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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Warm forming of alloys in the auto industry - TheFabricator.com

Warm forming of alloys in the auto industry

June 28, 2013

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While stampers struggle with traditional forming of aluminum alloys, particularly in the automotive industry, they should know that research is currently underway to make this tough job easier. Warm forming of certain aluminum alloys is a real possibility when it comes to stamping parts from these difficult-to-work-with materials.

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An overview of tooling coatings - TheFabricator.com

An overview of tooling coatings

June 28, 2013

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The ranks within the tool and die community have thinned with the shop closures and business consolidations that followed the Great Recession. As a result, the depth of knowledge about tooling coatings has decreased as well in recent years. This primer is intended to provide a quick explanation of the most common tooling coatings for those that need a quick education.

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Leveling beyond the coil - TheFabricator.com

Leveling beyond the coil

June 28, 2013

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Not all metal forming jobs are done off the coil, so what can stampers do to ensure that the metal is level? They can use a stand-alone hydraulic roller leveler to ensure parts meet original specs.

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The time in between - TheFabricator.com

Quick die change: About the time in between

April 22, 2013

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Boiled down, quick-die change covers all activities that occur between one job and the next. QDC boils down to reducing those activities by eliminating them altogether, making those remaining activties more efficient, and changing when those tasks are performed.

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The grwoth of servo - TheFabricator.com

The growth of the servo-driven press

April 22, 2013

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Traditional mechanical presses remain dominant in industry, but sales of servo presses have gone into high gear in recent years. Controlling the press stroke turns out to have many advantages, and the technology’s adopters are reaping the benefits.

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The reinvention of stamping - TheFabricator.com

The reinvention of stamping

February 28, 2013

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The days of 1 million unit orders for simple metal blanks are over. But this doesn't mean that stamping can't survive in today's manufacturing environment. A.T. Wall Co. believes it can successfully position stamping as a go-to manufacturing process for parts that were at one time exclusively made through machining.

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New developments in tool steel - TheFabricator.com

New developments in tool steel

February 28, 2013

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Two new tooling steels can help stampers improve production efficiency. The metal formers just need to open their minds to the new possibilities.

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Feed with care - TheFabricator.com

Feed with care

January 10, 2013

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Although many of the traditional coil-handling rules apply, processing coated coil material requires additional considerations. Stampers need to check for equipment clearances and alignment at every point where the finished material surface may contact another surface.

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Die springs put on the pressure - TheFabricator.com

Die springs put on the pressure

January 10, 2013

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Without something to manage and absorb pressure, a die set would cease to function properly. This is why die spring selection--which considers spring size, travel, number, and placement within the tool--is so critical.

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Not your father’s fineblanking - TheFabricator.com

Not your father’s fineblanking

January 8, 2013

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Fineblankng now can produce not only flat parts, but also those with 3-D features, often to size and position tolerances of less than +/- 0.025 mm. It also offers extremely high part-to-part repeatability; the first part and the millionth part are identical. A confluence of technologies has made such parts a reality.

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Taiwan’s river of commerce - TheFabricator.com

Taiwan’s river of commerce

January 7, 2013

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Taiwanese metal manufacturers have grown from small, family involved entrepreneurial shops to world-class suppliers of parts and technology.

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Managing coil more cost-effectively - TheFabricator.com

Managing coil more cost-effectively

November 9, 2012

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A supply chain is only as strong as every link. That's why more metal formers are leaning on their material suppliers to improve their coil and sheet management. A couple of metal service centers offer up some advice for those metal stampers looking to do more.

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Stamper blazes a trail with in-die laser welding - TheFabricator.com

Stamper blazes a trail with in-die laser welding

November 9, 2012

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In-die capabilities are an important weapon in a metal stamper's arsenal. These capabilities provide the means to create assemblies as a strip of coil quickly moves through a progressive-die setup. Weiss-Aug, East Hanover, N.J., is taking that competitive edge to the next level by offering in-die laser welding to its customer base.

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Repair, rebuild, or scrap the press? - TheFabricator.com

Repair, rebuild, or scrap the press?

November 2, 2012

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From the perspective of a field service professional, the choice to repair, rebuild, or look for a new press isn't that hard of a decision. It's just a matter of clearly looking at the current shape of the press and what it will take to get it up to performance specs.

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How to optimize die-set guiding - TheFabricator.com

How to optimize die-set guiding

September 7, 2012

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Ball-bearing die-set guide components are a critical part of the stamping operation. Properly selected, lubricated, and positioned, they improve tool operation and promote longer component life. If they aren’t properly maintained, excessive press downtime may result.

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