January/February 2014

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 January/February 2014 issue available online:

Ask the Stamping Expert: What's the best-in-class process for developing a progressive-stamping die?

March 8, 2016


Q: What is the best-in-class process for developing a new progressive-stamping die? A: Many tool builders think the process of progressive-die development is undefined and difficult to predict, and therefore takes way too long. Development is costly. It ties up engineering, design, toolroom...

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cutting time

Cutting time between coils

January 27, 2014


Excessive press downtime between jobs is stamping’s perennial albatross around the neck. To expose the culprits in your shop, try scrutinizing every step in a coil handling system, from the coil itself to the material pilot guides in the tool.

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Coil Fed laser

It all starts with the blank

January 17, 2014

The evolution of precision blanking began with the shear, moved to the press, and now to the laser. Each type of blanking technology, from cut-to-length lines or blanking on a traditional mechanical press to blanking with servo press technology and laser blanking, comes with its own best applications, advantages, and disadvantages.

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Manufacturing Workers

Establishing a die preventive maintenance program, Part II

January 13, 2014


An effective PM for dies can't happen without a skilled, engaged workforce. When it comes to uncovering ideas on how to improve a process, workers are the experts.

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