STAMPING Journal®

May/June 2011

STAMPING Journal® is the only industrial publication dedicated solely to serving the needs of the metal stamping market. In 1987 the American Metal Stamping Association broadened its horizons and renamed itself and its publication, known then as Metal Stamping. Print subscriptions are free to qualified stamping professionals in North America.


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Selected articles from the May/June 2011 issue available online:

Lower-tier suppliers and the automotive recovery

May 11, 2011

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The automotive suppliers who survived the recent economic crisis are smaller than before and their capability to add capacity has been reduced. With predictions of 15 million cars sold in 2011, this is a big concern.

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Determining the flow stress curve with yield and ultimate tensile strengths, Part I

May 11, 2011

Yield strength and ultimate tensile strength can be used to determine the flow stress curve. First, the tensile test reveals tensile force and elongation, which are used to obtain the stress-strain curve, which reveals yield stress and ultimate tensile strength.

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Industrial Senors

Making sense of industrial sensors

May 11, 2011

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Industrial sensors such as movement sensors, angle sensors, contact sensors, are considered common devices, but their use in transfer dies can help stamping companies like Ultra Tool & Manufacturing overcome application challenges.

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Attempting to defy the laws of physics, Part II

May 10, 2011

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It is almost unrealistic to expect some stamped part part features, such as hole position and flatness, to remain within a small tolerancing zone.

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Press transfer

4 steps to press transfer efficiency

May 9, 2011

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Part-holding tooling is a fraction of the total press cost, but it has the most effect on whether a stamping press is running at its peak potential. Taking proactive steps in tooling selection, including working with your supplier, using simulation, choosing the best framework material, and choosing the most suitable end-of-arm tooling, can make all the difference.

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Automated material handling Q & A

February 2, 2011

Editor's Note: This question-and-answer article probes new automation technology with Enrique Pano, ABB Robotics press automation manager.Q: What automated material handling challenges do stampers currently face?A: Stampers have always been pressured to improve material handling while reducing...

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