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MetalForming Magazine

July 2009 Issue

Volume 43, Number 7

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Cover Article

Right-Sized Tooling for a Down-Sized Economy
by George Keremedjiev
Office-furniture manufacturer Kimball Office models plant-layout modifications after the Japanese-developed Chaku-Chaku process--single-piece manufacturing in which a worker takes a part from one workstation to the next and sets up and operates each machine from beginning to end.



Keys to Success When Launching a Transfer Job
by Paul Stirrett
As the countdown to a new transfer project commences, follow the guidelines outlined here to ensure a successful launch, meeting or exceeding goals for throughput and quality.
A Successful Switch from Large Parts Bins to Small Totes
by Todd Wenzel
Sensor-outfitted conveying systems keep productivity high as the Polaris Industries stamping facility engineers a transition from large-batch production using big parts containers to low-volume runs and small plastic totes.
Ignoring Conveyor PM Jeopardizes the Entire Pressroom
by Scott Clark
Stampers are advised to develop a conveyor preventive-maintenance program encompassing regularly scheduled inspection and lubrication. Preplanning for service and parts saves time and money and ensures that critical maintenance items will not be subject to budget-slashing routines.
A Change in Stamping Lube
by Paul Bosler
...exemplifies this automotive-stamping plant's goal to be stewards of efficiency and the environment.



Flexibility is Today's Competitive Advantage
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
The Economy: Are You Ready for a Boom?
Business of Metalforming by Michael Bleau
What Is Yield Strength?
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Pressure Strippers Part 1
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Die Protection on a Tight Budget, Part 1
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Irv Didn't Invent Taxes, Just 227 s to Beat Them, Legally
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
Changes to Cobra Based on the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009
You and the Law by Doug Ehlke



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