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Beyond SMED

Beyond SMED
There’s much more to increasing productivity on a stamping press than single-minute exchange of die by Kip Hanson, senior editor       It’s been used for decades to reduce downtime on stamping presses and other fabricating equipment. The term SMED, short for single-minute exchange of die, was invented sometime during the late 1960s by Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo, although Read full article >>

Stamped out

Stamped out
Hot stamping ArcelorMittal’s Usibor steel for lightweighting in the automotive industry by Jimmy Myers, senior editor       Automakers continually search for processes and materials that will allow them to make lighter, more cost-effective vehicles. However, with 30,000-plus automobile crash fatalities per year in the United States alone, there is also a pressing goal to make cars Read full article >>

Saving Space, Gaining Productivity

February, 2012By Russ OlexaV. P., Associate PublisherThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Hago GmbH in Germany had a problem. The company needed to add stamping lines but had limited space. What the company eventually found was an alternative method for stamping in a tight area while adding the stamping production it desperately needed.Hago started in 1970 producing stamping tools for local industries, explains Read full article >>

Saving Stamping Lubrication Costs

May, 2013By Russ OlexaV. P., Publisher/EditorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.One squirt of lubrication can make all the difference in the world for a stamped sheet-metal part to be properly produced.However, as important as lubrication is, if it's misused and wasted, it can easily impact the bottom line. It can also produce a hazardous working environment for employees while adding to maintenance costs.  But Read full article >>

Measured moves

Measured moves
Making accurate bends the first time with the help of in-process angle measurement systems by Mark Watson, marketing product specialist, Cincinnati Inc.         Bottom bending, air bending, complementary angle, blank development, outside setbacks, neutral axis, K-factor – there’s a lot more to bending metal than just, well, bending metal. On top of the multi-faceted aspects of running a Read full article >>

Press ahead

Press ahead
The top 10 reasons hydraulic presses are the way to go by Thomas M. Lavoie, applications engineering manager, Greenerd Press & Machine Co.       Today's hydraulic presses are faster and more reliable than ever and the technology has gone through significant changes and refinements. Improvements in seals, more efficient pumps and stronger hoses and couplings have virtually eliminated leaks Read full article >>

State of flux

State of flux
It’s not the speed of the ram, but the speed at which parts are made that matters by Larry Adams, senior editor       Adapting to changing circumstances in a lucid manner is the need of the hour. This is dynamically elicited by Metamation through its flux software. For Metamation, manufacturers of CAD/CAM software for sheet metal applications, Flux is the name of its new engine and Read full article >>

Upgrading Stamping Line Controls

March, 2013Simple upgrades can boost productivity while lowering costs and help with OSHA complianceBy Russ OlexaV. P., Publisher/EditorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.There are many reasons to upgrade a stamping line's controls. Along with increasing productivity while getting a more efficient operation, government compliance also dictates that controls might need to be replaced."There are many benefits to Read full article >>

Today’s Hydraulic Presses Offer Greater Speed, More Precision and Faster Maintenance

July/Aug. 2011By Russ OlexaV. P., Associate PublisherThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Hydraulic presses are a staple in the stamping field offering unique benefits and features especially when it comes to deep-drawen parts. But many offer other benefits that can help companies gain productivity and reduce maintenance. Greenerd Press and Machine Company Inc. has increased the tonnage capacity of their Read full article >>

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