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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Solving punch breakage problems

December 12, 2006 | By Art Hedrick

This series of articles investigates the many causes of premature punch breakage in stamping operations.

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Stainless steel stampings

Viking's range of choices

December 12, 2006 | By Kathleen McLaughlin

The stainless steel stampings Viking Range produces often require complex draws and piercing, as well as sharp corners and creases—with flawless exterior finishes. Viking has moved from outsourcing its stampings to using press brakes to investing in hydraulic presses of increasing capacity and sophistication—all in an effort to gain greater control over the design, quality, and availability of stamped parts.

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Kennametal honors environmental health, safety excellence

November 28, 2006

Kennametal Inc., a global supplier of tooling, engineered components, and materials consumed in production processes, has presented its fifth annual Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Excellence Awards to six Kennametal projects worldwide. The awards recognize excellence in promoting progressive...

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Draw forming, Part V

November 7, 2006 | By Edmund Herman

The remoteness of the energy-affecting elements contributes to the differences between the net shape and non-net shape processes. This additional difference helps drive the nature of the net-shape processing theory.

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Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part III

November 7, 2006

With constant BHF, conventional steel sheets can be formed with few tryouts. However, with the increasing use of lightweight materials and high-strength steels with low formability, there is a need for precise, localized control of metal flow using MPC systems.

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Leveling mounts support presses up to 2 million lbs.

November 7, 2006

AirLoc® offers Wedgmount® leveling mounts and engineered elastomer pads.Standard mounts support presses ranging in size from small gap-frame presses to blanking/transfer presses weighing 2 million lbs. Mounting configurations are available for freestanding, bolt-on, and bolt-through machine...

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Balmic, BMH merger to form company

November 7, 2006

Melbourne, Australia-based Balmic Intl. and BMH Engineering have merged to create the Metal Form Group.The new company provides tooling design and development, prototype manufacture, pressed metal production, press and automation sales and maintenance, capital finance, and toolroom equipment and...

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Feintool names CEO

November 7, 2006

The Feintool Group, Lyss, Switzerland, has appointed Joachim Kaufmann as CEO.Kaufmann was general manager of Feintool AG Lyss, the company's former headquarters. He also was head of the Adval Tech Group's blanking and forming technology division, Styner+Bienz.Feintool is a provider of fineblanking,...

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MC Machinery hosts open house

November 7, 2006

More than 350 fabricators attended the M.I.T.S. open house hosted by MC Machinery Systems, Wood Dale, Ill., to view demonstrations and learn more about Mitsubishi equipment.The Mitsubishi Laser showroom, where the open house was held, houses new technologies from Mitsubishi Laser, Toyokoki press...

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10 common quick die change problems

November 7, 2006 | By Paul Van Every

Die changeover is one of the few times when a press isn't making money. Why do some die changeovers take hours? It might be the press, operator, die, material, lift truck, crane, or the tools.

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R&D Update: Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part II

November 7, 2006 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

In deep drawing of complex, asymmetrical parts such as stainless steel kitchen sinks, blank holder force (BHF) needs to be controlled locally to regulate the flow of the sheet metal. An MPC blank holder system allows this control by placing individually programmable cushion pins around the blank perimeter, with an appropriate BHF selected at each pin location.

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Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part II

October 10, 2006 | By Ajay Yadav

Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a three-part series that discusses multipoint-control (MPC) die cushion systems applied to the forming of stainless steel double sinks. Part I, which appeared in the September issue, discussed novel press and design concepts using MPC systems. Part III,...

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Die Science: Setting up progressive dies - Part II

October 10, 2006 | By Art Hedrick

Proper feeding, scrap removal, and shut height calibration are essential for good die setup.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Overcoming deformity by design

October 10, 2006 | By Thomas Vacca

Achieving typical goals in stamping, such as zero development and fewer labor requirements, is made easier when the progressive die strip is kept level through the entire progression. Keeping the strip level can eliminate wave problems caused by incorrect pilot/lifter use occurring in punch forming.

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Drawing on new experiences

October 10, 2006 | By Dan Davis

In the past metal forming in the appliance industry meant giant presses with expensive tooling. Lead-times were forever, and change didn't come easy. Whirlpool Corp. in Fort Smith, Ark., is taking a new approach to metal forming, and flexible technologies are the key.

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