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MetalForming Magazine

July 2008 Issue

Volume 42, Number 7


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Cover Article

New Harleys Cruise with Deep-Drawn Fenders
by Brad Kuvin
Die-design and simulation software; a switch in tool steel and coating; new hydraulic-press technology; and tight-tolerance laser trimming combine to provide Harley-Davidson with a breakthrough fender design for its new Rocker motorcycles.

 

Articles

Deep Drawing from A to Z
by Stuart Keeler and Pete Ulintz
These deep-draw experts explain the deep-draw process, complete with tips and tricks to ensure proper, problem-free forming.
Press-Data Collection Reveals Surprise: "We Were too Lean"
by Jim Finnerty
Investment in software to collect productivity data allows this Wisconsin stamper to find and fix press-utilization problems.
Coil Processor Attacks Supply-Chain Efficiency from Every Angle
by Brad Kuvin
More efficient material packaging; processing of heavier, larger coils; faster setups; and ordering coil widths to tighter tolerances represent some of the techniques available to minimize the cost of raw materials to metalformers.

 

Tooling Technology

Die Shop Slashes Lead Time via Automation
by Brad Kuvin
RCM Tool takes die design and build to another dimension with a CAD/CAM system that streamlines die design, optimizes CNC machining and employs robotic machine loading to automate die-detail manufacturing.
3D Design Keys Die Shops Survival and Success
by Lou Kren
BesTech Tool Corp. uses technology to stay competitive in the brutal world of tool design and build. The complete switchover from 2D to 3D design is one example, enabling the company to cut lead time and deliver tooling that works right from the start.

 

Commentaries

Successful People Make Successful Organizations
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
A Case StudyTroubleshooting Score Marks
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Deep DrawingAdvanced Topics
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Sensors React to Both Tool and Press Issues
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
A Potpourri of Little-Known Tax Miracles
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
EEO Smorgasbord
You and the Law by Doug Ehlke
The Curious Partnership Between Hong Kong and China
BackTalk by Lou Kren

 

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