The pages of MetalForming magazine come to life via a three-part online event: MetalForming LIVE. Tune in for free from the comfort of your office, shop or living room 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: July 13 (today)—newer materials; July 20—progressive-die simulation; and July 27—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. Attendees also can participate in lively Q&A discussions.
Position your company as an industry leader when you utilize PMA resources—ITR Econ Trends reports, trade publications, One Voice and FABTECH trade shows. A PMA membership will provide your company and all of its employees with a range of valuable industry resources that are designed to help you become more connected, more informed, more efficient, more competitive and ultimately more profitable.
drive to achieve and maintain operational excellence for the
foreseeable future has metal forming company executives consumed with
the race to scale, competing for workers, examining new markets and
opportunities, and evaluating and implementing Industry 4.0 technologies
to begin their digital transformation.
Orders of manufacturing technology dipped slightly in May to $441.2 million, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology. May orders were down 14 percent from April, but nearly equal to May 2021 orders with a modest 1-percent decline. Year-to-date orders reached $2.42 billion, a 20-percent increase over 2021 orders through May.
Internal combustion engines, albeit losing their once top position in the automotive industry, generate excessive heat—around the engine and its exhaust components. If not properly insulated, high temperatures may cause thermal damage to body components, electronics and internal trim. Typically, an embossed and formed heat shield is used for protecting the rest of the car from excessive heat. Most heat shields are stamped from 0.3 to 0.5-mm, 1000- or 3000-series aluminum; when double sheets are used, sheet thickness may be as low as 0.2 mm.
Die-free production of Class A quality and structural parts is possible—even for high-volume serial production. That’s the message from Schuler North America, Canton, MI. The subsidiary of Schuler Group GmbH, along with MetalForming magazine,
offers a complimentary online seminar, Die-Free Blanking Class A
Quality & Structural Parts: 5 Smart Solutions with Laser Blanking
The seminar, recorded last week, introduces the basics of laser blanking—what it is, why it matters and how it achieves desired results. Learn how laser blanking technology reduces capital-equipment investment, optimizes for cost-effective production, increases material savings with better nesting capabilities, and increases overall equipment effectiveness.
Coming November 29-30, 2022, in Novi, MI, is the 4th annual Hot Stamping Experience and Tech Tour, from MetalForming
magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association. Highlighted by a
tour of the GNS North America hot stamping facility in Canton Township,
MI, the conference will feature several technical presentations from
leading experts in the field.
Want to join the lineup of speakers? The Call for Presentations for the 2022 Hot Stamping Experience and Tech Tour is open. We’re looking for technical presentations on new materials; new technology related to presses, ovens, controls, and automation equipment; best practices for hot stamping, as well as for 3D laser cutting and welding of hot-stamped materials; and more.
You are invited to submit a presentation proposal to MetalForming editorial director Brad Kuvin; deadline is July 29.
Birthed in the darkest days of World War II, the Precision Metalforming Association has grown and adapted to ably serve its members and the industry as a whole. Here’s that story.
Succeeding on the Laser Cutting Edge
With more than two dozen 2D and 3D fiber laser cutting machines inhouse,
3-Dimensional Services Group is more than capable of meeting an
ever-growing number of jobs and job volumes from automotive, appliance,
aerospace and other customers.