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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I increase press speed without constant production stoppage

May 31, 2016 | By Dennis Cattell

Dennis Cattell advises that the centerlines of the press, bolster, feed, straightener, and reel might not be in line and the coil material guide settings might not be correct.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can we form holes smaller than the material thickness?

May 31, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca

Q: We are using a progressive die to make a part that is 3.770 inch in diameter with 45 holes, each 0.172 in. in dimeter, on a 3.514-in. bcd [basic center diameter]. Our customer has asked us to change the material from 0.080-in. half-hard copper to 0.240-in. half-hard copper. Now the hole is...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I avoid die crashes?

May 31, 2016 | By Dennis Cattell

Q: I am a die setter and press operator who works with progressive dies that run up to 120 SPM. For die and press protection, we have: Strip material location with pilots. Pilot protection with limit switches. Four double-material-thickness stripper sensors in case of slug pull-up. Sensor on...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I prevent slivers in blanking operations?

May 27, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca

Q: We are making shallow drawn cuts from 0.007-inch-thick aluminum base material with a thin polymer coating. The cups are assorted sizes from 0.375 to 0.75 in. and equal depths. We pierce the blank and use a balentine to carry it in the strip web through the draw operations, and finally we...

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Larson Tool & Stamping supports entrepreneurial venture

May 26, 2016

Larson Tool & Stamping Co., Attleboro, Mass., has collaborated with Micah Baclig, a freelance designer based in Providence, R.I., to bring his conceptualized design of a compact and reusable utensil to life. Baclig approached Larson Tool to help him find the right tool, material, and stamping...

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Optimizing hydraulic presses for deep drawing

May 25, 2016 | By Greenerd Press & Machine Co.

Optimizing a hydraulic press requires choosing the best press frame, hydraulic circuit, auxiliary function, electrical controls, and hmi for your deep drawing application and parts drawn.

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Lockset manufacturer gets handle on scrap to boost productivity

May 25, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

When you stamp 2.2 million pieces a day in the manufacture of lockset and doorset assemblies— 550 million stampings a year—smooth, speedy operation is your goal and bottlenecks and obstructions to productivity are your targets. Kwikset developed a unique way to handle scrap that removed a bottleneck and increased output.

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SelfLube manufactures 1 millionth wear plate

May 24, 2016

SelfLube, a manufacturer of mold and die components in Coopersville, Mich., has made its 1 millionth wear plate. The wear plates guide and control the moving parts in complex tools such as metal stamping dies and plastic injection molds. They come in a variety of sizes to handle very heavy loads....

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Wilson Tool celebrates 50 years in business

May 19, 2016

Wilson Tool Intl., a manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping industry, will mark its 50th year in business on June 2, 2016. The company was founded by Ken and Ruth Wilson as The Wilson Tool Co. in a basement shop in St....

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Danly opens die spring distribution center in California

May 16, 2016

Dayton, Ohio-based Danly, a subsidiary of Dayton Lamina™, a provider to the tool, die, metal stamping, and mold industries, has opened a die spring distribution center in Torrance, Calif. The facility houses an extensive inventory of compression springs for immediate shipment to customers and...

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Talan Products hires materials manager

May 6, 2016

Talan Products, Cleveland, a metal stamping company and manufacturer of tooling and engineered parts, has hired Brad Partee as materials manager. In this role, he oversees all aspects of supply chain management and warehousing, including materials procurement and shipping/receiving. Partee spent...

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B&G Machine acquires W-Technologies

May 5, 2016

B&G Machine Inc., Mount Carmel, Ill., has acquired W-Technologies, a provider of hydraulic shock damper technology for heavy-gauge stamping equipment. B&G has been manufacturing the W-Technologies dampers for more than 15 years. The company will continue to market and sell the hydraulic dampers...

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Beckwood manufactures hot forming presses for Ducommun facility

May 4, 2016

St. Louis-based Beckwood Press Co., a manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses and automation systems and the Triform line of sheet hydroforming equipment, has partnered with aerospace industry company Ducommun Inc. to design and manufacture two new hot forming presses for Ducommun’s Parsons,...

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Sko-Die Inc. acquires fineblanking/metal stamping business of Harig Mfg.

May 2, 2016

Morton Grove, Ill.-based Sko-Die Inc., a manufacturer of custom steel laminations and heavy gauge metal stampings, has acquired the fineblanking and metal stamping business of Harig Mfg. Corp., a manufacturer of precision parts for the automotive, appliance, power tool, aerospace, and controls...

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