Metal Spinning at Fabtech: Developments Circulating at the Show

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Thu, Dec 08, 2011

Metal forming and fabricating are our business here at Helander, so we’re lucky to be so close to the annual Fabtech conference held just up the road in Chicago, this year at McCormick Place. This year’s show, held from November 12th through November 14th, proved just as educational, interesting, and, most of all, fun as in years past. Walking around, taking in all the different booths and displays, it’s quickly apparent that a good 50% or more of the exhibits focus on metalforming – certainly of interest to us, but not quite up our alley, not quite the art of metal spinning.

Fortunately, at a huge show like Fabtech, you can’t go too far without coming across something that does catch your eye. In our case, we were on the lookout for exhibits about the convergence of metal spinning and hydroforming. The interfaces for this technology are changing and evolving quickly, allowing for some of the most precise and repeatable functions available in manufacturing. Hand-in-hand with this type of accuracy is an improved ability to troubleshoot problems: with finer detail and more thorough recording of processes, production issues can be isolated and rectified much more quickly than previously.

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Tags: metal fabricating, metal forming, Fabtech