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.
March 8, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca
Q: What is the best-in-class process for developing a new progressive-stamping die? A: Many tool builders think the process of progressive-die development is undefined and difficult to predict, and therefore takes way too long. Development is costly. It ties up engineering, design,...
March 8, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca
Q: What type of hydraulic clamps do you use in your stamping presses for quick-change setups? A: The type of clamp is insignificant; there are many suitable brands. How you use the clamp is the important thing. Before you get into a true lean die-change system, you need to do some...
March 4, 2016 | By Art Hedrick
Numerous variables affect the success of a deep-drawing or stretching process. Some are major and some minor, but you’ll need to take all into consideration when designing, building, and troubleshooting a drawing or stretching operation. Sheet and Coil Material Material is a major...
February 18, 2016 | By Bill Frahm
What does your stamping operation do to improve metal forming efficiency? The key is to learn more about the metal, conduct practice runs in the virtual world, and pass along knowledge to co-workers.
Advanced hydraulics and intelligent drive systems are now available to provide greater metal forming precision and to improve stamping press productivity and product quality.
: Stamping AHSS comes with forming challenges such as wrinkling, tearing, and springback. A servo’s controlled force can help resolve some of those problems—and keep you from tearing your hair out.
January 8, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca
Q: We have some manual presses set up in a single part load-and-stamp production mode. The press is equipped with light curtains. When the operator activates the press buttons, he has to wait until the tool runs through the entire press cycle before he can reach into the work area. If he tries...
The Ohio State University's Center for Precision Forming provides an overview of design considerations and materials used in lightweighting in the automotive industry in the first part of a two-part series.
January 7, 2016 | By Art Hedrick
Art Hedrick applies humor to a not-so-funny problem.
January 6, 2016 | By Art Hedrick
It’s amazing how many stampers and tool and die shops negate the importance of the press. Shops often “maintain” a press when it stops working. In other words, they repair the press, but they don’t maintain it regularly. I could have just as easily named this article “How to select...
Finite element (FE)-based computer software commonly is used in the sheet metal forming and stamping industry for die design and for predicting metal flow and thinning in the formed part. It is a useful tool for predicting and preventing forming defects such as fracture and wrinkling. However,...
November 30, 2015 | By Thomas Vacca
Q: We are in the process of quoting a new job for the swaging and stamping of copper rod. To do this job, we need to buy a hydraulic press. The goal is to deform copper rods into a flat form on one of the edges. How do we calculate how much press tonnage we need? A: Obviously I would...
November 27, 2015 | By Art Hedrick
I must get two or three calls a week from companies needing tool- and diemakers, die maintenance specialists, or die repair specialists. The demand for skilled labor has skyrocketed in the last year or so. Unfortunately, most of the time I can’t help them. The Dwindling Talent Pool...
November 11, 2015 | By Kate Bachman
When everything hangs on the frame, and you design the frame, everything hangs on you. Profile of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles frame designer John Boughton reveals insights into his 52-year career.
November 11, 2015 | By Mark Hansen
Often, transfer dies are designed, built, and installed in a press, and then stamping manufacturers discover that they have crash interference problems. Then diemakers are sent to fix the problems, but the solutions slow down productivity. Running transfer dies through simulation software first can circumvent those problems.