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April 25, 2018

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Automotive Tooling to Remain Strong for Now, Predicts Report

The automotive tooling outlook looks strong for the rest of the year, though a leveling off appears to be in the segment's not-so-distant future, according to the Q1 2018 Automotive Tooling Barometer, released by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and Harbour Results, Inc. (HRI). Read more.

PFA Makes Quick Die Change Easy

Manually actuating PFA's Mechanical Die Lifters by hand allows easy movement of stamping dies. Portable and lightweight lifting rails service multiple presses saving money. Combined with open slot bolster extensions, challenging "flatbed" and "opposing slot" bolsters can also be configured for Quick Die Change.

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Tower MWF Transitions to New ISO Standard

Bodycote Contracts with Rolls-Royce

Industrial Innovations Named Fanuc Integrator

Introducing Optiware

How Manufacturing Peers Are Using Technology

The 4th industrial revolution has arrived. In a complimentary report, learn how 150 of your fellow manufacturers are using technology – from 3D Printing to mobility, analytics and the "Industrial Internet of Things." Download it today, compliments of PLEX.

PLC Tonnage Modules

Helm Instrument is a licensed technology partner with Rockwell Automation and manufactures strain gage input modules for Allen Bradley PLC s. Each module has two independent channels of tonnage monitoring and high- low alarm setpoints. These modules reside on the backplane for seamless integration with the tonnage and setup information displayed on your operator interface. Visit our website for additional information.

Study Shows Manufacturing Worth Nearly One-Quarter of UK Economy

Manufacturing accounts for 23 percent of the United Kingdom's GDP and 48 percent of UK exports, according to a study released by the London, England-based Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). And that's not all. Read more.

Servo-Mechanical Presses and Hot Stamping Proving To Be Effective Combination

As hot stamping of advanced high-strength steels ramp up worldwide, metalformers look to servo-mechanical presses to boost efficiency, cycle time and line reliability. Read more.

Designed for Hot Forming

Servo-mechanical press system features multi-level furnace, automatic feeding system and more.

A Practical Approach to IoT:
3 Manufacturers Explain How

Everyone is talking about IoT and Industry 4.0. But in reality many manufacturers find it difficult to identify how the concepts can be applied to their business. Learn how 3 manufactures have taken a practical approach to IoT by starting modestly and growing into deployments that deliver a strong ROI. Download the whitepaper.

3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour
August 8-9, Pittsburgh, PA

3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour attendees will be able to interact directly with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments for 3D metal printing and hear case-study applications for 3D metal printing. They'll also participate in exclusive plant tours at the GE Additive Customer Experience Center, and the Carnegie Mellon NextManufacturing Center, to engage with company representatives and view 3D metal-printing machines in action.

April 2018
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Die-Design and Simulation: Proven Successes

See how these software solutions fare in the field.

Link-Motion Proves To Be a Business Booster

For century-old Stanco, 1100-ton link-motion press formers new opportunities in law and garden, and beyond.

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

June: Lubrication, Welding, CNC Punching and Tooling

July: Controls, ERP Software Roundup, Plasma Cutting

MetalForming : Jobs

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

Manufacturing Engineer (WI)
Jagemann Stamping

Production Manager (VA)
Germane Systems

Tool and Die Maker (IL)
Champion Laboratories, Inc.

Plant Manager (IL)
FMC Corporation

Process/Manufacturing Engineer - Fabrication/Welding (MN)
Tennant Company


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