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March 26, 2014

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March 26, 2014
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Analyzing China’s Manufacturing Losing Streak
Data released on Monday indicates that China’s manufacturing sector has now contracted for five straight months. Adding fuel to the fire: “The weakness appears even more pronounced given that there is usually a seasonal rebound after the Chinese New Year holiday,” says economist Julian Evans-Pritchard in BusinessWeek. The article provides an inside look at possible reforms on the to try to revive China’s manufacturing sector, and the impact such reforms might have.

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.
Hydraulic Quick Die Change Systems
With 50 years of experience clamping dies, Hilma provides safe, reliable hydraulic die clamping systems that offer faster turnaround, reduced labor costs, consistent part quality, and a broad range of clamps, die lifters, hydraulic circuits, pumps and other products for quick die change. Find out more now…
iTool Visual Press Brake Cabinet
Versatility Professional Tool Storage introduces the new iTool Visual Press Brake Cabinet. iTool is engineered to help fabricators work safer and increase productivity with innovative benefits like a see-thru door, lock out drawers, and flip down drawer fronts to create the safest and most productive tool storage cabinet available today. See the industry’s most comprehensive line of Tool Storage Cabinets and Change Over-Carts. For more details and our special offer go to
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> Toledo Metal Spinner a Model Manufacturing Citizen, and Inspiration to Youngsters
Forget LeBron James, Tom Brady and Miguel Cabrera as role models for the up and coming generation of youngsters—our nation’s future workforce. It’s time to inspire young people to look up to the skilled workers who add value to our lives each and every day, functioning across a cast range of duties in a variety of manufacturing plants.

That’s exactly what Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has set out to do, as he launched (earlier this month) the Ohio Strong campaign. The program aims to recognize workers in manufacturing and the skilled trades who have forged successful careers, to encourage more people to follow their lead and pursue manufacturing careers.

Earning the inaugural Ohio Strong award from Mandel: a 31-yr. employee of PMA member company Toledo Metal Spinning. Toledo’s The Blade newspaper covered the story in depth.

> On Film: Additive Manufacturing of Metal Parts
Take a look at what researchers at the Michigan Technological University are doing with an open-source 3D metal printer in this 2-min. YouTube video. Watch as associate professor Joshua Pearce explains how his students are printing steel parts using an off-the-shelf gas-metal-arc-welding machine. It’s ideal for rapid prototyping in metal, he says, and a perfect to repurpose scrap metal.

> It’s Time to Enter PMA’s 2014 Metalforming Awards Competition
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) invites industry-leading metalformers and fabricators to submit an entry for its 2014 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. The program recognizes excellence in several categories, including creative and effective product design; development and implementation of an effective quality system; use of closed-loop process controls to improve quality and productivity; and implementation of effective safety and training programs.

Learn more and access an online entry form at

Manufacturing Engineering and Plex invite you to join our webinar: "Cloud ERP Helps Manufacturers Keep Up with the Times"
Enterprise manufacturing is changing and enterprise applications running in the cloud are playing a big role in helping manufacturers respond to change. Join this webinar on April 2 at 2:00 pm ET to hear how manufacturers are using Cloud ERP to reduce costs by eliminating upgrades, to get real-time visibility for data-driven decisions, to increase supplier collaboration and scheduling and to reduce inventory cost. Register Today.
Stamping Simulation within the NX Environment
Determine ideal nesting layouts and maximize material usage with BSE-in-NX. The solution accurately estimates blank size along with blank nesting for maximum material usage, scrap and piece price via an icon on the NX toolbar. Blank predictions reflect both linear bends and the material stretch that occurs during the forming process, producing the most accurate blank possible. Watch a Demo Now
Sign Up to Attend the 2014 Die Design Experience
Come join us for the 2014 Die Design and Simulation Software Experience. The event will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on May 28-29, 2014, in Rosemont, IL. Witness software demonstrations from leading suppliers, case-study presentations on software-implementation projects, and hear keynote presentations on state-of-the-art die-design, development and simulation software innovations.
New Products
The latest in metalforming and fabricating products and technology. > Chillers Prolong Resistance-Welding Electrode Life, Reduce Operating Costs
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> Fiber-Laser Cutting Machine Tackles Material Thick and Thin
> Mazak Partners to Deliver Fab-Automation Solutions
> CNC Cutting Machine Combines Waterjet and Plasma Capabilities
March 2014
In This Issue:

> Troubleshooting Mig Welding
of Aluminum

Follow the guidelines offered here to prevent weld cracking, porosity and discoloration, and avoid wire-feeding problems when welding aluminum.

> New Controls Put Press Order
on Hold

Investing in new press-automation controls and an added dose of in-die sensing has increased productivity and quality at Tenere, Inc., without adding more stamping lines. Output has increased by 60 to 100 percent on most jobs.
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See also: Stamtec, Inc., HILMA Div. of Carr Lane Roemheld, Versatility Tool Works & Mfg., Plex Systems Inc., ETA Dynaform

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