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MetalForming Magazine

January 2015 Issue

Volume 49, Number 1


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Cover Article

The Ongoing Evolution in Transfer-Die Tooling
by Patrick Cullen
Here's a brief history lesson tracing the move from mechanical to pneumatic to electric actuators to manipulate parts within transfer tooling, and the added flexibility the technology affords to creative metalformers.

 

Articles

Flexibility Helps Avoid No-Quotes
by Brad Kuvin
Traditionally a progressive-die automotive stamper, Pax Machine Works finds that transfer capabilities improve its ability to take on larger and more complex jobs, and to form higher-strength materials. No-quotes? They're fewer and farther between than ever.
Speedy Feed Setups Maximize Profitability
by Brad Kuvin
That's one reason why Cleveland, OH-area metalformer Automation Tool & Die (ATD) opted for complete automation when it invested in a new coil line. Replete with all the bells and whistles, the line is a perfect mate for ATD's new 330-ton servo press.
Precision Programming Enriches the 3D Laser-Cutting Process
by Brad Kuvin
No company feels the pain of shrinking lead times more than prototype shops. Case in point: Accu-Rite Industries, where the adoption of high-speed 3D laser-cutting technology paired with CAD/CAM programming software represent clear success triggers.
New Horizons for 45-Yr.-Old Metal Stamper
With lot sizes continuing to shrink and customers looking for a full spectrum of metalforming and fabricating services, the decision became clear: invest in a 5-kW automated laser-cutting machine.
The Competitive Edge: Creating Die Surfaces
There's a new software package in the house at die designer and developer extraordinaire Fontana Pietro, reinforcing the firms mission to support the development of several of the world's "supercar" brands.
Connecting Capabilities with Strategic Growth
by Shawn Casemore
For an investment in equipment, technology or skill to be worthwhile, it must provide significant value to existing or new customers; meet an existing or potential market need; and hold significant margin potential.

 

Commentaries

Drawing a U.S. Manufacturing-Competitiveness Roadmap
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Simple Graphics Can Send the Wrong Message
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Metal Stamping Inconsistencies
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Do You Smoke? How to Get Life Insurance at Nonsmoker Rates
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
2014 Benchmarking Survey Indicates Strong Industry Performance
Best Practices by Bob Dobrowsky
Holiday Bonuses: A Poll of What Employees Want, and What Employers Give
Human Capital by Debbie McGrath

 

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