March 17, 2011
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...
February 1, 2011
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...
January 12, 2011
Reports about the North American International Auto Show in Detroit indicates that the show has taken a serious turn toward fuel efficiency. According to a recent Wall Street Journal blog, the Detroit auto show has transformed itself from a showcase of the big, powerful, and outrageous to a...
December 15, 2010
No doubt the recent Wikileaks leaks revealed too much. It will remain to be seen whether or how severely Julian Assange will be prosecuted. However, one of the revelations pivoted around what is most likely the primary—and heretofore publicly unspoken—reason why the U.S. has not been more...
November 19, 2010
Former Sec. of State Gen. Colin Powell may not be the first person you'd think of as a spokesperson for green; Ed Begley Jr. might be the more likely. Both were speakers at this week's Greenbuild event in Chicago. Powell was the keynote opening the event on Wednesday to a crowd of thousands at the...
November 1, 2010
At least one stamper is reducing the cost of medical devices by converting machined parts to stamped or stamped/machined parts. Not only is the manufacturer using this innovative approach to reduce cost without sacrificing quality and still meet stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, it sometimes stamps features into the medical devices that could not be made by machining them and tightens tolerances.
September 10, 2010
A Midwestern manufacturer sought to improve productivity on its nearly 10-year-old Verson transfer press. Although the press was in good condition, the original ETF transfer, which had endured 28 million press hits, was causing considerable maintenance costs and lost production. The stamper retrofitted the Verson transfer stamping press with a Schuler Automation AT series tri-axis transfer. This resulted in a 10- to 40-percent improvement in cycle times.
September 6, 2010
Situation Tactile domes are used in communication devices as the switch element incorporated into membrane switches and control panels. Generally, they are made of 301 stainless steel preplated with 3 to 7 microns of nickel or silver. A global electronics stamper with business in the tactile...
August 6, 2010
Matching Press Characteristics to Your Applications The following questions–and their answers, provided by industry equipment manufacturers and experts–are intended as a general guide to help you simplify the daunting task of selecting a press or press system. 5. So, Which Press Type is Best...
May 5, 2010
In the home appliance industry, designs are constantly updating to meet consumer tastes and changing market demands. For the stamping supplier forming a new bracket for a new design, high production volumes necessitated tripling the number of shifts. But tripling the number of shifts increased labor costs, as well as utility and material delivery costs. The stamper decreased the labor hours to resume a single-shift operation by implementing quick die change and magnetic die clamping.
April 30, 2010
The automotive industry is looking to hybrid electric and fully electric vehicles to electrify the effort to lessen or eliminate fuel emissions and to achieve the new fuel standards. Lithium-ion is considered by many to be the most promising of automotive batteries because of its potential for longer ranges.
March 9, 2010
While it may seem as though movies and popcorn have always co-existed, the automatic popcorn machine actually was invented by Charles Cretor in 1893—before the first motion picture premiered. A century and a quarter-century later, manufacturer C. Cretors & Company, Chicago, celebrates its anniversary, success, and outright survival—bending and adapting through two world wars, the Great Depression, the advent of automobiles, television, the electronic age, dot.comera, globalization—and motion pictures.
March 9, 2010
Family-owned, fifth-generation manufacturer Irwin Seating Co., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. has been thinking about the comfort and functionality of the public seating it has manufactured for more than 100 years. The company's 35 presses are used to stamp the components that support the seats, mount them to the floor, and attach them to the backs; as well as pivots, brackets, and other internal mechanisms. Irwin does all the stamping, welding painting, and upholstery work in its 470,000-sq.-ft. facility. Some of the seating company's recent projects include the stadium seating for the New Jersey Devils, Miami Heat, and the Indiana Colts.
December 8, 2009
There's something eerie about a prediction that comes to pass. When Fritz Henderson was announced as Rick Waggoner's replacement as GM's CEO on March 30, a business blog headline read Fritz Henderson May Not Last Long at GM. The blog, by John Gapper, associate editor and chief...
September 22, 2009
Alternative power trains, advanced propulsion technologies, and automotive battery power are all the buzz. At the NanoBusiness Alliance conference I attended in September in Chicago, a great deal of discussion centered around announcements of the $2 billion U.S. federal grants awarded from the...