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MetalForming Magazine

September 2015 Issue

Volume 49, Number 9

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Cover Article

Servo Transfers Add Speed at Ford Flat Rock
by Lou Kren
Replacing aging, maintenance-intensive mechanical transfers with new electronic servo systems keeps Ford's production humming.



Drive Automotive Drives Scrap Underground
by Brad Kuvin
...via a fleet of 43 conveyors tasked with moving some 2500 tons of steel scrap per week down and out of its more than 1 million-sq.-ft. stamping plant. Here we detail the technology that keeps the conveyors, and the scrap, moving.
Clamps Gain a Grip on Die-Change Efficiency
by Brad Kuvin
With improved die-change ergonomics top of mind, pressroom managers at the new showcase Whirlpool plant embrace hydromechanical clamping nuts to speed changeovers and avoid die damage.
Plasma Cutting Leads Loveman
by Louis A. Kren
Fabrication job shop and service center Loveman Steel relies on its array of cutting equipment, fronted by two plasma-cutting tables, to satisfy a diverse, time-sensitive customer base.
Sko-Die Gets Comfy with Bigger Bed
by Louis A. Kren
A new mechanical press delivers a larger bed size, allowing this Illinois stamper to keep existing jobs and obtain new work that requires larger progressive dies. At 440 tons, the press also boosts the company's tonnage capacity.
Imperial has the Fab Recipe for Higher Productivity
This California supplier of cooking equipment finds productivity and quality gains in its new, servo-electric combination punching and shearing cells.
Apply Change Management to Leap Over ERP-Implementation Hurdles
by Keith Helfrich
The road to successful ERP implementation includes placing the process before the technology, setting achievable goals and allowing employees to have 'skin in the game.'
Five Guidelines for Business-Process Improvement with ERP
by Jeff Carr
From the plant floor to the front office, an ERP system can help you work smarter in all functional areas.
Using an ERP System to Improve Sales
by Tyler Bishop
ERP data can be employed in new ways to drive bottom-line success.



The Value Proposition for Hiring Veterans
Editorial by Steve Nowlan
How Not To Use the Forming Limit Curve
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Nomenclature--Are We Talking About the Same Thing?
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz
Post-Workshift Antitheft Security Screening is Not Compensable Time
You and the Law by Doug Ehlke



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