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MetalForming Magazine

July 2012 Issue

Volume 46, Number 7

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Cover Article

Less Lube, Less Cleaning, Better Paint Job
by Brad Kuvin
...and that's the truth



Adaptive Resistance-Welding Control
by Brad Kuvin
...means never having to change welding schedules as sheet thickness, or even the number of sheets being welded, changes. The control also automatically compensates for the presence of corrosion and adhesive, as well as electrode wear.
Press Pneumatic Counterbalances
by David Alkire Smith
...are used to offset or counterbalance the weight of the press slide and upper die. Press manufacturers designed these adjustable systems to prolong bearing and gear life, provide smooth operation and reduce motor surge currents in the upstroke of the press.
Tracing the Roots of the Precision Metalforming Association
by Brad Kuvin
As the Precision Metalforming Association celebrates its 70th year in 2012, we take a look at the roots of the association, which can be traced back to the Pressed Metal Association, born in 1913. PMA later became the Pressed Metal Institute and then the American Metal Stamping Association (AMSA). In 1972, AMSA celebrated its 30th anniversary by publishing the "History of the American Metal Stamping Association." Here's an abbreviated version of that historical record.
Going on 70, PMA Running Strong
by Lou Kren
The Precision Metalforming Association, in its 70th year, continues to provide exceptional value, according to executives from several long-time member companies. Says one: "Networking through PMA is key to our success. You don't have to be smart, you just have to be smart enough to learn from others."
If Selling Is in Your Future, Move Quickly
by George Spilka
There are many reasons why middle-market owners wanting to sell their companies during the next 10 years should consummate a sale no later than 2014. Although most points discussed in this article apply to all companies, the article is primarily directed at companies with transaction values between $5 million and $250 million.


Tooling Technology

The Domino Effect of Precision Die Changes
by Brad Kuvin
A Rheem Water Heating plant enjoys the benefits of installing new die lifters and clamps on three of its biggest presses. Thanks to a reduction in die-change time by as much as 28 percent on its most challenging dies, productivity on three big presses has climbed by 10 percent.



70 Years of Industry Leadership
Editorial by William E. Gaskin
The Media Mix: Physical vs. Digital
Business of Metalforming by Nancy Lesinski
Using an Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge to Solve Forming Problems
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Forensic Investigation--CSI in the Press Shop, Part 3
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Take Time to Determine Proper Sensor Timing
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Oil and Photoelectric Sensors
Metalforming Electronics by George Keremedjiev
Use the Tax Law to Boost Annual Income and Create Wealth
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
Labor Law Developments Making Headlines--Wage and Hour
You and the Law by Doug Ehlke



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