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MetalForming Magazine

July 2008 Issue

Volume 42, Number 7

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Cover Article

New Harleys Cruise with Deep-Drawn Fenders
Die-design and simulation software; a switch in tool steel and coating; new hydraulic-press technology; and tight-tolerance laser trimming combine to provide Harley-Davidson with a breakthrough fender design for its new Rocker motorcycles.



Deep Drawing from A to Z
These deep-draw experts explain the deep-draw process, complete with tips and tricks to ensure proper, problem-free forming.
Press-Data Collection Reveals Surprise: "We Were too Lean"
Investment in software to collect productivity data allows this Wisconsin stamper to find and fix press-utilization problems.
Coil Processor Attacks Supply-Chain Efficiency from Every Angle
More efficient material packaging; processing of heavier, larger coils; faster setups; and ordering coil widths to tighter tolerances represent some of the techniques available to minimize the cost of raw materials to metalformers.


Tooling Technology

Die Shop Slashes Lead Time via Automation
RCM Tool takes die design and build to another dimension with a CAD/CAM system that streamlines die design, optimizes CNC machining and employs robotic machine loading to automate die-detail manufacturing.
3D Design Keys Die Shops Survival and Success
BesTech Tool Corp. uses technology to stay competitive in the brutal world of tool design and build. The complete switchover from 2D to 3D design is one example, enabling the company to cut lead time and deliver tooling that works right from the start.



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The Science of Forming
Deep DrawingAdvanced Topics
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Metalforming Electronics
A Potpourri of Little-Known Tax Miracles
Blackman on Taxes
EEO Smorgasbord
You and the Law
The Curious Partnership Between Hong Kong and China



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