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MetalForming Explores FABTECH--Day 2

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
FABTECH: Explore the Floor

November 19, 2013


Daily News

Don’t Miss Tuesday’s Special Events at FABTECH
Start your day today with a keynote presentation on leadership--free and open to all attendees--by former Blue Angel pilot Scott A. Kartvedt, now an executive consultant. Kartvedt’s talk, titled Accelerating Performance through Flawless Execution, begins at 8:30, and will center on the zero tolerance-for-error world of military aviation and elite-group combat operations, where failure is not an option. He’ll share the model’s leadership tools that can be used by organizational leaders and teams to accelerate performance and ensure flawless execution.

Chicago—Did you Know?
Chicago’s recorded history begins with the arrival of French explorers in the late 17th century. Its name is derived from the French version of the Indian word shikaakwa, which means “stinky onion”—plants common along the Chicago River. The city’s evolution from rich farmlands to bustling metropolis occurred as roads were built to open the farmlands to trade and entrepreneurs built an infrastructure for loading ships bound for the Great Lakes. Then railroads were laid to create what became, by the late 1800s, the major transportation hub of the United States. By 1870, Chicago had grown to become the nation’s second largest city, and one of the largest cities in the world

Today's Videos

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.

      FIND US @ BOOTH S4419


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.

      FIND US @ BOOTH S4343


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

      FIND US @ BOOTH S4331 & S513

Wintriss 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).


      FIND US @ BOOTH S4737


Conference Reports

PMA Stamping Tracks kick off this morning at 8:00 with a session on engineering optimum sheetmetal stamping costs, and predicting material (blank) costs, tooling costs and production costs. At 10:30, sit in on a session by Aida’s Shri Patil on comparing hydraulic, mechanical and servo press drive systems.

This afternoon, beginning at 1:30, hear Roger Patton, PennEngineering, discuss how to gain a competitive advantage through in-die fastener installation.

What’s on tap for Wednesday? Tomorrow’s morning sessions get started at 8:00 with a presentation by Jeff Fredline, Columbia Machine Works, on OSHA-compliant stamping-press
inspections. He’ll be followed by Tower Oil’s Steve Lowery and a presentation on green lubricants. Other Wednesday sessions address RFID applications in metalforming, and fluid forming.


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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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