To learn why working with stronger steels demands unique coil handling technology, and what metal stampers should consider, MetalForming reached
out to Kevin Enos, national sales manager for Formtek Maine, which
designs and provides such systems. Here he offers his expertise on how
systems have evolved to meet the challenges of higher-strength steels,
and what metal stampers should know when looking to best process these
“Threadup and setup times increase greatly with HSLA and AHSS, as operators work to thread the line safely,” Enos offers. “Additionally, the challenge to properly flatten or process the material can lead to inconsistent feed lengths, shorter tool life and the possibility of an expensive crash. To combat such conditions, manufacturers provide equipment designed to facilitate hands-free material threadup.”
"With dedicated remanufacturing facilities and trained personnel on three continents, Nidec Press & Automation can provide new life for used machinery. Whether it’s a major component or an entire press, NPA can update you machinery to meet current needs at a fraction of the price and delivery time of a new press. Upgrade options include: change shutheight; increase speed; reduce stopping time; new controls; change stroke; increase energy; and much more."
Automatic Feed Company (AFCO), Napoleon, OH, has upgraded the drives and controls used on its coil-processing equipment, reportedly resulting in increased production output and reduced energy usage and costs. According to company officials, one customer’s recent switch from DC to AC drives on its cut-to-length line and stacking equipment resulted in a 76-percent reduction in power consumption.
Tool & Mfg. Co., McCook, IL, will soon add a new Minster E2-1200
HeviStamper mechanical press, with a 240-in. left-to-right bed, to its
production floor. The press will stamp thicker-material, high-tensile
complex parts, primarily for the automotive industry. To supplement its
new 1200-ton press, ODM added a new Gudel transfer system and a
heavy-duty CHS feed line with an extra-robust straightener, designed to
handle advanced high-strength steels, including dual-phase grades.
and economic uncertainty are placing tremendous strain on the
automotive industry. These challenges, coupled with the rate of rapid
evolution in the industry, have left many with questions about how to
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Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI, a manufacturer of coil handling
and servo roll feed equipment, has appointed DeBora McCary purchasing
manager, responsible for supervising RFQs, managing inventory and
materials, procuring goods and contractor services, and establishing and
upholding procurement policies.
should metal formers address capital-equipment concerns and investments
during trying times? Stephan A. Robertson, general manager/vice
president of sales and operation for Simpac America, offers answers in
this Q&A piece.
Answering one question on how a purchasing department can work with its manufacturing team to continue investing in new technology, Robertson offers the following: “There are four key factors when considering capital investments: price, performance, delivery and the ability to provide turnkey solutions. In a challenging economy, stampers should evaluate their current equipment and focus on two age groups. For presses within the 5- to 15-yr. age range, consider upgrading controls and automation—feeds and transfers. For older presses, one new machine, especially a servomechanical press, may allow a stamper to replace two or three aging presses. Efficiency skyrockets, as you conserve floor space and human capital.”
forming limit curve (FLC) has been a key problem solver in the metal
forming industry since the 1960s. Developed by the late Dr. Stuart
Keeler, formerly the author of the Science of Forming column for MetalForming magazine,
stampers use the FLC during tool development and production-problem
analysis. However, most users do not understand the origin and variables
that influence the shape and placement of the curve.
Seven Tool Tips for Punching Thick Material Whether a harder steel or a softer aluminum, thick is thick, and thick material presents unique CNC-punching challenges, with two real possibilities: tool breakage on impact due to shock; and tool breakage during the longer-lasting stripping process. What’s a fabricator to do? Fortunately, solutions exist, offers Susan Erler, punching product manager for Wilson Tool International.
Erler offers seven tool tips for successful thick-sheet punching, with this caveat: “Thick, mild steel acts similarly all of the time. Thick, softer materials such as copper, aluminum and brass, react differently. They sometimes require a trial-and-error approach.”
July (Digital only)
Management Software and Industry 4.0: Ushering in a new era for
metal formers and fabricators. Find out how stampers and fabricators
can, and do, leverage advanced software, sensing and analytics to keep
operations running optimally.
Supply-Chain Snags―The pandemic has revealed just how fragile the links can be between metal formers and fabricators, and their suppliers and customers. What have the challenges been, and what solutions—reshoring and others—are available?