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MetalForming Magazine

August 2016 Issue

Volume 50, Number 8

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Cover Article

Fiber Laser Keeps Real--Wheels Rolling
A new fiber-laser cutting machine has enabled this Chicago-area fabricator to put the pedal to the medal in churning out wheel and axle covers, grills and more for trucks and specialty vehicles.



Smart Part Nesting
The process is increasingly automated, freeing operators for other tasks while significantly boosting productivity and material utilization.
Large Mill Means Victory in Machining Large Progressive Dies
A heavy-duty double-column bridge mill and its 90-tool automatic changer allows this Minnesota tool builder to keep machining inhouse, giving it control over process quality and lead time.
Big Data Pays Off Big for Illinois Fabricator
by Lou Kren
World-class on-time-delivery and quality numbers are directly related to an evolving computerized value-chain system that can automatically process as many as 5000 customer-demand changes daily across 6000 part numbers, and adjust schedules and supplier deliveries to match.
Ready, Set, IMTS!
Much more than merely machining technology, the 2016 edition of IMTS, a 1.3-million-sq.ft. behemoth of a manufacturing tradeshow, offers up breakthrough developments in automation and robotics, fabricating equipment, software and additive manufacturing.



Reader Questions My Earthliness
Editorial by Brad Kuvin
Are Simulative Tests Still Useful?
The Science of Forming by Stuart Keeler
Die-Design Validation
Tooling by Design by Peter Ulintz



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