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May 11, 2016

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MetalForming Xtra Newsletter
May 11, 2016
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Reverse Engineering, Automating Die Design on Conference Agenda
MetalForming magazine’s upcoming Die Design and Simulation Software Experience, slated for June 1-2 in Grand Rapids, MI, will feature several case-study presentations, including one by Bill Schwartz, tooling engineer at Wisconsin Metal Parts, Inc. Schwartz will describe how the company, which manufactures tools and dies for the metal-stamping industry, has automated its die-design process with software that uses parametric-modeling technology. As a result, the firm has cut in half the time required to design and detail dies. Also, a viewer and markup tool included with the software helps to expand communication across the shop throughout the die-design process.

 

In all, the two-day event also features three timely keynote presentations, and networking opportunities with six of the leading die-design software suppliers.

Learn more and register to attend.

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> June is National Safety Month—Join In, and Raise Awareness
“Safety is no accident,” notes a press release from the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC) promoting National Safety Month, which is right around the corner. The NSC sponsors National Safety Month every June, to help ensure that safety remains top of mind.

“It’s a choice we need to make throughout our entire lives…we’re all empowered to make safe decisions for ourselves and those we care about,” the NSC preaches.

So—I encourage you to plan now to celebrate National Safety Month at your company. The NSC website offers several ideas and supporting materials to help. These include posters, handouts offering safety tips and advice, training supplies, employee-perception surveys and much more.

> Instructional Video: How to Weld Inside of a Tightly Angled Joint
Here’s a quick 5-min. video tutorial with artist Kevin Caron that offers solid advice on how to direct a gas-tungsten-arc welding (TIG) torch deep into a tight weld joint. Summary: Extend the tungsten electrode out a bit, and boost gas flow; use a #4 or #5 cup, in place of the standard #7 cup; or (ideally) invest in a micro-torch specifically designed for welding in tight joints.

A bonus: watch him weld, depositing a perfect bead in what appears to be a very tight joint.

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Registration Open for the Die Design and Simulation Software Experience
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 Die Design and Simulation Software Experience, taking place on June 1-2 in Grand Rapids, MI! This popular program, presented by MetalForming magazine, will feature interactive discussions, presentations from subject-matter experts and demonstrations from key companies on what’s new and trending in die-design, simulation and development software. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about these new technology developments and how they can optimize your company’s manufacturing performance. Visit the event website to learn more.


In This Issue:

> Advanced Steels Driving Vehicle Lightweighting and Technology Adoption
The auto industry offers up ever-increasing examples of lightweighting via the use of newer, stronger steels. In doing so, suppliers continue to gain familiarity of these wonder materials, and employ an array of technology to form them.

> Feed Line Fundamental to Transfer-Press Freshen-Up
A visit to the Fountain of Youth gives an entirely new look to a 15-yr.-old 2000-ton transfer-press line. Key ingredients in the refresh include an automated coil-feed line with a four-roll servo feeder and an inline shear and blank destacker. Production from the invigorated line is up more than 35 percent.
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