New Book: Die Protection for Lean Manufacturing

Sunday, March 1, 2009
This new book from the Precision Metalforming Association is written by long-time die-sensor expert Drew Stevens, who shows readers step by step how to develop modern sensing technologies for the pressroom and apply them to a lean-manufacturing environment. “Slow stamping-press speeds and frequent die crashes are not acceptable,” writes Stevens, “and the manufacturers that choose to shift their thinking to new technologies will prevail in the world metalforming market.”

Stevens is a journeyman diemaker and developer of specialized sensor-based die-protection training and application-assistance programs for metalforming companies. He also writes an error-proofing column for PMA’s monthly e-newsletter, Tool & Die Authority. In this 112-page book, loaded with illustrations and photos, Stevens explores in detail how creating an autonomous die-protection expert in your organization can prevent unplanned downtime, save die-repair costs and prevent bad parts from getting to the customer. Chapters address sensor selection and installation; using sensors to avoid strip-feeding problems; proper feed detection; part-ejection issues; crash prevention; and design and development of a sensor test cart.

Automating the metalforming process while adopting lean-manufacturing concepts such as just-in-time and kaizen has helped make the stamping process less expensive, faster and more efficient than ever. To learn how to protect those investments by applying sensors in your metalforming operation and support your lean-manufacturing directives, order a copy of Stevens’ Die Protection for Lean Manufacturing.

Price: $59.95; $49.95 for PMA members. And, purchase five copies and get a sixth copy free. To order online, go to PMA’s Marketplace,, or call 216/901-8800.


See also: Precision Metalforming Association

Related Enterprise Zones: Sensing/Electronics, Tool & Die

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