According to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the first quarter of 2022 had orders totaling $1.47 billion, 26.5 percent higher than the first quarter of 2021 and the highest Q1 of any year since 1998.
“The first quarter of 2022 has been extremely impressive for manufacturing technology orders,” says Pat McGibbon, chief knowledge officer at AMT. “Inflation, the war and saber-rattling in the East are creating a level of uncertainty and risk that businesses must consider. Despite these challenges, we see the manufacturing sector continuing to invest in additional capacity.”
hydroforming is an essential process for low-volume, high-mix part
production. But what exactly goes into achieving crisp geometries with a
hydroforming press? This whitepaper dives into sheet hydroforming
processes and offers guidance into successful part formation.
and dirty processes can be a major issue with high costs to boot. See
eight methods to speed up cooling and cleaning of parts in process. You
may be looking to cool, clean, spray, blowoff, eject parts, keep your
production line running or a myriad of other problems. Vortex Tubes, Air
Knives and more can help!
This summer, the pages of MetalForming magazine
come to life via a three-part online event: MetalForming LIVE. Tune in
for free from the comfort of your office, shop or living room to hear MetalForming’s three expert columnists, Pete Ulintz, Danny Schaeffler, Ph.D., and Eren Billur, Ph.D, host 90-min. roundtable discussions on three topics of critical importance to metal formers. The topics: newer materials, progressive-die simulation and press-stroke optimization. They’ll be joined on the online stage by metal formers dispensing their expertise gleaned from extensive experience with the chosen topics. And, attendees can participate in lively Q&A discussions.
Systems, a Rockwell Automation company, in collaboration with Hanover
Research, uncovers the current state of smart manufacturing, the
challenges manufacturers are facing, and expectations for the future of
the industry. Join Plex, MetalForming magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association as we discuss the report’s key findings and provide actionable steps to create your own technology adoption plan and embrace the future of smart manufacturing.
Worthington Industries, Inc., Columbus, OH, has been named, for the second consecutive year, a General Motors Supplier of the Year winner in GM’s 30th annual Supplier of the Year awards. Worthington Industries supplies hot-rolled and hot-rolled galvanized steel coils to GM, used in the stamping and assembly of GM vehicles made throughout North America.
in Novi, MI, May 18 for the automotive-focused Great Designs in Steel
conference, to be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Produced by
the American Iron and Steel Institute, GDIS (for which MetalForming
magazine is a proud media sponsor) celebrates its 20th year in 2022 as
the signature North American event where automotive engineering, design,
technology and academic leaders provide insight on the latest trends
and material applications on new cars and trucks.
Stepping up to the plate to address the skilled-labor shortage, home-improvement retailer Lowe’s, which, in 2019, introduced Generation T. This digital-first movement combines the efforts of more than 60 organizations aimed at rebuilding the skilled trades by changing people’s perception. Among its mission: connect people to apprenticeships, training and trade-related programs in community colleges. And, it seeks to bring shop classes back to target cities.
Atoms of metal alloys arrange themselves in specific repeating patterns
known as crystals. Picture two simple patterns as a 3D arrangement of
billiard balls with rows directly on top of one another, compared with
a slight offset where every other row sits in the pocket of the prior
one. In both scenarios, the balls all are the same size, but the gaps
between them vary. The different atomic stackups influence the
characteristics of material flow.