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January 9, 2019

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Seyi Demonstrates Servo Press’ Capabilities at FABTECH 2018
Continuous operation of Seyi’s SD1-176 direct-drive servo press provided FABTECH attendees with an opportunity to witness firsthand the technology’s infinitely variable-stroke capabilities. At the show, the 176-ton-capacity press produced parts from 4-mm-thick high-strength low-alloy steel.

Metalformers Prepare for More of the Same
Metalforming companies anticipate little change in business conditions during the next three months, according to the December 2018 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. The monthly report, a sampling of 115 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada, shows that while 23 percent of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity during the next three months (up slightly from 21 percent in November), 49 percent expect no change (compared to November’s 51 percent) and 28 percent predict a decline in activity (the same as November).

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.

Tax Reform and Equipment Acquisition: What Metalformers Need to Know
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 (TCJA) positions metalformers and fabricators for growth and profitability, but also requires fresh analysis of equipment-acquisition strategies. The centerpiece of the TCJA—a reduction in the maximum corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent—dramatically reduces tax liability for many manufacturers. Additionally, the range and size of available corporate-tax deductions has expanded.

Cobot Maker Universal Robots Hires Rethink Employees
Collaborative-Robot (Cobot) maker Universal Robots of Denmark announced the hiring of more than 20 Rethink Robotics employees. Rethink, a Boston, MA, cobot company, closed its doors late last year. Its patents and trademarks were purchased by Germany’s Hahn Group. Cobots, reportedly the fastest-growing segment of industrial robotics, is forecast to grow from $283 million to $3.26 billion in 2022, according to published research.

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, sales@weberamerica.com, www.weberamerica.com

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Then check out the Precision Metalforming Association’s online learning environment, METALFORM EDU and its 500-plus courses.

Make Your Vision a Reality at HOUSTEX 2019
Your pathway to success starts at HOUSTEX 2019. Experience hands-on demonstrations from several additive manufacturing (AM) suppliers showcasing their innovative solutions. Gain insights on the latest trends and best practices through the HOUSTEX AM Seminar and AM show floor educational sessions. Redeem your complimentary show floor registration today!

Info-Packed Lube and IoT Conferences Set
February 12-13, Lubrication Technology for Metalformers, Hyatt Regency, Schaumburg (Chicago), IL.  This conference, powered by MetalForming magazine with support from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, will update stampers and die shops on new lubricants for stamping and tool and die machining, and help them evaluate new formulations and select the right lubricant for the job. Attendees also will come away with an understanding of the various techniques available for applying lubricant, to ensure optimum application while minimizing waste.

June 24-25, IoT for Metalformers and Fabricators: Software, Sensors and Controls, Marriott Downtown at Key Center, Cleveland, OH.  This one-of-a-kind event, powered by MetalForming magazine, promises to educate floor supervisors, manufacturing engineers and managers, IT directors, and others working in small to midsized metalforming 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 while driving quality and productivity improvements.

Podcast—The Industrial Internet of Things
Ed Potoczak, managing member of the Oakstone Group, an industry-improvement consulting group in Rochester Hills, MI, shares with Brad Kuvin, publisher/editorial director of MetalForming, his insights on IIoT and how it will impact small and medium-sized metalformers and fabricators.

Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference
Kick off 2019 with a must-attend, info-packed event, the Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference, January 29-30 at the Nashville (TN) Airport Marriott. Presented by the Precision Metalforming Association in association with MetalForming magazine, the conference features keynote presentations, educational breakout sessions for stamping and tool and die, exhibits and a networking reception for more than 200 attendees and sponsors. Track sessions feature new, emerging, evolving and maturing technologies and industry trends that are impactful to metal-stamping, die-design and die-construction companies.
Get details and register.

Hot Off the Press

January 2019
Servo Finds at FABTECH
Roundup shows myriad stamping presses, coil feeds and more that benefit from servo-drive advantages.

Lubrication Technology for Metalformers
This inaugural conference in greater Chicago promises to provide insights into best practices for stamping-lubricant selection, conservation and disposal.

Upcoming Issues
February: FABTECH Wrap-Up, Hydraulic Presses, CAD-CAM/Nesting Software, Safety Update, Arc Welding
March: Die Protection/Press Controls, CNC Punching & Tooling, Materials & Coatings, Additive Manufacturing, Resistance Welding
April: Mechanical Presses, Stamping High-Strength Steels, Hot Stamping, Laser Welding, Arc Welding

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Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Breakout, Case, Center, CNC, Die, Grinding, Laser Welding, LASER, Stainless Steel, Surface
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