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Robotic blank handling--from stack through lubrication and on to a hydraulic press--improves line speed by 25 percent. A double end-of-arm tool simultaneously removes a scrap ring and loads a new blank, with safety ensured as hands no longer enter the press.
A predrilled base plate allows connection of eight nitrogen-gas springs without using hoses or fittings. The setup, for predrawing automotive spring seats, also allows the stamper to adjust gas pressure during setup and production to optimize quality.
For metalforming companies, the biggest opportunity for new business to help fuel wind-power expansion is the turbine nacelle.