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.
November 7, 2011
A recycling strategy shouldn’t be implemented in isolation but instead be part of a broader lubrication strategy. Shop managers should first determine what lubricant their stamped parts require; how and where this lubricant needs to be applied; and how part geometry affects lubricant usage and reclamation practices.
October 20, 2011
Stamping companies are striving to stay relevant to their customers with intelligent manufacturing approaches that other fabricators can't match. Here are two companies that have followed that path successfully.
July 8, 2011
Becky and Michael Miniea purchased processing company that was in dire financial straits in the months after 9/11, and with a commitment offerings and its customers, Specialty Metals Processing is now in a position to survive whatever this economy can throw at it.
July 8, 2011
Servo transfer modules can help transform unused stamping press capacity into a viable metal forming resource. However, before a stamper can explore this newfound capability, it needs to determine just what type of transfer technology makes sense.
July 5, 2011
Single-minute exchange of dies is a lean manufacturing concept that has grown beyond the world of metal forming. It now stands for any lean exercise that attempts to reduce changeover time to single-digit minutes. In implementing such a program, manufacturing managers need to understand the common pitfalls that plague these efforts.
May 10, 2011
It is almost unrealistic to expect some stamped part part features, such as hole position and flatness, to remain within a small tolerancing zone.
May 9, 2011
Part-holding tooling is a fraction of the total press cost, but it has the most effect on whether a stamping press is running at its peak potential. Taking proactive steps in tooling selection, including working with your supplier, using simulation, choosing the best framework material, and choosing the most suitable end-of-arm tooling, can make all the difference.
March 11, 2011
If existing coil feeding equipment is functioning, but productivity needs a boost, stampers can achieve measurable gains in their production efficiency through various types of upgrades to their coil handling and feeding equipment, including servo drives, variable speed controls, and operator interfaces.
March 11, 2011
The forms and positional tolerances called out on product designs often defy the physical abilities of the product's material. Proper product and process design, as well as pressure clamping, can help maintain strict tolerances.
March 10, 2011
Choosing the right spring for working with HSLA is very important. The author recommends chrome nitrogen springs of well-known brands for proper quality control.
February 25, 2011
In deep drawing, if the contact angle between drawing stages is too large, cracks can appear and swelling can occur, resulting in scoring, curving, and imbalanced flange-lip roundness. Keeping the contact angle between 15 and 45 degrees is key to quality drawn parts.
February 24, 2011
By improving communication, supplying critical requirements upfront, creating die standards, using advanced software, and powering up equipment, customers can get better dies, faster.
December 13, 2010
This article continues the discussion of deep-drawing and stretching variables begun in Part I by describing friction, thermal expansion, metal topography, and forming speeds and how they affect metal forming operations.