16 The economics of selecting a
coil feed line
When selecting a coil feed line, consider capital cost,
space, and applications. Factoring in the economics
inherent in a small footprint, you may find that a
space-saving line is the most economical option.
Categories of space-saving coil feed lines are the paddle loop, underslung, and synchronous.
On the cover: Cover photo courtesy of Feed
Lease Corp., Rochester Hills, Mich.
20 How to make the most of a
The success of a machinery move will be determined
by the effective management of planning, dismantling, servicing, transportation, and installation. The
relocation process is an opportunity to cost-effectively inspect, repair, and make modifications to
enhance the press’s efficiency, because teardown and
inspection labor costs can account for as much as 75
pecent of the cost of a repair.
24 Stamper converts machined parts
This article showcases the success story of stamper
and tube fabricator A.T. Wall, which gained entry
with a new customer and strengthened its foothold
in a lucrative market segment by redesigning a
machined component as a stamped component, saving costs for its customer in the process.
Coming Next Issue:
• Ramping up exports
• Troubleshooting small-part,
• Working with aluminum
• Forming & Fabricating™ Hydraulic Press
VOL. 21 NO. 5 JUNE 2009
4 Meet the Press
Are you still clinging to the status quo? Are you still
doing things the way you’ve always done them because
that’s the way you’ve always done them? In “Clinging to
the raft?” Editor Kate Bachman challenges stampers to
stretch in finding new opportunities.
6 News & Notes
10 Product Innovations
Safety catchers secure dropping platens on presses.
11 Stamping Solutions
New CMM, software improve stamper’s productivity.
12 Die Science
“Data, data, data … and communication.” Solving complicated die problems usually requires the skills and talents of many individuals who contribute to the success
of the process.
14 R&D Update
Researchers at The Ohio State University study energy
savings capacity of servo-driven presses, especially in
large-capacity presses of 2,500 to 3,000 tons.
28 Automotive Intelligence
In “Dismal days for the auto industry,” Bernard Swiecki
emphasizes that new survival strategies are needed.
30 Product News
32 Classified Advertising
33 Advertisers’ Index
34 Ask the Expert
Dennis Cattell responds to the question, “Is the SPM
conversion to FPM related to rim speed?” from a reader
doing deep-draw operations for the automotive industry.