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MetalForming Magazine

June 2011 Issue

Volume 45, Number 6

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Cover Article

Hydroformer Benefits from Carbon-Fiber Tooling
Carbon-fiber end-of-arm tooling on press-tending robots results in a 6-sec. reduction in cycle time when hydroforming engine-cradle components, while elevating part consistency and process repeatability.



Hydraulic Press Bats Leadoff in this Lineup
by Brad Kuvin
An automated production cell tended by a pair of robots blends a 400-ton hydraulic press with a 350-ton 12-ft. press brake. The $1 million cell, which includes manual resistance welding, should pay for itself in less than 3 yr.
One Hydraulic Press Supplants Three Mechanicals
Finishing Abrasives: Use the Right Tool for the Job
by Brad Kuvin
If your shop tasks operators with grinding and finishing to remove and blend die marks on stampings, blend and polish welds and fine-tune die surfaces, use the advice here to ensure they select the right abrasive product for the job.
FAQs Address Welding of Thin Materials
by Brent Williams
Here are ten frequently asked questions, and their answers, regarding gas-tungsten-arc-welding power-supply selection, fitup tolerances and recommended procedures for thin-gauge sheetmetal welding.


Tooling Technology

Die Designer Makes Haste, Not Waste
by Brad Kuvin
With time being the critical success factor in the world of die design, new features in 3D design software have this Canadian shop shaving days off of lead times, particularly when developing complex dies featuring cam-trim and restrike stations.



Stress is the the Word...
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Co-ops and Apprenticeships: Bring them Back
Business of Metalforming by Michael Bleau
Is Metalforming Failure Predictable?
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Increasing Press Speed and Efficiency
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Revitalizing a Used Mechanical Power Press, Part 5: Healthy Ancillaries?
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Tax-Advantaged Investment Strategies
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
A Closer Look at Industry Productivity
Best Practices by Bob Dobrowsky



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