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Automation Adoption Implications on the Workforce

The latest study from the Center for Automotive Research focuses on Automation in the Manufacturing Environment.  Consistent with other surveys, finding skilled workers is the most significant challenge facing manufacturing companies.  But another key finding is that for all the information … Continue reading

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New to Hot Stamping?

Mike Austin of Diversified Tooling Group writes about Hot Stamping in the latest issue of the Stamping Journal, He highlights the many ways that hot forming is so much more complex than conventional cold stamping. Just one: Problems from friction … Continue reading

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Combat Risk of Job Loss with Training

75 million job losses; 133 million job gains. Your skills determine which group you are in. Continue reading

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​Aluminium Alloy Differences and Designations

Read about the many different aluminum alloys here! Continue reading

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​Body Structure Part Strength on the 2019 Chevy Silverado

​An article containing information about advanced high strength steel content in 2019/2020 vehicles also has photos taken at I-CAR’s booth at SEMA 2018. These photos highlight sections of the 2019 Silverado body, with several of the parts labeled with strength … Continue reading

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​​iPhones will be Assembl​ed​ in the US​? Unlikely​.

When low margin high volume production leaves so does talent and necessary equipment Continue reading

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​Mazda Uses 1300 MPa (190 ksi) Cold Stamped Steel

​The 2019 Mazda 3 uses 1300 MPa (190,000 psi) steel for the front pillar and roof rail inners; the hinge pillar, roof rail, and side sill inner reinforcements, and the No. 2 crossmember. This cold-stampable steel was jointly developed by … Continue reading

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​SpaceX Starship/BFR Rocket Materials

​​SpaceX will use 3XX stainless steel for their Starship and Super Heavy rocket booster due to better performance compared with carbon fiber over the spectrum of operating temperatures and conditions encountered. @ElonMusk shows he has more than just a passing … Continue reading

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​​Thinner​ is not always better

​​In the case of electrical steels, thinner sheets improves motor efficiency – crucial to meet the needs of hybrid/electric vehicles. But more laminations need to be stamped from this thinner metal to get to the same stator height. An article … Continue reading

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20,000 to be hired by 2023 at POSCO as part of US$40 billion investment

Automating a 3.52 million ton Gwangyang Steel Mill blast furnace, expanding production capability of their “Giga Steel” and establishing power generation facilities using byproduct gases will use almost 60% of the investment. Other funds will be devoted to secondary battery … Continue reading

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Servo Press Technology Articles at Metalforming Magazine

Servo press selection and usage articles are curated into a Top 10 list at Metal Forming Magazine. These articles will take you through the justification process by highlighting their benefits and what these presses offer above and beyond flywheel-driven presses. … Continue reading

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4M and EQS: 4Q 2018 Sheet Metal Industry News

4M and EQS publish a newsletter covering Sheet Metal Industry news. Info from 4Q2018 and how to sign up for future issues is given here. Continue reading

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Total Elongation in a Tensile Test May Not Be The Best Formability Indicator​ for AHSS

​Tensile test elongation is not the best way to assess formability of AHSS steel. ​In a tensile test, you are averaging deformation over a ​2 inch (or more) gauge length. ​SSAB just published a good article on this, and coincidentally, … Continue reading

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​Made it to the “Top 5 in 365” list at TheFabricator.com!

The “Top 5 in 365” list of the five most-popular stamping related articles on http://www.thefabricator.com is out, and 4M is on it! From Bill Frahm’s article, Statistics and Probability for Better Decisions in Manufacturing, “If you manage the manufacture of high-volume … Continue reading

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Industry 4.0: Sensors Come to Sheet Metal Forming

Ohio State University article about Industry 4.0 the use of sensors in stamping: https://www.thefabricator.com/article/stamping/r-d-update-industry-4-0-and-the-use-of-sensors-in-sheet-metal-forming If you don’t think you can justify sensors, my recommendation is to track coil-by-coil performance [bad AND good] to see effect of metal props. You might … Continue reading

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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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