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MetalForming Magazine

November 2011 Issue

Volume 45, Number 11

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Cover Article

Illuminating Mid-Level Management
by Brad Kuvin
PMA's 2012 Chairman of the Board P.J. Thompson shines the light on the mid-level managers working in our industry, and ponders the question: Can PMA provide the training and experiences that will empower them to lead metalforming companies to new competitive heights on the global stage?



Die Timing to Control Snapthrough
by David Alkire Smith
A loud "boom" heard when sheetmetal is punched or sheared indicates excessive snapthrough and likely an out-of-control process. Here we present die-timing adjustments that stampers can make to control snapthrough.
The Case for Outsourcing
by Doug Tisch
Extra stamping capacity in the marketplace can allow some metalformers to avoid the high cost of capital by outsourcing to increase capacity and expand capabilities without the risk of new equipment investments.
CO2 Lasers--Flexible and Reliable
by Brad Kuvin
The CO2 laser defends its leading position as an all-purpose cutting machine.
Fiber-Laser Technology Lights Metalformer's Bright Future
by Brad Kuvin
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing's new fabrication department features a fiber-laser cutting machine that not only supports low-volume production requirements of its existing customers but also allows the company to expand its customer base in nontraditional markets.


Tooling Technology

How to Optimize the Performance of CNC Punch-Press Tooling
by Andrew McCarlie six easy steps.



Who Reads MetalForming?
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
A Social Media Strategy, Part 1: Set Policies First
Business of Metalforming by Michael Bleau
Correct Terminology Helps Troubleshooting
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Hole Extrusions--Part 2
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
What the Die Needs
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
The Four-Month Estate-Tax Cure
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman



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