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.
October 14, 2008
Stamping parts with vegetable oil is becoming more a reality every day. For a metal working lubricant—whether it be soluble, semi-synthetic, or synthetic—to be USDA-classified as biobased, it must contain, at minimum, 40 percent to 57 percent of renewable resources. Just because a product is biobased, made from a varying percentage of renewable resources, it does not necessarily make it readily or ultimately biodegradable. Green lubricants offer enhanced lubricity and a high viscosity index. These oils are less toxic to the environment and are easier to dispose.