Recap Of FABTECH 2014

Pentaflex management team attended the 2014 FABTECH conference and exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was attended by 30,000 attendees involved with metalforming, welding, assembly, and coating operations. There were 1500 exhibitors displaying equipment and services at Georgia World Congress Center in the 550,000 square feet of space.

The FabTech show was used to introduce the winners of the Precision Metalforming 2014 Manufacturing Excellence awards. For the second year in a row, Pentaflex was selected as the winner for awards in two of the seven categories. Pentaflex won the awards for Safety and Education-Training. Press releases, articles in the Metalforming Magazine, videos on the PMA website, and recognition in the PMA booth at the FABTECH show discussed the Pentaflex awards.   The videos which detail the actions that Pentaflex took to achieve the awards are a new feature to the awards process and present a great picture of the Pentaflex business.   Pictures from the PMA awards ceremony and the Awards of Excellence display at the FABTECH show are shown below.fabtechpic fabtechpic1

As always, FABTECH delivered a great opportunity for manufacturers from the U.S. and 70 other countries to see new technology, attend educational seminars, and network with peers. Manufacturers were exposed to keynote presentatons from senior executives about on-shoring and given insights on the future of US manufacturing. In addition, in honor of Veterans day, there were special events honoring veterans and an emphasis on connecting organizations that sponsor matching veterans with manufacturers for job opportunities. FABTECH attendees and exhibitors also raised more than $10,000 thru FABTECH Expo Cares program to benefit Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training, certifying, and placing veterans in manufacturing careers.

Manufacturing Day 2014 Recap: Another Home Run!

Manufacturing Day, recently celebrated on October 3, was a truly successful day for American manufacturers throughout the country. In its third year, it saw over 100,000 attendees and was even cited by the White House as the “method for securing a talent pipeline in manufacturing.”*

The overall goal of the day was to get manufacturers to open their doors, showcase the mfgday14 great work they do and their impact on their communities, and get young people interested and excited. Personally, we can say that it was a great success.

Along with over 1,600 other companies nationwide, we actively participated in Manufacturing Day, opening our doors to students and teachers from three area high schools. 18 students from Northwestern High School, 18 students from Springfield High School, and 39 students from Clark County CTC visited us and got firsthand knowledge and hands-on participation.

It began with an introductory speech by our President, Dave Arndt, who spoke about manufacturing technology and growth opportunities throughout Southwest Ohio. He presented a five-minute video history of manufacturing and stamping in the auto industry, which the students showed great interest in.

Next, the students were given a tour of the Pentaflex facilities, with a hands-on opportunity to see stamping and welding in action, including our new 300T servo press drive, featuring the latest technology.

mfgday14-2After the shop tour, Ross McGregor talked about opportunities at Pentaflex offering exciting positions with plenty of growth. Each student was given a flash drive showing manufacturing at Pentaflex, which they could bring home with them and show their family and friends what they had seen and learned.

While we could see the interest on their faces and were able to experience their excitement, we think the actual words of the students are proof of the day’s success. This is what we received from one school, signed by all of the students: “Thank you so much for the wonderful field trip on Manufacturing Day! We really enjoyed touring the plant, and we appreciate the time you took to teach us about Pentaflex and the manufacturing industry…We are looking forward to working with you in the future!”

We are looking forward to it as well.


Why is Deep Drawing So Popular?

When you think about metal forming, it is not a surprise when deep drawing is the first thing that comes to mind. As the most popular of the metal forming methods, deep drawing is a great way to form metal sheets into just about any shape. So why is it so widely used? Why is deep drawing often the preferred method of metal forming especially when the depth of item matches or exceeds its radius? Once you get to know the deep drawing process, it will make complete sense.

The General Process

It all begins with the ubiquitous metal blank. You start with a single blank and a metal die; jobshopfrom there, it is really up to your imagination and the amount of pressure you apply. While this sounds like your average metal stamping process, it is different in that deep drawing offers the ability to create products deeper than regular metal stamping. There are some limitations, like radial drawing stress and tangential compressive stress causing wrinkling, fracturing, and cracking. However there have been improvements in recent years and the addition of a number of new processes including hydroforming, aquadrawing, hydro-mechanical deep drawing, hydraulic deep drawing, the Guerin process, and the Marform process have removed some of these risks.


While this list is far reaching, deep drawing is used in the creation of products of all shapes and sizes including,

  • Electronics relays
  • Solenoids
  • Assembly housings
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cookware
  • Kitchen sinks

Cost Benefits of Deep Drawing

Deep drawing can and often does lower your costs. This is especially true when you are producing a product in high volumes. Once you lock down your tooling and dies, the deep drawing process moves forward with little downtime. On top of this, tool construction costs are usually lower than other processes. The only draw back is that, like most manufacturing projects, when the complexity increases so does the cost.

End Product Benefits

If you are looking to create a product that requires strength and minimal weight, especially a cylindrical object, deep drawing is the perfect choice. It is also the way to go if your project demands,

  • Seamless parts
  • Rapid cycle times
  • Complex axi-symmetric geometries
  • Reduced technical labor

Of course, there are many other benefits and some limitations to deep drawing. To find out if deep drawing is right for you, we suggest contacting us. Our metal forming experts, combined with our outstanding selection of equipment, makes Pentaflex a perfect place for your next deep drawing project!







The Importance—and Success—Of Industry Trade Shows

To be successful in manufacturing, there’s more to it that producing quality products. Of course that’s critical, but in order to achieve this, even more has to be done. Constant learning, growing, and evolving are necessary.

One of the best ways to achieve this is through regularly attending industry trade shows. This is where you interact with peers and customers, and attend educational seminars that focus on what’s new, what’s exciting, and what’s truly innovative. This is how a company truly achieves learning and growth.

We place great importance on this, and recently attended three shows which all proved to be invaluable.

HDMA Heavy Duty Dialogue, Nashville, TN, March 10, 2014

One of the top conferences for the domestic and global commercial vehicle industry, this event focused on the “changes and challenges within the industry,” with information on “developing effective strategies to grow and prosper in the ever-changing global HD markets.”

Many experts talked about the connected vehicle, and opportunities for connecting operators. We discussed and learned more about advanced safety, driving, and maintenance systems for improved truck performance, and were fortunate enough to be exposed to a positive outlook for the economy from Bill Strauss of the Federal Reserve. Furthermore, Gary Meteer and Andrej Divis, representing the heavy truck market and IHS, respectively, offered invaluable insight.

Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, KY, March 26-28, 2014

With over 1,000 exhibitors from 78 countries and all 50 states, this conference was a huge success. We reviewed exhibits on the latest innovations and concept vehicles for heavy truck manufacturers, including OEMs and engine, suspension, and drive train suppliers.

Cummins and Eaton were there, displaying a new fuel economy power train that’s integral to getting 10 mpg with an extended warranty. We also watched videos of the latest safety systems in action at the Knorr-Bremses booth, and met with a range of interesting people and products.

PMA One Voice Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, May 6-7, 2014

This sixth-annual event saw the opportunity for attendees to “have [their] voice heard directly by the policymakers who are creating the laws of the nation.” It was truly exciting—we had the chance to meet with Speaker of the House John Boehner, as well as Senator Portman and Congressman Gibbs.

We discussed issues important to stamping product manufacturers, including health care costs, tax regulations, and government regulations. We talked extensively about the potential impact of changing ozone emissions regulations (from the current 75ppm to 60ppm), as well as the potential impact to lost jobs, revenue, and business expansion on the state of Ohio.