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Thursday, Sept. 28 - Indianapolis
Lucas Oil Stadium
Get a behind-the-scenes look
at this iconic venue which features
the first of its kind SuperFrame
Structural System retractable roof.
Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Millstadt, Ill. (St. Louis)
MAC Medical, Inc.
This 100,000-square foot
state-of-the-art plant manufactures
the highest quality medical equipment
unparalleled in the marketplace.
Client Advisory Group, BMO Harris Bank
ESOP - A multi-dimensional finance alternative for
succession, liquidity, and employee benefits
“Is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) right
for your company? Key considerations for when an
ESOP makes sense.”
James K. Franz
Director, Demmer Center for Business Transformation, Michigan State University
“Operational Excellence - Lean Strategies
to Improve Your Business Value.”
Founder, Tempus Institute
“Lead Time Reduction Using Quick
Response Manufacturing (QRM)...”
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90 The FABRICATOR SEPTEMBER 2017
every press brake has the tooling it needs at the right time. Some shops have
designed rolling racks of tooling that incorporate errorproof storage. Punches
and die segments fit into clearly labeled slots, and they fit only certain ways. If an
operator attempts to place a tool into the wrong slot, it simply won’t fit.
More and more fabricators are removing manual tool change entirely with
automation. Today’s tool-change automation comes in various forms, be it specialized press brakes or as an add-on to certain manual press brake models that
have the open height needed to work with the tool-change automation (see
Figure 3). Such automation allows tool change to occur simultaneously as the
program is loaded, formed parts from the previous job are removed, and blanks
for the next job are staged for production.
Not About Number of Strokes
Improving bending throughput isn’t about measuring the number of times a
machine cycles over a certain period. If “maximum strokes” were the goal, an
operator would group identical or similar jobs together, produce extra to save
on setup, and build excessive work-in-process inventory that operations downstream don’t need.
This is a time study a;er process improvements. Tool change occurs automatically
and simultaneously with other setup tasks, and part run-in and production are
streamlined, thanks to general process improvement as well as automatic angle
measurement and correction.
Setup Time Production Time
11 3 3
1 3 10
( 8+ 9)
Material logistics, finished parts
Search and load program
Material logistics, new blanks
Production and QC