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MetalForming Magazine

February 2014 Issue

Volume 48, Number 2

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Cover Article

Strip Design and Development--Gaining Confidence in the Process
by Brad Kuvin
Three software tools take automotive stamper and assembler Atlantic Tool & Die to the next level in progressive-strip development. Meanwhile, a laser-scanning portable CMM and accompanying 3D metrology software lead the firm's efforts to reverse-engineer stamping dies and weld fixtures.



Transfer System "Picks Up Parts Like a Baby
by Brad Kuvin
...and sets them down like snowflakes." That's how one engineer describes his company's recent retrofit of a three-axis servo transfer system to a 2600-ton press. Results are impressivepress speed and OEE have doubled.
The Voice of the Customer
by Brad Kuvin
...leads this Ontario Tier Two automotive metalformer to make the move to transfer stamping, to provide tight-tolerance transmission components.
Fixturing for Automated Welding in Automotive--Repeatability, Access and Protection are Key
by Todd Whitworth
In the fast-paced mass-production environment of the automotive industry, development of fixtures for automated welding depends upon repeatability, proper welding-gun access and dependable spatter protection.
Highlights from FABTECH 2013
by Brad Kuvin
What follows represents a small sampling of hundreds of new products displayed at the giant tradeshow held last November in Chicago; we'll present more product introductions in future issues of MetalForming. Note: This issue also includes an article describing new sensors and control technology debuted at FABTECH.


Tooling Technology

10 Noteworthy Developments in Sensors and Controls
by George Keremedjiev
Sensor and control expert George Keremedjiev perused the halls of FABTECH 2013 to develop this hit list of new state-of-the-art product developments aimed at helping metalformers error-proof their operations.



Spring Will Welcome a Pair of Must-Attend Educational Events
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Getting a Grip on Friction
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Improving Hole Burnish and Cut-Edge Quality
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Own Annuities? You May be Getting Ripped Off
Blackman on Taxes by Irv Blackman
The 3 "A's" of Employee Engagement
Human Capital by Debbie McGrath



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