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Die Basics 101: Part XVII

December 11, 2007 | By Art Hedrick

Part XVI of this series wrapped up the discussion of bending in stamping operations. This article focuses on drawing. What Is Drawing? Drawing is a metal forming process in which a product is made by controlling sheet metal flow into a cavity and over a punch. The process of deep drawing means...

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Tracking system for press controller monitors 24-hour production

December 11, 2007

Cieco Inc. has announced that its Automator II press automation controller now comes standard with a basic production tracking system.The feature enables the controller to monitor the last 24 hours of production occurrences, including press faults that have stopped production. A 24-hour graph shows...

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Press brake clamping components eliminate need for set screws

December 11, 2007

The PowerExpress® die clamp and Express Clamp® die holder from Wilson Tool International® are designed to eliminate the need for set screws in press brakes to speed die changes.The automated hydraulic die clamp provides one-touch clamping for American-style press brakes. After loading...

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Slitting tool system for TRUMPF-style punch presses introduced

December 11, 2007

Mate Precision Tooling has introduced Mate LongLife™, a slitting tool system for TRUMPF-style punch presses. Fully OEM-compatible, the system combines tool steel punch and die inserts with punch and die holders.Punch inserts, manufactured from premium high-speed steel, are designed to provide...

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General Sheet Metal Works expands Tomah, Wis., plant

December 11, 2007

General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind., has increased the size of its Tomah, Wis., plant from 22,500 sq. ft. to 45,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.The company says the additional capacity allows it to gain production efficiencies for current work and accommodate new business. The project...

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Schuler forms alliance with Positech for notching presses

December 11, 2007

Schuler Inc., Canton, Mich., has signed an integrated supply contract with Positech of Lexington, Tenn., for manually operated notching presses.Schuler supplies the mechanical portion of the N8C and N20C manually operated notchers, with Positech integrating its Compuslot controls and servo-drive...

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Bradbury names president

December 11, 2007

The Bradbury Co., Moundridge, Kan., a manufacturer of metal roll forming and processing equipment, has promoted COO David Cox to president.Cox, who joined the company in 1997, also has served as general manager and operations manager. In addition to his responsibilities as president, he continues...

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Dissecting defects

December 11, 2007 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

Dissecting Defects is a three-part series.

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Rolling bolster die changes

Metalforming lessons learned abroad

November 6, 2007 | By Dennis Boerger

After World War II, equipment manufacturing companies in Asia and Europe designed production systems that were more flexible in nature than systems in the U.S., which were designed for high-volume production. Today this trend is hitting U.S. shores, and U.S. stampers are looking overseas for inspiration in finding ways to work more efficiently.

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Lubricant Waste

Reducing lubricant waste

November 6, 2007 | By Richard Brasch

The best strategy for waste reduction is to reduce waste generation. Stampers have several strategies available, such as switching to metalworking fluids formulated for long life and instituting a fluid management and maintenance program.

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Compression deformation diagram

Die Science: Piercing, cutting aluminum sans slivers

November 6, 2007 | By Art Hedrick

Slivers are the result of the aluminum interfacing with the cutting sections or punches. To reduce the production of slivers the severity of friction at the point where the two surfaces interface must be reduced. The general rule for cutting materials is the softer the metal the smaller the cutting clearance.

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Punch tools extend A-dimension forming range

November 6, 2007

The A PLUS™ series line of TRUMPF-style special tools from Wilson Tool International® is designed to extend the range of forming in the A-dimension, allowing longer and larger forms. The tools include louvers, card guides, electrical knockouts, and lance and forms.The louver tool, which...

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Rigid chain pushes, pulls heavy dies, bolsters during changeover

November 6, 2007

Serapid's rigid chain locks together, forming a steel rod capable of pushing and pulling heavy dies and bolsters during changeover. The chain's speed and ability to position dies accurately helps reduce downtime and improve press productivity, reports the company.The chain, which can jump gaps,...

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Quick-change cylinder lock uses internal sensor to determine locked/unlocked status

November 6, 2007

Tooling Technology in Fort Loramie, Ohio has added a new product to its line of Segen quick-change cylinder locks for tooling and mold changes.Used as an alternative to traditional nuts and bolts to locate and lock tools, jigs, and fixtures in place without requiring tools, the enhanced version of...

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Red Bud Industries announces new building expansion

November 6, 2007

Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Ill., a manufacturer of coil processing equipment, recently announced an expansion that will double its manufacturing facility to more than 200,000 sq. ft. The expansion will feature four 40-ft.-tall bays with crane capacities up to 80 tons. The bays provide the...

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