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
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).
Since 1969, Heyco Metals has rolled out high-precision, light-gauge coil and strip. Now celebrating its 50thanniversary,
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.
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.
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 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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.