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Revitalizing the U.S. tool and die industry

May 10, 2005 | By Frank Martin, Gary Gathen

The U.S. tooling industry has received quite a bit of press in the past few years documenting its demise. Many people believe the rise of lower-cost tooling industries in foreign countries is the main culprit.Unfortunately, it's not that simple. The U.S. tooling industry's future is precarious, but...

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Hey! Your stamping press is trying to tell you something

May 10, 2005 | By Robert Kotynski

Bill Engvall and Travis Tritt teamed up on a humorous little song called "Here's Your Sign." This curious little ditty relates the frustration of dealing with modern man's inability to grasp the obvious in daily living. From the service station attendant who stares at the blown-out tire on your car...

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It's all about tool selection -- or is it?

May 10, 2005 | By Steve Benson

Figure 1 The radius gauge fits squarely into the bend. Air forming, bottom bending, and coining are different forming methods that can be used to create various bends—sharp, radius, and profound-radius. Throw in a mix of operators and engineers with different ideas of what each...

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Reinventing the wheel - Automated line reduces in-process inventory, increases production flexibility

May 10, 2005

Kawasaki's production encompasses several wheel sizes and designs, which require more than 60 different dies. To become more efficient, the manufacturer wanted two complete press lines—one to make round and rectangular blanks directly from coil and one to stamp finished disks.

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Analyzing coil handling equipment purchases

April 11, 2005 | By Kevin Enos

Refurbishing can be a cost-effective way to breathe new life into an old piece of equipment. This cam feed was originally built in 1974.Recent economic growth finally has spilled over to the manufacturing sector, so this might be a good time to upgrade your stamping process. While orders may be...

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Evaluating in-house coil slitting

April 11, 2005 | By Jim Russell

As the cost of steel rises and profit margins shrink, small to medium-sized stampers are looking for ways to reduce costs and streamline operations while maintaining quality.One area to consider is the cost of slitting steel.Shops that run 10,000 to 50,000 tons a year usually outsource slitting....

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Automatic lubrication application

Optimizing spray nozzle performance for lubrication:

April 11, 2005 | By Bob Adams

Although mandrel bending is the method most likely to produce a high-quality bend, it is by no means an exact science. Material, size, bend dimensions, and machine variables make it necessary to consider each application individually—and some of these considerations require experience and...

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Die Basics 101: Part I

April 11, 2005 | By Art Hedrick

This article is one of a 16-part series on the fundamentals of stamping. Descriptions of all the articles in this series, and links to them, can be found at the end of this article.

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The cutting edge of cut-to-length lines

March 8, 2005 | By Alexander Tschoeltsch

When a company plans to invest in a cut-to-length line, basic line configuration is the first decision—and one of the most important—to make.The fixed-shear line is a common configuration. It can be an entirely stop-start (or "tight") line, or it can include a decoiling and leveling...

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Coating for stamping and forming tools

March 8, 2005 | By Yury Madorsky, Matthew Thompson

Editor's Note: This article is adapted from Yury Madorsky's and Matthew Thompson's workshop "New Developments in Wear-resistance Tool Coatings for Stamping Applications" presented at the 2nd annual STAMPING Journal® Forum: Competing to Win With Less, May 11-12, 2004, Detroit.

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Advanced lubricants improve high-strength steel forming

March 8, 2005 | By Brad Jeffery

Advanced or ultrahigh-strength steel (AHSS or UHSS) use in more than 60 percent of structural automotive stampings has changed the rules when it comes to tooling surface, heat and friction control, robotic automation, and paint pretreatment. With yield strengths now reaching production levels of...

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The real issues behind hydraulic press upgrades:

February 8, 2005 | By Gerry Nord

Upgrading any piece of machinery can produce anxious headaches. Often we cause our own headaches by failing truly to justify the reasons to upgrade, choosing instead simply to answer the question, "Can we afford to spend the money?"Answering that question is really easy. Either the money's...

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Sensors help stamper get firmer foothold in motorcycle part fabrication

February 8, 2005 | By Kate Bachman

When stamper Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, Wis., ventured upon an opportunity to produce a unique and challenging project for one of its customers, a well-known U.S. motorcycle manufacturer, the company jumped on it and put the pedal to the metal. The road to success, however, would...

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Listening to your parts

January 11, 2005 | By Art Hedrick

Figure 1Even if the scoring is the reason for the split, that doesn't mean that resolving the galling issue will ensure a robust process.I recently had the chance to engage in some very interesting conversation with the head of the sheet metal formability lab for a very large automotive stamper....

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Implementing a stamping sensor program—uphill

January 11, 2005 | By Kate Bachman

Stamper and toolmaker Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, Wis. had been installing basic stamping die protection for 15 years. Whisker sensors, positive stops, and, in some cases, part-out sensors comprised the limited sensor system for dies that ran in automatic mode. However, this system...

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