Latest Video

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for MetalForming Magazine!

Free E-Newsletters

Sent bi-weekly to inform you of happenings within the metalforming industry.

Start receiving newsletters and gain access to all content throughout the site.


Hot Off the Press


Seminar Addresses How to Increase
Capacity Without Adding Manpower

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Increasing laser-cutting capacity without the burden of added manpower is the theme of a seminar being presented by Mazak Optonics Corp., slated for Anaheim, CA, March 10, 2011. Presentations and a plant tour (of Pinnacle Precision Sheet Metal) will highlight the use of automated material handling to increase throughput of laser-cutting machines, particularly for job shops facing smaller lot sizes, shorter backlogs and a lack of skilled workers. Learn more at

Low-EAU Part Better Off
Fabricated than Stamped

Monday, February 28, 2011
Claiming the project to be the “first fruits of its new fabrication department,” Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, WI, recently saved a customer more than $120,000 in up-front tooling costs to produce a low-EAU (estimated annual usage) part. The part in question: a hydraulic pump-bracket assembly for the Nissan Murano convertible. Progressive dies needed to stamp the assembly’s three parts would have cost $138,000, a hefty up-front investment for an EAU of only 6000.
Instead, Ultra Tool manufactured the parts in its newly fabrication department, boasting a Salvagnini L1Ce fiber-laser cutting machine, and a Durma 150-ton CNC press brake.
“Typically we look for a maximum 2-yr. payback to justify progressive tooling,” says Matt Schemelin, an Ultra Tool sales engineer. “With such a low EAU, payback for the progressive tooling for this job would have taken more than 8 yr.”
Ultra Tool added its fabrication department during the summer of 2010 to accommodate lower volume orders. Its Salvagnini laser-cutting machine boasts a 60- by 120-in. worktable, 3000-W laser and positioning tolerance of plus or minus 0.0004 in. Cutting capacity in steel is 0.70 in., 0.312 in. for stainless steel. The Durma press brake offers a maximum bending length of 120 in., throat depth of 16.1 in. and a 14-in. stroke.
Learn more about the Ultra Tool fabrication department at

Seminar: OSHA Requirements
for Power Presses and Press Brakes

Friday, February 25, 2011
Link Systems, Nashville, TN, will host a series of free, comprehensive three-day seminars explaining the what, why and how of OSHA requirements for mechanical power presses and press brakes. On the agenda: the rationale behind the standards, methods to achieve compliance, and the advantages and disadvantages of compliance methods relative to initial cost. Seminar dates: March 21-23, May 16-18, July 11-13, September 12-14 and October 10-12. Visit for more information—click on the OSHA Seminar button.


Visit Our Sponsors