Stamping Articles

Whether you're using a high-speed stamping press to make simple parts at breakneck speeds or doing something really tricky, like deep drawing a material that puts up a lot of resistance, the information in this technology area is sure to help. The articles, case studies, and press releases cover stamping presses, lubricants, and materials.

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Revealing the Magic — Using data and conducting experiments to solve metal forming problems

December 14, 2008 | By Art Hedrick

Effective stamping professionals rely on scientific principles and not magic to determine and correct production problems. Find out how to troubleshoot wrinkles and rips and take corrective action by following a basic procedure that can be modified to troubleshoot almost any stamping issue.

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In-Die Joining

In-die joining transforms press into assembly system, Part I

December 14, 2008 | By Roger Patton

In-die joining systems help stamping shops to expand their operations to include sub-assemblies and full assemblies without additional downstream equipment and processes, so they can carve out a bigger share of the production work.

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3-D Design Software

3-D die design for a 3-D world

November 11, 2008 | By Raymond Proeber

3-D die design software allows you to build the die on the computer screen, fully assembled and ready to run as if it were built and sitting out on the shop floor. SolidWorks-based Logopress3 software even allows you to then simulate the die running in the press. Even better, it detects crashing and strip feeding interference problems on your computer screen rather than after the die has been built.

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Hydraulic Press Hot Stamping

Hydraulic presses for hot stamping meet weight, safety mandates

October 28, 2008 | By Rick Nicholson

Hot stamping of automotive structural safety components developed in response to mandates levied by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 1 to improve vehicle crash integrity while also reducing vehicle weight to help meet fuel efficiency standards. Heating a high-strength steel (HSS) component of a boron-steel alloy to the austenitic range—a super-heated solid solution state, ~ 1,700 degrees F (950 degrees C)—improved drawability, and then quickly cooling the part in a water-cooled die, or quenching, transformed the crystalline structure, increasing the formed component's strength-to-weight ratio.

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Joint preparation diagram

Buying time—by welding

October 28, 2008 | By Art Hedrick

You're almost at the end of a production run and your stamping die fails. What do you do? Replace the failed component? Attempt a repair? How do you decide which option is best? These questions—along with basic guidelines for repairing a die by welding—are answered in this article.

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Roll gap Setting Diagram

Reducing setup time in strip leveling

October 14, 2008 | By Linfa Yan, Brett Snider

Equations help leveler operators significantly reduce the traditional trial and error during setup.

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Biobased vegetable oil lubricant

Green lubes under a microscope

October 14, 2008 | By Steve Lowery

Stamping parts with vegetable oil is becoming more a reality every day. For a metal working lubricant—whether it be soluble, semi-synthetic, or synthetic—to be USDA-classified as biobased, it must contain, at minimum, 40 percent to 57 percent of renewable resources. Just because a product is biobased, made from a varying percentage of renewable resources, it does not necessarily make it readily or ultimately biodegradable. Green lubricants offer enhanced lubricity and a high viscosity index. These oils are less toxic to the environment and are easier to dispose.

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Carbides in applications

Carbide in tool and die

September 30, 2008 | By Brian Ayers

Carbide is a two-phase, powder-metallurgical (PM) material consisting of a hard material phase and a binder metal phase. The hard material provides the necessary wear resistance, and the binder metal guarantees appropriate toughness. To select the appropriate grade for a tool and die application, it is important to have a detailed knowledge of carbide and how its properties can be influenced.

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What's up with scrap (besides price)?

September 16, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

Today's escalated metals prices have made scrap a hot issue. Multi source article covers new trends and old favorites in efficient scrap handling and in minimizing scrap

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Virtual engineering software

Next-generation large-tonnage presses rely on new software for virtual integration

September 15, 2008 | By Bernhard Loske, Dietmar Schoellhammer

Operating large flexible press systems without sacrificing speed and quality can be a complex undertaking. New software takes CATIA to the next level. Users can really learn how to "drive" their large presses optimally by virtually integrating the slide motion, the transfer movement in a way that allows 1) the press to be built, 2) the transfer to be integrated and 3) the die to be built to most efficiently run in the system--a quantum leap. Now being used by Ford and Magnum.

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Minster Stamping Press

3 deadly tool design sins

August 12, 2008 | By Art Hedrick

Among the many factors to consider when designing and building a stamping die are the material to be processed, the press that will run the die, and specified part tolerances. Inadequate knowledge of these factors can contribute to die failure and production and quality problems.

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Prepainted coil image

What you should know about stamping coated coil

July 29, 2008 | By Allen Garrett

More than 4.5 million tons of coil-coated steel and aluminum are processed in North America each year by manufacturers in the appliance, auto, machinery, heating and cooling, metal roofing, and beverage industries. Gaining insights into stamping, handling, tooling, and storage can help optimize results

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Press Parts

How to run presses faster without increasing scrap

July 29, 2008 | By Kent Lancaster

The catch to operating at higher production speeds is that metalformers often see jumps in scrap rates and accelerated wear-and-tear on the press and tooling. New, and some tried-and-true, mechanical press technologies help metalformers strike a balance between high speed and high precision.

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Advanced Stamping Feed Lines

Die shop transitions to production stamper

July 29, 2008

Third-generation die maker company, Die-Tech Industries needed automated press feeding equipment to help handle its transition from a die shop using tryout presses to one running full production.

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PVD Chromum Nitride Coating

Selecting, using tool coatings to stamp AHSS

July 29, 2008 | By Bernard J. Janoss

Proper selection and use of tool coatings in HSLA and AHSS forming applications will extend tool life and yield the best part results.

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