AR, VR and AI—New Trends in Press Control

September 22, 2021

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Technology Focus: Pressroom Automation
MetalForming brings you the July installment of our monthly Technology Focus newsletter, this month highlighting Pressroom Automation.

AR, VR and AI—New Trends in Press Control
Augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence promise to transform pressrooms, with the technology already advancing in welding, assembly and stamping operations.

ATI Robotic/Automatic Tool Changers
ATI Industrial Automation Tool Changers allow for quick and easy changing of press tooling and transfer equipment. ATI offers a wide selection of Tool Changer models to cover a variety of applications. Key features include: Excellent repeatability, high rigidity, and a lightweight and compact design.

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Coming to Detroit October 21-22: PMA's Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference
If you’ve never attended the iconic Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference (APSC), produced annually by the Precision Metalforming Association and now in its 28th year, then you’re cheating yourself and your business—that is, of course, if you’re in the automotive-parts business. Two days of educational sessions (October 20-21), networking and group discussions on the latest advancements, and perspectives from industry thought leaders on the future of the automotive industry make the conference an ideal forum for metal forming company CEOs, presidents, owners and other senior-level executives.

Innovative, Reliable and Solutions-Based
We have 40 years of experience in providing line-side and plant-wide lubrication solutions. Using a comprehensive approach, we assess your operations to ensure that you get the right combination of equipment and services for your needs. We will improve your tooling performance and help create a cleaner safer workspace.
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Pneumatic Conveyors Serving Two High-Production Presses
Scrap—unsightly, expensive and often time-consuming to remove —can limit productivity in stamping plants. Solutions often lie in carefully engineered material-handling systems designed to quickly move scrap to a central location and ultimately reduce the number of vehicles and employees needed to move smaller loads of scrap. That’s the case at the manufacturing plants of Morrison Products, a producer of air-handling components such as fans, blower wheels, impellers and propellers.

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Adjustable Spot Cooler Delivers Minus 30 Degree Air
EXAIR’s Adjustable Spot Cooler is the low cost, maintenance free solution to a variety of industrial spot cooling problems. With the turn of a knob, you can select temperatures from minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit to room temperature. Web site offers detailed information, downloadable drawings and PDF literature.

PMA September 2021 Business Conditions Report—Supply and Worker Shortages Prove Challenging
Metal forming companies expect business conditions during the next three months to continue to prove challenging, according to the September 2021 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. Prepared monthly, the report provides an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 114 metal forming companies in the United States and Canada.

PMA’s September report shows that only 26 percent of metal forming companies forecast an increase in economic activity in the next three months (decreasing from 29 percent in August and down 10 percent compared to July), 56 percent predict no change (compared to 57 percent last month) and 18 percent anticipate a decline in activity (increasing from 14 percent in August).

Sixty-one percent of respondents reported an increase in lead times, slightly down from 64 percent in August.

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Weld-Immune Sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs
Weld-immune IP68 sensors are ideal for detection in welding or harsh environments. Air-coil systems and advanced electronics make them resistant to electromagnetic fields or influence from variable frequency drive control systems. The housing design ensures longevity and the brass casings are coated with PTFE, protecting against weld sparks and metal shavings.

Nominate Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating 2021
In 2021, we are looking for women in leadership positions or on the shop floor, those who represent dedication to their company and the industry, and demonstrate excellence in meeting their workplace responsibilities.

Therefore, MetalForming magazine, in conjunction with the Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM), is seeking nominations for its 6th Annual Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating Awards, to run as a special section in the December 2021 issue. The section will feature and honor those selected as a means to recognize and promote the importance of women in the metal forming and fabricating industries.

Nominees should be employed by a manufacturer of metal parts and components or a supplier to the industry. Winners from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 are ineligible, but previous Honorable Mention recipients can be nominated. Fill out the form in detail ASAP as the nomination deadline is October 8. While we will accept more than one nomination from a company, a company may not have more than one winner.

Heyco Metals
Since 1969, Heyco Metals has rolled out high-precision, light-gauge coil and strip. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the company excels in copper, copper alloys and stainless steel as it continues a proven commitment to pristine surface quality, short lead times, exact specifications and unparalleled value for customers.

Hot Off the Press
South Korean Tier One Metal Stamper Lands in Tennessee
Ross Controls Moves to New Global Headquarters
Women in Manufacturing Summit--Hybrid Event Runs October 4-6
Gerrit Teunissen Appointed HGG General Manager for North America
BTD Manufacturing Expands Lakeville, MN Facility

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Don’t Overlook Your Stock Lubrication!
When optimizing your metalforming process, don’t overlook the quality of your stock lubrication system.  If you’re seeing excess fluid on your floors, equipment, or press, you should be concerned!

September 2021
From the September Issue of MetalForming
High-Power Waterjet Cutting to the Rescue
 …for Stromberg Sheet Metal Works, as the addition of a 90,000-psi large-bed cutting machine makes quick work of increasing workloads in the Maryland fabricator’s Specialty and Architectural division.

Custom Hydraulic Press Triggers Takeover-Die Success
When Houston, TX-based Diverse Metal Products inherited a die used to emboss plate-style heat-exchanger plates for a U.S. Nuclear Navy project, a new, custom hydraulic press became a necessity. In September 2020, the new press—packing 2500 tons of forming capacity—hit the floor running.

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Dexco Racks Create Vertical Storage Capacity for Metal Stampers, Formers and Fabricators
Dexco Tool & Die Racks reduce downtime and damage to costly manufacturing equipment by providing vertical storage capacity with high-strength shelves engineered to handle loads exceeding 80,000 lbs. Optimize your operations by maximizing floor space, enhancing safety and increasing through-put with Dexco racks.

New Products
AP&T Partners with Norgren on New, Versatile Blank-Feeding System
Hexagon Debuts Open-Platform Software to Enable Robotic Inspection
Shaker-Style Conveyors Move Stamped Parts and Scrap Safely and Efficiently
Unique Hydraulic Presses and Related Automation

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Educate your aerospace and defense team at AeroDef Mfg. 2021
Meet face-to-face with engineers, product designers & managers to find advanced technology solutions for your most pressing mfg. challenges at AeroDef 2021, Nov. 16-18 in Long Beach, CA.
Register Today!

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