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New Die System
Negates Need for Press Refurbishment

Thursday, August 1, 2002
General Electric, Bridgeport, CT, has saved on press refurbishment by employing a die system from Uni-Guide Products by Humdinger, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. GE faced a $70,000 repair bill on a three-post Bruderer press with an out-of-alignment ram. Instead, GE opted to purchase a new die employing the Uni-Guide die system. GE was able, through the new system, to place the press back in service without repair, claim company officials, producing more than 15 million pieces while running the press two shifts per day unattended. The die was removed once for sharpening at about 7 million strokes. Previous to using the Uni-Guide, GE had pulled the die for sharpening at every 500,000 strokes. The new die-set design uses the Uni-Guide patented, unified internal-guidance system as opposed to a traditional multiple-post-and-bushing guidance system. The system, through its rigid alignment, reportedly provides a significant improvement in alignment accuracy and reliability for high-speed, precision metal-stamping requirements. It can operate in older and worn presses and features simple setup and few moving parts to wear, according to company officials.

Metalforming Conference Slated for October 2-4

Thursday, August 1, 2002
Recent Developments in Metal Forming Technology 2002, a 3-day international conference organized and sponsored by The Ohio State University, includes a full-day program (Wednesday, Oct. 2) on Sheet & Tube Hydroforming--Fundamentals and Applications. Topics slated for Thursday, October 3, include cold-forging tooling and practice, prediction and compensation of springback in stamping, and die design for cold forging parts with undercuts. On Friday, Oct. 4, talks cover tube hydroforming, friction and wear in cold forming and process simulation in tube and sheet hydroforming. The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn on the Lane, Columbus, OH. For additional information, call Melanie Tvaroch: 614/292-6468.

METALFORM’03 Info Accessible Online

Wednesday, July 31, 2002
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) has launched, offering a host of services to those interested in PMA’s METALFORM’03 tradeshow. The show, showcasing the latest in punching, forming, cutting and value-added technology, is scheduled for March 23-26, at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. METALFORM’03 features stamping and turret presses, welding and assembly equipment, press brakes, lasers, rollforming and spinning machines, coil-handling equipment and feeds, automation, finishing, tool and die, machining and more. Visitors to can access information specific to attendees or exhibitors. Site contents include a floor plan, exhibitor list, travel info, and online registration. Also included is information on the symposium portion of the event.


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