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Developing a servo press knowledge base

August 31, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Since Qualtek Manufacturing invested in its servo presses several years ago, it has been gradually building up a working knowledge base--specific stroke recipes, tooling tweaks, and other information--that has turned out to be valuable intellectual property.

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Status update on hot stamping -

Status update on hot stamping

June 13, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Hot stamping has been around since the early 1970s, and it still holds as much promise today as it did then. Imparting strong steel characteristics on lighter-weight metals remains as relevant today as it did then. Today, however, the desire to exploit hot stamping remains strongest in the automotive industry as it seeks to develop lighter-weight vehicles that can still attain five-star crash ratings. The auto industry's work, however, may eventually influence other sectors that crave that combination of light weight and strength.

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Quick die clamping: Hydraulic, magnetic, or hydromechanical? -

Quick die clamping: Hydraulic, magnetic, or hydromechanical?

June 13, 2012 | By David Fischer

As more metal formers find themselves taking on more jobs with lower quantities, they have developed higher interest in quick die change. Many want to automate the entire clamping process: Hit a button and the clamps quickly engage or disengage. Hydraulic, magnetic, or combination clamping systems are options for stampers, but they shouldn't think one is necessarily better than the other without a thorough investigation.

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Straightening out coil terms -

Straightening out coil terms

June 13, 2012 | By Thomas F. Hazen

The nomenclature associated with some coil processing equipment suggests they might perform the same jobs, but reality suggests that flatteners, levelers, and straighteners serve completely different purposes for the metal former working with coiled materials.

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Nail stamper seeks tooling tough as nails -

Nail stamper seeks tooling tough as nails

April 27, 2012

Powernail, a Zurich, Ill.-based manufacturer of hardwood flooring nails stamps 1 billion of these L-cleats and E-cleats from flat 0.062 steel annually. The company was looking to improve the lifespan of the high-speed stamping dies his company uses to stamp the hardware. The company purchased die sets made of tungsten carbide, which improves the strength and wear resistance. Since then, Powernailís dies last four times longer than they had, tooling changes are less frequent, and it produceshigher-quality nails.

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Your press is talking. Are you listening? -

Your press is talking. Are you listening?

April 27, 2012 | By David Klemm

All machines have a story to tell. Are you listening? Just like a person wo has a cold, the voice of a machine changes when it is "sick." Most times, if you listen, the machine will tell you whatís wrong.

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Design, Build, Production: The cost-reduction continuum -

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 -

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 -

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? -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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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