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MetalForming Magazine

February 2013 Issue

Volume 47, Number 2

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Cover Article

Expanding the Vision to High-Mix Low-Volume Fab
by Brad Kuvin
The business strategy guiding Chicago's Laystrom Manufacturing Co. has evolved considerably since the 1980s, from stamping a stable product mix for a stable customer base to specializing in CNC fabricated-metal products. Leading the charge is an automated laser-cutting line that dominates the facility's footprint and its output.



Press Automation Boosts Production at VW
A new approach to press-transfer automation enables Volkswagen to increase stroke rate, slash cycle times and streamline maintenance operations, preparing the company to keep up with growing demand for the widely acclaimed Golf 7.
PMAEF Proudly Honoring Pioneering Metalforming Companies
Pioneer Metalformers Invest in Workforce Development
Case Study: Diemasters Manufacturing Inc., Elk Grove Village, IL
by Brad Kuvin
Pioneer Metalformers Invest in Workforce Development
Case Study: Eclipse Manufacturing Co., Sheboygan, WI
by Brad Kuvin
Pioneer Metalformers Invest in Workforce Development
Case Study: Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC, Baltimore, MD
by Lou Kren
Automation Package Lifts Laser Productivity
by Brad Kuvin
Automating its new high-power laser-cutting machine with a nozzle changer, beam-alignment unit and sheet handler positions this OEM manufacturer to grow its contract sheet- and plate-fabrication business.
FABTECH Draws Thousands to Vegas
by Brad Kuvin


Tooling Technology

Moving Forward with Reverse Engineering
Here's how a Michigan toolmaker has brought life back to damaged equipment shipped home from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.



Pioneering Metalformers Providing "College Educations in Manufacturing"
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Do Higher-Strength Steels Have Less Formability? Part 2
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Lightweighting Challenges
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Why It's Important to Invest in Your Employees
Human Capital by Debbie McGrath



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