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MetalForming Magazine

July 2009 Issue

Volume 43, Number 7


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Cover Article

Right-Sized Tooling for a Down-Sized Economy
by George Keremedjiev
Office-furniture manufacturer Kimball Office models plant-layout modifications after the Japanese-developed Chaku-Chaku process--single-piece manufacturing in which a worker takes a part from one workstation to the next and sets up and operates each machine from beginning to end.

 

Articles

Keys to Success When Launching a Transfer Job
by Paul Stirrett
As the countdown to a new transfer project commences, follow the guidelines outlined here to ensure a successful launch, meeting or exceeding goals for throughput and quality.
A Successful Switch from Large Parts Bins to Small Totes
by Todd Wenzel
Sensor-outfitted conveying systems keep productivity high as the Polaris Industries stamping facility engineers a transition from large-batch production using big parts containers to low-volume runs and small plastic totes.
Ignoring Conveyor PM Jeopardizes the Entire Pressroom
by Scott Clark
Stampers are advised to develop a conveyor preventive-maintenance program encompassing regularly scheduled inspection and lubrication. Preplanning for service and parts saves time and money and ensures that critical maintenance items will not be subject to budget-slashing routines.
A Change in Stamping Lube
by Paul Bosler
...exemplifies this automotive-stamping plant's goal to be stewards of efficiency and the environment.

 

Commentaries

Flexibility is Today's Competitive Advantage
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
The Economy: Are You Ready for a Boom?Web Exclusive!
Business of Metalforming by Michael Bleau
What Is Yield Strength?
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Pressure Strippers Part 1
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Die Protection on a Tight Budget, Part 1
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Irv Didn't Invent Taxes, Just 227 Ways to Beat Them, Legally
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
Changes to Cobra Based on the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009
You and the Law by Doug Ehlke

 

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