Kate Bachman

Kate Bachman


FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

Bending | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Ensuring quality bent parts—from sheet to ship

February 24, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

Weaver Fabrication & Finishing gauges its bent parts' quality before they're even formed--from ensuring that its material is to spec to measuring that the dimensions, thickness, stiffness, and edge quality of the parts it bends on its new press brake machine are to its customers' specs. Here is how the manufacturer does it.

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Materials Handling | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Safe-to-sewer solutions simplify disposal

February 23, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

he type of cleaning solutions and lubricants a stamping manufacturer uses during and after forming determines whether it must dispose of them as hazardous waste, which requires transporting them to an off-site haz waste facility or simply discharge them to on-site sewering systems. Here is what to look for in ecofriendly metalworking fluids.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Auto stamper gets two coil feed lines for the size of one

February 23, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

The Adient Co., automotive seating, stamping, and assembly plant in Athens, TN was struggling with material damage and accuracy feeding thin material handling on its current compact feed system. It resolved the problems by installing two compact Dallas LoopSelect SpaceSaver™ dual loop/feed systems that allow it to run very thin materials in the front loop, and then switch to a back loop for thick materials.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Colorado stamping manufacturer’s solar array sees 5-year ROI

December 15, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Colorado stamping manufacturer Qualtek Manufacturing installed a solar array on its warehouse and office with a wind power purchase agreement, and replaced inefficient heat treatment furnaces.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

57-year veteran tool- and diemaker “started somewhere”

November 18, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Of all of the roles 57-year veteran tool- and diemaker Paul Rettberg has had, the one he has enjoyed the most is the one he fills currently … as a teacher.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Xtreme MRO keeps heavyweight stamper on track (video enhanced)

November 18, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

If an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure, what is it worth when you’re stamping thousands of tons? To Rockford Toolcraft, it’s priceless. The $100 million annual sales stamping manufacturer specializes in stamping heavy-gauge material up to ¾ inch thick. Its maintenance, repair, overhaul program must be topnotch to keep operations moving. The millwrights and electricians who maintain, repair, and overhaul the 60 massive, high-tonnage mechanical presses are highly skilled, very experienced, and ready at a moment’s notice to get the presses back on track ASAP. Here’s how the company keeps its fleet of presses humming.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Servo press trends

September 21, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Vehicular weight reductions that automakers have made largely have been attributed to the use of advanced high-strength (AHS) materials—and the stamping manufacturers forming them. Stampers have muscled the Olympian feat via many approaches, including using servo-driven mechanical presses. Servo presses have evolved and moved from the fringe into the mainstream. Four servo press manufacturers weigh in on how servo press technology has advanced to spot stampers in helping them meet the challenges inherent in forming superstrong metals with low formability and high work hardening.

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Automation and Robotics | Articles | STAMPING Journal

High-tech stamping in Amish country

September 21, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

The SUPERB™ factory in Sugarcreek, Ohio performs surprisingly high-tech operations in a traditional village in Amish country, including stamping components for next-generation power grid storage units for Alevo. To meet the demand to stamp and assemble 100 million battery components, the manufacturer installed automated assembly equipment.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Stamper powers up to do the heavy lifting

July 12, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Stamping manufacturer StampSource brought in more than $3 million worth of work—a 25 percent revenue increase—with a capital investment of two heavy-duty feeders and three high-tonnage presses. It was the largest expansion in the company’s 66-year history.

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Metals/Materials | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Manufacturer uses servo press to hasten safety part production safely

May 25, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Ultraform Industries sought ways to increase output of the safety seat belt and air bag assemblies the company manufactures, but speed could not come at the expense of quality. The company installed a servo press to slow the stroke before the draw, perform restrikes.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Lockset manufacturer gets handle on scrap to boost productivity

May 25, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

When you stamp 2.2 million pieces a day in the manufacture of lockset and doorset assemblies— 550 million stampings a year—smooth, speedy operation is your goal and bottlenecks and obstructions to productivity are your targets. Kwikset developed a unique way to handle scrap that removed a bottleneck and increased output.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

What’s sizzling in hot stamping?

March 28, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

This multisource article touches hot stamping's growth and new technologies and approaches to its further development, including pressure controlled hardening, hot forming of aluminum and magnesium, the option of using a servo-mechanical press that has been modified for hot forming as well as a hydraulic press, and secondary processing performed in-die to avoid having to use a laser cutting machine for trimming.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Tools for troubleshooting

March 17, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Trial and error is a difficult, time-consuming, and costly way to try out new parts or find the sources of problems in a stamping operation. Vision systems, “action” cameras, die design simulation, and spectroscopic metallurgy analyzers for material analysis can help stamping manufacturers make adjustments on the front end to save time and money by several magnitudes on the back end.

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Finishing | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Greener metal pretreatment process saves manufacturer time, money

March 1, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

When Quality Industries' 20-year-old pretreatment and powder coat system reached the point t which repairing it was too costly, the manufacturer replaced it with new automated system that was less waste-producing and faster. Upgrading its finishing process is part of the La Vergne, Tenn.-based fabricator's strategy to become a world-class supplier.

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Shop Management | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Have a tool- and diemaker shortage?

February 1, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

The skilled-worker shortage has become a much-discussed topic at industry events and conferences, at FABTECH®, around the water cooler, at association meetings, and in trade publications and in general audience media. It’s even a buzzword in the U.S. presidential campaigns.

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