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MetalForming Magazine

August 2008 Issue

Volume 42, Number 8


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Cover Article

Prototyping Built Around Press Brake, Offline Programming
This Ohio prototyper combines a lifetime's experience with press brakes and a knack for part and tool design to serve job-shop customers across a range of industries.

 

Articles

Servo-Press Technology: Drive Design and Performance
Servo presses combine the flexibility of hydraulic presses with the speed of mechanicals. This dynamic drive behavior maximizes productivity and reduces energy consumption. Here we review the capabilities of the various drive designs.
Leverage Press Technology as Part of a Survival Strategy
Companies running old equipment or presses that have not been well maintained will likely find it difficult to compete. In particular, stampers manufacturing tighter-tolerance parts will benefit from operating tighter-tolerance presses.
Fab Shop Stays Laser Focused on Short-Run Success
Under new ownership, this New England laser-cutting operation counts on technology and a small but skilled staff to successfully supply prototypes and small-lot parts.
Get Ready for IMTS
The International Manufacturing Technology Show makes its biennial visit to McCormick Place this September, boasting 1200 exhibitors displaying the latest and greatest in machine-tool technology.
Press-Brake Bending--Methods and Challenges
Press brakes can do a lot, though challenges abound in creating top-quality parts. Here we discuss the types of bending, and factors that affect machine performance.

 

Tooling Technology

Turret-Press Tools Create Works of Art
Special tooling allows A. Zahner Co. to create custom panels that clad some of the most famous museums and art houses in North America.

 

Commentaries

Labor Shortage? Grow, and Keep, Your Own
Editorial
Formability Comparisons--Steel and Aluminum
The Science of Forming
Deep Drawing--More Advanced Topics
Tooling by Design
Sensor-Applications Excellence on Display in Louisville
Metalforming Electronics
Great Tax-Saving Idea for the Family Business
Blackman on Taxes
Summer-Released Employment-Law Cases No Picnic for Employers
You and the Law
Small Shops, Small Runs, Big Dreams
BackTalk

 

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