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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Design for manufacturability

January 14, 2010

Bachman Machine collaborates with customers,and often, tweaking the part design—just a little—enters the picture.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part V

December 15, 2009

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How are bending, flanging, coining, embossing, stretching, curling, hemming, ironing, necking, and drawing related? They all are common metal forming operations. Find out more about these processes in this final installment of stamping expert Art Hedrick's sheet metal stamping series.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101

December 15, 2009

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Editor's Note: This series presents an overview of metal stamping. Part I focuses on the various careers in the metal stamping industry. Part II discusses stamping materials and equipment. Part III focuses on dies and cutting and Part IV offers more detail about cutting processes. Part V, the final installment, investigates forming methods.

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Synthetics take on tough jobs

December 3, 2009

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Synthetic lubricants now can take on a greater variety of stamping applications.

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Mild steel to HSS: Not just a spec change - Part II

November 20, 2009

Stamping high-strength steel, rather than mild steel, requires a different press system design approach. Standard presses are not designed to withstand the forces associated with HSS. A link drive can reduce the impact when the upper die touches the blank holder,and a heavier-than-normal press frame minimizes deflection.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part IV

October 27, 2009

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Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick explains common cutting operations used in stamping: trimming, piercing, blanking, notching, shearing, lancing, and pinch trimming. Find out how they work and which applications are appropriate for each.

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10 design laws for tool designers

October 27, 2009

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Tool design shortcuts, oversights, and errors can be costly. Following some fundamental design laws can help you anticipate and prevent possible problems, simplify operation and maintenance, and improve production and quality.

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Design, build, troubleshoot

October 8, 2009

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When a quality stamped product is needed, operating as a team, communication and a solid understanding of the plan is paramount in efficiently producing a stamping die. The three critical phases of producing a capable stamping die are design, build (manufacture) and troubleshooting. Each phase is intertwined and dependent on one another. A design review is an excellent opportunity to develop a plan and review the construction and manufacturing methods that are going to be used to make the components. Ultimately, the challenge is to have gained a profit for your company and produced a stamping die of superior quality.

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Mild steel to HSS: Not just a spec change - Part I

September 25, 2009

Stamping high-strength steel, rather than mild steel, requires a different press system design approach. Standard presses are not designed to withstand the forces associated with HSS. A link drive can reduce the impact when the upper die touches the blank holder, and a heavier-than-normal press frame minimizes deflection.

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Hose partsmaker's lean journey leads to transfer press cell conversion

September 24, 2009

Lean manufacturing and an integrated transfer press cell conversion helped deep-draw stamper Truex, Pawtucket, R.I., to diversify its product mix and expand into new markets.

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Accelerating Diemaking

September 24, 2009

There are several ways to shorten the die design-build-die tryout process to keep diemaking from becoming a bottleneck.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part III

August 25, 2009

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Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick focuses on die basics, including die materials and rudimentary maintenance. He also explains the cutting process and what happens to metal when you cut it with a stamping die.

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Designing speed-friendly dies

July 9, 2009

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Usually the first place stampers look to reduce cost is the labor burden per part, which leads to the inevitable pursuit of producing parts faster. The speed capability of a stamping die is determined by how fast the part physically can be produced and at what speed the tooling fails. The strength of the carrier, how high the part must be lifted, and the mechanical limits of the springs and side action cams (mandrels) limit how fast the tool can run.

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How to make the most of a press move

June 9, 2009

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In today's economy, machinery moves are on the rise. The success ofa machinery move project will be determined by the effectivemanagement of five key stages: planning, dismantling, servicing,5transportation, and installation. Do not overlook the relocationprocess as an opportunity to inspect, repair, and make modificationsto enhance the press system.

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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II - TheFabricator.com

Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II

June 7, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing launched a program to tackle sensor technology in an effort to errorproof the pressroom.

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