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February 25, 2015

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February 25, 2015
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Worker Shortage Leads to Work-Flow Adjustments
Manufacturing workers are, increasingly, “leaving for work far before the sun rises and getting home long after it has set.” So says this article from describing the harsh reality of the shortage of skilled workers. Lacking labor, companies must make “multiple changes across the board,” the article continues.

Executives from two tool and die companies are quoted—here’s the article.

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Save the Date for
The MFG Meeting 2015

MFG meetingThe fifth edition of The MFG Meeting, March 4-7, 2015, will bring together the manufacturing community to learn, network and be inspired. This year’s meeting will focus on the power of manufacturing, which is driven by innovation, design, insight and people. The presentations from industry leaders will provide creative ways to optimize the drivers of manufacturing and provide solutions to strengthen your business.
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> Scouts Now Earning Welding Merit Badges—Photo Gallery
One way to address manufacturing’s skill shortage is to engage our youth. That’s exactly what the folks at Assabet Valley (MA) Regional Technical (AVRT) High School had in mind when they decided to mentor their local Southborough Boy Scout Troop 1 and help the boys earn their welding merit badges.

Earlier this month, more than 20 AVRT students braved a New England snow storm to spend 9 hr. teaching the scouts how to safely operate oxyfuel and gas-metal-arc-welding torches. Here’s a photo gallery showing the boys cutting ½-in. plate and welding in various positions.

> Photo Essay Depicts Hot Rod Fabrication, Start to Finish
Surf on over to this webpage to witness how metal fabrication can look like magic. Watch as hot-rod builder Tom Hanna takes us on a photographic journey that records every step along the way to forming aluminum sheets into what looks like a one-piece stamped body.

In-Die Feeding Solutions for Ball Studs
MDSWatch it here: A high-volume fastener installation system can set two-and-a-half times the amount of fasteners in-die in the time it takes an orbital riveting system to set one fastener. This eliminates secondary operations, resulting in lower costs.
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New Products
The latest in metalforming and fabricating products and technology.

> Mid-Frequency Inverter Power Supplies for Resistance Welding
> Fiber-Laser Effortlessly Cuts 1-in. Steel Plate
> Laser-Cutting System Enhances Processing of Large-Diameter Tube
> Deburring Machines Address Finishing Challenges
> Dust Collector Spark Arrestor Extinguishes Sparks and Burning Embers
> New Waterjet Suits High-Production Needs

February 2015 MetalForming

In This Issue:

> CAD Efficiency--Fewer People, Twice the Productivity
Here’s a testament to simultaneous stamping-die design and development, where CAD/CAM software integrates the diemaking process from quote to delivery. The result: improved quote hit rates, slashed lead times, reduced costs and optimized quality.

> A Rebuilt 1000-Ton Press
...contributes to the competitive advantage sought after by this IL-based metalformer looking to make its mark in Mexico, providing stampings, fabricated assemblies and more to the truck and construction markets.
What's Trending?
> Press Controls
> CNC Punching
> Waterjet Cutting
> Hydraulic Presses
> Laser Cutting
> ERP Software Special Section
> Advances in Automotive Steel
> Welding
> Die Design Software
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Welding and Metallurgical Engineer (Saudia Arabia) / Saudi Aramco
Tool and Die Maker (2nd Shift) (NC) / Eaton
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Supplier Tooling Engineer - Automotive (IL) / Martin Management Inc.
Sheet Metal Project Engineer (IA) / Geater Machining & Manufacturing, Co.
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