Industry Suffers a Great Loss

May 22, 2019

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RIP Stu: The Industry Suffers a Great Loss
Stuart Keeler authored the Science of Forming column for MetalForming magazine for nearly 20 years, starting with the January 1999 issue. A world-renowned expert in metal forming and a passionate educator who conducted a bevy of technical seminars for PMA going back dozens of years, Dr. Keeler began his career at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, earning a doctorate in Mechanical Metallurgy. Stu’s doctoral research on sheet metal forming limits led to his development of the Forming Limit Diagram, work that led to many in the industry endearingly referring to Stu as “the father of metal forming.” Sadly, Stu passed away on May 14. –Brad Kuvin, Publisher/Editorial Director, MetalForming

Prime Controls
Prime Controls — Double Sheet Detection
Backed by 25+ years of experience, Prime Controls’ extensive line of world-class double sheet detectors improve your bottom line, boost product quality, and ramp up manufacturing efficiency. Prime Controls offers double sheet detectors for a wide range of metal types and thicknesses, and both contact and non-contact options depending on preference.

BMT video
Inside BMT Aerospace
This Belgium-based global supplier shows how it achieves end-to-end customer-focused engineering and precision machining.

Bill to Bolster Advanced Manufacturing
U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have announced a new bipartisan bill to increase America’s global competitiveness in advanced manufacturing: the Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act, supported by dozens of manufacturers.

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.

Department of Energy Announces $89 Million for Innovative Manufacturing Technologies
United States Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry has announced $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects. This DOE funding-opportunity announcement targets key DOE priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage. America’s manufacturing sector, which has created almost 500,000 jobs since 2017 and more than 250,000 jobs in the last year alone, also uses 25 percent of the nation’s energy.

Stepping Toward the Future
As consumer demand for customized products, greater flexibility and shorter lead times ramps up, to remain competitive manufacturers must adapt and get on board with Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

Spraying Systems
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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Unique IoT Event
IoT for Manufacturers: Software, Sensors and Controls, Marriott Downtown at Key Center, June 24-25 in Cleveland, OH, is a one-of-a-kind event, powered by MetalForming magazine, and promises to educate floor supervisors, manufacturing engineers and managers, IT directors, and others working in small to midsized metal forming and fabricating plants on the coming wave of digital manufacturing and plant-floor connectivity. Attendees will learn from expert speakers on ERP/MRP software, sensors and machine controls, while benefitting from myriad case studies describing how IoT improves OEE and drives quality and productivity improvements.

Hot Off the Press

Hans Weber
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 4 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,,

Plan Now: Conferences Explore Additive Manufacturing
As more metalformers and fabricators test the waters, with some going all-in, on additive manufacturing (AM) for metal and nonmetal part, tool and workholding applications, MetalFormings sister publication, 3D Metal Printing magazine, offers info-packed conferences exploring AM and its capabilities. Next up: the Mexico Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference, June 12-13 in Monterrey, Mexico.

Our main U.S.-based conference, the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, August 6-7 in Novi, MI, enables attendees to interact with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments and hear case-study applications. They also will participate in exclusive plant tours of Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and Linear AMS, witnessing 3D metal printing machines in action.

May 2019
May 2019
Selecting Sensors
An industry expert shares some do's and don'ts when it comes to sensors.

Waterjets: Much Needed Flexibility for Aftermarket Work
Abrasive waterjet cutting shines on job-shop production of complex parts where traditional cutting processes and tools would erode profitability.

Upcoming Issues
June: Press Feeds, Mechanical Presses, Aftermarket Service, CNC Punching & Tooling, Arc Welding, Materials & Coatings, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour
July: Die Protection/Press Controls, ERP Software Roundup, Plasma Cutting, Grinding/Surface Finishing/Deburring, Resistance Welding, Software for Manufacturing, IoT, Market Report: Aerospace, Mexico Metalforming Technology Conference
August: Hot Stamping, Servo Technology, Tool Steel, Laser Cutting, Folding/Bending Technology, Arc Welding, Safety Update, Hot Stamping Experience
Industry-Related Terms: Center, CNC, Alloys, Case, Die, Forming, Grinding, Stainless Steel, Surface
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