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.
April 24, 2003 | By Stan Reinke
The two main reasons for applying die lubricant are to reduce friction and dissipate heat. Heat can build up between the tool surface and metal, causing the lubricant to break down. This results in metal-to-metal contact and galling.
April 24, 2003 | By Tom Juric
International Truck and Engine Corporation's Springfield, Ohio, plant recently undertook the challenge of building a high-performance truck with the dimensional tolerances that meet today's quality standards within a cost structure that would allow it to remain competitive. This new product launch was the first of its kind for the company in more than 20 years.
April 10, 2003 | By Art Hedrick
Setting up a stamping die is one of the most critical steps in a successful stamping process. It's a fact: More damage is done to a die, especially a progressive die, in the first 10 hits than in the next 10,000 hits. Most die damage happens during initial setup, when the material is being fed into the die. Mistakes such as misfeeds, pilot piercing, double metal, sheared cutting sections, and stock hang-ups often occur.
April 10, 2003 | By Nick Tarkany
Perforating is defined as a process of making a hole by removing a slug. During perforating in a stamping operation, a punch shears and breaks a slug out of the part material and then pushes the slug into a matrix (die bushing). The matrix hole is larger than the punch point. A clearance must be maintained constantly around the entire punch point.
April 10, 2003 | By Tim Malarky
Horizontal payoff of coiled materials on pallet uncoilers can help reduce downtime for coil changeover, increase coil handling efficiency, and improve operator safety.
March 13, 2003 | By Chester J. Punicki
If you're a die designer, a standard precision progressive die can present countless challenges for you. Some of these dies have to produce thin slots, small holes, or tricky coins.
March 13, 2003 | By Robert Harper
With the tooling trade in its current challenging economic situation, some tool companies are being forced out of business, losing money, or entering into highly competitive markets.
Many of today's consumer products, commercial and industrial processing machines, and automotive components are being exposed to continually higher temperatures and more severe corrosion.
February 27, 2003 | By Paul Tamlin
Since the early days of metal stamping, removing scrap from stamping dies and presses has caused many headaches. Because scrap is not the primary product companies produce, it receives less attention than the finished products coming off the press.
February 27, 2003 | By Brad Jeffery
Today more than ever, the metal forming industry is economically challenged. Everyone is scrambling to find new ways to lower process costs without sacrificing quality. In the case of metal formability, a lot is at stake. With metal prices and operating overhead continuing to rise, any downtime or wasted material significantly impacts the bottom line.
February 27, 2003 | By Lee Burk
The design of every machine, no matter how simple or complex, requires attention to operator safety
February 13, 2003 | By Eric Theis
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.
February 13, 2003 | By Art Hedrick
Most automobile manufacturers have looked for alternatives to the steel traditionally used in car production; hence, the introduction of high-strength steel.
January 16, 2003 | By J. Ernest Browning
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.
January 16, 2003 | By Steve Chamberlain
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.