Q1 Solid for Manufacturing, and Q2 Outlook Even Stronger

May 12, 2021

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Q1 Solid for Manufacturing, and Q2 Outlook Even Stronger
U.S. manufacturing technology orders grew by 16.1 percent in March 2021 compared to February, and increased by 41.6 percent compared to March 2020, according to the latest report from AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Total orders for Q1 2021 reached $1.1 billion, almost one-third greater than total orders in Q1 2020.

Heyco Metals
Since 1969, Heyco Metals has rolled out high-precision, light-gauge coil and strip. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the company excels in copper, copper alloys and stainless steel as it continues a proven commitment to pristine surface quality, short lead times, exact specifications and unparalleled value for customers.

Huge Schuler Press the Heart of a Volkswagen Press-Shop Expansion
The newly commissioned Volkswagen press-shop expansion at its electric-car manufacturing facility in Zwickau, Germany, stamps the complete outer skin for six models. The €74 million, 8400-sq.-m expansion includes a new Schuler XL-model stamping press, an automatic stacking line, and a high-bay warehouse. The heart of the expansion is the new Schuler XL press, delivering 6900 tons of force across five stages.

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State-of-the-Art Heat Exchanger Manufacturing Facility, featuring 2016 Cidan Cut-to-Length Line, 2016 Yaskawa Robotic Welding Cells, Large Capacity Hydraulic Presses

Fractured Supply Chains Drive Steel Prices Skyward
Tony Krump, purchasing manager at Ajax Metal Forming Solutions, Minneapolis, MN, recently purchased galvanized sheet steel at twice last summer's price.  Even at that price, he was glad to get the shipment.  "It's never been like this, ever," he says.  "Every link in the supply chain has issues."

Ajax, like hundreds of U.S. manufacturers that buy steel by the ton, is stuck between erratic availability and escalating prices. Steel demand has raced well ahead of supply for the last six months with no immediate sign of slowing down.  Prices for hot- and cold-rolled steel, galvanized steel, and stainless steel are at all-time highs in the United States—and significantly higher than in other countries.

But it's not just the prices that concern Krump and other purchasing managers; it's the rate of increase that carries shock value.  Hot-rolled coil steel, considered a bellwether, checked in at $1370/ton in mid-April, more than triple the low of $440/ton just seven months ago. 

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Standardized & Custom Die Sets Available Today!
Get standard 4-pin die sets now! We stock 4-pin friction, ball bearing, and open sets – all available for immediate order and shipped to you fast. Our components are also available for easy online ordering anytime at: www.supercomps.com

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MetalForming Provides Your Business Edge
In January of this year MetalForming launched a monthly enewsletter called MetalForming Business Edge, with fresh content targeted specifically to company executives. Every issue includes commentary from automotive-industry analyst Laurie Harbour, and links to current articles and blog posts on an array of business-management topics. Also featured: Q&A sessions with company owners and presidents, who share their “secrets to success.”

“I’m continually impressed with their decisiveness, boldness and their ability to engage and motivate their management teams,” says MetalForming magazine editorial director Brad Kuvin. “I’ve unearthed several nuggets of management gold during these interviews. For example, Jeff Aznavorian, president of metal former Clips & Clamps Industries, shared that he expects his company to ‘take more calculated risks. There is a lot of innovative progress in the metal forming community and we need to maintain our place at the cutting edge of this innovation.’”

8 Methods to Speed Up Production
Hot and dirty processes can be a major issue with high costs to boot. See eight methods to speed up cooling and cleaning of parts in process. You may be looking to cool, clean, spray, blowoff, eject parts, keep your production line running or a myriad of other problems. Vortex Tubes, Air Knives and more can help!

Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) 2021 Virtual Event Platform is Live
Explore the GDIS virtual venue now to see what's new—including keynotes and new speakers. Scheduled for May 19, this year's GDIS lineup includes a keynote from Autoline host John McElroy, and a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E presentation by Mark Mikolaiczik, integration chief engineer—vehicle hardware modules at Ford Motor Company.

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May 2021
From the May Issue of MetalForming
Approach Stamping Problems Like a Crime Scene Investigator
Prime-time television-viewing options inundate us with police-procedural dramas like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and NCIS, among dozens more. In them, we see analysts combing through the area surrounding a mishap and well-meaning people traipsing through crime scenes inadvertently contaminating evidence.
When problems occur in our stamping plants, we should follow similar investigative procedures, while working to maintain the integrity of the data. The first step television teaches us: Define and describe the victim. While a crime-drama detective may start by looking at the information contained on the crime victim’s driver’s license, we can look at the certified sheet metal properties that accompany each material shipment.

The Annual 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour
Catch up on some of the latest trends in metal AM by attending the 6th annual 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, presented online in June 2021 as a two-part webinar series. The event includes a virtual tour of the new Neighborhood 91 campus in Pittsburgh, PA. An AM-centric development underway in the 195-acre Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus, adjacent to Pittsburgh (PA) International Airport, Neighborhood 91, as its coalition of public and private partners describes it, “is the first development in the world to both condense and connect all components of the AM/3D printing supply chain into one powerful production ecosystem.”

New Products
New Balluff Photoelectric Sensors Provide Condition-Monitoring Data
New Piab Suction Cups Pledge to Reduce Droppage and Scrap
Wearable Devices On the Rise—for Workplace Safety and Other Applications

Upcoming Issues
  • Servo Technology
  • Lubrication
  • Industry 4.0/IoT
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • E-Newsletter Focus: Automation
July Digital August
  • Pressroom Automation
  • Preview: FABTECH, September 13-16, Chicago, IL
  • CNC Punching/Tooling
  • Arc Welding
  • Additive Manufacturing

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