Selected articles from October 2005 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
U.S. stampers are missing an opportunity to gain a competitive edge by offering materials engineering support, which often is lacking within OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Many stampers take the position that they "just build to a print"—but so do overseas shops.
What is the best way to determine the optimum combination of application, design, and costs? An effective collaborative process makes the difference. Teamwork and open communication throughout the process — from prototyping to production — ensure the best design and most efficient manufacturing process, which can save millions of dollars in large projects.
Transfer systems can deliver flexibility to perform a variety of tasks for current requirements, yet deliver the capability to carry the company at a competitive level over the long haul.
The automaker's relentless focus on cost cutting has made few friends in the supplier community. GM recently made several announcements that may signal an even greater focus on price.
The ironing test developed at the ERC/NSM reproduces production conditions of contact pressure up to 94 kilopounds per square inch (KSI) and temperatures up to 300 degrees F to quantitatively evaluate lubricant performance.
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