Rick Nicholson

AP&T North America Inc.
4817 Persimmon Court
Monroe, NC 28110

Phone: 704-292-2900
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Hydraulic Press Hot Stamping

Hydraulic presses for hot stamping meet weight, safety mandates

October 28, 2008


Hot stamping of automotive structural safety components developed in response to mandates levied by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 1 to improve vehicle crash integrity while also reducing vehicle weight to help meet fuel efficiency standards. Heating a high-strength steel (HSS) component of a boron-steel alloy to the austenitic range—a super-heated solid solution state, ~ 1,700 degrees F (950 degrees C)—improved drawability, and then quickly cooling the part in a water-cooled die, or quenching, transformed the crystalline structure, increasing the formed component's strength-to-weight ratio.

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