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Cookware-maker All-Clad Metalcrafters returns 25 percent of its metalforming requirements inhouse, on the backs of a new hydraulic press fed by a new robotic blanking cell. Compared to outsourcing the work to a hydroformer, the firm has dramatically increased productivity and slashed raw-material consumption.
The automotive-parts supply chain is rattling, shaken by capacity constraints that have improved competitive dynamics for lower-tier suppliers. If it's true that automotive metalformers should be solid and enjoying improved profit margins, how can that success be sustained? Attend PMA's Automotive Parts Supplier Council Meeting to find the answers.
High-speed automated punching can be among the most profitable processes a sheetmetal fabricator performs, provided operators spend their time shaking out parts rather than changing tools. That's how T Top Mfg. increased press efficiency by 40 percent, with the help of new scheduling software.
The evolution of additive manufacturing and its 3D-printing subset brings the ability to create all sorts of parts and products economically, for use on the shop floor and for custom or volume supply to customers.
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