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The Advantages of Fourslide Metal Stamping over Traditional Power Press Stamping

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The metal stamping process was significantly improved with the introduction of the fourslide metal stamping machine. Also known as multi-slide stamping, fourslide stamping can form metal coils into intricate shapes with multiple curves and bend radii greater than 90 degrees. A fourslide metal stamping machine is essentially a horizontal stamping press with tools controlled by […]

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ESI Issued IATF 16949:2016 Certification for Automotive Manufacturing

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The International Automotive Task Force recently certified Engineering Specialties, Inc. with IATF 16949:2016, an achievement that establishes the company as an automotive leader within the manufacturing industry. The standards set forth in IATF 16949 help quality engineers and procurement managers control risk throughout the supply chain and maintain flexibility in dynamic environments. It is the […]

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Manufacturing of the Future: ESI Speeds Up Production With 3 New Machines

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There has been a lot of speculation lately about the future of manufacturing. What will be the top trends? How will manufacturing’s contribution to the GDP change? How will jobs shift as technology becomes “smarter”? It’s difficult to definitively answer these questions. But one thing is for sure: the manufacturing renaissance is here, and it […]

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3 Ways Manufacturers Are Powering Eco-Friendly Initiatives

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As consumer demand for sustainable, eco-friendly products and services continues to rise, many major corporations are responding by incorporating green manufacturing processes into their day-to-day operations. One of the best examples of this push toward greater sustainability is the adoption of environmentally friendly packaging. Leading companies such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Amazon are now choosing […]

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How Is Technology Changing Manufacturing?

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Over the past several years, advanced technology has come to the forefront in the manufacturing world. This technology not only enhances processes via automation, it has also allowed for a huge resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. In fact, data from the Institute for Supply Management showed that as of October 2017, the U.S. manufacturing industry had […]

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Using the Rockwell Hardness Test for Metal Applications

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A metal’s hardness indicates its resistance to permanent shape changes when a compressive force is applied. Naturally, it is an important characteristic, and measuring hardness enables a manufacturer to choose an appropriate material for an application. There are various methods (such as Rockwell, Brinell, and Vickers) for measuring metal hardness. Of these, the simplest and […]

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IATF 16949: What’s Changing in the New ISO TS Requirements?

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ISO/TS 16949, the automotive industry’s most widely applied international standard for quality, will be replaced by IATF 16949. The new certification, developed by Automotive Industry Action Group members, changes the requirements of quality management systems for all automotive OEMs and suppliers in the industry. It provides for an interdisciplinary approach focused on risk management, customer […]

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Using Laser Marking for Logos and Serial Numbers

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Products across multiple industries must meet label compliance standards, prompting more manufacturers to leverage laser marking to improve product traceability. Cutting-edge fiber laser marking and similar technologies now allow companies to literally make their mark on materials that would be difficult — if not impossible — to alter otherwise. Unlike screen printing or hand engraving, […]

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How Are Safety-Critical Car Parts Manufactured?

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While metal’s use is obvious in the manufacturing of exterior automotive parts — like car panels, hoods, and fenders — it is also used for hundreds of smaller, safety-critical interior components, as well. For example, did you know that metal components must be stamped or cold formed to properly restrain a car’s air bags? Or […]

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