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MetalForming Magazine

March 2012 Issue

Volume 46, Number 3

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Cover Article

Oberg Retools to "Give 'em What They Want"
by Brad Kuvin
With a close eye on part volumes and complexity, Oberg is developing dies precisely aligned with what each project truly requires, in terms of die features and functionality. Meanwhile, toolroom technology has the company reaching new levels of throughput and productivity.



Machine-Control Obsolescence
by Todd Wenzel
Control obsolescence is an often-overlooked risk in today's rapidly developing manufacturing environment. Any machine with an electronic control will at some point be exposed to obsolescence--are you ready to minimize the impact?
Data Collection Sparks Weld-Cell Performance Boost
by Brad Kuvin
Accountability at every level is the mantra at Northern Stamping, where real-time monitoring of robotic-welding cells has led to improved throughput, quality, machine uptime and a host of other measurables.
Robotic EDM and Hard Milling Promote Press Uptime
by Brad Kuvin
Quick turnaround in the toolroom at Wiegel Tool Works supports the company's own expanding pressroom activities, and those of its customers, allowing the electronic-component stamper to remain globally competitive.
High-Pressure Lube System Solves Deep-Draw Challenge
by Brad Kuvin
Specification of an extremely viscous lubricant to deep-draw heavy-gauge compressor shells in a mechanical press created a ripple effect impacting several aspects of the project--the lube-delivery system, transfer-system tooling and the die coating.


Tooling Technology

Electronic Gas-Spring Pressure Monitors
by Brad Kuvin
...bring processes under control for three completely unique applications: small-caliber bullet assembly, in-die resistance welding and deep drawing.



You Understand CI, but How About CI2?
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Insourcing: Don't Be Fooled
Business of Metalforming by Michael Bleau
Three Steps to Quicker Troubleshooting
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Sub-Zero Treatment of Tool Steels
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Teaching an Old Dog About Acoustic Sensors
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Stop Smoking and Save Money
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
Benchmarking Report Tells a Strong Recovery Story
Best Practices by Bob Dobrowsky



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