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January 8, 2014

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Best Manufacturing Blog Posts of 2013
Innovation execution, inventory tracking with GPS, improving warehousing efficiency, and motivating teams—these topics and others are addressed in The Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of 2013. So notes Manufacturing Transformation blogger Gordon Benzie in his post-New Year’s Day blog on

Other topics discussed in Benzie’s Top 10 posts: 5 Ways to Measure Operational Excellence, and How to Improve Production Throughput Capacity.
Stamtec presses for 2014


It is that time of year again, when wish lists are made, and budgets are planned. Stamtec has a complete line of presses from 25 tons to 660 tons, many of which are currently in stock for quick delivery. Even for larger presses, up to 3,000 tons, Stamtec is well-positioned to help you with some of the shortest lead times in the industry. So, contact us today to start planning for 2014.
MFG Meeting
Returns for 4th Year

MFG Meeting
Hosted by three major trade associations – AMT, NTMA and PMA – The MFG Meeting brings together the complete chain of manufacturing to discuss the current and future state of the industry. With a dual focus on finding solutions to business challenges and networking with peers, The MFG Meeting helps industry leaders plan for the future and make connections today.
ERP is Critical
to Your Business

April 8 – 9, Rosemont, IL
Learn the latest developments in ERP software. Witness software demonstrations from leading suppliers; benefit from case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects and hear presentations from experts on ERP-software implementation strategies, vendor selection, training and other critical topics.
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> Garnet-Selection Advice for Optimum Waterjet-Cutting Performance
Waterjet-cutting-machine manufacturer WardJet Inc. offers this white paper on abrasive garnet selection. Discussed are garnet types (alluvial and rock); abrasive mesh sizes and how to specify the right mesh for the job; pricing of abrasive products; and what to look for in a garnet, including a discussion of why double-sifted abrasives are a good choice.


> New Automotive-Manufacturing Technology Bursting at the Seams
Here’s a dynamic duo of recently published online articles touting seemingly futuristic automotive-manufacturing technology developments that are in fact right around the corner from implementation.

First, learn here about new technology for dressing the tips of resistance-welding electrodes designed for high-volume production of aluminum assemblies.

Then, learn here of an “intelligent” tryout fixture for automotive car-body assembly that mimics the application of a tryout press used by stampers to verify die and forming-process performance. The fixture enables developers to apply what’s learned in pilot production to actual car-body assembly operations and “reduce (program) startup times by up to 50 percent,” says one researcher. Researchers can simulate how rigid an assembly would be if it were made of steel, aluminum or synthetic material.

January 2014 Issue of MetalForming

In This Issue:

> "We Put a Press Where We Had
No Business Doing So"

So says Paul Gray, manager, stamping at LuK USA, who explains why he located a new high-speed mechanical press in an area that others questioned, and how he addressed their concerns

> Staying Atop the Laser-Cutting Landscape
This specialist in high-performance automotive-exhaust fabrication expands into contract manufacturing, beginning with investing in laser-cutting technology. A new 6-kW machine equipped for tube cutting helps the firm stay one step ahead of the competition
What's Trending?
Pressroom Automation
Turret Press Tooling
Die Design Software
Press Controls
Waterjet Cutting
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Hydraulic Presses
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Laser Cutting
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