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Metal fab fortifies TV treehouses

October 16, 2014

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Pete Nelson, show host and treehouse builder on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, sought help refurbishing and fortifying a bridge stairway, and support foundation of the first two treehouses he had built on his original property for his own children. Building the treehouses had launched his successful treehouse-building business, Nelson Treehouse and Supply, Fall City, Wash. Nelson’s creations—and their design and build—is the subject of the wildly popular show. How does a man fortify a weather-beaten treehouse? The answer, my friend, is fabbing in the wind. Metal fabricator Architectural Elements stepped up to help.

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How 2 green lubricant-makers landed on auto OEMs’ A-lists

October 13, 2014

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Gain insight into the arduous process of getting the official stamp of approval as a supplier to the automakers by reading how two green lubricant suppliers landed on the A-list.

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Electronics stamper uses hybrid press for precision parts

October 6, 2014

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Wiegel Tool Works stamps large, complicated automotive circuitry in high volumes for perfection-demanding applications. The manufacturer needed a fast press with a large bed and adjustable-stroke capabilities. It had a specially designed mechanical press custom-built for its unique needs.

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See women in manufacturing

July 30, 2014

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Women now comprise more than a quarter of the manufacturing workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—28.7 percent of the 14.8 million people employed in industry in the U.S.

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Coating extends tool life x 3

July 7, 2014

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Like so many automotive suppliers, the GT Technologies stamping team encountered tooling challenges when it shifted its work material from cold-rolled steel to a tougher steel for certain components. Its tooling started wearing out in a third of the time, creating downtime havoc and production disruption. Switching to a different tool coating helped the manufacturer resolve its tool and die wear problems.

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How quick die change is changing

May 12, 2014

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Quick die change, introduced decades ago, has become a staple of lean manufacturing in most stamping shops. QDC equipment itself is being upgraded and their lines expanded to meet evolving requirements for speed and safety, including force evaluation systems on magnetic die clamping, auto-positioning, auto-clamping, thinner magnetic clamping plates, trackless carts, and automated storage and retrieval systems.

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Stamper rounds out automation suite with rigid transfer

May 5, 2014

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Stamping manufacturer A.J. Rose, Avon, Ohio, supplies precision-formed, deep drawn, metal products and assemblies such as transmission pistons, torque converter components, impellers, engine timing rings, ABS, water pump components, accessory drive pulleys, AC compressor clutch components, and numerous other powertrain components. The stamper needed the transfer system for a new transfer press to be robust and rigid to minimize tooling bar deflection and vibration. In addition, the system had to be compatible with existing tooling and to integrate well with a servo press’s variable speeds and modes

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Tool- and diemakers in short supply ... where does the fault line lie?

April 2, 2014

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The tool- and diemaker shortage may be blamed on the educational system's bias toward college preparatory coursework, but it's likely that other factors come into play as well. These include the 2008 near-death knell for the stamping and automotive industries, manufacturing's lingering negative image, and the expense of setting up "shop" classes in today's highly technical industrial age.

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Stamper draws deeply on diversification, technology, community to grow

March 5, 2014

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Established and growing Jagemann Stamping Co. recently expanded its facility in the charming Great Lakes coastal town of Manitowoc, Wis., to facilitate its continuous growth. The multicapable manufacturer of deep-drawn, progressive stamped, and fineblanked components drew on its ability to diversify to grow and prosper, reaching $80 million in annual sales and expanding by 50,000 sq. ft. and 130 employees last year.

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The Obama Effect … and counter effect

January 29, 2014

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On the advent of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address last night, I was in Manitowoc, Wis., population 33,736, visiting and touring Jagemann Stamping. I’ll forego weighing in on the state of the country’s economy, but I can weigh in on the state of Jagemann Stamping. The...

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My 10 Favorite Things About the Polar Vortex

January 7, 2014

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The Polar Vortex offers opportunities rarely experienced in the "Lower 48." Here are my favorites:

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GM = Good moves: exits and entrances

December 10, 2013

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In a good move that followed closely in the wake of the U.S. Treasury's announcement on Monday that it had exited its last vestiges of ownership of General Motors, the automaker promoted development, purchasing, and supply chain EVP Mary Barra to the CEO position. She will be the first female CEO...

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No-, low-emissions lift trucks clear the air - TheFabricator.com

No-, low-emissions lift trucks clear the air

August 1, 2013

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Manufacturers have many green options in their choices of lift trucks, including low- or no-emissions, energy-efficient forklift technologies. Raymond, Toyota, Nissan, Hyster, Yale, Power Designers, Minit-Charger, and AeroVironment weigh in on how today’s lift trucks meet demands for lower emissions, higher energy efficiency, and CARB and EPA emissions standards.

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GE CEO cites need for manufacturing, innovation, exporting

March 17, 2011

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GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, the newly appointed chairman of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, outlined his vision for making the U.S. more competitive in the global marketplace in a March 8 speech to The Executive Club of Chicago, contributing writer John Kerastas reported. It...

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Stamping biz news is good news

February 1, 2011

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For a while, the saying “No news is good news” resounded even more loudly in the stamping industry than others. For years, every bit of news about the industry, it seemed, was of yet another shop closing and selling its equipment to the highest bidder. When is the last time someone asked those...

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