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Jacar Systems releases corporate video featuring in-die transfer system

April 4, 2016

Jacar Systems, Fair Haven, Mich., has released a new corporate video at that provides an in-depth review of the Micro Transfer™ standardized, all-mechanical, in-die transfer system for the metal stamping industry. The video shows how small stamping companies can integrate...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Is there a check list for setting progressive dies?

April 1, 2016 | By Dennis Cattell

Q: We are new to die setting. Do you have a check list that could help us with different progressive dies? Can you recommend any literature on the subject? A: First, I do not know of any comprehensive literature. Most literature tends to focus on an individual subject rather than cover the overall...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can we achieve fast punch changeout halfway through a run?

April 1, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca

Q: I’m a diemaker for a Detroit Three automaker. We have a job on which we have to change punches halfway through the run. Changing the punches is a lengthy operation and involves quite a bit of downtime. Does anyone in the industry make an automatic or semiautomatic punch removal system that we...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I reduce snap-through condition effects?

March 31, 2016 | By Dennis Cattell

In the May/June 2012 “Ask the Expert” column, you discussed the causes of the large vibrational energy wave that must be dissipated by the press structure beyond the shear loads. Is there any way to reduce the vibration? A: Many lamination and blanking dies incorporate moveable stripper...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Why do press and die problems occur at lower-than-capacity press speeds?

March 31, 2016 | By Dennis Cattell

Q: To improve efficiency and reduce cost in our newly acquired high-speed blanking operation, we have increased press speeds from 225 SPM to 450 SPM. After several successful months, we are experiencing a high number of new press and die problems. The presses are capable of speeds higher than 500...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Can I pierce material in a progressive die in the opposite direction?

March 31, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca

Q: Do you have much experience with piercing material in the opposite direction than usual in a progressive die? In other words, the slug goes through the punch shoe. A: Yes. This is very doable and not uncommon. I assume you need to do this because the piercing direction is a part-functional...

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Talan hires engineering manager

March 30, 2016

Cleveland-based metal stamping company Talan Products Inc. has hired Fred Chordas as engineering manager. He has 31 years of experience in high-speed stamping, heavy stamping, progressive die, and transfer and line dies. In this position he assists customers in designing products for...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How do I hold washers in the strip in a compound die?

March 30, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca

Q: Do you have suggestions for holding washers in the strip in a compound die? High-strength, low-alloy material properties change from heat to heat, periodically causing parts to drop out of the strip. For this reason, we blank up and use a knockout bar to eject the parts. A: Two significant...

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What’s sizzling in hot stamping?

March 28, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

This multisource article touches hot stamping's growth and new technologies and approaches to its further development, including pressure controlled hardening, hot forming of aluminum and magnesium, the option of using a servo-mechanical press that has been modified for hot forming as well as a hydraulic press, and secondary processing performed in-die to avoid having to use a laser cutting machine for trimming.

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Hexagon AB acquires Forming Technology Inc.

March 23, 2016

Stockholm-based information technology provider Hexagon AB has announced the acquisition of Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI), Burlington, Ont., a provider of manufacturing software for sheet metal forming. FTI serves OEMs and suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, and appliance...

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NADDRG to hold deep-drawing research symposium May 12 in Michigan

March 22, 2016

The North American Deep Drawing Research Group (NADDRG) will hold its Spring Symposium, hosted by Aleris, on May 12, 2016, from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Inn at St. John’s Conference Center in Plymouth, Mich. The symposium will comprise informal, off-the-record, in-progress presentations. To...

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Die coatings morph to help form AHS aluminum

March 21, 2016 | By Bernard Janoss

A new die coating has been developed to help alleviate complications of forming high-strength aluminum, such as sticking and abrasion.

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Tools for troubleshooting

March 17, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Trial and error is a difficult, time-consuming, and costly way to try out new parts or find the sources of problems in a stamping operation. Vision systems, “action” cameras, die design simulation, and spectroscopic metallurgy analyzers for material analysis can help stamping manufacturers make adjustments on the front end to save time and money by several magnitudes on the back end.

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Wiegel Tool Works to be featured on March 16 episode of Manufacturing Marvels™

March 16, 2016

Wiegel Tool Works Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., will be featured on the nationally televised show Manufacturing Marvels™ on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. CDT and 8:30 p.m. EDT on the Fox Business Network. This episode showcases the 75-year-old manufacturer’s processes and products, which include a variety...

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Defiance Metal Products awarded Caterpillar certifications

March 14, 2016

Fabricator and stamper Defiance Metal Products’ Heber Springs, Ark., plant has received Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) certification – Bronze Level. SQEP Bronze Level requirements include quality PPM less than 400, on-time PPAP more than 90 percent, and shipping...

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