkview Metal Products, Lake Zurich, Ill. The company opened in 1950 as a tool and die shop in Chicago, later moving and shifting its focus to automotive, electronic, and grill components. The company believes its culture is changing for the better and plans to continue developing its 5S initiatives, increasing its on-time delivery, and reducing its scrap rate.

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Quick die change components

How to implement quick die change

May 13, 2008 | By Mark Scanlan

Know you need to implement quick die change in your shop, but don't know how? Start here.

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Press window transfer system

Retrofitting a prog-die press for transfer operations

May 13, 2008 | By Paul Stirrett

Converting a current press to a transfer press requires altering the press, transfer dies, and the transfer system. Some presses are suitable for conversion, some are not. With a proper transfer retrofit, an old press can become a fully programmable state-of-the-art transfer press.

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Rollout shelves store dies, fixtures, molds

May 13, 2008

Proper Storage Systems Inc. offers powered, full-extension rollout shelves for storing dies, fixtures, and molds.The shelves have capacities up to 20 tons each. The top of the unit has up to a 50-ton capacity. Shelf sizes are up to 250 in. wide by 96 in. deep. Units can be designed to customer...

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Pneumatic stock cutter features extended blade life

May 13, 2008

A pneumatic stock cutter from P/A Industries features a new design that maintains close tolerances between parts. According to the company, this helps extend the life of the cutting blades up to five times longer than competitive models. In most cases, blades go for years before sharpening is...

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Sheet metal nibbler cuts 0.197-in. steel in all four directions

May 13, 2008

TRUMPF Inc. has introduced the N500-8 nibbler, which cuts in all four cutting directions. According to the company, it is the only nibbler able to do so in the performance class that cuts steel sheets up to 0.197 in. thick.The company's modifications to the die carrier holder allow the nibbler to...

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Pneumatic presses accommodate 3 to 210 tons

May 13, 2008

AIRAM® Press Co. Ltd. offers standard and custom-engineered pneumatic presses with capacities from 3 to 210 tons. The presses are suitable for general stamping, piercing, blanking, forming, cutoff, coining, embossing, laminating, and assembly-type operations.The presses feature fully adjustable...

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Patented process creates blanks from steel and aluminum

May 13, 2008

Kendor Steel Rule Die offers a patented process for flat, configured metal blanking. It combines low-volume blanking, CNC laser-cut tooling, and automation. Designed, fabricated, operated, and maintained in-house, the tooling holds tolerances to &#plusmn; 0.015 in. and is guaranteed to last the...

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Progressive die strips

Die Science: Reading progressive die strips — Part I

May 1, 2008 | By Art Hedrick

Looking at the results of a process—in this case, the strip produced in the die—certainly can lead to good data indicating the root cause of a problem. Distorted, elongated pilot holes, mismatched cuts are common defects. Distorted pilot holes can be the result of a poor carrier design. An improperly set up feed release can cause misfeeds, pilot hole elongation, and bent, broken, or galled pilots, as well as poor part location and gauging.

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