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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Designing a stamping press for safety

February 27, 2003

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The design of every machine, no matter how simple or complex, requires attention to operator safety

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Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 4

February 13, 2003

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The best way to eliminate defects in coil shape is to buy prime material. What you get out of any leveler, flattener, or tension leveler is affected by the flatness of the material you put into it.

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Why use sheet hydroforming dies?

February 13, 2003

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Most automobile manufacturers have looked for alternatives to the steel traditionally used in car production; hence, the introduction of high-strength steel.

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Tier 1 supplier turns auto industry requirement into opportunity

January 16, 2003

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With 50 years of metal stamping expertise under its belt, Speciality Stampings LLC, Adel, Ga., has established itself as a first-, second-, and third-tier supplier to the automotive industry. The manufacturer, QS-9000- and ISO 9002-certified, specializes in metal stamping, roll forming, assembly, and powder painting.

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Combating tool wear with coating

January 16, 2003

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Modern toolmaking methods and materials have reduced production time, cost, and headaches significantly over the last 20 years. But the rapid pace of the tooling revolution, coupled with extremely complex manufacturing technology, has left many people confused and misinformed.

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Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 3

January 16, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article is Part III of a four-part series covering flatness and stability in cut-to-length, slitting, and tension leveling operations. This article discusses how coil processors can make metal flat so it stays that way. Part I, which appeared in the October issue of The FABRICATOR®, discussed how flat-rolled metal gets unflat; Part II in the November issue covered flattening solutions and the anatomy of a bend; and Part IV in the January 2003 issue will discuss new applications and options in leveling equipment.

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Weighing Your Options

November 21, 2002

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Not all coil handling equipment is created equal. At first glance, conventional coil lines and straighteners-feeders seem to perform the same task, but when they are examined throoughly, these units are very different.

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The ROI for Quick Die Change

November 21, 2002

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Quick die change equipment is a capital investment, and i competes for funds with other capital investments. Therefore, it's critical to understand the benefits of implementing quick die change.

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Reducing Negative Tonnage

November 21, 2002

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Over time negative tonnage can cause significant press and die damage. Understanding the factors that influence the amount of negative tonnage can help you control it.

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Equipping Your Press With the Right Tonnage Monitor

November 15, 2002

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This article explains why it's useful to monitor press tonnage, the types of tonnage monitors available, the choices for mounting load sensors, calibrating a monitor, and options available for tonnage monitors.

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Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 2

November 7, 2002

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Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a four-part series covering flatness and stability in cut-to-length, slitting, and tension leveling operations. This article discusses flattening solutions and the anatomy of a bend. Part I, which appeared in the October issue of The FABRICATOR®, discussed how flat-rolled metal gets unflat; Part III in the December issue will address how coil processors can make metal flat so it stays that way; and Part IV in the January 2003 issue will discuss new applications and options in leveling equipment.

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Taking advantage of simulation technology

October 24, 2002

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One of the most valuable high-tech tools introduced in the last decade has been finite element analysis (FEA) simulation software that stamping tool makers can use to test forming conditions and design dies in the virtual world. This reduces tooling and product design time and saves costs of prototyping and experimentation to find the right design. Training the tool designer or process engineer how to use simulation software can provide a quick ROI and improve the bottom line.

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Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 1

October 10, 2002

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This is article is part 1 of a four-part series covering flatness and stability in cut-to-length, slitting, and tension leveling operations. This article covers how flat rolled metal gets unflattened, including the 3 categories of defects, how defects are created at hot and cold mills, and how coil processors also create defects.

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Deep drawing aluminum—not as hard as it looks

October 10, 2002

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Keeping a couple key tips in mind can help you turn aluminum stamping from a source of frustration to a source of income and satisfaction in a hurry.

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Absolute Control: Implementing a master control system for hydraulic press lines

September 26, 2002

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Advanced master control systems in hydraulic press lines are designed to help achieve shorter changeover times, transparency of line operation, minimize personnel requirements, and increase productivity levels and uptime.

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