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October 14, 2020

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Enjoy Manufacturing Month, Then Plan Carefully for 2021
As the economy continues to recover in the wake of COVID-19, our industry’s skills shortage and its ramifications will again become apparent. That said, fall begins the 2021 budgeting season for many manufacturers, and as noted in a September blog post by McKinsey & Company, “the financial-planning process for 2021 presents an opportunity to turn hard-earned lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic into an enduring exercise in linking strategy to value.” The business-as-usual budgeting process no longer suffices.



Sponsored
Online Bankruptcy Auction BIMair B.V. – Complete Air Ducts Production Company (Machinery up to 2019)
Troostwijk Auctions organizes an online bankruptcy auction of recent air ducts production machinery including coil processing line with 10-fold decoiler “Iowa Precision” (2017), laser cutting machine with 4-fold decoiler “SH-ACL” (2018), elbow machines “JWT”, CNC press brake “Toskar” and complete workshop and warehouse inventory. Auction closing date: Tuesday 20 October.




Two Companies Recognized for Their Reshoring Success
Die-Tech & Engineering, Wyoming, MI, and Trenton Forging Co., Trenton, MI, have received the 2020 National Metalworking Reshoring Award in recognition of their success in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. The 2020 award was presented virtually on the IMTS Network on September 15 by Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative.


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Is Your Clamping Space Limited?
Due to the manageable and compact design, hollow-piston cylinders are especially suitable where space is limited. They are available with clamping forces ranging from 3 tons to 16 tons, and they offer optimum adaptation to an unlevel clamping surface with an optional spherical disk.
Click here for more information




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Get Smart with Stock Lubrication!
SmartFlow™ enables metal formers to get smart with fluid application. With an intuitive interface, SmartFlow™ allows for simple, guided setup, advanced integration, fluid usage tracking, monitoring, and enhanced diagnostic/maintenance tools. Pair SmartFlow™ with Unist’s precision applicators for lubrication systems that eliminate wasted fluid and mess, reduce scrap, and maximize profit.





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WATCH: MetalForming Magazine Visits Martinrea, Springfield, TN, for a Look at its New Simpac Press
MetalForming editorial director Brad Kuvin visits with Esau Gardner, general manager of the Martinrea facility in Springfield, TN, to discuss the plant's recent and significant expansion.



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Weber PT
The WEBER PT is the perfect deburring machine for lasered, punched and nibbled parts. It handles deburring, rounding, descaling and surface grinding of thin sheets and heavy plates. Up to four grinding stations allow for all machining variations. Improved accessibility for maintenance; modular design; and optional simultaneous top/bottom machining are just some of the advantages of the WEBER PT.
Hans WEBER Sales & Service, Olathe, Kansas 66071, 913-254-1611, sales@weberamerica.com, www.weberamerica.com





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Machining Without Coolant
Replace messy mist systems and improve dry machining with clean, cold air! EXAIR’s Cold Gun Aircoolant System improves tolerances, tool life and production rates by cooling with 20°F air. The Cold Gun is ideal for tool sharpening, drill and cutter grinding, milling, band sawing, more.




Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference Now Includes Lubrication Technology
New for 2021, PMA’s Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference is adding lubrication technology to the event. The conference, produced by the Precision Metalforming Association and MetalForming magazine in partnership with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, will feature keynote presentations and breakout educational sessions on stamping, tool and die, and lubrication.


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How an MES Solution Improves Shop Floor Efficiency
In manufacturing your money is made on the shop floor.  Learn how an MES System can keep your shop floor operating at peak performance to achieve “zero defect” production, increase work center run time and more.
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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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Servo vs. Mechanical Presses: Understanding Available Tonnage and Energy
Since the motion of a servo press is programmable, some users wrongly believe that the tonnage available through the full stroke of the press is like that of a hydraulic press. However, servo presses have a mechanical drivetrain (eccentric gear or shaft); therefore, the tonnage curve basically will be the same as with a mechanical press.  Stampers must review the press’ tonnage curve vs. the specific applications in regard to loads higher in the stroke.



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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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Mechanical Presses for Automotive & General Stamping Industries
With a press capacity of 900-3,100 US tons, SIMPAC’s DTE Series is ideal for cutting, blanking, embossing, and forming large parts. This mechanical press series can also be used for EV battery pack production (outer cases and cooling plates). Manufactured entirely in-house at SIMPAC’s South Korean headquarters, metal formers are guaranteed quality assurance, high precision, and a long service life! For more information, email support@simpac-america.com.




Hot Off the Press
Trumpf Appoints New Vice President of Technical Service
HGG Profiling Equipment Expands Sales/Support Team
Mazak Optonics to Expand its North American Headquarters
More Personnel Moves at Aida-America
BTD Manufacturing Expands Its Metal Stamping Capabilities in the Southeast
Take a Virtual Tour of Beckwood Press Co.


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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.





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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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October 2020 issue
October 2020
Lubricant Strategies for Stamping Aluminum BIW Parts and Closures
The use of aluminum in automobiles is anticipated to grow most significantly in the production of body-in-white (BIW) parts and closures. Metal formers stamping BIW and closure parts typically must use automotive-OEM-approved lubricants. Most of these approvals were established many years ago, and primarily represent technologies designed for effective use on steel parts. With the growth of more complex aluminum stampings, these technologies can lack some of the requirements to effectively stamp and process aluminum.

Press Brake's Big Bends Ease Custom-Fab Work
A 400-ton hydraulic press brake allows rapid, accurate production of thick, big parts at this Ohio fabricator.





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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.
Learn More




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Join Women in Manufacturing (WiM) for its Virtual Southern Conference, WiM South!
This 2-day learning and networking event for manufacturing professionals in the southeastern states will include keynotes by regional experts, breakout tracks on professional and personal growth topics, a panel discussion with Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, Career Coaching Sessions, networking opportunities and more!
Learn more and register



Upcoming Issues
November
  • Die Protection/Press Controls
  • Mechanical Presses
  • Waterjet Cutting
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  • Resistance Welding
  • Safety Update
December
  • Pressroom Automation
  • Sensors/Controls
  • Arc Welding
  • CNC Punching
  • Women of Excellence Recognition
  • Quality/Inspection
  • Materials & Coatings
  • Additive Manufacturing
Industry-Related Terms: Bar Coding, Blanking, Breakout, Center, CNC, Die, Download, Forming, Gas Metal Arc Welding GMAW, Grinding, Hydraulic Press, LASER, Run, Scrap, Stainless Steel, Stroke, Surface
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