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November 11, 2020

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A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way
A metal forming company executive once told me, “We’re looking for more employees to work on the system, not just in the system.” Emphasis on the words “on” and “in.” Take a moment to reflect on this, and then think about the employees at your company who are motivated to more than just do their jobs, but also seek to contribute to improving your operations. 

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The Risk of Outdated Software
The decision to replace or upgrade from an outdated ERP system can often be a difficult one, because employees grow comfortable with it.  However, it’s probably weighing you down. With the speed at which technology is advancing, manufacturers can no longer afford to continue using outdated ERP systems. Read on to learn why a modern ERP system built for manufacturing business growth may be the most important step you take for the success of your company.

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Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference, Including Lubrication Technology, Goes Virtual
The 2021 Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference, including Lubrication Technology, is taking place virtually. For four afternoons across two weeks—January 26 and 28, and February 2 and 4—participants will receive the same content and learn from the same insightful industry leaders as had been scheduled for the in-person event. The conference, produced by PMA and MetalForming magazine, in partnership with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, will include presentations on virtual stamping, tool and die, and lubrication technology, as well as inspiring keynotes. In addition, the sessions that take place throughout the event will be available on-demand following the conference.

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6 Ways EVs Will Create Global Change for Capital Equipment Suppliers & Metal Formers
Register for SIMPAC’s final EV webinar to learn about the six ways EVs will create global change for both capital equipment suppliers and metal formers. This webinar will provide insight to: 
  • Operations & digitization
  • Sustainability & eco-friendly processes
  • Millennials & Generation Z influencers
  • Commoditization as mass versus luxury EVs are being redefined
  • Profits as unlikely partnerships between automotive & battery OEMs formulate
  • Ramp-ups in production as governments & shareholders rush global infrastructure changes and charging speed advancements

MC Machinery Survey: Several Reasons to Invest in Automation
An online survey of more than 160 manufacturers conducted in October finds that 72 percent of respondents use automation in their manufacturing facilities, and 27 percent employ automation “extensively.”  Nearly 30 percent of respondents plan to add to or expand their automation capabilities within the next few months. The main reason, among others offered by respondents, for adding or expanding the use of automation: the need for increased productivity while reducing costs in order to stay competitive. 

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Pile Driver™ Inductive Proximity Sensors – Reliable Die Protection from Pepperl+Fuchs
Pile Driver™ inductive sensor housings are machined from stainless steel stock, making it the best choice for mechanically abusive environments like metalforming. Cylindrical models are available from 8 to 30 mm diameter, in standard and extended-range versions.  Surface-mount models offer 6mm of sensing range from a compact package only 8 mm high.
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WATCH: A Virtual Tour of Beckwood Press Co.
Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, MO, a manufacturer of custom hydraulic and servo-electric presses and automation systems, as well as the Triform line of precision forming equipment, has completed a comprehensive video tour of its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility, including spotlights on several recently built presses.

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Wintriss Virtual Die Protection Clinic
Wintriss Controls Group is now offering a Virtual Webinar Version of its popular Die Protection Clinic. For over 25 years, the Wintriss Die Protection Clinic has been the metal forming industry’s premier source for die protection and in-die sensing information and training. Designed for flexibility, the online curriculum has been organized into three 2-hour sessions which can be presented to accommodate attendees’ schedules.
Learn more at wintriss.com/wcg/general/diproclinic.html

FABTECH 2021 Call for Speakers
Conference-speaker submissions for FABTECH 2021 are being accepted through January 15, 2021. Program managers seek speakers who excite, engage, inspire and implement practices that will enhance the attendee experience and learning opportunity. FABTECH technologies include stamping, additive manufacturing, automation, cutting, finishing, lean principles and lean tools, management, marketing, robotics, smart manufacturing, welding, and workforce development.

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Logopress3 Progressive Blank Companion
Logopress3 Progressive Blank Companion helps the user create the intermediate stages of a complex shaped stamped part by doing only partial "unforming" of select areas of the complex shaped part in minutes instead of hours or days.

Hot Off the Press
Triform Delivers Large-Diameter Fluid-Cell Sheet-Hydroforming Press
Weld Systems Integrators Adds to its New-Business Development Team
Sheet Metal Fabricator Adds Servo-Electric Safan Darley Press Brake, AccurPress 20-ft. Shear
Aida-America Hires Project Controller, Adds to its Customer Service Team
Tooling Tech Group Appoints Business Development Manager for Metal Stamping Group
Metal Former BTD Mfg. Adds Trumpf Fiber Laser Cutting Machine

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Learn How to Eliminate Over-Application of Costly Lubricants
Precision Spray Control technology, from Spraying Systems Co., ensures the proper volume of lubricant is applied, even when line/press speeds or dies change. Precision application eliminates waste of costly lubricants and quality problems caused by inconsistent coverage. Maintenance downtime due to oil mist is eliminated, worker safety is improved and operating costs are decreased.
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SEYI. Your Servo Press Provider
SEYI servo presses offer the latest in direct drive motor and control technology, combined with unique frame designs and features. The slide motion programmability gives stampers the ability to optimize production, work with advanced materials, reduce secondary operations, and extend tooling maintenance intervals. Multiple servo presses are always in stock for quick delivery.
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November 2020 issue
November 2020
Controls Deliver Smooth Movement in Robotic Press Cell
Coordinating three stamping presses and three robots along with a feed line at USA Pan in Crescent, PA, a control package ensures efficient movement.

Hidden Squares and Invisible Gorillas
Metal forming professionals, tradespersons, technicians and operators routinely make decisions that affect machines costing tens of thousands―or sometimes millions―of dollars, or tooling that costs more than the cars and houses that we own. As a result, it is imperative that we slow our thinking process and consider other alternatives before jumping to quick decisions or solutions. 

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Dexco: The Strongest, Safest, Most Durable Racking Solutions on the Market
Dexco Coil racks create vertical storage capacity for metal stampers, formers and fabricators to improve plant safety and increase product selectivity. High strength shelves and custom cradles safely store coils exceeding 80,000 lbs. Optimize your operations by maximizing floor space, reducing material damage, and increasing through-put with Dexco racks.

Upcoming Issues
  • Pressroom Automation
  • Sensors/Controls
  • Arc Welding
  • CNC Punching
  • Women of Excellence Recognition
  • Quality/Inspection
  • Materials & Coatings
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Industry Outlook
  • Servo Technology
  • Preview: EuroBlech
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding

Find Great Candidates to Join Your Team During Women in Manufacturing’s (WiM) Virtual Career Fair on December 14!
Join the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Association on Monday, December 14 during its first-ever Virtual Career Fair. Connect with qualified job seekers from across the country while gaining a competitive edge over other companies seeking similar candidates. Learn more and register as a hiring company or job seeker.

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