Stamping Articles

Whether you're using a high-speed stamping press to make simple parts at breakneck speeds or doing something really tricky, like deep drawing a material that puts up a lot of resistance, the information in this technology area is sure to help. The articles, case studies, and press releases cover stamping presses, lubricants, and materials.

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Stamper draws deeply on diversification, technology, community to grow

March 5, 2014

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Established and growing Jagemann Stamping Co. recently expanded its facility in the charming Great Lakes coastal town of Manitowoc, Wis., to facilitate its continuous growth. The multicapable manufacturer of deep-drawn, progressive stamped, and fineblanked components drew on its ability to diversify to grow and prosper, reaching $80 million in annual sales and expanding by 50,000 sq. ft. and 130 employees last year.

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Optimal tooling approaches for punching AHSS

March 3, 2014

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The tried-and-true approaches that worked well to stamp first-generation steels are not as effective for stamping advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). Tests were conducted to determine optimal punch-to-die clearances, shear angles, and punch angles. Test results indicated that 12 to 15 percent punch-to-die clearances and -15- to +15-degree shear angles provided the longest punch and die life, and a 7-degree conical shear angle created the smallest burr growth.

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Cutting time between coils

January 27, 2014

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Excessive press downtime between jobs is stamping’s perennial albatross around the neck. To expose the culprits in your shop, try scrutinizing every step in a coil handling system, from the coil itself to the material pilot guides in the tool.

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Establishing a die preventive maintenance program, Part II

January 13, 2014

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An effective PM for dies can't happen without a skilled, engaged workforce. When it comes to uncovering ideas on how to improve a process, workers are the experts.

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Establishing a die preventive maintenance program, Part I - TheFabricator.com

Establishing a die preventive maintenance program, Part I

November 1, 2013

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To realize the importance of a good die preventive maintenance program, all a stamper has to do is recall the last time a press line shut down because of a major die problem. The downtime and reaction of the frustrated customer likely are hard to forget. The associated costs, however, aren’t typically documented. That shouldn’t be the case, because those costs can be very important in trying to convince management that a robust tooling maintenance program is worth every cent invested in it.

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Make your hydraulic stamping press retrofit energy-fit - TheFabricator.com

Make your hydraulic stamping press retrofit energy-fit

November 1, 2013

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Most stampers don’t think twice about running a hydraulic press like it has been run for the last 20 years. By doing so, they are losing out on dramatic cost savings associated with a possible energy-saving retrofit that’s centered around a smart variable-speed pump drive.

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An overview of coil handling devices - TheFabricator.com

An overview of coil handling devices

October 31, 2013

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: Do you have the right below-the-hook lifting equipment for your material handling needs? Not many metal formers ask themselves that question, but they probably should, especially if they are concerned about eliminating possible coil damage and keeping employees safe.

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Press lubrication: 4 ways to avoid hidden costs - TheFabricator.com

Press lubrication: 4 ways to avoid hidden costs

September 30, 2013

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To stamp out the hidden costs of stamping lubrication, first keep everything consistent. Second, apply it right. Third, don’t forget disposal. And fourth, get lubricant to the press efficiently.

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Troubleshooting in-die fastening

September 30, 2013

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In general, troubleshooting of in-die fastening should focuses on four key aspects: the fasteners, the feed system, the in-die tools, and the control system

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Stamping presses produce at the pace of customer demand - TheFabricator.com

Stamping presses produce at the pace of customer demand

September 30, 2013

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Designing a production system that produces at a rate that matches customer demand can reduce waste. Right-sized equipment is sized to match customer demand, eliminating the waste associated with overproduction.

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Warm forming of alloys in the auto industry - TheFabricator.com

Warm forming of alloys in the auto industry

June 28, 2013

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While stampers struggle with traditional forming of aluminum alloys, particularly in the automotive industry, they should know that research is currently underway to make this tough job easier. Warm forming of certain aluminum alloys is a real possibility when it comes to stamping parts from these difficult-to-work-with materials.

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An overview of tooling coatings - TheFabricator.com

An overview of tooling coatings

June 28, 2013

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The ranks within the tool and die community have thinned with the shop closures and business consolidations that followed the Great Recession. As a result, the depth of knowledge about tooling coatings has decreased as well in recent years. This primer is intended to provide a quick explanation of the most common tooling coatings for those that need a quick education.

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Leveling beyond the coil - TheFabricator.com

Leveling beyond the coil

June 28, 2013

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Not all metal forming jobs are done off the coil, so what can stampers do to ensure that the metal is level? They can use a stand-alone hydraulic roller leveler to ensure parts meet original specs.

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Quick die change: About the time in between

April 22, 2013

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Boiled down, quick-die change covers all activities that occur between one job and the next. QDC boils down to reducing those activities by eliminating them altogether, making those remaining activties more efficient, and changing when those tasks are performed.

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The growth of the servo-driven press

April 22, 2013

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Traditional mechanical presses remain dominant in industry, but sales of servo presses have gone into high gear in recent years. Controlling the press stroke turns out to have many advantages, and the technology’s adopters are reaping the benefits.

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