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MetalForming Magazine

June 2013 Issue

Volume 47, Number 6


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Cover Article

Press Controls Help Turn Chaos into Clarity
by Brad Kuvin
A 3-yr. plan to upgrade high-speed press lines at this fastener manufacturer pays off handsomely, as it's been able to evolve from operating in "scramble mode" into a facility so finely tuned that productivity has soared by 40 percent, and management is pushing to increase run rates another 25 to 30 percent.

 

Articles

New Stamping Lubricants Meet New Challenges
by Paul Bosler
The desire of automotive OEMs and their suppliers to protect high-strength and coated-steel stamped parts from corrosion has many switching to neat oils and emulsions. Still using water-based lubes? Follow the tips offered here to forestall corrosion.
Big-Bed Dual-Bridge Waterjet-Cutting Machine
A 10- by 40-ft. dual-bridge cutting table, twin pumps and productivity-enhancing processing software fortify this waterjet-cutting machine to tackle parts to 1.5 in. thick, helping a startup manufacturer of lumber-cutting machines make a mark in the market.
Manual Bolting vs. Hydraulic Clamping--Press Uptime is the Key Measurable
by David Alkire Smith
...but never ignore the common practices offered here to ensure a failsafe design that provides safe die retention regardless of operating conditions.

 

Tooling Technology

Incremental Forming-Simulation Software
by Tim Stephens
...is the safety net die shops use when walking whats become a high-risk high-wire act to design and develop dies for high-strength automotive steel structures. The margin for error is nearly zero.

 

Commentaries

Where are All the Tinkerers?
Editorial by Brad F. Kuvin and Louis A. Kren
Stamping is No GoodWho Gets the Blame?
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Next Generation of Metalforming Professionals
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Am I Paying Too Much for IT?
Best Practices by Bob Dobrowsky
Three Out of Four Hires Fail--Here are Tips for Beating the Odds
Human Capital by Debbie McGrath

 

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