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Powering up with a punch

July 11, 2006

When Generac Power Systems, a generator manufacturer, went looking for ways to increase the useful life of its punching tooling, it tried several strategies before it settled on the Optima® coating provided by Wilson Tool International® Inc. When Wilson later introduced UltimaT, a tool steel, Generac tried it also. Generac eventually converted all of its punch tooling to the new tool steel and coating.

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Automating bending, forming operations

July 11, 2006

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Bending and folding of sheet metal components can be approached manually or with automation. The volume—high, medium, or low&—determines the approach.

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Roll forming using spring-loaded top rolls

July 11, 2006

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For certain sheet metal applications, roll forming with spring-loaded top rolls is a practical production method. This article explains the process, describes various machine configurations, and outlines the criteria for suitable applications. It also discusses product requirements that are incompatible with this process.

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Tube and pipe bending trends

July 11, 2006

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Interviews with several tube-bending equipment-makers reveal that tube bending is becoming more complex every day, for a number of reasons. Manufacturers try to decrease material usage and go to stronger, difficult-to-bend materials with thinner walls; many manufactured items are smaller than ever before; and bends have to be smoother, especially in exhaust systems. Meanwhile, fabricators are split into two camps: High-volume OEM that are increasingly dependent on advanced controls and flexible workcells, and job shops that still get by on less sophisticated, manually operated equipment.

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Lean implementation failures

July 11, 2006

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The most important parts of lean implementation are preparation—especially an objective assessment and development of the business and technical cases for lean—leadership that can get things done, appropriate training, resolution of people issues, and well-designed deployment methods.

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21st century stamping material specifications

July 11, 2006

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Advanced technology in the metal stamping industry has rendered obsolete traditional methods of selecting, specifying, and supplying material. Using modern technology to quantify materials can reduce the occurrence of material variation exceeding the die and process capabilities and make die development a much more efficient process.

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Baled out

July 11, 2006

With growth coming fast and future expansions likely, this Tier 1 auto supplier replaced its capacity-limited scrap baling system with an autoloading conveyor system to maximize ROI and productivity.

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The Midwest automotive exodus—fact or myth?

July 11, 2006

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While the Midwest has not lagged as far behind in international investment as many believe, the financial struggles of the Big Three have been a substantial economic burden for the region over the last three decades.

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GM to proceed with exploratory talks with Renault, Nissan

July 7, 2006

The General Motors Board of Directors today endorsed a recommendation by the company's senior management that it engage in exploratory discussions with Renault and Nissan regarding GM's potential...

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Hypertherm sixth among SHRM's top 25 Best Medium Companies

July 6, 2006

Metal cutting equipment manufacturer Hypertherm Inc. has been named sixth among the top 25 Best Medium Companies to Work for in America by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and will be...

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Arcelor shareholders reject Severstal merger

June 30, 2006

Reuters has reported that steelmaker Arcelor's shareholders rejected a merger deal with Russia's Severstal today The action clears the way for an agreed $32 billion takeover by Mittal...

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U.S., Western Europe hot-rolled steel prices up

June 28, 2006

SteelBenchmarker™has reported that the hot-rolled band (HRB) world export price for June 26 was $608 per ton, FOB the port of export, down slightly from the June 12 figure of $610. The HRB price...

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Honda to build manufacturing plant in Indiana

June 28, 2006

Honda today announced plans to build a $550 million automobile plant on a 1,700-acre tract in Decatur County, Indiana, near Greensburg, 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis. The plant will begin mass...

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Graebener Group Technologies appoints president

June 27, 2006

Graebener Group Technologies LLC, Napoleon, Ohio, a joint venture between Automatic Feed Company (AFCo), Graebener Maschinentechnik GmbH and REIKA GmbH, has announced the appointment of Richard A....

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Jury finds welding rod makers not liable

June 27, 2006

The Associated Press has reported that a jury in Cleveland today cleared welding rod makers of any liability for heath problems affecting Ernesto G. Solis, a former civilian worker at a Navy base....

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