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February 26, 2014

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February 26, 2014
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Motor City to Become a Hotbed for Metals-Manufacturing Tech Transfer
Coming soon to Detroit: a $148 million Department of Defense advanced manufacturing institute charged with transferring research and development into lightweight metal alloys from the research lab to vehicle-manufacturing plants—cars, trucks, airplanes and ships. Named the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I), the Canton Township-based facility combines resources from a Detroit-area group of businesses and universities, led by the Edison Welding Institute (EWI), Columbus, OH. It is expected to lead to the creation of 10,000 jobs within 5 yr., many in metal stamping, machining and related industries. Here’s more detail.

Stamtec presses for 2014


It is that time of year again, when wish lists are made, and budgets are planned. Stamtec has a complete line of presses from 25 tons to 660 tons, many of which are currently in stock for quick delivery. Even for larger presses, up to 3,000 tons, Stamtec is well-positioned to help you with some of the shortest lead times in the industry. So, contact us today to start planning for 2014.
Tech-Clarity Insight: Modernizing Manufacturing Systems with the Cloud
Are you stuck in the “Old ERP or No ERP trap”? It isn’t difficult to escape that trap and modernize. The Plex Manufacturing Cloud, is easier than you think. Be surprised at how much ERP capability is available on the cloud and is within your reach. Download the whitepaper.
iTool Visual Press Brake Cabinet
Versatility Professional Tool Storage introduces the new iTool Visual Press Brake Cabinet. iTool is engineered to help fabricators work safer and increase productivity with innovative benefits like a see-thru door, lock out drawers, and flip down drawer fronts to create the safest and most productive tool storage cabinet available today. See the industry’s most comprehensive line of Tool Storage Cabinets and Change Over-Carts. For more details and our special offer go to
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> Company Uniforms—“an Investment that Pays Off”
An improved overall image; a feeling of safety and security; and feeling cared for—these are three important shifts in attitude when management invests in uniforms for company employees, according to a recent Cintas Corp. survey of more than 2000 adults. A fourth and perhaps most important benefit of uniforms in the workplace: Survey takers say that they are more likely to do business with a company staffed by uniformed employees, and 65 percent of those surveyed say that seeing uniformed employees has a positive impact on the perception of a company.

> A Vast Collection of ERP Expertise will be on Hand the Manufacturing ERP Experience, a 1.5-day event slated for April 8-9 in Rosemont (Chicago), IL. With content engineered to help companies sort through the array of ERP options, the agenda features three highly respected experts who will address topics such as:

  • How to leverage ERP software to reduce costs and boost efficiency;
  • Roadblocks to the “perfect” installation, and how to clear them; and
  • How modern ERP systems support business-process optimization, lean manufacturing and strategic planning.

Featured speakers: Bryan Ball, research director, Aberdeen Group; Jeff Carr, founder and principal, Ultra Consultants; and Eric Kimberling, managing partner, Panorama Consulting Solutions.

Event attendees also will have time to kick the tires on ERP software from these leading suppliers: Plex, Epicor, Omega Cube, NetSuite, Global Shop Solutions, IQMS, ECi, WorkWise and xTuple. Learn more and register to attend.

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MFG Meeting
Returns for 4th Year

MFG Meeting
Hosted by three major trade associations – AMT, NTMA and PMA – The MFG Meeting brings together the complete chain of manufacturing to discuss the current and future state of the industry. With a dual focus on finding solutions to business challenges and networking with peers, The MFG Meeting helps industry leaders plan for the future and make connections today.
ERP is Critical
to Your Business

April 8 – 9, Rosemont, IL
Learn the latest developments in ERP software. Witness software demonstrations from leading suppliers; benefit from case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects. And, hear presentations from experts on ERP-software implementation strategies, vendor selection, training and other critical topics.
February 2014 Issue of MetalForming

In This Issue:

> Strip Design and Development— Gaining Confidence in the Process
Three software tools take automotive stamper and assembler Atlantic Tool & Die to the next level in progressive-strip development. Meanwhile, a laser-scanning portable CMM and accompanying 3D metrology software lead the firm's efforts to reverse-engineer stamping dies and weld fixtures.

> 10 Noteworthy Developments
in Sensors and Controls

Sensor and control expert George Keremedjiev perused the halls of FABTECH 2013 to develop this hit list of new state-of-the-art product developments aimed at helping metalformers error-proof their operations.
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