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The auto industry offers up ever-increasing examples of lightweighting via the use of newer, stronger steels. In doing so, suppliers continue to gain familiarity of these wonder materials, and employ an array of technology to form them.
A visit to the Fountain of Youth gives an entirely new look to a 15-yr.-old 2000-ton transfer-press line. Key ingredients in the refresh include an automated coil-feed line with a four-roll servo feeder and an inline shear and blank destacker. Production from the invigorated line is up more than 35 percent.
Bending and folding technology has evolved quite nicely, with today's systems capable of producing components from small to large−accurately, repeatably and profitably.
Studying wire-arc additive manufacturing of draw dies for three automotive parts reveals how additive manufacturing may play a role in the metalforming arena.
This second in a series of articles examines the need to bench-test sensors to prevent surprises on the shop floor.