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MetalForming Magazine

May 2010 Issue

Volume 44, Number 5

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Cover Article

Fabricated Metals in Flat-Plate and Trough-Style Solar-Thermal Collectors
by Brad Kuvin
Pay attention: The solar-thermal energy market--which converts the suns energy into hot fluids or steam--is set to take off. North American metalworkers already are benefiting, fabricating frames, collector panels and absorber fins.



Robots Move Dishwasher Parts Press-to-Press
by Brad Kuvin
The largest dishwasher plant in the world--Whirlpool in Findlay, OH--automates three tandem lines with press-to-press robotics to tackle a new stainless-steel model. Specially engineered destacking systems handle the challenges presented by inhouse blanking with dry-lube application.
Adding Capacity Rate to the OEE Equation
by Shawn Murphy and Bill Blain
To support its supplier, F&P America, Hondas North American Technical Group developed a new equation for measuring overall equipment effectiveness, and testifies that effective problem solving starts with a strong data-collection system.


Tooling Technology

Simulation Software Streamlines Die Build
by Brad Kuvin minimize assembly and tryout time in the press, allowing this Michigan die shop to move programs through development at lightning speed and free up shop capacity to handle a rapidly expanding customer base.



Energy-Saving Green Schemes, Part II
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Innovative Tech: Riding Coattails
Business of Metalforming by Michael Bleau
Material Properties for Virtual Metalforming
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
High-Strength Energy Crisis
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Free Die-Protection Seminars
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Succession Planning--Often Your Achilles Heel--How to Avoid the Pain
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman



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