September 24, 2009
Lean manufacturing and an integrated transfer press cell conversion helped deep-draw stamper Truex, Pawtucket, R.I., to diversify its product mix and expand into new markets.
August 25, 2009 | By Art Hedrick
Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick focuses on die basics, including die materials and rudimentary maintenance. He also explains the cutting process and what happens to metal when you cut it with a stamping die.
July 9, 2009 | By Rob Driver
Usually the first place stampers look to reduce cost is the labor burden per part, which leads to the inevitable pursuit of producing parts faster. The speed capability of a stamping die is determined by how fast the part physically can be produced and at what speed the tooling fails. The strength of the carrier, how high the part must be lifted, and the mechanical limits of the springs and side action cams (mandrels) limit how fast the tool can run.
June 9, 2009 | By Steve Richardson
In today's economy, machinery moves are on the rise. The success ofa machinery move project will be determined by the effectivemanagement of five key stages: planning, dismantling, servicing,5transportation, and installation. Do not overlook the relocationprocess as an opportunity to inspect, repair, and make modificationsto enhance the press system.
June 7, 2009 | By Tim Heston
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing launched a program to tackle sensor technology in an effort to errorproof the pressroom.
June 4, 2009 | By Tim Heston
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing adds in-die projection welding to its capabilities, eliminating secondary operations and significantly reducing labor costs.
June 2, 2009 | By John Heuring
Factoring in the economics inherent in a small footprint—if a building expansion is required for a larger line, for example—a space-saving line may be the most economical option. Categories of space-saving coil feed lines, from the least expensive to the most expensive,are the paddle loop, space saving, and synchronous.
May 12, 2009 | By Marc Pentecost
The decision to upgrade a section or an entire coil processing line involves plenty of intelligence gathering from the shop floor if the right decision is to be made.
May 11, 2009 | By Michael Reihn
Many companies in the aerospace, automotive, sporting goods, and wind energy industry segments are using composites and thermoplastics to augment and support metal stampings.
April 14, 2009 | By Art Hedrick
Metalworking professionals who possess diverse proficient skills have an edge in a tight job market. In this first installment in a series, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick presents an overview of the metal stamping industry and describes the various careers available in the sector.
April 14, 2009 | By Tim Heston
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing launches a program to tackle sensor technology in an effort to errorproof the pressroom.
March 24, 2009
For the right application, magnetic die clamping can add significant flexibility to a stamping operation, eliminate physical clamps, and simplify maintenance.
March 24, 2009 | By Doug Knapke
A servo-driven transfer system can help to create a multipurpose press line that expands the number of parts traffic patterns. It also allows stampers to navigate heavy traffic with quick die changes between setups, short run times, and fully programmable setups that can be recalled simply.
February 24, 2009
Richland Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Eagle Wings, a tiered automotive supplier, retooled with a new stamping press cell equipped with an electromagnetic die handling system. The retool effort also included installation of a 330-ton tie-rod type press, and a compact coil feeder.
February 24, 2009
Metal spinning gives shops a broad palette of options that can be customized for the job at hand.