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DIEVESTIGATION: Diemaking, from concept to reality

August 9, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

Just what is involved in die building? Whether you are a die builder or a stamping company that uses dies, this overview can help you understand the many steps required to take a die from concept to production.

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Press selection—sorting it out Part V

August 6, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

Matching Press Characteristics to Your Applications The following questions–and their answers, provided by industry equipment manufacturers and experts–are intended as a general guide to help you simplify the daunting task of selecting a press or press system. 5. So, Which Press Type is Best...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I stop die wrecks that occur even with sensors in use?

August 4, 2010 | By Thomas Vacca

Even with many styles of sensors on a progressive die, die wrecks continue to occur. Addressing potential miss hits during the design stage, and using proximity sensors in careful, deliberate ways, can help control the problem.

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DIEVESTIGATION: Important considerations when designing deep-drawn parts

June 16, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

What is deep drawing? What part parameters require the process? What must you consider when designing a deep-drawn part, and when should you consider an alternate process, such as spinning?

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Appliance stamper draws on magnetic die clamping to accelerate its uptime

May 5, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

In the home appliance industry, designs are constantly updating to meet consumer tastes and changing market demands. For the stamping supplier forming a new bracket for a new design, high production volumes necessitated tripling the number of shifts. But tripling the number of shifts increased labor costs, as well as utility and material delivery costs. The stamper decreased the labor hours to resume a single-shift operation by implementing quick die change and magnetic die clamping.

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Simulation empowers toolmaking creativity

April 30, 2010 | By Guy Goodmonson

Stamping simulation software augments an experienced toolmaker's creativity.

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Drawing and Stretching Diagram

DIEVESTIGATION: Draw or stretch? That is the question

April 13, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

When designing a part, you must decide which is the best way to form it. Should you draw it or stretch it? That depends on several factors, including forming depth.

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Preventing catastrophic press failure

March 9, 2010 | By Sitema/AME Fluid Power Div.

A load catching device has been developed that prevents catastrophic press crashes and allows operators to optimize the stroke for any size part.

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Preventing oil canning problems

March 9, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

Oil canning cannot be cured by coining, beating, or reshaping the metal. Instead, it must be prevented by ensuring the sidewalls are not subjected to radial compression.

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Retrofitting a mechanical press with servo technology

February 9, 2010 | By Enrique Pano

For the right applications, retrofitting a mechanical press with a servomotor can speed productivity and add flexibility.

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DIEVESTIGATION: Designing stamped parts

February 9, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

In his first installment of DIEVESTIGATION, a new column about using research and data to solve stamping problems, tool and die expert Art Hedrick discusses how the metal specified during part design affects downstream operations and costs. What should you consider when selecting the metal?

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Design for manufacturability

January 14, 2010

Bachman Machine collaborates with customers,and often, tweaking the part design—just a little—enters the picture.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101

December 15, 2009 | By Art Hedrick

Editor's Note: This series presents an overview of metal stamping. Part I focuses on the various careers in the metal stamping industry. Part II discusses stamping materials and equipment. Part III focuses on dies and cutting and Part IV offers more detail about cutting processes. Part V, the final installment, investigates forming methods.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part V

December 15, 2009 | By Art Hedrick

How are bending, flanging, coining, embossing, stretching, curling, hemming, ironing, necking, and drawing related? They all are common metal forming operations. Find out more about these processes in this final installment of stamping expert Art Hedrick's sheet metal stamping series.

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Synthetics take on tough jobs

December 3, 2009 | By Dale Elenteny

Synthetic lubricants now can take on a greater variety of stamping applications.

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