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MetalForming Explores FABTECH--Day 1

Monday, November 18, 2013
FABTECH: Explore the Floor

November 18, 2013


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FABTECH--Connect to Share Knowledge and Solutions
Where else can you compare solutions from 1500-plus exhibitors in one place, find tools for your metalforming company to use to improve quality and productivity, and learn s to increase profits, all in one place, at one time?

FABTECH 2013 is here, and it's your best bet for meeting and collaborating with your colleagues and potential partners. And, in addition to the gigantic record-breaking exposition, attendees also can gain valuable insights from more than 100 carefully crafted education and training sessions. Expand your skill set, learn new applications and gather the information you need to propel your company to success.

Monday, November 18: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 20: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 21: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Please be sure to stop by the PMA booths and visit with the staff of MetalForming and Fabricating Product News magazines—S4641 and N1900!

Don't Miss Monday's Special Events
FABTECH festivities get under at 9:00 a.m. this morning with a keynote presentation from Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics. Beaulieu's talk, titled "Navigating the Fiscal Reality," will take a look at what's really going on in the United States and in markets that impact the metalforming industry. He will present his economic outlook for the global economy, to help decisionmakers gain the confidence needed to plan and position their company for success and prepare for changes that are coming during the next few years.

Later today, attend the als popular State of the Industry Executive Outlook. Attendees will hear industry updates from executives representing each of FABTECH's sponsoring organizations—the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA), the American Welding Society (AWS) and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Head to the FABTECH Theater in the Grand Concourse, beginning at 12:30.

Today's Videos

FABTECH 2013 Returns to Chicago

North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event begins today, at McCormick Place. More than 35,000 attendees are expected to visit the more than 1500 exhibiting companies. The action starts at 10:00 a.m.

Before you head over to the show, take a minute to download the FABTECH Mobile App--search exhibitors, navigate the show floor, receive real-time alerts regarding show events, view and build your schedule, browse Chicago's dining options, and stay connected via social media.


Dallas Industries

Dallas will display its Profile Select feed control, which provides automatic cam window utilization and selectable strip motion profiles—sinusoidal, trapezoidal, and maximum speed profile. Automatic speed compensation allows for on-the-fly ramping of press speed with matching increase of feed rate. An automatic line speed signal synchronizes the speed of the straightener, reel or cradle for better control of loop supply. And, a time-based profile system has been developed for servo- and hydraulic-press applications. Also displayed: a new generation of zig-zag feeders with high-speed lateral travel for circle-blanking applications.


Balluff representatives will be at the booth to demonstrate its die-protection, quick-die-change, traceability (Die ID), and IO-Link technology. Highlighted are its new Smart Light stack light machine-status indicators. Connect the Smart Light to virtually any industrial network via the open and universal standard IO-Link, and eliminate the need for a remote I/O box simply to control an indicator light. Also on display: a welding demo featuring new highly durable cables and stainless-steel flatpack sensors and bunkering solutions.


Visit the Komatsu booth in FABTECH's METALFORM technology area to watch servo-press technology in action. Learn how new die cushions are able take advantage of the controlled slide velocity of a servo and synchronize timing between slide position and cushion tonnage/stroke. Digital technology replaces guesswork for cushion setting. On the fabricating front, Komatsu displays its Twister cutting machine and its Quick Gas option. Quickly changeover from cutting 1/8- to 1-in. steel with fine plasma to oxyfuel cutting 2-in. plate with a mere 30-sec. nozzle change. Visit Komatsu online at www.Komatsupress.com & www.Komatsuplasma.com


Wintriss will display its ShopFloorConnect asset-utilization software, able to collect data from stamping presses, press brakes, laser-cutting machines and other fabricating equipment. The software displays real-time machine-status information on a PC or mobile device—no need to install any special software. It automatically delivers reports showing downtime analysis and OEE, and provides the vital real-time data missing from many ERP and MES systems. It is scalable and flexible, and comes factory-configured to communicate directly over your LAN with the ShopFloorConnect Machine Interface (SMI).

Conference Reports

PMA Stamping Tracks at the FABTECH educational program kick off this morning at 8:00, with sessions on precision punching and cutting technology. Speakers include Bruce Konopinski and Shrinidhi Chandrasekharan, Dayton Progress; Anthony Lockhart, M.O.M. Tools; and Peter Ulintz, Anchor Manufacturing Group. Then, beginning at 10:30, George Keremedjiev, Tecknow Education Services, and James Barrett, Link Systems, conduct a session on error-proofing metalforming and assembly operations, and automatic in-die part-quality monitoring and tool adjustments. Afternoon sessions feature an engineering approach to die and formability design and production.

Plan now to attend Stamping Track sessions tomorrow. Tuesday morning sessions get started at 8:00 with a presentation by Autoform's Eric Kam, on engineering optimum sheetmetal stamping costs. Then, Formtek's Kevin Enos will discuss the methods used to predict material (blank) costs, tooling costs and production costs. Other sessions slated for Tuesday address coil processing, in-die assembly and a comparative analysis of hydraulic, mechanical and servo press drive systems.

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See also: Balluff, Inc., Dallas Industries, Komatsu America Industries, LLC Press Technology Division, Wintriss Controls Group LLC


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