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August 12, 2020

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FABTECH 2020 Canceled, 2021 Event Set for September in Chicago
After ongoing consultation and extensive efforts to identify alternatives to hold the event this November in Las Vegas, NV, presenters of the FABTECH exposition decided to cancel FABTECH 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We now turn our focus to 2021 with FABTECH events in Monterrey, Mexico, May 4-6, and Chicago, September 13-16,” reads an announcement on the show’s website. “We look forward to once again providing an experience that allows you to meet with top suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions for all of your operational needs. We will also continue to actively explore enhancements to our digital experience that extend the knowledge sharing and community building that make FABTECH unique in our industry.”


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Get the Control You Need to Improve Press Production Systems
Link Systems engineers controls that increase the performance of every machine in a unique, integrated stamping press configuration. Intelligent press and automation controls give manufacturers a real-time window into their press production systems. These controls are increasingly important with automation, robotics, IOT connectivity, and shop floor data collection. Read the whitepaper on how intelligent press and automation controls can increase production, extend product life, reduce stress in operations, and provide room to grow.
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Supply-Chain Drain
COVID-19 has stressed manufacturing’s worldwide supply chain, drying up formerly reliable material, part, product and service routes. How have manufacturers responded, and how will supply chains look in the post-pandemic world?

We may see a decentralization of manufacturing capacity, with companies looking to bring production home, according to an article contributed to the World Economic Forum, with policymakers increasingly may be pressured to consider whether certain products need to be manufactured at home or nearby. And, the article reads, “the transition to a new model for supply chains will be underpinned by a rapid and wholesale digitization of the paperwork that accompanies global trade.”



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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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Moves So Much Air, EXAIR Patented It!
EXAIR Air Amplifiers are a simple, low cost way to move air, smoke, fumes, and light materials. Using a small amount of compressed air as their power source, Air Amplifiers pull in large volumes of surrounding air to produce high volume, high velocity outlet flows.





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WATCH: Former Farmington, CT Factory to Be Reborn as Training Center for Manufacturing
A shuttered factory in Farmington, CT, is being transformed into Tunxis Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, with the goal of training for the state’s diverse manufacturing economy. Initially, the center will offer training in machinery, quality inspection and mechatronics.





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How an MES Solution Improves Shop Floor Effic
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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3D Laser Cutting—A Versatile Process for Prototype and Production Shops
An industry expert offers up advice in this MetalForming August 2020 feature article for specifying the right five-axis laser-cutting cell for your operations, and tips on how to avoid burrs, optimize throughput and more. Here’s a technology nugget for job shops primarily tasked with low-volume work, as presented by Pierson Cheng, industry manager, automotive, at Trumpf North America:

“Cutting systems are designed to provide open access to the worktable with the ability to load parts of different designs or size into the machine. And, while cutting speed is also important to a job shop, it’s not as critical since they’re not cutting as many parts between setups. Instead, downtime for changeovers is the most important factor, and so we typically don’t use the top-end drive systems for these applications.”



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Missed the Webinar? Watch Now: Stamping EV Battery Parts for the Automotive Industry
How important is the EV market now? In 10+ years? How will purchasing decisions make or break success when preparing to produce EV parts? SIMPAC’s latest webinar covers: 
  • EV market insights
  • Battery parts to be metal formed
  • Best-fitting equipment
  • Press requirements & production tips
  • Key OEM players: product forecasts & battery suppliers utilized
  • Global & domestic infrastructure changes
  • Profitability post-COVID-19




LISTEN: How IIoT is Reshaping the Energy Sector
Susan Peterson-Sturm, digital lead of power generation and water in the Industrial Automation Division of ABB, discusses IIoT in the energy sector in this episode of the IoT Product Leadership podcast, hosted by Daniel Elizalde in conjunction with IIoT World.


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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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Hot Off the Press
Brochure Highlights Metal Stamping Services of Tooling Tech Group
New Name for Dixie Industrial Finishing
Bystronic Appoints Cortez Applications Manager for U.S. Operations
Women in Manufacturing Association Announces Inaugural Hal of Fame Class
Roll-Kraft Adds Procurement Manager to its Growing Team
Beckwood Hires Quality Engineer for Continuous Improvement


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SPRA-RITE™ High Pressure Lubricant Spray Systems
Industrial Innovations SPRA-RITE™ spray systems regulate volume of lubricant applied at specific areas of stamping/drawing tooling and the stock at a pre-determined press stroke interval. Their systems produce precise application of lubricant, eliminate downtime, and use micro-processor-controlled injector valves which eliminates all the poppets o-rings and check valves found in less effective application devices.
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Get Visibility into the Plant with Manufacturing Productivity and Analytics
See how one manufacturer increased OEE by 30% in less than 3 months. With SensrTrx, you can stop problems as they happen, see where you stand against the schedule in real-time, know exactly how the floor is running, and eliminate manual reporting all in one simple manufacturing analytics solution.





August 2020 issue
August 2020
Stamping High-Strength Stainless? Coating is a Tool Lifesaver
Penn United Technologies found that out, as coating of selected tool surfaces and details have yielded significant tool-life improvements while minimizing or eliminating galling and other issues.

Precision Bending with Servo-Electric Press Brakes
With precision and repeatability a given with servo-electric press brakes, sheet metal fabricators have only a few process variables to address to optimize bend quality. Among them: sheet-thickness variability, and the disconnect between product designers and the operators on the plant floor.





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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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Upcoming Issues
September
  • Hydraulic Presses
  • Press Feeds
  • Lubrication
  • Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • Post-Processing
  • Additive Manufacturing
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


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Industry-Related Terms: Bending, Center, Die, Download, Forming, Grinding, LASER, Model, Nugget, Prototype, Run, Stainless Steel, Stroke, Surface, Post-processing, Prototype
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