Dieology LLC

Art Hedrick

Contributing Writer
Dieology LLC
8730 10 Mile Rd. SE.
Rockford, MI 49341


Phone: 616-894-6855
www.dieology.com
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Author of the "Die Science" column in STAMPING Journal®, Art also has written technical articles on stamping die design and build for a number of trade publications. A recipient of many training awards, he is active in metal stamping training and consulting worldwide.

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Die Science: How many hits does it take to get to the end of a tool’s life?

July 7, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Recently I was asked at a training session to state the average life of a stamping die. The person asking was from the costing department of a large automotive firm. He said he needed to know because he was getting different answers from different individuals in the organization—anywhere from...

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Reading progressive die strip — Part II

June 16, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part article about reading progressive-die strips. Part I, which appeared in the May issue, covered the causes of pilot hole distortion and mismatched cuts. Hard marks, otherwise known as coin marks, occur when metal is severely squeezed between two...

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Die Science: Developing forming dies - Part III

June 16, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Editor's Note: This is third installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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Die Science: Developing forming dies - Part II

June 16, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Editor's Note: This is first installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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Die Science: Solving punch breakage problems - Part III

June 16, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Numerous factors contribute to the premature failure of piercing and cutting punches. In addition to problems with the punches, such as tool steel or problems caused by EDM and grinding, the press can cause problems through deflection, and bridge strippers also can cause punch breakage.

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Die Science: Designing dies 2-D or 3-D?

June 16, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Both 2-D and 3-D die design packages have advantages and disadvantages, which are discussed here, but true success lies in the designer's ability, not the software's.

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Die Science: Fundamentals of drawing

June 8, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Columnist Art Hedrick goes back to basics about drawing, offering a comparison of drawing and casting, an explanation of flow and control.

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Die Science: Understanding deep-drawing and stretching variables for best results

March 4, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Numerous variables affect the success of a deep-drawing or stretching process. Some are major and some minor, but you’ll need to take all into consideration when designing, building, and troubleshooting a drawing or stretching operation. Sheet and Coil Material Material is a major...

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Die Science: How to destroy a press

January 6, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

It’s amazing how many stampers and tool and die shops negate the importance of the press. Shops often “maintain” a press when it stops working. In other words, they repair the press, but they don’t maintain it regularly. I could have just as easily named this article “How to select...

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Die Science: Training new tool- and diemakers

November 27, 2015 | By Art Hedrick

I must get two or three calls a week from companies needing tool- and diemakers, die maintenance specialists, or die repair specialists. The demand for skilled labor has skyrocketed in the last year or so. Unfortunately, most of the time I can’t help them. The Dwindling Talent Pool...

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Die Science: The top 5 drawing die violations

October 6, 2015 | By Art Hedrick

Deep-drawing failures—from splitting to scoring to shock lines—often are a result of common engineering mistakes. These problems can occur whether you are using a single-station drawing die, multiple drawing stations, or drawing reductions. Let’s take a look at the five most common...

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Die Science: Drawing and stretching

July 1, 2015 | By Art Hedrick

When I conduct training seminars on drawing and stretching, I usually bring with me a variety of unusual parts made using those processes. Often, attendees ask how to stretch the metal into a shape such as a deep can or deeply formed part without splitting the metal. I simply answer: “We don’t....

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Die Science: Slug pulling—Causes and solutions

June 11, 2015 | By Art Hedrick

Slug pulling in a stamping die can be costly and frustrating. One pulled slug can cripple production. What Is Slug Pulling? When a pierce punch creates a hole, it also produces scrap, called the slug. When the slug sticks to the face of the punch during withdrawal or comes out of the button...

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Die Science: Step-by-step troubleshooting of stamping dies, Part I

March 6, 2015 | By Art Hedrick

Opinions on how to troubleshoot a stamping operation are not in short supply at any production stamping or die-building shop. I’m not trying to stereotype diemakers, designers, or technicians, but their decisions often are made based on insufficient data. Statistically speaking, if I...

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