having already become the largest generation in the manufacturing
workforce, are poised to rapidly take over management positions. What
does that mean for the manufacturing industry? A huge focus on
connectivity and new technology, according to Forbes, which identified emerging trends in a recent article.
“Ubiquitous, instant connectivity and real-time collaboration,” reads the article, identifying the top trend. “This is the first generation to enter the workplace with a better understanding of new technology as business tools than older, more senior employees. They will want the same connected experience they have in their personal lives in the workplace and will expect the ability to be digitally connected with their teams quickly via different formats.”
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.
“While typical lubricant users know what their price per gallon is,” Jeff Jeffery, CEO of Irmco, tells MetalForming, “and most likely how many gallons they use in a month, they don’t know what they use per stroke of the press. They also may not be able to track how much lubricant they use per spray nozzle. How about per shift or per operator? What if a line breaks and pumps lubricant into the pit, when do they find out? After an hour, or at the end of the shift? How much is wasted before it’s fixed?”
Jeffery will detail why such data are important in his presentation,
Using Industry 4.0 Technology to Track and Measure Stamping Lubricant
Use, at MetalForming’sLubrication Technology for Metal Formers and Die Shops,
February 12-13 in Novi, MI. Hurry, as time is running out to secure
your spot at this must-attend event, which will help attendees better
determine which lubricant choice is best for the tasks at hand, and how
to ensure optimal performance while minimizing waste.
“Just one extra drip per second,” Jeffery continues, “equates to 28,800 drips per shift or about 500 gallons per year. At a 4:1 mix, that’s a little over three drums per year of concentrate wasted. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that ahead of time? In real time? My presentation will emphasize that information is your friend—embrace it.”
Coil racks create vertical storage capacity for metal stampers, formers
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…via the Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce podcast. It features discussions with experts in various fields that are using new techniques and approaches to enact change in their plants and attract up-and-coming workers to overcome the skills gap. Recent episodes include Championing Diversity & Inclusion in Manufacturing, How to Get Your Team to Buy Into Change, and Supporting STEM, Inspiring Future Engineers.
“As we turn the page on 2019 and usher in a new decade, why not take some time to reflect on last year’s successes, and struggles? Because, prolonged success comes from not only enjoying good fortune, but also from analyzing failures and making timely and effective adjustments.”
So writes Brad Kuvin, publisher and editorial director of MetalForming, as he stresses the need to take stock in his January 2020 MetalForming editorial.
“Most of the metal formers I talk to have been actively investing, learning and winding along new paths in order to forge new relationships with new customers in new market areas,” he writes, detailing in particular the increased implementation of automation.
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
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North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to the Las Vegas Convention Center November 18-20, 2020. Start making plans now. And, beginning in 2021, FABTECH’s biannual Chicago, IL, show shifts its dates to September.
The AMUG Conference brings a unique experience to additive manufacturing (AM). Designed to facilitate information exchange between AM users, the conference brings together individuals of all experience levels that wish to do more with the technology. What makes the AMUG Conference different is the openness of attendees and willingness to share. March 22 – 26, 2020.
Metal Stamping, headquartered in Grafton, WI, and continuing a
tradition it began 14 years ago, conducted its annual Kids 2 Kids Toy
Drive, with local first responders serving as Santas to deliver the
The company performs stamping, fabrication, welding and other services for its customer base. “It's a great teachable moment for everybody as a parent to kind of turn inward to our kids and talk to them a little bit about giving back,” says Jim Kacmarik, president of Kapco Metal Stamping, when describing the drive in a report by CBS TV-58 in Milwaukee.
automotive bodies include increasing amounts of higher-strength steels
and aluminum alloys, the impact of these materials choices reach beyond
the metal forming community and affect the entire supply chain. In his
Science of Forming column in the January 2020 issue of MetalForming, Daniel J. Schaeffler, Ph.D., explores the impact.
“The high strength of alloys used for passenger-cage parts promotes greater occupant safety but doesn’t eliminate the risk of a crash,” he writes, citing one example. “When crashes do occur with passengers trapped inside, rescue personnel use power tools, including the Jaws of Life, to cut through sections of the passenger cage such as the B-pillar or roof rail. When the first Jaws of Life patent was filed, the highest-strength steel available had a tensile strength of about 50,000 psi. Today, passenger-cage parts typically feature steel with 200,000-psi tensile strength, with 300,000-psi tensile grades becoming commercialized. Over the past decade, rescue teams had to purchase new tools capable of attacking these ultra-high-strength sections, while learning vehicle-specific best practices of how and where they should target their efforts.”
went out in full force with the South Coast Welding Academy to support
the Texas High School Welding Series at Columbus High School in
Columbus, TX, and gave out two full scholarships to the winners.
two-day program in Novi, MI, will bring stampers and die shops up to
date on new lubricants for stamping and tool and die machining, and help
them evaluate new formulations and select the right lubricant for the
job. Attendees also will come away with an understanding of the various
techniques available for applying lubricant, to ensure optimum
application while minimizing waste.
Stamper achieves productivity gains with precision presses after assessing new or refurbished options.
Robotic Press Tending: Easier Integration
Deciding to bring robots into stamping and related workcell operations?
Advancements bring huge reductions in time and money spent planning,
installing and programming.
Kick off 2020 with a must-attend, info-packed event, the Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference, January 28-29 at the Nashville (TN) Airport Marriott. Presented by the Precision Metalforming Association in association with MetalForming
magazine, the conference features keynote presentations, educational
breakout sessions for stamping and tool and die, exhibits and a
networking reception for more than 200 attendees and sponsors. Track
sessions feature new, emerging, evolving and maturing technologies and
industry trends that are impactful to metal-stamping, die-design and