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April 9, 2014

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April 9, 2014
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Why Texas for Tesla’s New Gigafactory?
The Motley Fool recently posted an article titled, “Making the Case for a Texan Tesla Motors Inc.,” providing an overview of Tesla’s planned ”Gigafactory,” expected to employ some 6500 workers who (once the plant comes online) will “produce more lithium-ion batteries than were produced worldwide in 2013.”

The article makes a strong case for Texas to land the plant, including its large base of automotive workers--the motor-vehicle parts sector has seen more than 29 percent growth since 2009. And, there are numerous opportunities for Tesla to form R&D partnerships with other manufacturers and research institutes, not to mention potential incentive programs from the huge (some would say “Texas-sized”) $200 million Texas Emerging Technology Fund.


Video: Welding Fume Problems Solved
A high efficiency cartridge collection system delivers clean indoor air that is free of dust and fumes, with an important side benefit: The ability to circulate warm, clean air through the weld shop has saved $100K per year in heating costs. View video

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> Lean Tips—Training Not Enough
As part of its ongoing helpful lean tips blog posts, the writers at offer up these tidbits:

  • Lean on data collection and analysis to identify problems and verify the results of changes made to overcome them.
  • Develop change leaders and empower them to become contributors to the company’s success.
  • Build multi-disciplinary project teams with the authority to impact design, communication and change management.
  • Listen deeply and empathetically to employees.

This list of ideas scratches the surface—there are many more to be had.

> Auto-Parts Suppliers Come Together
Join your fellow automotive suppliers on April 30- May 1 in Novi, MI, for the 21st annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference (APSC) in Novi, MI. Sponsored by the Precision Metalforming Association, APSC is a forum for the discussion of strategic trends and changing conditions in the automotive market.

New this year will be concurrent education sessions on a host of topics, including ERP software, strategic growth initiatives, and lightweighting materials. Peruse the event website for the complete agenda and registration information.

> The Automation Payoff—New YouTube Video
Take a quick 3:22 video tour of the Vickers Engineering manufacturing plant in New Troy, MI, where 12 robotic cells receive heaps of credit for the firm’s dramatic growth. Listen as president and CEO Matt Tyler explains how automation makes the firm—a precision machining and metal-fabrication company--“globally competitive, and helped attract younger workers, improved quality and product flow.”


Die Cad Group

Currently under new ownership, Die Cad Group is changing to better meet the needs of their customers. With over 350 years of notable experience, Die Cad Group provides quality die designs, machine design, Concept Drawings, FEA/Formability Studies, Surfacing, Processing & Product Manufacturability Analysis, Transfer System Coordination & Program Management. Find out more

Sign Up to Attend the 2014 Die Design Experience
Come join us for the 2014 Die Design and Simulation Software Experience. The event will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on May 28-29, 2014, in Rosemont, IL. Witness software demonstrations from leading suppliers, case-study presentations on software-implementation projects, and hear keynote presentations on state-of-the-art die-design, development and simulation software innovations.

April 2014

In This Issue:

> Zig-Zag Servo Feeds Support Servo-Press Operations
Stamping airbag housings by the thousands has deep-draw specialist Metal Flow Corp. changing servo-press ram speed seven times per stroke, while "bulletproof" rack-and-pinion-driven servo feeds perform tireless work.

> Better Software Begets Engineering Capacity
Design engineers can be the lifeblood of any full-service contract manufacturer, supporting customers that lack engineering capacity. Make the most of engineers' precious time by giving them the software they need to be at their best. Here's a shop that does just that.
What's Trending?

> Advances in Automotive Steels
> Welding
> Die Design Software

> Lubrication
> Waterjet/Laser Cutting
> Materials and Coatings
> In-Die Sensing
> Resistance Welding
> Press Brake Bending
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