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Design, Build, Production: The cost-reduction continuum - TheFabricator.com

Design, Build, Production: The cost-reduction continuum

February 20, 2012 | By Mark Hansen

These days, delivering a quality product on time just gets you to the table. From here, cost remains the deciding factor in determining where work is placed.

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Growth draws on - TheFabricator.com

Deep-draw stamping operation keeps growing

February 20, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Scotland Manufacturing, a North Carolina deep-drawing operation, knows how to get the most out of its manual stamping line. Optimizing the line’s productivity has allowed the firm to compete in various markets demanding quick response. The company doesn’t just specialize in low-, medium-, or high-volume work. It specializes in all three.

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Roll reversal: From air feeds to servo roll feeds - TheFabricator.com

Roll reversal: From air feeds to servo roll feeds

January 10, 2012 | By Joe Fox, Mal Bollman

The air-powered gripper feed was once the standard press feeding device in most stamping operations. It was simple and cost- effective. Servo-powered roll feeds have emerged as an attractive alternative, especially as the technology has proven itself over the years and the cost has fallen with its wider adoption.

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What makes a stamper stand out? - TheFabricator.com

What makes a stamper stand out?

January 6, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Enjoying consistent growth is not something that many stamping operations can claim over the last three years, but Waukesha Metal Products is not a typical metal forming company. It is relying on servo press technology and its talented workforce to stand out amongst its peers.

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Collect, recycle, reap the benefits - TheFabricator.com

Stamping lubrication: Collect, recycle, reap the benefits

November 7, 2011 | By Pat Ontrop

A recycling strategy shouldn’t be implemented in isolation but instead be part of a broader lubrication strategy. Shop managers should first determine what lubricant their stamped parts require; how and where this lubricant needs to be applied; and how part geometry affects lubricant usage and reclamation practices.

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How press maintenance and safety interwine - TheFabricator.com

How press maintenance and safety intertwine

November 7, 2011 | By Jeff Fredline

Various factors must work in harmony to create a safety-conscious stamping environment. The press must be used and maintained properly, as should its safety systems. You should know how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), undergo safety training, and know how to identify hazards. Ignoring...

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Don’t overlook the heat-treat - TheFabricator.com

Don’t overlook the heat-treat for tool steels

November 7, 2011 | By Gary Maddock

Proper heat treatment is essential to optimize tool steel properties. This entails not only selecting the appropriate time and temperature parameters for the grade involved, but also equipment fully capable of doing the job at hand. Toolmakers should talk with their heat treat facilities to ensure that when it comes to heat treating requirements, everyone is on the same page.

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Stampers' unique perspectives result in innovative designs - TheFabricator.com

Stampers' unique perspectives result in innovative designs

October 20, 2011 | By Greg Farnum

Stamping companies are striving to stay relevant to their customers with intelligent manufacturing approaches that other fabricators can't match. Here are two companies that have followed that path successfully.

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Choosing the best transfer solution - TheFabricator.com

Choosing the best transfer solution

July 8, 2011 | By Doug Knapke

Servo transfer modules can help transform unused stamping press capacity into a viable metal forming resource. However, before a stamper can explore this newfound capability, it needs to determine just what type of transfer technology makes sense.

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Toll processor far from finished - TheFabricator.com

Toll processor far from finished

July 8, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Becky and Michael Miniea purchased processing company that was in dire financial straits in the months after 9/11, and with a commitment offerings and its customers, Specialty Metals Processing is now in a position to survive whatever this economy can throw at it.

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5 pitfalls to avoid when implementing SMED - TheFabricator.com

5 pitfalls to avoid when implementing SMED

July 5, 2011 | By Drew Locher

Single-minute exchange of dies is a lean manufacturing concept that has grown beyond the world of metal forming. It now stands for any lean exercise that attempts to reduce changeover time to single-digit minutes. In implementing such a program, manufacturing managers need to understand the common pitfalls that plague these efforts.

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Industrial Senors

Making sense of industrial sensors

May 11, 2011 | By Matthew Scott, PE, CMA, MBA

Industrial sensors such as movement sensors, angle sensors, contact sensors, are considered common devices, but their use in transfer dies can help stamping companies like Ultra Tool & Manufacturing overcome application challenges.

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Die Science: Attempting to defy the laws of physics, Part II

May 10, 2011 | By Art Hedrick

It is almost unrealistic to expect some stamped part part features, such as hole position and flatness, to remain within a small tolerancing zone.

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Press transfer

4 steps to press transfer efficiency

May 9, 2011 | By Ben Pauzus

Part-holding tooling is a fraction of the total press cost, but it has the most effect on whether a stamping press is running at its peak potential. Taking proactive steps in tooling selection, including working with your supplier, using simulation, choosing the best framework material, and choosing the most suitable end-of-arm tooling, can make all the difference.

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Die Science: Attempting to defy the laws of physics, Part I

March 11, 2011 | By Art Hedrick

The forms and positional tolerances called out on product designs often defy the physical abilities of the product's material. Proper product and process design, as well as pressure clamping, can help maintain strict tolerances.

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