Practical Pressroom Digitalization

December 15, 2021

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Technology Focus: Automation
MetalForming brings you the December installment of our monthly Technology Focus newsletter, this month highlighting Automation.

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Practical Pressroom Digitalization
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by Industry 4.0, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The most-effective approach: Determine specific press-production needs, then explore digital solutions.

ATI Robotic/Automatic Tool Changers
ATI Industrial Automation Tool Changers allow for quick and easy changing of press tooling and transfer equipment. ATI offers a wide selection of Tool Changer models to cover a variety of applications. Key features include: Excellent repeatability, high rigidity, and a lightweight and compact design.

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Low-Maintenance Scrap Handling Defeats Downtime
Development of modular and more-reliable components allows metal formers to keep press lines running.

Innovative, Reliable and Solutions-Based
We have 40 years of experience in providing line-side and plant-wide lubrication solutions. Using a comprehensive approach, we assess your operations to ensure that you get the right combination of equipment and services for your needs. We will improve your tooling performance and help create a cleaner safer workspace.
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WATCH: Weiss-Aug Group Commissions Three New Straightside Presses
While still committed to being a preferred supplier of some of the most challenging parts a metal stamper could ever provide—medical-industry OEMs count on the firm to develop and manufacture their most challenging parts, and ongoing miniaturization brings new challenges every day—Weiss-Aug Co., East Hanover, NJ, has begun to take on larger medical parts, as well as new work for the automotive industry. For this work, Weiss-Aug recently commissioned three new 70-ton straightside presses (Nidec Minster P2H-63 models).

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Pepperl+Fuchs’ Sensors for Modern Metalforming
Applying Pepperl+Fuchs products to your in-die sensing program helps prevent die crashes by detecting faults before the die closes. Overall productivity is increased, as the sensors eliminate time lost due to maintenance/repairs and bad-part sorting. Designed to withstand the pressroom environment, they monitor work pieces, holding tools, stripper plates, pilot holes, and more.

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Rapid Response Cell Ends Production Interruption
The metal fabrication shop at Decimet Sales Inc. is enjoying the benefits of a new rapid response cell, building up its rapid prototyping acumen to avoid interrupting the flow of production, and turning prototype jobs in one or two days.

Tower MWF is Your Lubricant Solutions Provider
Tower connects metal stampers and tool shops with advanced metalworking fluid technology.  With hazard-free products and 88 years of experience, you’ll get the best lubricant solution for your process.  Let us help you solve a problem or simply make life easier.  Start 2022 off right and contact Tower today!

WATCH: Pressroom Extended-Reality Technology, EVs and More
Join MetalForming magazine editorial director Brad Kuvin as he meets with Stephan Robertson, Simpac America’s general manager and vice president of sales and operations, during FABTECH 2021. Robertson discusses the firm’s new XR (extended reality) technology, the electric-vehicle revolution and its impact on metal stampers, and the important role that equipment OEMs play in providing service and support to metal stampers.

Hot Off the Press
Crystal Engineering – Chicago the New Name for World Washer & Stamping 
Manufacturing Technology Orders on a Winning Streak
Haven Steel Welcomes 50-Ton Beckwood Bulldozer Press
Xometry Acquires Thomas, Accelerating the Manufacturing Industry’s Digital Transformation
Schuler Upgrades Eight Presses at Siemens Drive-Manufacturing Plant

December 2021
From the December Issue of MetalForming
Improving Progressive Die Performance—Part 3
In this final installment of a three-part series, we explore the effects that coil-feed height and pilot-release timing have on process efficiency and accuracy.
Lights-Out Fabrication at Silicon Valley Job Shop
With a new lineup of productive servo-electric press brakes inhouse, Northern California sheet metal job shop A & J Precision needs to ensure a consistent flow of material from upstream processes—namely, cutting and punching operations. Helping to keep its press brakes busy: a new combination punch-laser machine.

New Products
Optimize Straightener-Feeder Power Consumption Based on Sheet Thickness
Compact Machine-Tending and Warehousing Robot

Upcoming Issues
January/February 2022
  • Industry Outlook
  • Servo Technology
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Software
February—Special All-Automotive Issue
  • Automotive/EV Stamping and Fabricating, including stamping of AHSS
  • Preview: Great Designs in Steel
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Presses

Industry-Related Terms: Die, LASER, Lines, Prototype, Scrap, Transfer
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms



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