Selected articles from November/December 2009 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
While some stampers have experienced demand losses when their clients set up manufacturing facilities offshore, others have successfully co-piloted their customers' global expansions to supply to them in their new digs. In each case, the stamping manufacturers produce unique, and sometimes difficult-to-manufacture components and assemblies; and they have strong relationships with domestic customers that migrated offshore.
Stamping high-strength steel, rather than mild steel, requires a different press system design approach. Standard presses are not designed to withstand the forces associated with HSS. A link drive can reduce the impact when the upper die touches the blank holder,and a heavier-than-normal press frame minimizes deflection.
Some stampers have adapted to their customers' global expansions by producing unique and sometimes difficult-to-manufacture components and assemblies and maintaining strong relationships with their domestic customers that have migrated offshore.
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