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February 28, 2018

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February 28, 2018
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Report: Future Remains Bright for Metalforming

Metalforming companies anticipate steady business conditions during the next three months, according to the February 2018 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. The report, an economic indicator for manufacturing, reflects the views of 116 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada. The February report shows that 48 percent of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity during the next three months; another 49 percent expect no change; and only 3 percent believe that economic activity will decline.

"The Trump administration has shown strong leadership on important policy initiatives like tax reform and infrastructure, which give confidence to U.S. manufacturers," says PMA President Roy Hardy. "The administration should continue its support for domestic manufacturing by resisting calls to place restrictions on steel imports, a move that would limit American manufacturers' ability to make value-added products here at home and undermine our competitiveness around the world."

Picking Up What Vacuum Cups Cannot

Transporter®LP magnetic end-of-arm tooling is designed to transfer metal blanks, stampings and parts in automated and robotic applications. Engineered with powerful Rare Earth magnets, they will hold parts during power loss, minimize part shifting, provide more options for picking up perforated or odd parts, and reduce shop air costs significantly compared to vacuum cups.

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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United Steel Supply Orders Braner/Loopco High-Capacity Slitting Line

Faurecia to Build $60 Million Plant

M.A. Metal Adds CO2 Mitsubishi Laser Machine

Bernard and Tregaskiss Earn Certification Upgrades

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An Inside Look at Markforged's Metal Process: From Design to Part

Getting started with metal 3D printering can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. We've simplified the process to help you easily and affordably manufacture complex, custom metal parts with geometries that traditional manufacturing methods are unable to produce. Join us for a live webinar to see how metal 3D printing from Markforged will revolutionize the way you produce metal parts – faster, easier and less expensive than ever before.

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Join us in St. Louis for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference

Participate in the conference designed for users, by users. Get ready for the biggest and best AMUG Conference ever. There will be more users at the event and more technologies represented. With AMUG's expanded scope, expert, intermediate and novice users of all commercial additive manufacturing technologies are welcome. Join us from April 8 – 12, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri, to learn, exchange ideas and build your professional network.

SC Schools Partner to Launch Auto-Assembly R&D Facility

Clemson University, in partnership with Greenville Technical College, has announced the opening of the Clemson University Vehicle Assembly Center. The 4000-sq.-ft research and development facility is part of Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research and is located in Greenville Tech's Center for Manufacturing Innovation, Greenville, SC. It features a vehicle-assembly line, joining lab, subassembly lab, embedded-devices lab and collaborative-robotics center.

"We are embarking on a new model where academia and industry can drive compelling research while simultaneously defining a new education paradigm as students at the graduate, undergraduate, and technical college levels collaborate on full-scale manufacturing projects and fortify each other's learning," says Laine Mears, BMW Vehicle Assembly Center director and BMW SmartState chair at Clemson.

White Paper Provides Important Fixture Design and Build Information

Reduce Cost and Lead Time Associated with Fixture Design and Build is a 19-page white paper that discusses applications that make the best fit for using 3D-printed jigs and fixtures and best practices for designing 3D-printed fixtures. To download, visit

Drone On

If you want to know more about how drones are manufactured and what they're being used for, check out this video about MMN, a leading drone manufacturer headquartered in Shenzhen, China.
Brand New in 2018 – Internet of Things (IoT) Experience for Metalformers and Fabricators

The Internet of Things (IoT) Experience for Metalformers and Fabricators is a one-of-a-kind conference designed specifically to educate floor supervisors, manufacturing engineers and managers, IT directors, and others working in small to midsized metalforming and fabricating plants on the coming wave of digital manufacturing and plant-floor connectivity. Visit the event website for a complete program agenda, a list of speakers and to register for this timely, technology- based event.
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.

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Press Safety Starts with Proper Guarding

Here's a deep-dive into the fundamentals of light-curtain technology, along with tips for its application in the pressroom.

Nesting Software Keeps Pace with Metalformers' Needs

Upgrades at two European manufacturers improve run times, reduce waste and increase efficiencies.

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March: Die Protection/Press Controls, CNC Punching & Tooling, Materials & Coatings

April: Mechanical Presses, Stamping, Laser Cutting

May: Press-Line Automation, In-Die Feeding/Fastening, Waterjet Cutting

MetalForming : Jobs

Connecting job seekers and employers in the metal stamping, forming, fabricating and tool & die industries.

NOR Sheet Metal Operator 2 (NY)
General Electric

Plant Manager (PA)
Atkore International Inc.

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Reynolds Consumer Brands

Tool and Die Maker (SC)
Fram Group Operations LLC

Press Brake Operator- 2nd Shift (IA)
Geater Machining & Manufacturing, Co.


See also: Markforged, Industrial Magnetics, Inc., Heyco Metals, Inc.

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