MetalForming Explores FABTECH - Day 3

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
FABTECH: Explore the Floor

November 20, 2013


What's New

Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline--Free and Open to All Attendees
Beginning at 12:30 this afternoon, take an hour to attend a panel discussion, where several leading professionals will discuss how education, industry and government are working together to build and strengthen the future manufacturing workforce pipeline. The session takes place at the FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse.

Workforce development has leapt to the top of the chart as one of the key challenges manufacturers face to remain competitive in today's global economy. Attend this panel discussion to learn of solutions being implemented for developing employees of tomorrow to meet the skilled labor needs of today.

Cocktails and Comedy
Mosey on back to the FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse, this afternoon at 5:30 for an hour of laughs at the annual FABTECH Cocktails and Comedy event. The event features a veteran group of Chicago's elite short-form improvisers known for specializing in quick-witted, hilarious shows, as seen at ComedySportz Theater, Second City, the Improvised Shakespeare Company and more.

Complimentary admission and beverage ticket with event registration.

Today's Videos


Visit the Komatsu booth in FABTECH's METALFORM technology area to watch servo-press technology in action. Learn how new die cushions are able take advantage of the controlled slide velocity of a servo and synchronize timing between slide position and cushion tonnage/stroke. Digital technology replaces guesswork for cushion setting. On the fabricating front, Komatsu displays its Twister cutting machine and its Quick Gas option. Quickly changeover from cutting 1/8- to 1-in. steel with fine plasma to oxyfuel cutting 2-in. plate with a mere 30-sec. nozzle change. Visit Komatsu online at www.Komatsupress.com & www.Komatsuplasma.com

FIND US @ BOOTH S4331 & S513

Dallas Industries

Dallas will display its Profile Select feed control, which provides automatic cam window utilization and selectable strip motion profiles—sinusoidal, trapezoidal, and maximum speed profile. Automatic speed compensation allows for on-the-fly ramping of press speed with matching increase of feed rate. An automatic line speed signal synchronizes the speed of the straightener, reel or cradle for better control of loop supply. And, a time-based profile system has been developed for servo- and hydraulic-press applications. Also displayed: a new generation of zig-zag feeders with high-speed lateral travel for circle-blanking applications.




Balluff representatives will be at the booth to demonstrate its die-protection, quick-die-change, traceability (Die ID), and IO-Link technology. Highlighted are its new Smart Light stack light machine-status indicators. Connect the Smart Light to virtually any industrial network via the open and universal standard IO-Link, and eliminate the need for a remote I/O box simply to control an indicator light. Also on display: a welding demo featuring new highly durable cables and stainless-steel flatpack sensors and bunkering solutions.



Wintriss Wintriss will display its ShopFloorConnect asset-utilization software, able to collect data from stamping presses, press brakes, laser-cutting machines and other fabricating equipment. The software displays real-time machine-status information on a PC or mobile device—no need to install any special software. It automatically delivers reports showing downtime analysis and OEE, and provides the vital real-time data missing from many ERP and MES systems. It is scalable and flexible, and comes factory-configured to communicate directly over your LAN with the ShopFloorConnect Machine Interface (SMI).




Conference Reports

PMA Stamping Tracks kick off this morning at 8:00 with a session on OSHA-compliant stamping-press inspections. Attendees will learn from Columbia Machine Works' Jeff Fredline how and what to inspect during an OSHA-compliant Inspection, and will review each of the press systems and their proper function. Learn how to determine when your machine is in need of specialized maintenance procedures, and the specific procedures required for correction.

Fredline will be followed by Tower Oil's Steve Lowery and a presentation on green lubricants. Other Wednesday sessions address RFID applications in metalforming (by David Bird and Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Balluff, Inc.), and fluid forming.

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See also: Balluff, Inc., Dallas Industries, Komatsu America Industries, LLC Press Technology Division, Wintriss Controls Group LLC

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