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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Applying and handling die lubricants

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.

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Truckin' along through a stamping plant

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.

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Establishing a die setup recipe for progressive dies

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.

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Improving perforating die performance

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.

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Sizing up pallet uncoilers

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.

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Die designs for wide bends

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.

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Designing tooling economically

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.

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Special slitting for specialty metals

March 13, 2003 | By Fred Barrera, Ed Basta

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.

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Removing scrap efficiently during stamping

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.

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Measuring Lubricants' Impact on Metal Formability

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.

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Designing a stamping press for safety

February 27, 2003 | By Lee Burk

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 | 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.

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Why use sheet hydroforming dies?

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.

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Tier 1 supplier turns auto industry requirement into opportunity

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.

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Combating tool wear with coating

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.

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