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Quality, cost, productivity and efficiency-- all improved after life-science-industry supplier Helmer Inc. introduced a new automated laser-cutting cell and six-axis press brake to its newly minted production facility.
Stamping and rolling tubular products in the die--a proprietary, complex process that combines progressive-die operations with transfer--allows this German-related U.S. stamper to save its customers as much as 25 percent in piece-part cost compared to using machined tubing.
This article is excerpted from Drew Stevens' 2009 book, Die Protection for Lean Manufacturing, available from the Precision Metalforming Association; 216/901-8800; www.pma.org/mfmarket. Stevens also writes a column on die protection for the monthly Tool & Die Authority e-newsletter. To subscribe, visit www.metalformingmagazine.com/toolanddie.
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