May 30, 2019 8:06 pm

Don’t Dilute Stamping Lubes With Untreated Water

By |2019-02-26T20:02:17-05:00May 30, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

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. Read more from IRMCO. -Danny Schaeffler, and

Apr 29, 2019 7:44 pm

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

By |2019-03-25T21:19:18-04:00Apr 29, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Nice post by @fabricating reminding people that an ISO9001 mindset is great, but not every job needs ISO9001-level documentation. "Quality is in the eye of the customer for most in the metal fabricating world." Read the article from -Danny Schaeffler, and

Apr 22, 2019 2:01 am

Better to flood the tools or use an engineered lubricant?

By |2019-03-25T21:18:21-04:00Apr 22, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Is it cheaper to flood the tools or use an engineered lubricant designed for advanced metals? Saving pennies or dollars per gallon shouldn’t translate to many thousands of dollars in unnecessary and increased tooling costs or defects and scrap. Learn more about balancing the optimum lube at the optimum concentration vs spraying a cheap lube all over your tools and floor from IRMCO. -Danny Schaeffler, and

Apr 15, 2019 6:11 pm

The Smart Press Shop – Industry 4.0

By |2019-03-11T19:14:03-04:00Apr 15, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

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.” The intent is to create "highly flexible production of complex car body parts, with a focus on aluminum body panels." Schuler technology that enables up to 20 strokes per minute with reduced energy consumption will be deployed. Small batch production will be achieved with a [...]

Apr 8, 2019 2:20 pm

Cracks from Sharp Edges – A Huge Manufacturing Defect

By |2019-03-25T21:17:35-04:00Apr 8, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

"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 billion. And a month later, beams with cracks were found, leading to its closure "out of an abundance of caution." This is going to be a costly mistake (covered under [...]

Apr 1, 2019 2:08 pm

Hot Stamping In a Nutshell

By |2019-03-25T21:16:56-04:00Apr 1, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Great article on hot stamping by Mike Austin of Diversified Tooling Group, It concisely covers the challenges associated with hot forming and shows why it is so much more complex than conventional cold stamping. Problems from friction appear differently in hot stamping- because there is a different root cause, there is a different corrective action. Free flow of metal into the cavity minimizes friction, but the critical cooling rate is [...]

Mar 25, 2019 8:15 pm

Stamping and Assembly of Tesla Model 3

By |2019-02-26T20:14:21-05:00Mar 25, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Only 35 high end Schuler servo stamping presses exist in auto manufacturing worldwide and the one at Tesla is the first one in the US. The equipment has allowed Tesla to form unique parts, like the Model 3 front fender, which engineers say has greater depth in a single piece of stamped steel than any other fender in production. Tesla chose to build a factory to handle all of its [...]

Mar 18, 2019 6:54 pm

Different Skills Needed For Many Manufacturing Jobs

By |2019-03-11T19:12:51-04:00Mar 18, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A forecast from The World Economic Forum states globally, 75 million manufacturing-related job losses are expected by 2022, but there will be 133 million new jobs available to those with proper skills. 54% of employees at large companies need significant re-training and up-skilling for these jobs. Urgent challenges for businesses and policymakers include providing reskilling opportunities, enabling remote work and building safety nets to protect at-risk workers and communities. Read [...]

Mar 11, 2019 7:41 pm

Differences Between Aluminium Alloys

By |2019-03-02T19:47:46-05:00Mar 11, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

5XXX and 6XXX sheet aluminum alloys may be produced from proprietary alloy compositions. Each family shares similar characteristics, but each alloy retains unique features. For example, AA6022 has the strength of AA6111 and the formability of AA6016A, but may be more costly since the low copper and low iron requirements make it difficult to produce from recycled stock. Certain alloys may be available only from specific companies, and may be [...]

Mar 4, 2019 6:52 am

​2019 Chevy Silverado – Parts Labeled with Grade and Strength

By |2019-02-25T19:03:07-05:00Mar 4, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A slideshow of photos taken at I-CAR’s booth at SEMA 2018 is at the bottom of an article containing information about AHSS content in 2019/2020 vehicles. These photos highlight sections of the 2019 Silverado body, showing several parts labeled with strength levels and grade. You can see several 780MPa and 980MPa steel parts, as well as some UHSS parts. GMs strategy on their new truck is to use 6XXX aluminum [...]

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