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MetalForming Magazine

October 2013 Issue

Volume 47, Number 10

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FABTECH--Connect to Share--Knowledge and Solutions
That's the theme of FABTECH 2013--where the industry connects to share knowledge and solutions. North America's premier metalforming and fabricating exhibition runs November 18-21 at McCormick Place, in Chicago, IL. More than 30,000 metalforming and fabricating professionals are expected to be there.



FABTECH--Educational Program
FABTECH--Exhibitors in the METALFORM Technology Area
Servo2 (Servo-Feed Line + Servo Press)
Opens Windows of Opportunities
by Brad Kuvin
Automotive window-regulator manufacturer Hi-Lex Controls has begun to bring metal-stamping operations inhouse, on the backs of two servo-drive presses. Feeding its newest press: a space-saving coil-handling system that fits perfectly into the tight confines of the plant's 5000-sq.-ft. pressroom.
Fuel-Tank Manufacturer Clears the Haze
Dust, fumes and sparks from high-definition plasma-arc cutting and arc welding, including a weld booth dedicated to welding stainless steel, are no match for new continuous-filtration and airflow equipment.
Railroad-Equipment OEM Says "I Think I Can" automated sheetmetal fabrication, riding the back of a flexible manufacturing system that integrates laser-beam cutting, punching, shearing and bending. The line is credited with allowing the manufacturer to set a path for determining its own destiny.
Special Report--Women in Manufacturing
by Brad Kuvin
Three women in different stages of their manufacturing careers share their enlightening and inspiring stories of success, leading up to the Women in Manufacturing Summit, October 22-23, 2013, in Dearborn, MI.
Sensors Bring More Than Just Die Protection
by George Keremedjiev this Tennessee metalformer. Sure, die crashes will diminish and press run rate will rise at Manufacturers Industrial Group. But the firm has bigger goals in mind, such as moving secondary operations under the ram and creating a competitive advantage.



Automotive Steel vs. Aluminum--Is the Tide Turning?
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Old and New s to Solve Forming Challenges
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Guidelines for Punching and Cutting
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
The R & D Tax Credit-- How to Lower Your Income-Tax Bill
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
Are You Challenged by Poor Performance?
Human Capital by Debbie McGrath



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