Condition Monitoring Helps Metal Formers Drive Productivity

April 27, 2022

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Technology Focus: Industry 4.0/IoT
MetalForming brings you the April installment of our monthly Technology Focus newsletter, this month highlighting Industry 4.0/IoT.

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Condition Monitoring Helps Metal Formers Drive Productivity
In an industry that demands precision, managers must have absolute confidence that equipment will continue to work at an optimal level. As a result, many metal forming companies have begun to rely on continuous conditioning-monitoring technology to optimize equipment throughput and consistency. This technology helps shops reduce maintenance costs by making accurate record-taking more straightforward and available in real time.

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A Truly Experienced and Professional Team
Delta Industrial is recognized as a leading foundation contractor by most major machine and press manufacturers for almost thirty years. Delta has the unique design-build ability to specifically tailor, to accommodate the machine manufacturer’s, and the customer’s specialized needs. Delta Industrial provides complete industrial contracting services to a number of industries including automotive stamping, aerospace, energy, medical and general construction—to name a few. Customers and manufacturers look forward to working with Delta, again and again.

Proudly providing design-build foundation services for:
|FPT |G&L |Parpas |Droop & Rein |Schuler |Clearing |Komatsu |Braner |Red Bud |Delta |Tarus |Mazak |Okuma |Version |Mecof |Bliss |Minster |Aida |Pro-EcoPaxon |Bronx |Brown & Sharpe |Eagle |Cincinnati |Kuraki |Toshiba |Danly |Niagra |Stamtech |Wean
Complete Industrial Contracting Solutions
“A Michigan Based Company Servicing the United States Since 1993”

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5G Technology Ensures Connectivity Reliability
A report from Frost & Sullivan, titled 5G in Process Industries, finds that the limitations of 4G networks are enabling 5G technology to become an important ally for Industry 4.0. The high bandwidth and low latency provided by 5G networks, along with the organizational and economic benefits of industrial digitization and falling prices of technologies such as machine learning and Big Data analytics, are pushing manufacturers toward implementing Industry 4.0 solutions.

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Proven AHSS-Capable Straighteners
With a COE straightener, we verify your purchase will perform to your requirements.  Our equipment is backed by FEA data and software utilities that illustrate its ability to process high strength, high yield materials effectively addressing both coil set and crossbow issues.
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New Controls + Sensors = Pressroom Profitability
For stampers dealing with the effects of the skilled-labor shortage, including brain drain and lost shop-floor productivity, advances in press controls and the expanded use of sensors promise to multiply the capabilities of staff already on the floor. In addition, the advances described here promise to extend the careers of older team members and help attract new hires.

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"Explore the Floor" with Simpac & MetalForming Magazine
Stephan Robertson, Simpac America’s General Manager/VP of Sales & Operations, and Brad Kuvin, MetalForming magazine’s Editorial Director, discussed key industry demands.

Watch the full interview to learn more about:
  • Simpac’s upcoming sales, marketing, and service goals post-rebrand
  • Simpac’s new extended reality (XR) tool
  • Simpac’s solutions for electric vehicle (EV) production

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On-Demand Webinar: The State of Smart Manufacturing: Respond to Market Adversity with Agility, Improved Processes and Technology Adaptation
Participants in a recent global survey of 321 manufacturers communicated the need for agility, technology adoption, and improved processes to respond to market adversity. Plex Systems, a Rockwell Automation company, in collaboration with Hanover Research, uncovers the current state of smart manufacturing, the challenges manufacturers are facing, and expectations for the future of the industry.

Join Plex and Precision Metalforming Association as we discuss the report’s key findings and provide actionable steps to create your own technology adoption plan and embrace the future of smart manufacturing.

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Maximum Durability and Compact Design – Surface Mount Pile Driver™
The surface mount Pile Driver provides 20% more sensing distance, yet requires only 1/10 the mounting space. The standard cable is cut-resistant and immune to cutting fluids and oils, while weld-immune models resist molten metal spatter. Surface mount Pile Driver can be flush mounted in your fixtures and tooling.
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IoT Sensor Market on a Rapid Climb
A study from Emergen Research predicts the global market for sensors to enable Internet of Things (IoT) technology to reach $204.74 billion by 2028, at a steady compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 percent during the forecast period. Contributing to the rise is the growing trend of smart factories and automation of various manufacturing processes.

