August 25, 2009
Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick focuses on die basics, including die materials and rudimentary maintenance. He also explains the cutting process and what happens to metal when you cut it with a stamping die.
June 9, 2009
Thinking about adding metal stamping to your capabilities? Read this primer about the materials and equipment, including the different types of stamping presses, and view images of stamped parts, which can be both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing.
April 14, 2009
Metalworking professionals who possess diverse proficient skills have an edge in a tight job market. In this first installment in a series, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick presents an overview of the metal stamping industry and describes the various careers available in the sector.
February 10, 2009
Art Hedrick, longtime consultant to the sheet metal stamping industry, has observed three internal factors that can negatively affect an operation. In this economic climate in which so much is at stake, you want to make sure that your business does not suffer from these self-destructive characteristics.
December 14, 2008
Effective stamping professionals rely on scientific principles and not magic to determine and correct production problems. Find out how to troubleshoot wrinkles and rips and take corrective action by following a basic procedure that can be modified to troubleshoot almost any stamping issue.
October 28, 2008
You're almost at the end of a production run and your stamping die fails. What do you do? Replace the failed component? Attempt a repair? How do you decide which option is best? These questions—along with basic guidelines for repairing a die by welding—are answered in this article.
August 12, 2008
Among the many factors to consider when designing and building a stamping die are the material to be processed, the press that will run the die, and specified part tolerances. Inadequate knowledge of these factors can contribute to die failure and production and quality problems.
June 17, 2008
Determining a part's forming severity, something that is critical for a successful stamping operation, takes into account various data. This article discusses the different types of data and how each is obtained. It also compares circle grid analysis to square grid analysis.
June 2, 2008
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...
June 1, 2008
Looking at the results of a process—in this case, the strip produced in the die—certainly can lead to good data indicating the root cause of a problem. This Part II of a two-part series discusses hard marks, poor die design, and coil-related problems.
May 1, 2008
Looking at the results of a process—in this case, the strip produced in the die—certainly can lead to good data indicating the root cause of a problem. Distorted, elongated pilot holes, mismatched cuts are common defects. Distorted pilot holes can be the result of a poor carrier design. An improperly set up feed release can cause misfeeds, pilot hole elongation, and bent, broken, or galled pilots, as well as poor part location and gauging.
April 29, 2008
Many factors influence tool steel selection. Part Iof this article focused on selecting the right cutting clearance. Part II discusses properties to look for in tool steel and the importance of heat treating, preparation for production, coatings, lubricants, and the press on which the tool...
March 15, 2008
Extrusion is the process in which a continuous radial stretch flange is created by expanding a hole. Of all of the factors controlling the success of an extruding operation, material type and its mechanical properties are the most influential. Materials exhibiting good stretch capability and stretch distribution characteristics are best suited for extruding.