Slug Detection Solidified at Schneider Electric

March 24, 2021

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Technology Focus: Automation
MetalForming brings you the March installment of our monthly Technology Focus newsletter, highlighting Automation.


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Slug Detection Solidified at Schneider Electric
The company’s Lincoln, NE, stamping operation employs a new sensor setup to solve this lingering challenge and keep a two-out progressive die producing. Strong piezoelectric sensors measure not the gaps at the edges of stripper plates, as with a previous sensor setup, but the amount of stretch across the top of the plate, caused by a slug-buildup bulge.



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ATI Robotic/Automatic Tool Changers
ATI Industrial Automation Tool Changers allow for quick and easy changing of press tooling and transfer equipment. ATI offers a wide selection of Tool Changer models to cover a variety of applications. Key features include: Excellent repeatability, high rigidity, and a lightweight and compact design.





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On the Precipice of the Smart Pressroom
As enhanced digital-communication tools make their way into presses and feed lines, complementing new developments in servo technology, metal stampers will find new ways to increase throughput, quicken setups, optimize maintenance procedures and decrease downtime.



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 Innovative, Reliable and Solutions-Based
We have 40 years of experience in providing line-side and plant-wide lubrication solutions. Using a comprehensive approach, we assess your operations to ensure that you get the right combination of equipment and services for your needs. We will improve your tooling performance and help create a cleaner safer workspace.
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Controls Deliver Smooth Movement in Robotic Press Cell
Coordinating three stamping presses and three robots along with a coil feed line, a control package ensures efficient movement in a work cell at USA Pan in Crescent, PA.



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Single Source IIoT Infrastructure—IO-Link Masters from Pepperl+Fuchs Comtrol
Introducing IO-Link Masters from Pepperl+Fuchs Comtrol - the world's first true IIoT IO-Link Masters with MultiLink™ technology. Communicate control information to your PLC using legacy protocols, while simultaneously offering OPC UA or MQTT connections to supervisory systems.
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Custom Spring Coiler Delivers a Benefit Bonanza
Collaborating to customize a standard dual-point spring coiler, machine supplier Fenn-Torin and spring manufacturer Winamac Coil Spring developed a heavy-duty machine designed to quicken setups, form thick wire for the most demanding applications, and provide left- and right-hand coiling.



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STAMTEC KNOWS...It All Starts with the Tool
We understand this and will work closely with you to determine what equipment will best suit your needs. With the broadest range of mechanical and servo presses in the market today, at very competitive prices, Stamtec can certainly provide a viable solution and first-class equipment for you, or point you in the right direction if we are not a good fit. Give us a call today at 931-393-5050, and let’s work together to find your best solution.
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Hot Off the Press
Survey: Metalformers Optimistic. But Concerns Continue Over Lead Times
Aida-America Promotes Josh Peace and Matt Shetler
Trumpf Acquires Lantek to Expand Software Business
High-Volume Stamper TrimLine Installs 630-Ton Aida Servo Press
Preferred Automotive Components/Preferred Tool & Die Adds VP of Sales


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SEYI. A Wide Selection of Presses for All Your Needs
SEYI is a leading global manufacturer of conventional and servo-mechanical stamping presses from 28 to 2,750 tons. Press models are designed to meet all your needs: progressive die, transfer, tandem lines, and specialty applications. SEYI always has presses in stock up to 660 tons for quick delivery.





March 2021
From the March Issue of MetalForming
Collaborate, or Go It Alone?
Collaborate, or go it alone—we all face this decision daily if not hourly as issues on the job arise. While you’d think the first impulse would be to reach out for help, as I was recently reminded that’s not always the case.

The conversation in question was with Michael Davenport, executive director of the Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP). When I asked how stampers should approach tooling-related issues regarding forming new steels—die friction, springback, etc.—his best advice: “Don’t go it alone. All of the steel mills have researchers working in this area, and with experience in stamping and die development. Collaborate with your material suppliers and get them involved early.”

Troubleshooting Sheet Metal Forming Problems, Part 2: The Stamping Process
When you first started production, your part was perfect, or at least acceptable in terms of no splits/necks, fitting the fixture, dimensionally in tolerance, and meeting the required characteristics of strength, stiffness, weldability, paintability, etc. To achieve this success, you used the right sheet metal grade and thickness, optimized press settings, applied the correct type and amount of lube, and had a perfect die surface.  

Fast forward to today. Your part may have splits or wrinkles or maybe even both. What happened? Here we present some processing variables to check in order to diagnose a troublesome part.






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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.




New Products
Pallet-Truck Attachment Adjusts Load Height for Improved Order Picking
Robotic Tool Changer is a Feature-Packed Solution for Automatic End-effector Exchange
Extended-Reach Six-Axis Robot Offers 280-kg Payload
Wintriss Introduces Advanced Die-Protection Features
Bilsing’s PFG Series Vacuum Cups Suited for High-Speed Applications


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AMUG For Users, By Users
AMUG is an all-encompassing technology users group dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The AMUG Conference brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing.




Upcoming Issues
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  • E-Newsletter Focus: Software
May
  • Part Handling (Transfer Systems/Robotic Press Tending)
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Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Die, Fixture, Form, Forming, LASER, Lines, Plate, Point, Slug, Stainless Steel, Stripper, Surface, Thickness, Tolerance, Transfer, Weldability
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