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MetalForming Magazine

April 2013 Issue

Volume 47, Number 4


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Cover Article

Sharing Knowledge, Shaping the Future
by Brad Kuvin
PMA Chairman for 2013 Bill Adler, president of Stripmatic Products, Inc., Cleveland, OH, knows that knowledge and innovation pave the path to a bright future for metalforming companies.

 

Articles

Success Boils Over When Deep Drawing Replaces Hydroforming
by Brad Kuvin
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.
Leveled Sheet and Plate Improves Manufacturability
...at this German manufacturer of trailers and semitrailers with payload capacities to 10,000 tons.
Four-Roll Servo Feed at the High End of the Toughness Scale
by Brad Kuvin
Auto-Parts Suppliers Gaining the Upper Hand
by Brad Kuvin
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.
The State of the North American Automotive Supply Base
by Dave Andrea
Software Elevates CNC Punching Productivity
by Brad Kuvin
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.

 

Tooling Technology

Additive Manufacturing Creates New Opportunities for Metalformers
by Lou Kren
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.

 

Commentaries

Manufacturing's New World Order
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
More Conversations with Your Stamping
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Stainless Steel Light-Weighting Challenges
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
New Law Opens New Opportunities for Successful Family-Business Owners
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
New Restrictions Targeting Confidentiality of Misconduct/Complaint Investigations
You and the Law by Doug Ehlke
Are Incentives Being Overused to Reward Wellness?
Human Capital by Debbie McGrath

 

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