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September 11, 2019

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Making Metal Bats
Transforming a chunk of aluminum to a finished baseball bat involves myriad processes and technologies. Check it out.

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Gema OptiFlex® Pro…Power. Quality. Control.
The new OptiFlex® Pro from Gema gives you the highest charging power in the industry at 110,000 V / 110 μA, allowing you to coat faster and more efficiently. Plus you can manage your application process in real time by using Gema’s exclusive E-App, for total connectivity. More power, more quality, more control. For more information visit

The Future of Automotive: Lighter Vehicles, Autonomous Controls
The Destiny of Manufacturing podcast presents press expert Jeff Fredline, from Meco Corp., who shares his insights on the future of automotive, including lighter vehicles and autonomous controls, and their impact on manufacturing processes. Also discussed: the importance of training and workforce development.

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.

Report: Metal Formers Remain Uncertain About Economy
While an increasing number of companies project an improvement in near-term business conditions, the majority remain uncertain and are bracing for a decline, according to the Precision Metalforming Association’s monthly Business Conditions Report.

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Logopress3F Blank Overview
Use the “Blank” portion of Logopress3F flattening software for SolidWorks to generate a flat blank (and formability data) in seconds with just a few clicks. Results are generated as a standard SolidWorks sketch using only lines and arcs (No splines!).

Hot Stamping Getting Hotter, as Coming Conference and Tour Will Show
Within the past decade, hot stamping has gained a foothold in North America, as more and more automotive OEMs and their Tier suppliers adopt the technology. To help metal formers and fabricators stay on top of the technology, MetalForming magazine debuts its Hot Stamping Experience and Tech Tour, September 17 in Michigan. Event presenters and representatives of hot stamping equipment provide an inside look at the current state of the technology and where it’s headed.

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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.

Nominate Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating 2019
MetalForming magazine, in conjunction with the Women in Manufacturing Association, seeks nominations for its 4th Annual Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating section, to run in the November 2019 issue. The section will feature and honor women in leadership positions or on the shop floor, who represent dedication to their company and the metal forming and fabricating industries, and demonstrate excellence in meeting their workplace. Deadline for submissions: September 20.

Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference
Kick off 2020 with a must-attend, info-packed event, the Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference, January 28-29 at the Nashville (TN) Airport Marriott. Presented by the Precision Metalforming Association in association with MetalForming magazine, the conference features keynote presentations, educational breakout sessions for stamping and tool and die, exhibits and a networking reception for more than 200 attendees and sponsors. Track sessions feature new, emerging, evolving and maturing technologies and industry trends that are impactful to metal-stamping, die-design and die-construction companies.
Get details and register.

Nesting Advancements for Laser Cutting Continue
Powerful algorithms help deliver productivity-enhancing features such as improved estimating, lead-in optimization, part-in-part nesting and more.

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WESTEC 2019: The Leading West Coast Manufacturing Event
Connect with thousands of leading manufacturers in critical industries at WESTEC 2019, Sept. 24-26 in our new location, Long Beach Convention Center. Take part in complimentary educational sessions, including Knowledge Bars, keynote addresses and new-product demonstrations, and advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing at our Smart Manufacturing Hub!
Register for FREE today!

Expanded Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show Returns to Toronto
The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show, Canada’s largest trade show and conference for advanced manufacturing technologies, cutting-edge equipment, best practices and industry connections, returns to The International Centre in Toronto, September 30 to October 3.

SOUTHTEC Reflects Southeast Manufacturing
Collaborate with leading manufacturing experts at SOUTHTEC, at the epicenter of Southeast manufacturing. Find ideas for new products and the latest technology to build them. Connect with like-minded professionals who can help your business thrive. Experience the power of Southeast manufacturing by attending SOUTHTEC!
Register today!

Hot Off the Press

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PEAK South 2019 – Registration Now Open
Head to Greenville, SC, for the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) PEAK South Conference taking place Monday, October 28. This conference for women working in manufacturing (and the men who support them!) will offer learning and networking opportunities, including a keynote presentation, plant tours, breakout sessions led by experts, and more!

September 2019 issue
Problem-Solving Press Feeds
Two metal formers--one a Tier One and Two automotive supplier and the other, a manufacturer of door-trim hardware--with different manufacturing challenges arrive at the same solution: servo press feeds.

Energy Market Report
Metal forming and fabricating power the energy sector and, in turn, the entire economy.

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WiM Automotive South 2019 – Register Today!
The 3rd annual WiM Automotive South Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in Greenville, SC. This day-long conference will include keynote presentations by industry leaders like Carrie Uhl, VP of Purchasing and Supply Chain with Magna International, an engaging panel discussion, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more!

Upcoming Issues
October: FABTECH Show Issue, Quick Die Change, Automated Storage, Loading and Unloading, Arc Welding, Software for Manufacturing, IoT
November: Die Protection/Press Controls, Mechanical Presses, Waterjet Cutting, CNC Punching & Tooling, Resistance Welding, Safety Update, Market Report: Appliance, Metal Forming and Fabricating Women of Excellence.
December: PMA Awards of Excellence, Automation, Quality/Inspection, Folding/Bending Technology, Cutting, Arc Welding, Materials & Coatings, Additive Manufacturing, Metal Stamping/Tool and Die Conference

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Do you need new video content for your website and social-media platforms? Looking for a professional videographer to produce a virtual tour of your facilities, or to capture a key specialty process that provides your company with a competitive advantage? Let MetalForming magazine help.  Now available, in partnership with Toth Media, LLC:
  • Company profile or promotional video production
  • Product or service promotional or educational video development
  • Indoor/outdoor drone videography
  • Photography; and more
Request a quote today—e-mail Brad Kuvin.

Industry-Related Terms: Center, Alloys, Arcs, Blank, Breakout, CNC, Coat, Die, Forming, LASER, Lines, Nesting, Run, Stainless Steel, Surface
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