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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
April 30, 2010 | By Guy Goodmonson
Stamping simulation software augments an experienced toolmaker's creativity.
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.
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.
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.
February 9, 2010 | By Enrique Pano
For the right applications, retrofitting a mechanical press with a servomotor can speed productivity and add flexibility.
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?
January 14, 2010
Bachman Machine collaborates with customers,and often, tweaking the part design—just a little—enters the picture.
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.
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.
December 3, 2009 | By Dale Elenteny
Synthetic lubricants now can take on a greater variety of stamping applications.