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January 24, 2018

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Nexteer Promotes Holistic Approach to Manufacturing and Design

Nexteer Automotive has introduced Digital Trace Manufacturing, a holistic, integrative approach to design and manufacturing, using advanced technologies and data analytics within one common global architecture. Using virtual reality, visitors to the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (through Jan. 28) can experience how Digital Trace Manufacturing integrates workstation optimization to improve processes.

"We're using a connect-the-dots approach in which the thousands of data-producing dots around the world are standardized and talk to one another," explains Dennis Hoeg, vice president and North America chief operating officer. "Each dot represents a machine, process, database, document, workplace robot and so on. When the dots are connected, the result is one common, global architecture. Digital Trace Manufacturing allows Nexteer to deliver a dynamic, comprehensive view of its manufacturing operations in real time." An example: Integrating databases that capture product information so that complete analysis and swift problem solving are possible.

Nexteer earned a Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Award in 2017 in the Enterprise Technology Leadership category for its global implementation of advanced manufacturing and analysis.

Premium Light-Gauge Stainless Steel and Copper Alloys from Heyco Metals

This ISO 9001:2008 certified company offers high-quality, light-gauge stainless steel and copper alloy strip to the most exacting specifications, in gauges as light as .0018". Pristine quality assured with 100% surface inspection. Short lead times. 95%-plus on-time delivery. Quotes:

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Get Control of Volatile Steel Prices

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25th Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference

Attend the Precision Metalforming Association's 25th Annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference on April 25-26 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, MI. Join fellow automotive suppliers for educational sessions, networking and group discussion on the latest advancements and outlook for the automotive industry.
Analyst Describes UK Manufacturers as 'Buoyant'

According to a Lloyds Bank study, 59 percent of more than 200 United Kingdom manufacturers surveyed anticipate a rise in business activity in 2018.

"The picture painted by our latest Business in Britain survey is a reassuring one, with manufacturers in buoyant mood," reports Dave Atkinson, UK head of manufacturing at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. "Over the past six months, many have grown their order books and this is giving them the confidence to make investment plans. Uncertainty remains but there is every reason to believe the sector will continue to be resilient during 2018 and beyond." The report goes on to say 33 percent of the companies surveyed expect to invest more, while only 18 percent aim to spend less.

Smart Stamping

This well-paced tour of Manitowoc Tool and Manufacturing, Manitowoc, WI, reveals all that goes into a smart stamping operation.

Webinar to Tackle Challenges of Laser Additive Manufacturing

Gain a greater understanding of the challenges involved with creating consistently strong structures using laser-based additive manufacturing processes that meet Department of Defense or Food and Drug Administration requirements by attending The Challenges of Laser Additive Manufacturing webinar, on February 22 at 1 pm ET. Ophir's Dick Rieley, sales manager, Mid-Atlantic region for Ophir Photonics, will discuss additive laser processing and high-power laser material processing during this free 3D Metal Printing webcast.

IoT for Metalformers and Fabricators

If you want to stay ahead of the coming wave of digital manufacturing and plant-floor connectivity, aka Internet of Things (IoT), then plan now to be in Nashville, TN, April 18-19, 2018, for MetalForming magazine's IoT for Metalformers and Fabricators event. Experts will discuss advancements in ERP/MRP software and sensor and control technologies as they relate to metalforming operations, lay out a plan for implementing IoT practices, and provide case studies describing successful IoT installations. For details and to register, visit

January 2018
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Servo Advantages: How They're Applied

Knowing about precise control of slide motion throughout the stroke is one thing, but here is what it means for part quality and tool life.

Rapid Fab-Shop Growth

Sheetmetal-fabrication CAD-CAM software is driving productivity gains.

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