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​Impact of Overseas Tooling Sourcing: A report from the Center for Automotive Research ​

​CAR  Director of Manufacturing, Engineering, & Technology Abe Vadhavkar writes about the impact of sourcing tools overseas on the US tool & die sector.​  ​The report​​ ​states that new tooling sourced in Low Cost Countries such as China and Taiwan may … Continue reading

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Aluminum and Steel Usage at Nissan-Smyrna, TN

The ​​Nissan assembly plant in ​Smyrna, TN makes 640,000 vehicles a year, and it’s stamping plant supports production of 1.2 million vehicles. The stamping plant goes through 375 tons of steel and 14 tons of aluminum every day. automotivemanufacturingsolutions.com/focus/stamp-of-approval -Danny … Continue reading

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Aluminum and Steel Battle for Supremacy in Automotive Applications

There are benefits and challenges associated with each metal, and automakers need to consider strength, stiffness, manufacturing, weight, and cost – and many more characteristics. Steelmakers and aluminum producers are eager to help: 2 tons of sheetmetal are purchased for … Continue reading

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Treat Water Before Diluting Your Stamping Lubes

You drink bottled H2O rather than tap because it might taste “hard”, but what about using it for diluting stamping lubes? When diluted lubes dry during part storage, the remaining hard water ions can lead to problems. https://www.irmco.com/products/water-quality-lubricant-residues -Danny Schaeffler, … Continue reading

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Lubrication Technology for Metalformers, a conference from Metalforming Magazine in Feb 2019

Lubrication Technology for Metalformers, a February 2019 seminar from Metalforming Magazine, will help you learn how to select the right lubricant for your specific project based on material type, thickness, and forming challenges. The talks I’m most interested in hearing … Continue reading

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Sharp Edges Lead to Cracks? Who Knew?

“Cracks found in the Transbay Terminal superstructure appear to have started at the sharp corners of holes cut into vital steel beams during construction.” The San Francisco transit center opened in late August after 10 years of construction, costing $2.2 … Continue reading

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Using Test Data to Derive Product Improvements: Design Tests to Give Pertinent Quantitative Info

NIST and industry partners create new lab test to provide quantitative data on the scratch and damage resistance of automobile polymer clearcoat layers. Continue reading

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Tesla Stamping and Assembly of Model 3

Tesla Stamping and Assembly of Model 3 Continue reading

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Schuler and Porsche Form JV for Auto Body Parts

Schuler and Porsche form a 50/50 joint venture to use IoT Industry 4.0 networked equipment capable of machine learning to create the “Smart Press Shop.” Continue reading

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Increasing Profits by Reducing Complexity and Focusing on Customer

After almost 20 years of losses, GM’s former European division is profitable one year after being sold to the parent company of Peugeot / Citroën. Continue reading

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Is it cheaper to flood the tools or use an engineered lubricant designed for advanced metals?

The High Price of Cost Savings: Lubes Continue reading

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Finding Solutions for Wear -Tooling By Design in the September 2018 Issue of MetalForming Magazine

Pete Ulintz gives examples how to deal with wear during forming of stainless and aluminum in the latest issue of Metalforming Magazine Continue reading

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“Quality is in the eye of the customer for most in the metal fabricating world”

What works for a 250-person metal forming company that primarily serves the automotive industry likely will not work for the 25-person job shop with 70 customers in 15 industry segments. Continue reading

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Coil Fed Laser Blanking coming to SET Chicago

Blanking Without Dies at SET Enterprises using coil-fed strip using Schuler’s Dynamic Flow Technology Continue reading

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Stamping Higher-Strength Steels Seminar – Sept 12/13 in Nashville

Join me, PMA, IRMCO, and Coe Press to learn what makes higher strength steels different and learn some strategies to process them effectively. Continue reading

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FMEA Failure Modes & Effects Analysis in Sheet Metal Forming

Dimensional variability. Random splits. Surface waves. Any of these can cause big production headaches. Scrambling to fix the problems can lead to a host of other issues.  See my article on FMEA Failure Modes & Effects Analysis in the January … Continue reading

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