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Looking to Diversify into New Areas of Stamping, Such as EV Parts, High-Speed Stamping, or Forging?
Stamtec builds presses specifically for these market segments, as well as traditional markets for stamping presses:
    • Mechanical and servo presses from 35 tons to 3,300 tons.
    • Built by our own employees in our own factories
    • 72,000 sq. ft. facility in Manchester, TN (near Nashville)
    • Complete press-line integration and project management
    • Competitive pricing, quick delivery with over 60 machines in stock.
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FABTECH Mexico May 3-5 in Monterrey
Plans are underway for FABTECH Mexico to return to Monterrey, May 3-5, 2022. This year’s show will bring together more than 500 exhibitors presenting the latest in technology and solutions to more than 8000 attendees from Mexico and Latin America.

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ERNST Group – World-class Technology Leader
ERNST shows what is possible in metal forming.

MachineMetrics Achieves Best-in-Class Information Security Standards with ISO 27001 Certification
MachineMetrics, Northampton, MA, a provider of machine data-collection and production analytics technology for manufacturers, has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its industrial data platform, a comprehensive security-management standard that specifies a set of best practices and controls.

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May 18 in Detroit: Auto-Focused Great Designs in Steel
The automotive-focused Great Designs in Steel conference returns live, May 18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. From the American Iron and Steel Institute, GDIS (for which MetalForming magazine is a proud media sponsor) celebrates its 20th year in 2022 as the signature North American event where automotive engineering, design, technology and academic leaders provide insight on the latest trends and material applications on new cars and trucks.

MetalForming LIVE! July 13, 20 and 27
This summer, the pages of MetalForming magazine come to life via a three-part online event: MetalForming LIVE. Tune in for free to hear MetalForming’s three expert columnists, Pete Ulintz, Danny Schaeffler, Ph.D., and Eren Billur, Ph.D, host 90-min. roundtable discussions on three topics of critical importance to metal formers. The topics: newer materials, progressive-die simulation and press-stroke optimization. They’ll be joined on the online stage by metal formers dispensing their expertise gleaned from extensive experience with the chosen topics. And, attendees can participate in lively Q&A discussions. Sign up today!

July 13: How Newer Materials—Advanced Steels, Aluminum Grades, etc.—Impact Metal Formers
July 20: Simulation of Progressive-Die Designs
July 27: Optimizing Press-Stroke Rate Without Investing a Lot of Money!

Hot Off the Press
Women in Manufacturing to Host Event in Michigan
Esab Separates From Enovis, Launches as an Independent, Publicly Traded Company
Okay Industries Adds Plastic Molding and Insert Molding Capabilities
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April 2022
From the April Issue of MetalForming
Robotic Welding Cells Raise Capability, Productivity at Truform
Efficiencies gained in automated fabrication key production gains while allowing the Tennessee manufacturer to expand its automotive and appliance work, and add commercial-product fabrication.

Automate the Pressroom with No Upfront Cost?
“Sign me up for that,” says Jose Figueroa, plant manager at Chicago’s Polar Manufacturing, an OEM of heavy-duty truck hardware. Polar now enjoys the benefits of two cobot-tended operations—a stamping press and a spot-welding machine—both financed by a third party to which it pays an hourly fee. Call it Robotics as a Service.

New Products
Energy-Saving, Sustainable Hydraulic Technology Reduces Energy Consumption
Offline Programming Software for Robots

Upcoming Issues
  • Hydraulic Presses
  • Manufacturing Software
  • Preview: 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour (June 7-8, Hartford, CT)
  • Bending/Folding
  • Material Handling
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Software
  • PMA 80th Anniversary
  • Workforce Development
  • Preview: Mexico Metal Forming Technology Conference
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Presses
MetalForming LIVE: July 13, 20 and 27
  • Three live online events in July assemble MetalForming’s stellar columnists to headline expert roundtable discussions on newer materials, progressive-die simulation and press-stroke optimization.
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Industry 4.0/IoT

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Industry-Related Terms: Forming, Hardware, Insert, LASER, Spatter, Surface
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