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MetalForming Magazine

June 2015 Issue

Volume 49, Number 6

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Cover Article

Metalformer Sings the Praises of its Laser-Cutting Duo
by Brad Kuvin
Fabrication, along with production machining, is driving growth at Tella Tool & Manufacturing, where a pair of high-power laser-cutting machinesa CO2 model and a new fiber-laser model--have opened doors to new industries and customers, allowed the firm to grow its prototype and low-volume business, and produce reflective-metal parts.



Lubrinomics--Science and Economics Deliver Top-Shelf Lubricant Management
by Steve Lowery
There's more than meets the eye in mixing and testing lubricants. Doing your homework will yield the best lubricant in the best concentration for your needs, with cost savings to boot.
Hatch Sees Opportunity in the Volunteer State
by Louis A. Kren
Michigan-based Hatch Stamping Co. has just arrived on the Tennessee-Kentucky border. With three new press lines and additional fabrication and assembly equipment on the way, the 120,000-sq.-ft. plant allows the company to duplicate its current capabilities in close proximity to automotive customers in the Southeast.
A Quote is Only as Good as Its Calculations
by Harry F. Landsburg
Drill down into your operations to accurately ascertain the right costs, then use these costs correctly to produce real-world quotes.
Faster, Yet Safer Press Brakes
by Louis A. Kren
As technology has evolved, so has the ability for press brakes to fulfill a complex task: improve operator safety and productivity at the same time.
Waterjets Take Up Residence at Laser House
by Brad Kuvin
For the better part of three decades, this central-California metal fabricator staked its claim as a leading supplier of laser-cut and formed metal parts. Waterjet cutting washed onshore in 2008-2009 and the firm's been riding the wave ever since.



Ideation, in All its Forms
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Comments from the Press Shop
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Methodical Approach to Diagnosing Die Failure
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz



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