September 30, 2013 | By Troy Turnbull
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.
September 30, 2013 | By Roger Patton
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
September 30, 2013 | By Ken Lambie
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.
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.
June 28, 2013 | By Bernie Janoss
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.
June 28, 2013 | By Jurgen Jost
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.
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.
April 22, 2013 | By Tim Heston
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.
February 28, 2013 | By Dan Davis
Two new tooling steels can help stampers improve production efficiency. The metal formers just need to open their minds to the new possibilities.
February 28, 2013 | By Dan Davis
The days of 1 million unit orders for simple metal blanks are over. But this doesn't mean that stamping can't survive in today's manufacturing environment. A.T. Wall Co. believes it can successfully position stamping as a go-to manufacturing process for parts that were at one time exclusively made through machining.
January 10, 2013 | By Jim Ward
Although many of the traditional coil-handling rules apply, processing coated coil material requires additional considerations. Stampers need to check for equipment clearances and alignment at every point where the finished material surface may contact another surface.
January 10, 2013 | By Jim Wahl
Without something to manage and absorb pressure, a die set would cease to function properly. This is why die spring selection--which considers spring size, travel, number, and placement within the tool--is so critical.
January 8, 2013 | By Kaveh Vafaei
Fineblankng now can produce not only flat parts, but also those with 3-D features, often to size and position tolerances of less than +/- 0.025 mm. It also offers extremely high part-to-part repeatability; the first part and the millionth part are identical. A confluence of technologies has made such parts a reality.
January 7, 2013 | By Tim Heston
Taiwanese metal manufacturers have grown from small, family involved entrepreneurial shops to world-class suppliers of parts and technology.
November 9, 2012 | By Dan Davis
A supply chain is only as strong as every link. That's why more metal formers are leaning on their material suppliers to improve their coil and sheet management. A couple of metal service centers offer up some advice for those metal stampers looking to do more.