Category Archives: Manufacturing Process

​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 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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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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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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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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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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Limitations of Ordering AISI 1008/1010

Not getting what you need from your 1008/1010 #steel? Read about the limitations of ordering AISI 1008/1010, and why you might need to change to something like SAE J2329 for more consistent performance – March 2018 issue of @Metalforming from … Continue reading

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