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MetalForming Magazine

June 2012 Issue

Volume 46, Number 6

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Cover Article

Fiber Laser Makes the Cut at HVAC Manufacturer



The ABCs of Laser-Cutting Automation
by Marc Lobit
Here's advice on how to select the right automation solutionshuttle table, load/unload system or flexible manufacturing systemfor your laser-cutting machines, and what to expect from your choice. Want to boost beam-on time to 92 percent? Try an FMS.
Innovative Conveying Solutions
by Brad Kuvin this welding-equipment manufacturer effectively move parts and scrap a from a new progressive-die mechanical press, helping to avoid bottlenecks as press speed increases by more than 300 percent compared to running production on aging hydraulic presses.
Tiny Slugs No Longer Inducing Conveying Headaches
Faced with mounting rollforming-line downtime and nagging conveyor jams, a manufacturer of storage racks finds safe haven by investing in magnetic conveyors whose drive chain rides on oil-impregnated UHMW track.
The Basics of Coil Processing Equipment, Part 2: Straightening the Coil
by Jim Ward
In part one of this series (January 2012 issue) on coil-processing equipment, we covered unwinding the coil. Here we focus on material straightening, to allow the sheet to pass freely through the die.


Tooling Technology

From CAD Drawing to Workable Die Technology Keeps Improving
by Lou Kren
As die designers continue the transfer from 2D to 3D design while implementing integrated tool manufacture, software suppliers have delivered products with easier-to-use interfaces and robust simulation packages.



Old School Won't Cut It
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Use Statistical Deformation Control to Overcome Forming Problems
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Forensic Investigation--Press-Shop CSI, Part 2
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Sensor Frankensteins, Mutants and Zombies
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Capacity Management: The Difference Between Good and Great
Best Practices by Craig Fitzgerald



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