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MetalForming Magazine

August 2013 Issue

Volume 47, Number 8

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Cover Article

Fabricators Gain an Edge with Plasma-Arc Cutting
by Brad Kuvin
For fast and accurate plate beveling/weld prep and hole cutting, high-definition automated plasma-arc cutting kicks other fabricating processes, like shearing and punching, to the curb. Here we present two case studies where new automated cutting machines yielded exceptionally short ROIs.



A Die Shop in Transition
by Brad Kuvin
Use of CNC machining fast-tracked the latest project at Cleveland's Imperial Die & Manufacturing--a pair of 144-in. progressive dies that feature in-die tapping and clinching capabilities.
New Deep-Draw Press Extinguishes Productivity Limiters
...from an aging, outdated press, by featuring the ability to program precise cycle parameters including main ram, knockout cylinder and draw-cushion force and position; create and store proven recipes; and increase energy efficiency and machine safety.
Servo Presses--Why Pay More?
by Todd Wenzel
What makes a servo-driven stamping press different than a standard mechanical press, and why would a metalformer pay more to get one? Here we present the four fundamental advantages provided by servo technology, and how they pay off in the pressroom.
Smooth-Operating Servos Usher in a Stamping Renaissance Period
by Brad Kuvin
Sixcount 'em, sixservo-driven presses in the Acro Metal Stamping pressroom have the metalformer optimistic about its future. Tighter tolerances, deeper draws, variable speeds and in-process secondary operations are attracting new customers at an accelerating pace.


Tooling Technology

Coatings of Many Colors
by Lou Kren
...provide solutions when tooling up to stamp aluminum and high-strength steels that are claiming increasing shares of automotive ingredients.



Moving Forward--Competitive Edge Factors for the Next 10 Years
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
The Call for Fresh Steel
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Defining Acceptable Burr Height
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Secrets About Business Succession, Business Valuation and Estate Planning
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
Five Habits that Contribute to Poor Workplace Communication
Human Capital by Debbie McGrath



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