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MetalForming Magazine

December 2014 Issue

Volume 48, Number 12


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Feed Lines Fuel Cosmetic-Parts Production
by Brad Kuvin
...at Weber, manufacturer of the "American backyard barbecue." As Weber's product mix has expanded in recent years to include high-end stainless-steel masterpieces, so has its manufacturing acumen, highlighted by the move to progressive-die stamping with feature-laden servo feed lines.
What Good is a Good Stamping
by Brad Kuvin
...if it arrives at the customer dinged and damaged? Making sure that doesnt happen falls on the shoulders of Advanta Industries, a manufacturer of returnable racks and dunnage. Recently, the fabricator and weld-shop extraordinaire added some weapons to its arsenal: laser-cutting machines.
2014 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) used the FABTECH stage in Atlanta on November 11 to present its 2014 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Presented annually, the awards recognize the high standards of achievement set by the metalforming industry in the areas of design, safety, process control, quality, productivity, and training and education.
Service Center Banks on Large-Format Waterjet Cutting Machines
by Brad Kuvin
The five U.S. service-center locations of France-based Jacquet Metals have, since 2006, installed 11 waterjet-cutting machines to provide value-added cut-to-size services to its customers. An interview with U.S. CEO Terry Engle explains the firms fascination with the evolving waterjet-cutting technology.
Productivity is Cooking, With the Help of a New Laser-Punch Combo
by Brad Kuvin
One machine that combines 2000-W fiber-laser cutting with 52-station multi-press punching performs the work of three CNC turret presses, a recipe for a more than 50-percent productivity boost served along with a heaping side order of increased material utilization.
MetalCraft Marine Charts a Course
...for improved productivity and energy efficiency thanks to new arc-welding equipmentfor assembling aluminum boatswith built-in intelligence.

 

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Form, Fit and Function, and the Modern-Day Appliance Manufacturer
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Solutions Without Data? Simply Guesses
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Monkey Business
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz

 

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