Webinar Tackles Impact of COVID-19 on the Metal Forming and Fabricating Industry

April 8, 2020

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Webinar Tackles Impact of COVID-19 on the Metal Forming and Fabricating Industry
These are uncertain times. COVID-19 (coronavirus) is impacting every aspect of our daily lives, especially in manufacturing. To see how, and how the metal forming and fabricating community is responding, MetalForming magazine held a webinar on April 7, A Roundtable Discussion on COVID-19…and its Impact on the Metal Forming and Fabricating Industry. The webinar discussed how metal forming and fabricating executives are leading during this crisis, managing their supply chains, overseeing cash flow, working with their local governments and more.

We’ve archived this webinar, enabling you to access its important and timely content. The lineup: moderator Laurie Harbour, President & CEO, Harbour Results Inc. and panelists Hale Foote, President, Scandic Springs; Jeff Jorge, Principal, International Services Practice Leader, Baker Tilly; Omar Nashashibi, Partner, The Franklin Partnership, LLC; Alex Nekritz, Manager, Management Consulting, Plante Moran; and Gretchen Zierick, President, Zierick Manufacturing Corporation.

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Quality Control During Press Hardening
InfraTec offers high-quality infrared cameras with cooled and uncooled detectors for process control, quality assurance and research and development. The automated thermographic inspection system PRESS-CHECK has been specially developed for the control of sheet metal parts in press hardening to monitor the temperature and positioning of metal sheets.

PMA—Who We Are, What We Are and Where We Are Going
Perseverance, hard work and a life-long commitment to learning—all characteristics and values that have served Troy Turnbull well throughout his lifelong manufacturing-industry journey. Having grown up in a family steeped not only in manufacturing but also in entrepreneurship, Turnbull now brings all of his background and his commitment to manufacturing and entrepreneurial spirit, to the helm of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) as its 2020 Chairman of the Board. Read on for his thoughts on PMA’s valuable offerings and its future direction.

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Weber PT Compact Deburring Machine
Weber's compact model for deburring, descaling and surface grinding with a dry grinding procedure. Particularly compact and space saving dimensions with the technology of large industrial machines. Simplified operating structure with Weber's “i‐Touch” operating panel and easy accessibility for maintenance. Available in operating widths of 1100 and 1350 mm with 1 to 2 grinding stations, and Weber’s Planetary Head for all‐round edge machining across the entire width. The PT compact guarantees perfect grinding results and meets even the most stringent craftsmanship demands.

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Introducing MetalForming Magazine’s New Website
Our new website is now live! You can check it out at www.metalformingmagazine.com. “Our new website provides visitors with up-to-the-minute technology and management information needed to tackle, in a timely manner, the day-to-day challenges that metal formers and fabricators face,” says MetalForming Editorial Director Brad Kuvin. The new website also includes a My Account feature where visitors can manage subscriptions, establish their preferences, and manage their own library of recently view articles and “liked” content. Log in and set up your account by April 24 and you’ll be entered automatically into a prize drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
Check out the new site.

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Unist SmartFlow™ Controller
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.

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3D Printed Form Tools to Bend Sheet Metal in a Press
From Stuff Made Here is this video that explores the use of 3D printing to produce form tools for creating sheet metal parts. The simplified example presented here points to the efficacy of using 3D printing to augment tool design and build in some applications.

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Quiet, Hard-Hitting Curtain of Air
EXAIR’s Super Air Knife delivers a uniform, high volume, high velocity sheet of air for blowoff, cooling and drying applications. Energy use is 1/3 of typical blowoffs, comparable to a blower without costly downtime. Noise is under 70 dBA at 80 PSIG. Website offers detailed information, downloadable drawings, and PDF literature.

Contract Stamper Invests in Servo
…with a clear eye on ROI. Compared to a conventional mechanical press, in a direct-drive servo press, this includes higher throughput, improved dimensional repeatability, reduced die-debug time, particularly on takeover tools; and reduced time and cost for die build and maintenance.

Case in point: Engel Diversified Industries, a family-owned metal former in Jordan, MN, where a new 330-ton servo press promises to not only allow the firm to quote on more difficult parts, but also meet customer requests for shorter lead times—on existing parts, as well as on new programs.

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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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Weekly COVID-19 Update With One Voice
Join the NTMA/PMA One Voice advocacy team the remaining Fridays in April for an update 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.

How an MES Solution Improves Shop Floor Efficiency
In manufacturing your money is made on the shop floor.  Learn how an MES System can keep your shop floor operating at peak performance to achieve “zero defect” production, increase work center run time and more.

Hot Off the Press

April 2020 issue
April 2020
Third-Gen. AHSS Arrives in Automotive
Plenty. From reverse engineering to die-component motion to NC programming, new versions of software enhance and introduce a multitude of features.

Inline and Near-Line Precision-Part Inspection
Now entering the production realm and adding to a rapidly changing automotive landscape, these wonder materials enable new designs, and task metal formers and assemblers with forming and joining challenges.

Upcoming Issues
May: Pressroom Automation, Sensors, Waterjet Cutting, Automated Storage, Loading and Unloading, Resistance Welding, Safety, Preview: Internet of Things for Manufacturers Conference

June/July: Press Feeds, Mechanical Presses, Press Controls, IoT/ERP, CNC Punching, Welding
Industry-Related Terms: 2-D, Case, Center, Download, Drawing, Edge, Form, Forming, Grinding, Model, NC, Point, Run, Scrap, Surface, CNC, Die
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms



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