According to the April 2020 Thomas Industrial Survey, one in four U.S. manufacturers are considering expanding their industrial-automation efforts due to COVID-19. In addition, 64 percent report they likely will reshore manufacturing production and sourcing back to North America―a 10-percent increase from the same sentiment reported in the March survey.
"The COVID-19 pandemic will fundamentally redefine how industrial companies approach their supply chains and will further advance the digital transformation of manufacturing,” says Tony Uphoff, president and CEO of Thomas.
Since 1969, Heyco Metalshas 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.
Bob Prater, vice president and toolroom manager for Omni Manufacturing, a St. Marys, OH, tool builder, stamper and provider of welding, and powder and nylon coating services, offers tips and tricks based on and his company’s years and years of sensoring experience. His major pieces of advice:
Nothing beats sensor testing
Better controls ease sensor integration and improve capability
Easy-to-use programmable fluid controller allows for simple setup, advanced control integration, fluid usage tracking, process monitoring, diagnostic and maintenance tools. Pair with Unist Uni-Roller®S2 applicator for an intelligent lubrication system that eliminates fluid waste and mess, reduces scrap, and maximizes profit.
Webinar | May 27 | 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Tax experts will explain many of the new and pre-existing tax provisions
that metalworking manufacturers can use as they operate during this
pandemic. Congress, in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
(FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES),
established a number of tax incentives to help businesses retain
employees and invest in their manufacturing businesses. This webinar
will help metalworking-business executives understand these newly
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!
of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and National Tooling
& Machining Association (NTMA) continue to step up to meet the
challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, many PMA
and NTMA member companies have converted their facilities to produce
millions of face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE),
and make essential parts for ventilators and other medical-supply
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.
this Made in America podcast, host Ari Santiago talks to Ibrahim
Ibrahim, operations manager at Lynn Welding, who has been a central
figure in the company's COVID-19 response, including planning,
preparation and follow-through. Ibrahim details efforts by the company
to keep essential employees both safe and happy.
Systems engineers controls that increase the performance of every
machine in a unique, integrated stamping press configuration.
Intelligent press and automation controls give manufacturers a real-time
window into their press production systems. These controls are
increasingly important with automation, robotics, IOT connectivity, and
shop floor data collection. Read the whitepaper on how intelligent press
and automation controls can increase production, extend product life,
reduce stress in operations, and provide room to grow.
Friday, join the NTMA/PMA One Voice advocacy team for updates on
government actions taken in response to COVID-19. The brief 30-min.
webinars will review developments of the current week and advise on what
to expect in the coming days.
well-constructed, symmetrical blanking die, with no shear and
a well-aligned press ram, will result in minimum horizontal loads during
the cutting process. In many dies the horizontal thrusts due to
punch-to-die clearances are the only side forces present. Dies that
experience significant side loads often have multiple causes, including
poor alignment of die components during die construction; misalignment
resulting from a miss-hit or die crash; angular contact between
surfaces, such as angular form steels; nonsymmetrical forms or draws
where the punch and die are loaded off-center at initial contact; the
use of shear or angular cutting faces to reduce cutting forces; and
cutoff, trim, bending and flanging operations where forces act on only
one side of the die steel.
Resistance Welding Guidance and Tips for Good Welds
The term resistance welding owes to the fact that the electrical
property of resistance of the metal being welded causes heat generation
as current flows through it. Important factors in proper formation of
the molten area between the pieces of metal include the magnitude of
current, the length of time that it flows and the force squeezing the
July (Digital only): Management Software and Industry 4.0: Ushering in a new era for metal formers and fabricators
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