Women of Excellence Honored by MetalForming Magazine

December 9, 2020

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Women of Excellence Honored by MetalForming Magazine
In conjunction with the Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), MetalForming has announced its 2020 Women of Excellence honorees, recognizing 68 outstanding women in the metal forming and fabricating industries. This fifth-annual list is published in the December print issue of MetalForming magazine and in a special expanded online section that includes more detailed biographical information.

“As a provider of information highlighting metal forming technology and productivity, MetalForming proudly recognizes achievement through our Women of Excellence awards program,” says Brad Kuvin, MetalForming editorial director. “The 2020 class, like those of the previous four years, represents the best of the best, and provides excellent examples and inspiration for those who may follow in their footsteps.”

MetalForming’s 2020 Women of Excellence class, the largest yet, includes 38 Winners and 30 Honorable Mention recipients, spanning career fields from the shop floor to the boardroom. Each honoree has demonstrated on-the-job excellence and a commitment to manufacturing.

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Dun-Shield Films: Create a Durable, Antimicrobial Surface
For 50+ years Dunmore has been a leading manufacturer of coated film products. The new Dun-Shield films are polyester based films with antimicrobial and scratch resistant features. The surfacing film prevents the growth and migration of microorganisms through the use of silver ion technology.
Learn More About Dun-Shield Antimicrobial Films

Private-Equity Firm MiddleGround Capital Acquires Shiloh
MiddleGround Capital, Lexington, KY, has acquired majority ownership of Shiloh Industries, Inc., its second automotive deal closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shiloh is a global innovative-solutions provider focusing on lightweighting technologies that provide environmental and safety benefits to the mobility market.  The company designs and manufactures products within body structure, chassis and propulsion systems, fabricated from a variety of alloys in aluminum, magnesium and steel grades, along with its proprietary line of noise and vibration reducing acoustic laminate products.

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The Risk of Outdated Software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.

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LISTEN: Reinventing Industrial Hiring Strategies
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, apprenticeships have grown 56% since 2013 and are expected to continue to skyrocket in coming years. In this episode of the Thomas Industry Update podcast, Thomas CMO Shawn Fitzgerald sits down with Michael Bell, CEO and founder of Synbyo, and Q3 Thomas Champion for Industry winner, to discuss his unique approach to solving the industrial skills gap. After seeing how manufacturing businesses have grown tired of poaching talent from each other, Bell believes that his apprenticeship program, geared toward both young novices and experienced industrial professionals, could offer a long-term solution to the industrial skills gap.

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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.
Learn More

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Don’t Miss the Virtual Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference, Including Lubrication Technology 
The 2021 Metal Stamping and Tool & Die Conference, including Lubrication Technology, is taking place virtually. For four afternoons across two weeks—January 26 and 28, and February 2 and 4—participants will receive the same content and learn from the same insightful industry leaders as had been scheduled for the in-person event. The conference, produced by PMA and MetalForming magazine, in partnership with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, will include presentations on virtual stamping, tool and die, and lubrication technology, as well as inspiring keynotes. In addition, the sessions that take place throughout the event will be available on-demand following the conference.

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Introducing SIMPAC’s new CX Series!
Available as manual or automated standalone presses, or as fully automated tandem lines, the all-new CX Series has a press capacity of 80-300 US tons, utilizes crank motion slide kinematics, and can perform various applications including blanking and progressive operations. This versatile gap-frame series is suitable for small appliance, automotive, and general stamping parts. Key features of the CX Series include a bigger bolster, longer slide stroke, and wider shut height range.
Interested in learning more?
Contact us at support@simpac-america.com.

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Amada Orii Installs Demo Press at Ajacs Die Sales
Amada Orii has installed a model SDE 1120 SF servo press, for demonstration purposes, at the Ajacs Die Sales Corp. facility in Grand Rapids, MI. It’s the first demo press that Amada Orii has installed at a distributor’s facility and is the first installation of its kind for Ajacs. 

The 121-ton-capacity press boasts a 7.87-in, stroke, 40.55 by 27.55 by 5.31-in. bolster, and a maximum speed of 70 strokes/min. (faster in pendulum mode). 

