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July 12, 2017

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NIST-Sponsored Study Addresses the Future of Metalforming and Joining

EWI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently completed an exhaustive, 2-yr. study to identify and prioritize technology-development needs in materials joining and forming, and provide keys to increasing U.S.-manufacturing competitiveness. The study combines the views of representatives from more than 400 U.S. manufacturers of all sizes from across all industrial sectors.

The final report, titled A Comprehensive Advanced Materials Joining and Forming Technology Roadmap, offers a broad, detailed national perspective on the challenges and priorities facing industry, and offers a plan to ensure a robust future.

Download the full report and an executive summary.

Once in a Generation Technology

NuSol Alumax Preformed Emulsion

  • Increased tool life
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  • Machines non-ferrous and exotic metals Resistant to "Monday Morning Odors"
  • Tramp oil rejection
  • Operator safe
  • High productivity rates -Minimal downtime
  • Clean running
  • Excellent hard water stability
  • Low foaming
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The Strongest, Safest, Most Durable Coil Racking on the Market

Dexco Coil Racks get your sheet coil off the floor and out of harm's way with generous vertical storage capacity on high-strength shelves with secure customized cradles. Take advantage of organized, easy access, increased floor space, reduced material damage, and improved worker safety with Dexco Coil Racks.
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Today's News

Noxon Automation Opens Sales, Support Office in NC

PennEngineering Acquires Whitesell

Bodycote Receives GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

Nominate Women of Excellence in Metalforming and Fabricating

Alumitech—Cutting, Forming and Joining Aluminum—Secrets to Success

MetalForming magazine is proud to be hosting Alumitech, a brand new program specifically created for metalformers and fabricators to discover the best practices to successfully cut, form and weld aluminum sheet and plate. This one-day program, taking place in Cleveland, OH, will address topics such as lubrication, tooling specification, and welding procedures and techniques. For the complete program agenda, list of presenters, hotel details and online registration, view the event webpage.

3D Printing For Jigs, Fixtures & Prototypes

MetalForming magazine will host 3D Printing for Jigs, Fixtures & Prototypes in Cleveland, OH, on September 7. This event will provide attendees with a deep understanding of how 3D printing is being used in metalforming and fabricating operations, and techniques to improve your design and production of jigs, fixtures and prototypes. For complete agenda, speakers and registration information, visit the event webpage.

How Much Does It Cost to Manufacture Overseas Versus at Home?

An article posted to the website of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University describes a new tool designed to help companies calculate whether to offshore, manufacture locally or dual-source.

"It's not just about the dollar cost of labor," says Jan Van Mieghem, a professor of operations at the Kellogg School quoted in the article. "Time is money, and firms have become smarter in realizing that, 'well, we can go to China, but it's going to take a longer time to get the product back here. And I will pay for that time.'"

Van Mieghem, along with coauthor Robert Boute, from the University of Leuven, in Belgium, have developed a formula that helps companies weigh several factors when deciding whether it makes sense to offshore jobs, manufacture locally or do a mix. They say that the formula will prove especially useful in volatile markets where demand shifts rapidly.

"These markets create uncertainty and force companies into a dilemma as they analyze which sourcing approach makes sense," the article points out.

Prepare for 2018 by Attending the Manufacturing Sales and Marketing Summit!

Join us in Milwaukee, WI, on September 26-27 for an event to stay relevant and continually re-learn your craft. Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned pro, you will walk away with new insights, skills and connections to help grow your business.

Check Out This Popular Procurement Program!

Sourcing Solutions takes place on September 28 in Milwaukee, WI. This event brings together buyers and suppliers of fabricated metal parts, metal stampings, tooling and dies, assemblies, and more. Save time and money by having several meetings all in one day, in one location.
July 2017
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PMA—75 Years Strong

Constantly evolving and meeting challenge upon challenge to promote and propel our industry, the Precision Metalforming Association celebrates its diamond anniversary.

Mired in Inspection Documentation?

This job-shop manufacturer of primarily medical products sure is, but by sharpening its ERP-software sword, the pain is minimized. Among critical ERP-managed functions: incoming material qualification and inventory monitoring, shop-floor timekeeping (with alerts), and contract review.

Upcoming Issues
August: Servo-Press Technology—Case Studies, Press Feeds, Laser Cutting

September: Quick Die Change, Hydraulic Presses, Press-Brake Forming

October: FABTECH Issue, Welding, Software for Manufacturing

3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour

Attend the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour in Chicago, IL, on August 16-17. Presented by 3D Metal Printing magazine, attendees will be able to interact directly with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments and hear case-study applications. Access the agenda, speakers and registration here.
Celebrate Female Achievers in Metalforming and Fabricating!

We are looking for women in leadership positions or on the shop floor, those who represent dedication to their company and the industry, and demonstrate excellence in meeting their workplace responsibilities. And we need your help.

MetalForming magazine is seeking nominations for its Women of Excellence in Metalforming and Fabricating section, to run in the November issue. The section will feature and honor those selected as a means to recognize and promote the importance of women in the metalforming and fabricating industries.

Nominees should be employed by a manufacturer of metal parts and components or a supplier to the industry. Nominations can be submitted online and the deadline is July 31. Please nominate only one person from your company.
MetalForming : Jobs

Connecting job seekers and employers in the metal stamping, forming, fabricating and tool & die industries.

Quality Engineer (2/3) (MD)
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Combination Welder (MA)

CNC Machinist (IA)
Geater Machining & Manufacturing, Co.

Tooling Engineer (MO)
Detroit Tool Metal Products Co.

Manufacturing Engineer Laser Welding/Laser Marking (FL)
Arthrex Manufacturing Inc.


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