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Air-assisted forming of aluminum alloy for automotive components

August 9, 2005

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Reducing weight while maintaining or improving functional requirements is one of the major goals of automotive design and manufacturing, as it decreases fuel consumption and improves structural design. As a result of these considerations, the use of aluminum alloys in car manufacturing continues to increase, not only in body panels but also in structural, power train, and suspension components.

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Getting your mojo back

August 9, 2005

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Organizations can be only as energized and focused as their leaders. This article discusses how leaders can replenish their own waning energy levels and refocus.

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Oversized V dies: the effects on bottom bending

August 9, 2005

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Using oversized V dies in bottom bending can damage press brakes and tooling, but used properly, these dies can help compensate for springback.

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Judging the quick and the die

August 9, 2005

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Overseas competition, high material costs, just-in-time schedules, demanding quality requirements, stringent safety standards, and industry consolidation are the forces driving trends in the quick die change industry, industry experts say. These forces have intensified the need for quick-die-change equipment and processes, as well as for larger quick die change equipment, equipment that will not damage sensors, and more efficient die storage that can be integrated with quick die change equipment.

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Recreational tube cutting

August 9, 2005

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In the 1990s, Polaris Industries Inc. realized it needed to rethink the way tube fabricating was done at its Osceola, Wis., facility. Laser tube cutting proved to be the answer.

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Boiled over by laser's performance

August 9, 2005

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Kvaerner Power Inc.'s Fairmont, W.V., metal fabricating operation needed new market opportunities and someone to take over plasma cutting chores after its business partner went out of business. They found a Pennsylvania job shop to help with metal cutting and eventually learned that a 3-D laser could help them bring their outsourced jobs back in-house and that the laser could lead to new business.

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Punch Tooling, aka ...

August 9, 2005

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New types of punch press tooling make it possible to perform many secondary fabricating operations on the turret press as well as standard punching—in some cases eliminating additional equipment and part handling, and reducing machine downtime. Not only are new part features possible on the turret press using these new tools, the reduced costs fabricators may achieve by using these tools to may make the tools a variable in DFM.

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The science of steel

August 9, 2005

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The spray form process is a new manufacturing technique that offers high alloyed tool steel with uniform carbide size and uniform carbide distribution. With less processing steps than P/M and properties better than ingot cast tool steel, SF is an option that offers nearly P/M performance with a cost closer to ingot casting.

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Get the most out of your press:

August 9, 2005

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All presses go up and down, but that's where the similarity among them ends. When its time to review your pressroom and research a new press, consider your manufacturing needs, the parts the press will run, all ancillary equipment, raw materials, and the dies that will be making the parts.

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Whirlpool submits formal proposal to acquire Maytag

August 8, 2005

Whirlpool Corp. announced today that it has submitted a binding offer to acquire Maytag Corp. for $20 per Maytag share. The total value of the offer represents a 43 percent premium over the price...

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Tower Automotive appoints vice president, general counsel

August 5, 2005

Tower Automotive Inc. has appointed David M. DiRita as senior vice president and general counsel, a newly created position for the company, reporting to Kathleen Ligocki, president and CEO.According...

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Timken Co. elects board chairman, names president - steel

August 5, 2005

The Timken Company announced today that its board of directors has named Ward J. "Tim" Timken, Jr. chairman, effective August 15. The appointment follows the July 29 United States Senate confirmation...

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July job growth strong, but not in manufacturing

August 5, 2005

Nonfarm employment grew by 207,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Over the month,...

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U.S. Steel announces management changes

August 5, 2005

United States Steel Corp. today announced two key management changes, effective August 1. Sharon K. Kelley has been named plant manager of the Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind., and William J. Kelly has...

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U.S. steel consumption, prices to fall; aluminum to rise

August 4, 2005

Decreased demand and higher imports will lead to lower overall spot steel prices in 2005 compared with 2004, said Standard & Poor's in its semi-annual survey on the industrial metals industry,...

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