Fort Wayne, IN-American Hydroformers, Inc. (https://americanhydroformers.com) announces that company representatives Mark Blasi, Bill Federspiel, Todd Champany, Max Barker, Tom Desnoyers, and Brian Crawford will be demonstrating the company’s tube hydroforming proficiency and facility capacity at FABTECH 2017. This event, running from November 6-9, takes place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois with the American Hydroformers exhibit located at booth B17100.
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Over the course of the last year, potential changes to federal regulations for automotive production in the United States have sent ripples through the auto industry. After months of speculation and media buzz, the first official step came over the summer of 2017.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department have opened the public comment period on the rewriting of standards for greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025 (NPR).
Like all regions, the American Midwest has developed a certain reputation. While other sections of the country might be known for its stunning scenery (the West), beautiful autumn leaves (the Northeast), or the sweetness of its tea (the South), the Midwest is known more for its people than anything else.
Not everyone is going to realize this, but one of the most important pieces of the manufacturing process is metal stamping. Metal stamping provides a variety of benefits and advantages for companies in a variety of industries. In order for you to get a better understanding of the benefits of metal stamping, we want to give you some key reasons why any type of business should consider this process.
Since 1975, CAFE standards have been in effect for the automotive industry. Since that time, these standards have been updated several times, culminating in changes announced in 2014, which are now in effect across the board.
Though the wheels of progress do tend to turn slowly, we’re now seeing the culmination of many years’ of hard work.
Most private citizens are unaware that current CAFE standards exist, let alone what they mean and how they impact our society. That doesn’t mean that the average person remains unaffected by them, though.
Before we get to specifics, however, let’s consider what CAFE standards actually are and what they’re intended to accomplish.
Friction stir welding is an innovative and unique method of joining metals by using frictional heat combined with a controlled forging pressure, producing full penetrated welded joints with high integrity that are defect free. Friction stir welding is most efficient on cylindrical components, flat plates as well as on parts of uneven thickness.
Metal has been used for centuries to create numerous products in a variety of markets. Since the 1800s, many of those metal forming operations eventually grew into the operations that we use today. With so many developments being made during the metal forming operations, a degree of separation needed to be made.
Many people think of the Midwest as the American Heartland. They assume that everyone here is corn-fed, home-grown, and hearty. Honestly, if this is your opinion, we don’t hold it against you. History and topography are both on your side.
Adding an extra step to a process is rarely considered efficient. After all, streamlining steps usually means that tasks are accomplished more quickly. However, if the added step is designed to save time and money in the long run, then would it not be worth considering?
This is the case with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). It’s an extra step in the process, but it’s an important one.