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April 22, 2013
The growth of the servo-driven press
A metal part from NUCAP, a global stamping supplier of automotive brake components, looks like a classic example of fineblanking, which produces blanks with machined-level precision. Thing is, the Toronto-based stamper didn’t make the... Read more...

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August 31, 2012
Developing a servo press knowledge base
This summer, fire displaced several staff members at Qualtek Manufacturing, a Colorado Springs, Colo., stamper nestled safely in a valley east of the fire line. It didn’t immediately threaten the building, but workers having lunch... Read more...

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June 30, 2010
Challenges, solutions for forming HSLA steel
Over the last several years a trend in automotive design has been more use of high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel in key structural components of the chassis, internal doors, and seating. The goal has been simply to reduce the... Read more...

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November 25, 2008
Servo helps stamper expand capabilities, hold down costs
Evansville, Ind.-based Master Mfg. Co. has built a thriving business as a supplier of high-quality, small metal stampings and clips to the appliance, automotive, electrical, lighting, and other industry segments using primarily four-slide... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
The science behind the servo press
In stamping, when you get right down to it, it's not about tonnage. It's about maximizing energy, or the machine's ability to deliver tonnage, where it's needed most: between the die and workpiece. And until recently the only way to increase... Read more...

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November 6, 2007
Metalforming lessons learned abroad
The U.S. taught the world about mass production, but now it may be time for the teacher to take some notes on flexible approaches to metal forming. After World War II, consumerism in the U.S. required that domestic manufacturers produce large... Read more...

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August 8, 2007
Choose a metalforming solutions partner that can help you increase profits in a lean market
AIDA understands that stampers must respond to market demands or most likely they will not survive. For North American stampers, the need to maintain a competitive profile continues to dictate the necessity for flexible metalforming equipment... Read more...

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July 10, 2007
Mechanical presses primed for powerful performances
Metal stampers are using more high-strength steel, which is more difficult to form than mild steel and requires more tooling stations and press tonnage to produce parts. As a result, stampers are moving away from traditional production methods... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
The modern mechanical press
Photo courtesy of Norlen Inc. A hydraulic press manufacturer made this statement at a recent trade event: "Most mechanical presses function via flywheel motion with a top dead center (TDC) and a bottom dead center (BDC). Full ram... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Total transfer knowledge
Figure 1 A transfer press can produce large, complex parts or support JIT manufacturing. Historically when a stamping job shop required an automated press system, its choices were limited to progressive-die operations equipped with... Read more...

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November 20, 2003
High-tech presses
Figure 1 Complex drive system Stampers are looking to achieve higher productivity, better component quality, longer die life, and increased flexibility. While these capabilities are essential to maintaining an edge in today's... Read more...

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April 10, 2003
Improving perforating die performance
To perforate the part material, the material must fail. The harder the part material, the greater the forces on the punch and matrix become, resulting in sudden shock, excessive wear, high compressive loading, and fatigue-related failures.... Read more...

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January 16, 2003
Tier 1 supplier turns auto industry requirement into opportunity
Parts produced range from window trim, grilles, hubcaps, exterior body side moldings, air bag doors, and mirror sashes to its most recent additions of bus, coach, and lighting components. One of its biggest challenges is to meet the auto... Read more...

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June 27, 2002
Evolution of the beast
Described as a big hammer, a beast, and a cookie cutter, mechanical presses have been the underappreciated workhorses of stamping operations. While the physics of the presses haven't changed—they produce energy needed to force the tooling to... Read more...

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June 13, 2002
Automating reciprocating saw blade production
For more than 75 years Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation ( www.mil-electric-tool.com/site.nsf ), based in Brookfield, Wis., has manufactured and supplied heavy-duty power tools to professional end users. It was the first company to... Read more...

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January 10, 2002
How link motion affects blanking, feeding, and inertia on mechanical presses
Figure 1: Timing Chart for Crank Motion Press, 60 SPM. With a crank motion drive, the crank rotation from 270 to 90 degrees (top half of the press stroke) takes 500 milliseconds, the same amount of time it takes for the crank to rotate... Read more...