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 26, 2014 | By Kate Bachman
Sometimes it’s the small items that make your workday easier. Standard die components with incremental improvements, such as roller cages with cylindrical rollers, and special gadgets, such as auto-indexing dimplers, can help smooth the stamping process and extend uptime.
November 25, 2014 | By Jim Finnerty
Press monitoring systems improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and help identify downtime culprits. Press controls track when the machine is running and when it is not. It counts machine cycles, and can detect both empty strokes and cycles when die protection or tonnage faults exist.
November 24, 2014 | By Jim Ward
Advancements in straighteners help stampers handle advanced high-strength steels on coil feed lines.
October 6, 2014 | By Kate Bachman
Wiegel Tool Works stamps large, complicated automotive circuitry in high volumes for perfection-demanding applications. The manufacturer needed a fast press with a large bed and adjustable-stroke capabilities. It had a specially designed mechanical press custom-built for its unique needs.
What makes a hydraulic press equipped for hot stamping? Access for auxiliaries and process equipment, a rapid deceleration rate, correct tonnage, and off-center load handling are all considerations.
June 5, 2014 | By Tom Vacca
Q: I manage a toolroom of 15 toolmakers. We supply the automotive connector industry primarily. I am looking for best practices on progressive-die maintenance. Do you recommend any die maintenance procedures? A: I am literally inundated with questions on the proper way to maintain progressive...
May 12, 2014 | By Kate Bachman
Quick die change, introduced decades ago, has become a staple of lean manufacturing in most stamping shops. QDC equipment itself is being upgraded and their lines expanded to meet evolving requirements for speed and safety, including force evaluation systems on magnetic die clamping, auto-positioning, auto-clamping, thinner magnetic clamping plates, trackless carts, and automated storage and retrieval systems.
May 5, 2014 | By Jim Landowski
Servo technology has been has been used as the drive system of servo-mechanical presses since 2000. Today stampers need to look at a servo press as part of a manufacturing system rather than just a standalone machine to maximize their cost-saving benefits.
March 5, 2014 | By Kate Bachman
Established and growing Jagemann Stamping Co. recently expanded its facility in the charming Great Lakes coastal town of Manitowoc, Wis., to facilitate its continuous growth. The multicapable manufacturer of deep-drawn, progressive stamped, and fineblanked components drew on its ability to diversify to grow and prosper, reaching $80 million in annual sales and expanding by 50,000 sq. ft. and 130 employees last year.
March 3, 2014 | By Bruce Konopinski is
The tried-and-true approaches that worked well to stamp first-generation steels are not as effective for stamping advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). Tests were conducted to determine optimal punch-to-die clearances, shear angles, and punch angles. Test results indicated that 12 to 15 percent punch-to-die clearances and -15- to +15-degree shear angles provided the longest punch and die life, and a 7-degree conical shear angle created the smallest burr growth.
January 27, 2014 | By Tim Qualls
Excessive press downtime between jobs is stamping’s perennial albatross around the neck. To expose the culprits in your shop, try scrutinizing every step in a coil handling system, from the coil itself to the material pilot guides in the tool.
January 13, 2014 | By Tom Ulrich
An effective PM for dies can't happen without a skilled, engaged workforce. When it comes to uncovering ideas on how to improve a process, workers are the experts.
November 1, 2013 | By Tom Ulrich
To realize the importance of a good die preventive maintenance program, all a stamper has to do is recall the last time a press line shut down because of a major die problem. The downtime and reaction of the frustrated customer likely are hard to forget. The associated costs, however, aren’t typically documented. That shouldn’t be the case, because those costs can be very important in trying to convince management that a robust tooling maintenance program is worth every cent invested in it.
Most stampers don’t think twice about running a hydraulic press like it has been run for the last 20 years. By doing so, they are losing out on dramatic cost savings associated with a possible energy-saving retrofit that’s centered around a smart variable-speed pump drive.
October 31, 2013 | By Theresa Dittbenner
: Do you have the right below-the-hook lifting equipment for your material handling needs? Not many metal formers ask themselves that question, but they probably should, especially if they are concerned about eliminating possible coil damage and keeping employees safe.