Slashed Lube Use, Improved Die Life

September 23, 2020

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Technology Focus: Lubrication
MetalForming brings you the September installment of our monthly Technology Focus newsletters as we highlight Lubrication.

Next Month: Quick Die Change

Slashed Lube Use, Improved Die Life
The heavy-duty stamping division of Grant Industries enjoys a 35-percent reduction in stamping-lubricant use, and a corresponding 30-percent increase in die-run time between sharpenings, thanks to a continuous stock-lubricator system installed on its new 700-ton-capacity servomechanical press line.

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Get Smart with Stock Lubrication!
SmartFlow™ enables metal formers to get smart with fluid application. With an intuitive interface, SmartFlow™ allows for simple, guided setup, advanced integration, fluid usage tracking, monitoring, and enhanced diagnostic/maintenance tools. Pair SmartFlow™ with Unist’s precision applicators for lubrication systems that eliminate wasted fluid and mess, reduce scrap, and maximize profit.

Report Maps Future Trends in Tribology and Lubricants
The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), a technical society serving the needs of the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector, has released its 2020 Report on Emerging Issues and Trends in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering. The 70-page report summarizes key findings on trends in transportation, energy, manufacturing and medical/health, while also touching on issues including the workforce, research funding, material costs and availability, safety, the environment and basic human needs, and government regulations.

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Is Your Clamping Space Limited?
Due to the manageable and compact design, hollow-piston cylinders are especially suitable where space is limited.  They are available with clamping forces ranging from 3-tons to 16-tons, and they offer optimum adaptation to an unlevel clamping surface with an optional spherical disk.
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Lightweighting Creates New Challenges for Metal Forming Lubricants, Part One
Metal formers must understand how the expanded use of newer, higher-strength steels and aluminum alloys can affect the performance of lubricants during forming.

Mechanical Presses for Automotive & General Stamping Industries
With a press capacity of 675-3,375 US tons, SIMPAC’s DTL series is an ideal link press series for the cutting, drawing, and forming of parts. Manufactured entirely in-house at SIMPAC’s South Korean headquarters, metal formers are guaranteed quality assurance, high precision, and a long service life! The DTL Series is available as standalone presses in progressive or transfer mode. For more information, email

Recorded Webinar: How to Remain Safe Working with Metalworking Fluids During the COVID-19 Pandemic
To address the concern about how to be productive working with metalworking fluids in production facilities and laboratories—yet remain safe from exposure to COVID-19--the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) presented a webinar on July 29. Topics included industrial hygiene and how to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in dealing with metalworking fluids; and the role of disinfectants in deactivating COVID-19.

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The Risk of Outdated Software
The decision to replace or upgrade from an outdated ERP system can often be a difficult one, because employees grow comfortable with it.  However, it’s probably weighing you down. With the speed at which technology is advancing, manufacturers can no longer afford to continue using outdated ERP systems. Read on to learn why a modern ERP system built for manufacturing business growth may be the most important step you take for the success of your company.

Roll-Kraft Adds Procurement Manager to its Growing Team
Roll-Kraft, Mentor, OH, a manufacturer of custom tooling for the roll forming and tube and pipe industries, appointed Matt LaVelle procurement manager.  LaVelle comes to Roll-Kraft from Materion Corporation where he was responsible for purchasing materials for three manufacturing facilities.

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.

Hot Off the Press
U.S. Air Force Orders Optomec Metal-AM System to Repair Titanium Turbine Blades
Automatic Feed Promotes Joe Andriette to Director of Sales and Marketing
Solar Atmospheres Adds Sixth All-Metal Hot Zone Furnace
New Leadership on Board at Faro
LVD Kicking Off a Series of Virtual and In-Person Tech Sessions

Register to Attend Women in Manufacturing’s 10th Annual SUMMIT!
The virtual 2020 WiM SUMMIT, being held Sept 28 – Oct 1, will feature 4 days of content, 30+ sessions that will be available live streamed and on-demand, multiple virtual plant tours, and 20+ virtual exhibits.
Register Today!

September 2020 issue
September 2020
Off-Center Loading
When forces are not distributed evenly across the press slide, the press slide will tip and move laterally in the direction of the greatest force. If this movement occurs while punches are engaged with other die components, excessive wear or die damage may occur. Damage and wear increases maintenance costs and compromises dimensional consistency of the stampings being produced. When off-center loads exceed press capacity, wear and damage to the press also can occur.

Big Press Line—A Big Investment in U.S. Manufacturing
A new stamping line at the Eaton electrical-products facility in Cleveland, TN, anchored by an 880-ton eccentric-geared mechanical press, provides an inspirational lift to the firm’s employees and to the region. And, let’s not overlook the production benefits of the new line—improved part accuracy and repeatability key among them.

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The PMA Educational Foundation 50/50 Raffle is Back!
No more than 200 tickets at $100 each will be sold, meaning you have a chance to win up to $10,000. Tickets are on sale now and will be sold through November 18. Buy your tickets online. For details, contact Nichol Lopriore, 216/901-8800 ext. 103.

Upcoming Issues
  • Quick Die Change
  • New Products for Forming and Fabricating
  • Automated Storage, Loading and Unloading
  • Press Brakes/Folding
  • Arc Welding
  • Software for Manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Die Protection/Press Controls
  • Mechanical Presses
  • Waterjet Cutting
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • Safety Update
Industry-Related Terms: Surface, Roll Forming, Scrap, Stainless Steel, Transfer, Alloys, Die, Drawing, Forming, LASER
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