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MetalForming Magazine

February 2012 Issue

Volume 46, Number 2

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Cover Article

Crossbar-Robot Retrofit Raises the Bar on Pressline Productivity
The call for cost reduction and greater flexibility in automotive production is accelerating the trend toward robotic press tending. Retrofitting robots to aging press lines can greatly enhance their output.



Link Your CAD/CAM System to CNC Punching Machines
by James Lindsey
Advances in software automation reduce labor content while increasing machine efficiency on the shop floor.
Tie-Rod Prestressing
by David Alkire Smith
If the tie rods on your presses do not keep the machines precisely aligned, dies will not close in precise alignment and part quality will suffer. Here's sound advice to ensure proper prestressing of tie rods, essential for the proper operation of straightside presses.
When Less is More: Turret-Press Tool Sharpening


Tooling Technology

Expected: 100-Percent Accurate Die Designs
by Brad Kuvin
Committed to the development of manufacturable solids, Autodie has spent the last 4 yr. focusing on ensuring that all of its die designs are 100 percent machinable. Now, CAD and CAM models are one in the same.



Customers Will Pay a Premium for Speed
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
A Social Media Strategy, Part 4: Building Traffic
Business of Metalforming by Michael Bleau
Converse with Your Problematic Stampings
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
A Look Forward to Workers Who Think Like Engineers
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Bluetooth and Sensors
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Create Tax-Free Wealth While Legally Sidestepping the IRS
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
OSHA's 6-Month Statute of Limitations Applied to Recordkeeping
You and the Law by Doug Ehlke



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