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WATCH: U.S. Cities With the Most Manufacturing Jobs
Check out this quick hitter to see which U.S. cities boast the highest percentage of manufacturing employment.

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SEYI. Your Servo Press Provider
SEYI servo presses offer the latest in direct drive motor and control technology, combined with unique frame designs and features. The slide motion programmability gives stampers the ability to optimize production, work with advanced materials, reduce secondary operations, and extend tooling maintenance intervals. Multiple servo presses are always in stock for quick delivery.
Learn More

FABTECH 2021 Call for Speakers
Conference-speaker submissions for FABTECH 2021 are being accepted through January 15, 2021. Program managers seek speakers who excite, engage, inspire and implement practices that will enhance the attendee experience and learning opportunity. FABTECH technologies include stamping, additive manufacturing, automation, cutting, finishing, lean principles and lean tools, management, marketing, robotics, smart manufacturing, welding, and workforce development.

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Complete Automated Machine Monitoring
ShopFloorConnect® OEE and Shop Floor Data Collection Software from Wintriss Controls Group offers remote monitoring and collects downtime and production efficiency data from every machine in your manufacturing operation, displays it in real-time, and produces indispensable manufacturing reports, including detailed OEE reports in a variety of formats.
Learn more at shopfloorconnect.com

Hot Off the Press
New Dates for FABTECH Mexico: June 8-10, 2021
Cincinnati Inc. Welcomes New President/CEO
Ross Adds Dexco Sales Engineer for Midwest/Great Lakes Regions
Mazak Optonics Names New General Manager of Customer Service
Medical-Device Manufacturer Hobson & Motzer Earns ISO 13485 Certification

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Dexco: The Strongest, Safest, Most Durable Racking Solutions on the Market
Dexco Coil racks create vertical storage capacity for metal stampers, formers and fabricators to improve plant safety and increase product selectivity. High strength shelves and custom cradles safely store coils exceeding 80,000 lbs. Optimize your operations by maximizing floor space, reducing material damage, and increasing through-put with Dexco racks.

December 2020 issue
December 2020
Using Simulation Software
… to navigate the perfect storm of die development: increased part complexity, stronger steels and compressed customer timelines.

Facing the “perfect storm” of die design and development—dramatic increases in stamped-part complexity along with compressed customer timelines—led, in 2015, the management team at 3-Dimensional Services Group to invest in new simulation software. The company now regularly calls on the software to help manage blank development, evaluate stamped-part and process feasibility, and generate and simulate alternative die-face designs.

Drawing on Experience
Deep drawing is considered the most complex of all sheet metal forming processes. It presents many process variables, some interacting synergistically, that impact a stamper’s ability to produce defect-free parts repeatedly.

The topic of deep drawing has been extensively researched and written about. Much effort also has gone into developing predictive software to assist with designing and troubleshooting draw dies. Still, I receive more questions by far on deep drawing than on any other topic. This is due in part to many small companies lacking access to forming-simulation software and, therefore, needing to rely on rules-of-thumb and past experiences.

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Logopress3 Progressive Blank Companion
Logopress3 Progressive Blank Companion helps the user create the intermediate stages of a complex shaped stamped part by doing only partial "unforming" of select areas of the complex shaped part in minutes instead of hours or days.

Upcoming Issues
  • Industry Outlook
  • Servo Technology
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
February Digital Issue
  • Stamping for Automotive, including EVs
  • Mechanical Presses
  • Press Controls/Sensing
  • CNC Punching/Tooling
  • Arc Welding

Find Great Candidates to Join Your Team During Women in Manufacturing’s (WiM) Virtual Career Fair on December 14!
Join the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Association on Monday, December 14 during its first-ever Virtual Career Fair. Connect with qualified job seekers from across the country while gaining a competitive edge over other companies seeking similar candidates. Learn more and register as a hiring company or job seeker.

Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Blank, Blanking, CNC, Die, Draw, Drawing, Model, Shut Height, Stroke, Edge, Forming, LASER, Lines
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms



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