NASA's SLS Rocket Comes Together

June 12, 2019

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NASA's SLS Video
NASA’s SLS Rocket Comes Together
See how the forward join, or upper part, of the core stage was assembled for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) for missions to the moon and Mars. The forward join connects three structures: the liquid oxygen tank, intertank and forward skirt, and is the first of three major assembly jobs required by NASA and Boeing, the SLS prime contractor. When completed, the 70-metric ton rocket will stand 321-ft. tall, provide 8.4 million lb. of thrust at liftoff, weigh 5.5 million lb. and carry 154,000 lb. of payload.
Assembly takes place at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Gema OptiFlex® Pro…Power. Quality. Control.
The new OptiFlex® Pro from Gema gives you the highest charging power in the industry at 110,000 V / 110 μA, allowing you to coat faster and more efficiently. Plus you can manage your application process in real time by using Gema’s exclusive E-App, for total connectivity. More power, more quality, more control. For more information visit

Collaboration Targets Lighter Car Components
Recognizing that lighter powder metal components with complex designs can bring substantial costs savings for car manufacturers and system suppliers, Höganäs and Dontyne Gears, through a newly formed cooperation, announced a package of services to improve driveline solutions.

Metal Formers Expect a Slight Decline
Metal forming companies expect business conditions to continue downward during the next three months, according to PMA’s monthly Business Conditions Report. However, only 18 percent predict a decline in activity, up a bit from 17 percent in April.

NASA Awards $15 Million to Fund Aircraft, Additive Manufacturing and Robotic Initiatives
NASA has announced $15 million in University Leadership Initiative funds for three university-led research efforts to develop electric aircraft; additive-manufacturing methods for mass-producing aircraft; and ways humans can use robotics to improve aviation-related manufacturing.

Webinar Addresses Operational Excellence on the Shop Floor
Join Plex Systems’ Stu Johnson and Gill Industries’ Jennifer M. MicIntosh as they discuss how to achieve cost-saving, productivity-boosting real-time visibility via MES and ERP systems that capture production data live—in the manufacturing moment.

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

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: 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, August 6-7 in Novi, MI. This event 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.

June 2019
June 2019
PTM Corp.’s ‘New Baby’
This 1000-ton giant-bed mechanical press has the prototype and production metal forming company convinced that bigger is better. Read why.

Control Retrofit Powers Servo-Feed Improvement
Coil-handling drive/control upgrade on a vital press line at this Michigan top-tier auto supplier lifted part quality and line capacity. Learn how.

Upcoming Issues
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
September: Hydraulic Presses, Press Feeds, Surface Preparation, CAD-CAM/Nesting Software, Resistance Welding, Materials & Coatings, Additive Manufacturing, Market Report: Energy, Servo Technology Experience
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