Big Press Line—A Big Investment in U.S. Manufacturing

September 9, 2020

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Big Press Line—A Big Investment in U.S. Manufacturing
A new stamping line at the Eaton electrical-products facility in Cleveland, TN, anchored by an 880-ton eccentric-geared mechanical press, provides an inspirational lift to the firm’s employees and to the region. And, let’s not overlook the production benefits of the new line—improved part accuracy and repeatability key among them.



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Quality Control During Press Hardening
InfraTec offers high-quality infrared cameras with cooled and uncooled detectors for process control, quality assurance and research and development. The automated thermographic inspection system PRESS-CHECK has been specially developed for the control of sheet metal parts in press hardening to monitor the temperature and positioning of metal sheets.





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Reliable Double-Sheet Detection
In 2020, anything that delivers peace of mind should be embraced. Specifically, in the world of stamping from blanks, manufacturers should hug double-sheet detection tight and never let it go. Why?

Let Brett Vance, business development manager of general metal forming industries for Prime Controls, Kettering, OH, explain. His company provides technology for detecting double blanks, and he knows why the ability to detect such mishaps provides comfort.




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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.




CHS Automation/Pneumatic Feed Service Join Nidec Press & Automation
Nidec Minster Corporation, Minster, OH, a member of the Nidec Press & Automation (NP&A) group, has acquired automation-equipment manufacturer CHS Automation and service provider Pneumatic Feed Service (PFS), Romeo, MI. The acquisition of CHS Automation and its emphasis on heavy-duty coil lines and high-tensile material-straightening equipment directly complements the existing NP&A product offering for contract and automotive stampers, according to NP&A CEO David Winch.


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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.





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LISTEN: The End of Just-In-Time (JIT) Manufacturing?
COVID-19, the U.S.-China trade war and more continue to affect supply chains. This podcast from QualityInspection.org discusses causes and effects, and how JIT is, and will be, impacted.



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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 30mm diameter, in standard and extended-range versions.  Surface-mount models offer 6mm of sensing range from a compact package only 8mm high.
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Simpac America Launches Acquisition Strategy to Expand its North American Service Division
Press manufacturer Simpac America, Troy, MI, the North American subsidiary of South Korea’s Simpac Inc., announced plans to invest more than $1 million to hire 15 additional employees during the next few years. That work started recently with the hiring of senior mechanic specialist Gwanghaeng Lee, who has more than 18 yr. of experience in press installations, trial-runs and automation processes.


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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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Starting October 6, Tune In for MetalForming’s Hot Stamping Experience Webinar Series
Attendees of this unique series will dive deeply into hot stamping courtesy of six sessions focusing on topics such as process control, die design and development, laser blanking and resistance welding. Attendees also will take part in a virtual tour of the American Tooling Center hot stamping facility—courtesy of Diversified Tooling Group—to view hot stamping in action.

The Hot Stamping Experience features three two-session webinars, including those taking place from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 6, and Thursday, October 8. Sessions on Tuesday, October 13, run from 1:30 to 3 p.m., followed by the virtual tour of the American Tooling Center from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

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Register to Attend Women in Manufacturing’s 10th Annual SUMMIT!
The virtual 2020 WiM SUMMIT, being held Sept 28 – Oct 1, will feature 4 days of content, 30+ sessions that will be available live streamed and on-demand, multiple virtual plant tours, and 20+ virtual exhibits.
Register Today!



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Nominate Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating 2020
In 2020, 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 5th Annual Women of Excellence in Metal Forming and Fabricating Awards, to run as a special section in the December 2020 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 and 2019 are ineligible, but previous Honorable Mention recipients can be nominated. Fill out the form in detail ASAP as the nomination deadline is September 18. While we will accept more than one nomination form a company, a company may not have more than one winner.



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The PMA Educational Foundation 50/50 Raffle is Back!
No more than 200 tickets at $100 each will be sold, meaning you have a chance to win up to $10,000. Tickets are on sale now and will be sold through November 18. Buy your tickets online. For details, contact Nichol Lopriore, 216/901-8800 ext. 103.




Hot Off the Press
Mate Precision Tooling Expands into Precision Machining, Announces Name Change
Faro Acquires a Supplier of Digital-Twin Technology
Bilsing Automation Launches High-Speed Laser-Cladding Service
Linear Transfer Allies with Strothmann Automation


September 2020 issue
September 2020
Rely on Hydraulic Presses to Do More
Today, the accuracy and repeatable performance of hydraulic presses make them candidates for a variety of intricate metal forming applications, including in aerospace, which requires extremely tight tolerances, thanks to servohydraulic technology. And, hydraulic presses now offer real-time communication of vital data. This includes remote access to the machines on the shop floor, to help maximize a metal forming operation’s performance and productivity.

A Brief History of Steelmaking
The growth of oxygen steelmaking starting in the 1960s coincided with developed countries generating more obsolete scrap following the post-WWII expansion period. Due to more available scrap combined with lower scrap-metal consumption in the oxygen steelmaking process as compared to the open-hearth process it replaced, excess scrap became readily available at relatively low cost. Favorable economics led to the growth of steelmaking in an electric-arc furnace.




Upcoming Issues
October
  • Quick Die Change
  • New Products for Forming and Fabricating
  • Automated Storage, Loading and Unloading
  • Press Brakes/Folding
  • Arc Welding
  • Software for Manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
November
  • Die Protection/Press Controls
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  • Laser Cutting
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