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January 17, 2014
It all starts with the blank
In metal forming it all starts with the blank. After straightening, the blanking operation usually is the first that touches the coil strip. The quality and cost of making that blanked sheet metal part affects other operations. In effect,... Read more...

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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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September 10, 2010
Tier stamper improves mechanical press productivity with transfer retrofit
Situation A Midwestern manufacturer sought to improve productivity on its nearly 10-year-old Verson transfer press. Although the press was in good condition, the original ETF transfer, which had endured 28 million press hits, was causing... Read more...

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November 20, 2009
Mild steel to HSS: Not just a spec change - Part II
Editor's Note: This is Part II of a two-part article. Part I focuses on the press technology available to form and cut high-strength steel. Considering the higher capital investment of servo presses compared to mechanical presses, stampers... Read more...

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September 25, 2009
Mild steel to HSS: Not just a spec change - Part I
Editor's Note: This is Part I of a two-part article. This installment focuses on the press technology available to form and cut high-strength steel. Part II outlines cost efficiencies that stampers can realize with presses that are equipped... Read more...

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September 30, 2008
Keeping hydroforming competitive
The market for hydroformed parts is substantial and diverse. Today's hydroformers make a multitude of components by forming tubes into various hollow shapes and sizes for use in the automotive, aerospace, plumbing, and appliance industries.... Read more...

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October 9, 2007
Retrofit Rxfor automaker's aging press
Aging presses can pose challenges, from maintenance to unavailability of obsolete spare parts to performance limitations on new or complex applications. For metal forming processes requiring deep or off-center draw operations, a bed cushion... Read more...

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August 8, 2007
Maintain a reliable press system with today's competitive pressures
Each press shop is unique in terms of equipment, people, skills and budgets available to support maintenance and engineering. Schuler has developed an "a la carte" service and engineering offering that can be tailored to specific goals and... Read more...

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June 12, 2007
Flexibility in the press shop
The influx of European and Asian automotive manufacturers into the North American market, along with increased outsourcing of stamped parts, is creating both opportunities and challenges for the tier and general stamping industry. To stay... Read more...

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September 12, 2006
New forms for modern autobody stamping
With the introduction of stronger safety legislation and increased fuel prices, automotive manufacturers must respond with higher car body stiffness for safety and lower body weight for fuel efficiency. The fields of materials development,... Read more...

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May 9, 2006
A new use for hydraulic presses
Because of the increased use of high-strength steel for automotive safety components, a metal forming process called press hardening has been gaining attention for developing lightweight automotive components. The process uses hot stamping... Read more...

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July 12, 2005
Draw cushions for mechanical presses
The draw cushion (also called the die or bed cushion) is one of the most important parts of a single-action draw press. It has considerable influence on part quality. The main function of the cushion is to provide a flexible, controlled... Read more...

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January 13, 2004
Hydroforming heats up
Hydroforming at Higher Temperatures The majority of hydroforming knowledge is based on steel. Steel's characteristics make it a favorable choice for many products, and steel has been the dominant material in many industries, especially... Read more...

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November 20, 2003
Shipyard uses laser-GMAW hybrid welding to achieve one-sided welding
Many miles of weld must be performed on ships fabricated at the Jos. L. Meyer GmbH shipyard. Ships can be as large 162.5 by 975 ft. and 162.5 ft. high. Many miles of weld must be performed on ships of this magnitude.... Read more...

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October 23, 2003
Pinpointing future laser welding markets
While some laser welding equipment manufacturers are thriving right now, others still fight a battle as old as the technology itself—gaining acceptance for equipment that carries a hefty initial price tag (albeit one that can... Read more...

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September 25, 2003
Hydraulic presses make their mark
Just like hydraulics technology itself, the market for presses based on it is fluid and dynamic. And for the first time in a while, the tide may be turning in favor of its practitioners. As many manufacturers report prosperity and strong... Read more...

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July 24, 2003
Tier 1 supplier builds four-stage competitive strategy
F & P Manufacturing Inc., a Tier 1 automotive supplier, is no stranger to competitive and financial pressures. Unrelenting competitive pressures come from the many other Tier 1 suppliers looking for opportunities to increase their slice of... Read more...

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April 24, 2003
Truckin' along through a stamping plant
The earlier cab models were built in a facility that was converted in 1921 to produce the model S truck line, a truck with a 1.5-ton load capacity and a top speed of 30 MPH. The company determined that it could not competitively launch a... Read more...

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September 26, 2002
Absolute Control: Implementing a master control system for hydraulic press lines
Companies are beginning to realize the importance of practical recycling, efficient use of space, employee safety, and profit recovery. As a result, many companies today are compacting their stamping scrap by chopping it into small pieces. Scrap... Read more...