MetalForming Explores FABTECH 2017--Day 4

Thursday, November 9, 2017
FABTECH: Explore the Floor
FABTECH: Explore the Floor

November 9, 2017


What's New

Day Four at FABTECH—Getaway Day, but First…
We’re sure you’ll agree that this has been an amazing week. Most of us will head for planes, trains or automobiles later today, and head home with more knowledge, ideas and industry contacts than we had on Monday. But before you leave McCormick Place, we encourage you to walk the aisles once more to discover product and equipment innovations you may not have seen and to consider attending some of the conference sessions.

Thursday, November 9: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Please be sure to stop by the PMA booths and visit with the staff of MetalForming, Fabricating Product News magazines (A5631) and 3D Metal Printing magazine (B83).

2017 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming Announced
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) honored the winners of its 2017 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming at a ceremony on November 5, the evening before FABTECH. Presented annually, the awards recognize outstanding achievement in the areas of design, safety, quality, training and education, process control, product development, and productivity. Congratulations to the 2017 winners:

  • Anchor Manufacturing Group, Inc., Cleveland, OH—Zierick Manufacturing Corporation Productivity Award for its handling of a difficult-to-produce class-A part, an automotive side-sill.
  • Metal Flow Corporation, Holland, MI—Ulbrich Award for Excellence in Product Development for developing a deep-draw-stamping alternative to a costlier machining process when producing automobile fuel-system assemblies.
  • Hatch Stamping Company, Chelsea, MI—Plex Systems Innovation and Technology Award for implementing cloud technology and an enterprise-resource-planning (ERP) system that drives continuous real-time data collection to effectively manage core business functions across its multi-facility organization.
  • Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), Granite City, IL—Clips & Clamps Industries Educational Institution Award for its outstanding Precision Machining Technology program, which prepares students with the skills and experience needed to enter a variety of machining fields.

Visit www.pma.org/awards for details.

NEW! 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion
Stop by the 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion and visit with exhibitors offering printing machines, hybrid equipment, materials, software and other AM-related products and services. Also, there will be presentations and, of course, networking opportunities. And be sure to visit 3D Metal Printing magazine, published by the Precision Metalforming Association, at Booth B83.

Today's Videos


Visit M1 by ECi Solutions
Booth A4943

M1 announces the release of version 9.2 for its ERP software solution, built specifically for small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses. Version 9.2 includes enhanced features for cost of goods sold (COGS) for precise job costing, and first-in first-out/last-in first-out (FIFO/LIFO) inventory control, and functionality for scheduling, which enables better constraint, labor, and equipment management, according to David Christensen, vice president of sales. The extended capabilities of M1 lets business owners and managers see details inside their various business operations and provides access to meaningful information helping manufacturers analyze trends and be proactive. M1 customers gain a competitive advantage with better insights that help them make informed decisions for their business.

Visit M1 online at http://ecim1.com/

     FIND US @ BOOTH A4943

ECi Video


Visit Komatsu
Booth A5231

Visit the Komatsu booth in FABTECH’s METALFORM technology area to watch the micron accuracy of the servo press technology in action. Digital technology links the entire production cell for remote monitoring. On the fabricating front, Komatsu displays its Twister cutting machine and its Quick Gas option. Quickly change over from cutting 1/8- to 1-in.-thick steel with fine plasma to oxyfuel cutting 2-in.-thick plate with a mere 30-sec. nozzle change.

Visit Komatsu online at www.Komatsupress.com and www.Komatsuplasma.com.




      FIND US @ BOOTH A5231

Komatsu Video

Conference Reports

It may be the last day for FABTECH 2018, but there are still plenty of opportunities to learn from industry experts. Today’s conference sessions cover press-technology advancements, optimizing sensor selection, cost-saving lubrication practices, and simulation software for reducing iterations and predicting tooling shapes.

Here’s your complete Schedule at a Glance.


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See also: ECI Software Solutions, Komatsu America Industries, LLC Press Technology Division

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