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Stamping | Articles

Stamper powers up to do the heavy lifting

July 12, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Stamping manufacturer StampSource brought in more than $3 million worth of work—a 25 percent revenue increase—with a capital investment of two heavy-duty feeders and three high-tonnage presses. It was the largest expansion in the company’s 66-year history.

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Metals/Materials | Articles

Manufacturer uses servo press to hasten safety part production safely

May 25, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Ultraform Industries sought ways to increase output of the safety seat belt and air bag assemblies the company manufactures, but speed could not come at the expense of quality. The company installed a servo press to slow the stroke before the draw, perform restrikes.

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Stamping | Articles

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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Stamping | Articles

What’s sizzling in hot stamping?

March 28, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

This multisource article touches hot stamping's growth and new technologies and approaches to its further development, including pressure controlled hardening, hot forming of aluminum and magnesium, the option of using a servo-mechanical press that has been modified for hot forming as well as a hydraulic press, and secondary processing performed in-die to avoid having to use a laser cutting machine for trimming.

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Stamping | Articles

Tools for troubleshooting

March 17, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Trial and error is a difficult, time-consuming, and costly way to try out new parts or find the sources of problems in a stamping operation. Vision systems, “action” cameras, die design simulation, and spectroscopic metallurgy analyzers for material analysis can help stamping manufacturers make adjustments on the front end to save time and money by several magnitudes on the back end.

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Finishing | Articles

Greener metal pretreatment process saves manufacturer time, money

March 1, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

When Quality Industries' 20-year-old pretreatment and powder coat system reached the point t which repairing it was too costly, the manufacturer replaced it with new automated system that was less waste-producing and faster. Upgrading its finishing process is part of the La Vergne, Tenn.-based fabricator's strategy to become a world-class supplier.

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Shop Management | Articles

Have a tool- and diemaker shortage?

February 1, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

The skilled-worker shortage has become a much-discussed topic at industry events and conferences, at FABTECH®, around the water cooler, at association meetings, and in trade publications and in general audience media. It’s even a buzzword in the U.S. presidential campaigns.

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Shop Management | Articles

2015 updates for ISO 9001, 14001 align with other standards

January 26, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

In September 2015, the widely recognized global standards body International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released its 9001:2015 standards for quality management systems (QMS) and 14001:2015 environmental management systems (EMS). Key changes to both the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards are that they are structured to align with other standards bodies; are less prescriptive; require greater upper management involvement; and require less documentation but more emphasis on defining processes, risk and opportunities planning, and context.

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Stamping | Articles

Profiles in stamping: John Boughton

November 11, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

When everything hangs on the frame, and you design the frame, everything hangs on you. Profile of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles frame designer John Boughton reveals insights into his 52-year career.

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Stamping | Articles

Manufacturer revives stamping department with overhaul, press rebuild

November 11, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Quality Industries made a U-turn on its decision to let its stamping department stall and has reignited the department’s restart with a press retrofit, quick die change (QDC) equipment, and a new press.

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Materials Handling | Articles

Beltless scrap conveying has come a long way, baby

July 9, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Moving scrap via beltless conveyors has been going on for awhile. But what options are available? Which are best for which applications? Do the benefits of beltless outweigh the drawbacks? Is anything new in beltless conveying technology?

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Stamping | Articles

Stamper performs subassembly superbly

May 21, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

DieMasters Inc. grew from a small diemaker shop to a 100-employee stamping contractor. The company added value to its bottom by making assemblies, which now comprise 70% of its revenue. The assemblies are a metaphoric representation of the company itself, which makes products diverse in every way possible—size, type, market, materials, complexity. While Diemasters’ success is the result of a concerted effort, President and CEO Virgil DeLay pulls the company together and keeps the band on cue with a well-defined production system.

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Stamping | Articles

Large-bed servo press line enhances auto supplier’s efficiency

May 12, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Automotive supplier of seating components Paul Craemer GmbH of Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany, replaced two presses lines requiring press-to-press automation with one 35-foot tall, 48- by 25-ft. servo transfer press.

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Automation and Robotics | Articles

7 Press automation trends lean toward continued integration, acceleration

January 29, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Automation trends culled from FABTECH and other products introduced throughout 2014 indicate more integration, acceleration are to come in 2015.

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Stamping | Articles

Stamper reduces reliance on appliance with 3-D die design software

January 22, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

SolidWorks-based Logopress3™ software with blank prediction, flattening and unbending, round draw, dynamic interference detection and animation, and strip layout capabilities helped Universal Metal Products accelerate its die design and improve accuracy.

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