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March 28, 2018

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March 28, 2018
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Report Shows Steady Business Conditions

Metalformers expect little change in business conditions during the next three months, according to the March 2018 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, which surveyed 123 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada, prior to the government's announced 25-percent and 10-percent tariffs on steel and aluminum earlier this month.

Forty-nine percent of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity during the next three months (down from last month's 48 percent), 45 percent expect no change (down from 49 percent in February) and 6 percent anticipate a decline in activity (down from 3 percent).

Metalforming companies also anticipate steady incoming orders during the next three months, with 54 percent predicting an increase in orders (compared to 53 percent in February), 39 percent expecting no change in orders (compared to 45 percent in February), and 7 percent forecasting a decrease in orders (up from 2 percent in February). The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff dropped to 3 percent in March, down from 4 percent in February. This figure is much better than March 2017, when 9 percent of companies reported workers on short time or layoff.

PFA Makes Quick Die Change Easy

Manually actuating PFA's Mechanical Die Lifters by hand allows easy movement of stamping dies. Portable and lightweight lifting rails service multiple presses saving money. Combined with open slot bolster extensions, challenging "flatbed" and "opposing slot" bolsters can also be configured for Quick Die Change.

Premium Light-Gauge Stainless Steel and Copper Alloys from Heyco Metals

This ISO 9001:2008 certified company offers high-quality, light-gauge stainless steel and copper alloy strip to the most exacting specifications, in gauges as light as .0018". Pristine quality assured with 100% surface inspection. Short lead times. 95%-plus on-time delivery. Quotes:
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An Introduction to State-of-the-Art Technology for Stamping Engineering and Simulation Webinar

On April 19 at 2 p.m. EDT, an introductory seminar provides a brief overview of the latest advanced tools focused on sheetmetal stamping, helping to enable the efficient design and engineering of manufacturable components. Also addressed will be new software tools for building, validating, finalizing and troubleshooting complex stamping processes. Register for the free webinar.

IUPUI Launches Manufacturing Research Center

Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis has announced the launching of the IU Kelley School Center for Excellence in Manufacturing. Associate professor Mark Frohlich says that the school has seen an uptick in students interested in manufacturing, adding that Rolls-Royce is investing nearly $600 million in advanced manufacturing in Indianapolis.

"Manufacturing is extremely important for the economy and for jobs in this state," says senior Kent Craig, who is studying supply-chain management.

Lincoln Training Center

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, OH, unveiled last week its new welding technology and training center with 166 welding and cutting booths, 10 virtual-reality trainers, six seminar rooms, 13 classrooms and a 100-seat auditorium. Check it out.

Join us in St. Louis for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference

Participate in the conference designed for users, by users. Get ready for the biggest and best AMUG Conference ever. There will be more users at the event and more technologies represented. With AMUG's expanded scope, expert, intermediate and novice users of all commercial additive manufacturing technologies are welcome. Join us from April 8 – 12, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri, to learn, exchange ideas and build your professional network.

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March 2018
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Workforce-Development Update: Pioneer Award Winners

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Upcoming Issues
April: Mechanical Presses, Stamping, Laser Cutting

May: Press-Line Automation, In-Die Feeding/Fastening

June: Lubrication, Welding, CNC Punching & Tooling

Brand New in 2018 – Internet of Things (IoT) Experience for Metalformers and Fabricators

The Internet of Things (IoT) Experience for Metalformers and Fabricators is a one-of-a-kind conference designed specifically to educate floor supervisors, manufacturing engineers and managers, IT directors, and others working in small to midsized metalforming and fabricating plants on the coming wave of digital manufacturing and plant-floor connectivity. Visit the event website for a complete program agenda, a list of speakers and to register for this timely, technology- based event.
25th Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference

Attend the Precision Metalforming Association's 25th Annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference on April 25-26 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, MI. Join fellow automotive suppliers for educational sessions, networking and group discussion on the latest advancements and outlook for the automotive industry.
MetalForming : Jobs

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Vice President of Engineering & Tooling (NY)
Johnson & Hoffman

Welder (FL)
Applied Industrial Technologies

CNC Machinist (WI)
ATI Metals

Toolmaker (NY)
General Electric

Tool & Die Technician (MO)
Lozier Corporation


See also: PFA, Inc., Heyco Metals, Inc., AutoForm Engineering Gmbh, Plex Systems Inc.


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