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Understanding steelmaking for better forming ... - TheFabricator

Understanding steelmaking for better forming ...

June 30, 2010 | By Daniel J. Schaeffler

Challenges faced by stampers in the quest to produce a robust part are magnified when they form high strength steels. As materials increase in strength, the inherent tensile property variability increases. Using products from the family of grades known as the advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) complicate matters even more, since what is supplied from one mill may not be produced in the same way as that from another mill. Understanding how steel is made sets the stage for a more profitable relationship between the steel supplier and the steel consumer. The certified steel properties that come with the coil are useful, but more information about the sheet metal increases the likelihood of success.

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Challenges, solutions for forming HSLA steel - TheFabricator

Challenges, solutions for forming HSLA steel

June 30, 2010 | By Bob Southwell

To meet the challenges posed by forming HSLA for today's automotive weight-to-strength ratio such a high snap-through and springback, stampers can take advantage of press and tooling features to help. These include using a hydraulic or servo-driven press to perform dwell under load; higher draw pad pressure; higher energy; installing an oversized flywheel and motor combination; increasing draw radius in the part design; separating forms into additional die stations.

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Metal fabricators are true knowledge workers

June 28, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Last week DeWys Mfg., a metal fabricator based in west Michigan, launched a new Web site, and the content of that Web site is worth noting. The contract fabricator is touting its “circle of companies” concept, which is another way to describe the fact that DeWys is a one-stop shop for metal...

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Tooling and Manufacturing Association to host Marketing Day

June 28, 2010

The Tooling and Manufacturing Association is hosting its annual Marketing Day Friday, July 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill. The event, which is open to the public, will feature speakers from Manufacturers Agents National Association (MANA), Sandler/Selloquent, and...

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LJT Tennessee to add jobs

June 28, 2010

Steel processor LJT Tennessee/Steel Warehouse is adding 84 jobs as it undertakes an $11 million expansion at its Centre South River-port site in Chattanooga, Tenn. Most of the hiring will be done in the next 18 months. The company is diversifying its business by going into galvanized tubing and...

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Marmon/Keystone Canada creates stainless division

June 28, 2010

Marmon/Keystone Canada Inc., Burlington, Ont., has launched Specialty Steels as a separate division of the company to handle all stainless pipe, tube, flanges, fittings, and bar in the province. Marmon/Keystone in Ontario now focuses on carbon products only. "Establishing Specialty Steels as...

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MC Machinery Systems offers new press brake line

June 28, 2010

MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has announced that it now offers the Dener line of press brakes. Machines in the line have capacities from 40 to 2,000 tons. The Smart machine is an entry-level, three-axis CNC unit with an optional fourth axis. Proportional valve control synchronizes...

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Modular fixturing for welding can be assembled quickly - TheFabricator

Modular fixturing for welding can be assembled quickly

June 28, 2010

Bluco's modular fixturing system for welding features 3-D tables and a family of modular elements that can be assembled quickly to fixture almost any size and type of part. For large parts, the five-sided welding table allows for extension of the table surface using angles attached to the sides...

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Hydro Aluminum expands extrusion fabrication, machining services at Missouri plant

June 28, 2010

Hydro Aluminum's Extrusion North America unit has invested significant capital and personnel in its Monett, Mo., extrusion facility. This investment is part of the company's long-term strategy to build its portfolio of services for the central region to include second-stage manufacturing processes:...

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Automatic load/unload system for turret punch presses retrofittable

June 28, 2010

LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has introduced the Strippit PA-Series automatic load/unload system, a compact material handling device retrofittable for the company's VX, V, VT, S, and ST-Series CNC turret punch presses. The device provides continuous, uninterrupted processing. It reduces manual...

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FMP Met Lab earns accreditation - TheFabricator

FMP Met Lab earns accreditation

June 28, 2010

FMP Met Lab, a sister company of Ferrous Metal Processing and FerrouSouth in Cleveland, has earned an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certificate of accreditation from the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau. The accreditation ensures that FMP Met Lab has fully documented and appraised systems in place...

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Punch, die grinder designed for in-cell tooling maintenance - TheFabricator

Punch, die grinder designed for in-cell tooling maintenance

June 28, 2010

The Mini punch and die grinder from DCM Tech is a small, vertical spindle rotary table surface grinder. It is designed for in-cell tooling maintenance on turret and punch press cells to sharpen rooftop, shear angle, thick- and thin-turret, progressive, die, and small punch press tooling....

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Compressed air-powered vacuum generators available with different vacuum levels and flow rates

June 28, 2010

Exair's new modular E-Vac® compressed air-powered vacuum generators are suitable for lifting, pick-and-place, clamping, chucking, and surface mounting applications. The vacuum generators provide instantaneous response and are available in many sizes with different vacuum levels and flow rates....

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Biodegradable general-purpose cleaner suitable for applications in and around industrial plants - TheFabricator

Biodegradable general-purpose cleaner suitable for applications in and around industrial plants

June 28, 2010

Wallover Metalworking Fluids has introduced a general-purpose cleaner for applications in and around industrial plants. KLEEN GREEN™ is biodegradable, nontoxic, nonflammable, nonabrasive, and nonhazardous. It has a mild scent and does not release toxic or caustic fumes. The cleaner is...

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Willerding Metal Fabrication adds manager of business development - TheFabricator

Willerding Metal Fabrication adds manager of business development

June 28, 2010

Jim Kloeckener has been added to the team at Willerding Metal Fabrication in O'Fallon, Mo., as business development manager to facilitate the company's growth in the custom metal fabrication market. Kloeckener has more than 20 years of experience in...

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