Stamping

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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Finding the best splice for your light-duty conveyor

May 15, 2003

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One way to increase your stamping operation's productivity is to get all the uptime you can from the belt conveyors that carry materials, parts, and finished and packaged products throughout your plant. As moving, wearing equipment, conveyors naturally demand a certain amount of downtime for maintenance and parts replacement. However, keeping those events as infrequent and brief as possible is what uptime is all about.

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Examining slit coil handling and packaging

May 15, 2003

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While it is common knowledge that slit coil handling and packaging often limit the productivity of even the most modern, high–speed coil slitting line, coil processors generally spend too little time examining the effectiveness of these operations.

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Hydraulic forming takes a front seat

April 24, 2003

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For about 50 years roll forming was the process of choice for making seat track channels at Dura Automotive Seat Systems, Stockton, Ill. While the process was high-speed, low-maintenance, and flexible, it also caused channel end flare, twist, and bow.

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Applying and handling die lubricants

April 24, 2003

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The two main reasons for applying die lubricant are to reduce friction and dissipate heat. Heat can build up between the tool surface and metal, causing the lubricant to break down. This results in metal-to-metal contact and galling.

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Truckin' along through a stamping plant

April 24, 2003

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International Truck and Engine Corporation's Springfield, Ohio, plant recently undertook the challenge of building a high-performance truck with the dimensional tolerances that meet today's quality standards within a cost structure that would allow it to remain competitive. This new product launch was the first of its kind for the company in more than 20 years.

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Establishing a die setup recipe for progressive dies

April 10, 2003

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Setting up a stamping die is one of the most critical steps in a successful stamping process. It's a fact: More damage is done to a die, especially a progressive die, in the first 10 hits than in the next 10,000 hits. Most die damage happens during initial setup, when the material is being fed into the die. Mistakes such as misfeeds, pilot piercing, double metal, sheared cutting sections, and stock hang-ups often occur.

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Improving perforating die performance

April 10, 2003

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Perforating is defined as a process of making a hole by removing a slug. During perforating in a stamping operation, a punch shears and breaks a slug out of the part material and then pushes the slug into a matrix (die bushing). The matrix hole is larger than the punch point. A clearance must be maintained constantly around the entire punch point.

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Sizing up pallet uncoilers

April 10, 2003

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Horizontal payoff of coiled materials on pallet uncoilers can help reduce downtime for coil changeover, increase coil handling efficiency, and improve operator safety.

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Designing tooling economically

March 13, 2003

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With the tooling trade in its current challenging economic situation, some tool companies are being forced out of business, losing money, or entering into highly competitive markets.

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Die designs for wide bends

March 13, 2003

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If you're a die designer, a standard precision progressive die can present countless challenges for you. Some of these dies have to produce thin slots, small holes, or tricky coins.

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Special slitting for specialty metals

March 13, 2003

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Many of today's consumer products, commercial and industrial processing machines, and automotive components are being exposed to continually higher temperatures and more severe corrosion.

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Removing scrap efficiently during stamping

February 27, 2003

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Since the early days of metal stamping, removing scrap from stamping dies and presses has caused many headaches. Because scrap is not the primary product companies produce, it receives less attention than the finished products coming off the press.

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Measuring Lubricants' Impact on Metal Formability

February 27, 2003

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Today more than ever, the metal forming industry is economically challenged. Everyone is scrambling to find new ways to lower process costs without sacrificing quality. In the case of metal formability, a lot is at stake. With metal prices and operating overhead continuing to rise, any downtime or wasted material significantly impacts the bottom line.

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Stamping press safety

Designing a stamping press for safety

February 27, 2003

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The design of every machine, no matter how simple or complex, requires attention to operator safety

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Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 4

February 13, 2003

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The best way to eliminate defects in coil shape is to buy prime material. What you get out of any leveler, flattener, or tension leveler is affected by the flatness of the material you put into it.

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