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Toll processor far from finished -

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 -

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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Coil processing equipment

Coil processing equipment—new or retrofit?

March 11, 2011 | By Jim Ward

If existing coil feeding equipment is functioning, but productivity needs a boost, stampers can achieve measurable gains in their production efficiency through various types of upgrades to their coil handling and feeding equipment, including servo drives, variable speed controls, and operator interfaces.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: What springs are best for forming HSLA down and drawing up?

March 10, 2011 | By Thomas Vacca

Choosing the right spring for working with HSLA is very important. The author recommends chrome nitrogen springs of well-known brands for proper quality control.

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contact angle in deep drawing

The importance of the contact angle in deep drawing

February 25, 2011 | By Seijiro Oshima

In deep drawing, if the contact angle between drawing stages is too large, cracks can appear and swelling can occur, resulting in scoring, curving, and imbalanced flange-lip roundness. Keeping the contact angle between 15 and 45 degrees is key to quality drawn parts.

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5 ways to empower die designers for better die results

February 24, 2011 | By Mark Hansen

By improving communication, supplying critical requirements upfront, creating die standards, using advanced software, and powering up equipment, customers can get better dies, faster.

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The integrated approach to coil lines -

The integrated approach to coil lines

January 10, 2011 | By Dave Stilwell

Modern press lines are very integrated, combining coil feeds and press capabilities from a single control area and using commonality of components to optimize results.

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DIEVESTIGATION: Deep-drawing and stretching variables – Part II

December 13, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

This article continues the discussion of deep-drawing and stretching variables begun in Part I by describing friction, thermal expansion, metal topography, and forming speeds and how they affect metal forming operations.

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Demystifying die protection -

Demystifying die protection

November 1, 2010 | By Greg Dickerson

Originally die protection was developed just to prevent damage to the tool and die during the operation of a stamping press. As sensor and controls technology knowledge has evolved and stampers knowledge of it has expanded, die protection technology has been expanded into other applications, such as increasing production rates and to perform quality assurance.

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Tier stamper improves mechanical press productivity with transfer retrofit -

Tier stamper improves mechanical press productivity with transfer retrofit

September 10, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

A Midwestern manufacturer sought to improve productivity on its nearly 10-year-old Verson transfer press. Although the press was in good condition, the original ETF transfer, which had endured 28 million press hits, was causing considerable maintenance costs and lost production. The stamper retrofitted the Verson transfer stamping press with a Schuler Automation AT series tri-axis transfer. This resulted in a 10- to 40-percent improvement in cycle times.

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Precoated stainless steel improves tactile domes forming -

Precoated stainless steel improves tactile domes forming

September 6, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

Situation Tactile domes are used in communication devices as the switch element incorporated into membrane switches and control panels. Generally, they are made of 301 stainless steel preplated with 3 to 7 microns of nickel or silver. A global electronics stamper with business in the tactile...

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