Metal stamping commonly refers to the process of cutting and shaping metal alloys into particular forms and are widely used as components for large machinery or structures. It is regarded as the most economical and profitable way of producing several kind of metal products on a large scale. Generally, metal sheets are molded into varied shapes to be used as day-to-day products such as, pans and cans. Steel, zinc, nickel, aluminum and titanium are the most common alloys used for metal stamping.
The process of metal stamping is widely acclaimed in the industries that have a need for shaping metal at cost effective rates. With the help of advanced and innovative technology metal stamping industry is able to quicken the pace of production while keeping the cost of the end product low.
Nowadays most of the manufacturers use metal stamping to reduce the cost of production. Metal stamping saves both time and money enabling the manufacturers to sell their products at affordable prices.
Custom or precision metal stamping is used to create metal products exactly according to the size and shape needed by them. The method involves the pressing or stamping of the metal in dies or press tools and provide it the ideal shape. The end product obtained is exactly according to the needs and preferences of the customer. Custom or precision metal stamping is widely used in several industries such as construction, electrical, bearing, automotive, medical and janitorial.
ESI Group has announced the release of its PAM-STAMP 2G 2004 software. This software has been created to assist stamping operations in design or optimization of an operation. According to ESI, the software has been designed to allow stamping evaluation, forming process validation as well as quality and tolerance control monitoring. New features include retrofitting applications, web-based reporting to allow for information sharing between locations, and an improved Distributed-Parallel-processing solver for multistage forming operations.
Another type of die protection system is widely used in the Precision metal stamping industry industry, a sensor is mounted at the die plate or spring stripper to monitors the gap between the stripper and die surface. This gap can be as fine as .00004 inches (1/1000mm), By monitoring these subtle deviations in stripper position or die height, it can detects misfeeds, pulled slugs, double hits or other abnormal conditions. The protection system can be applied to any stamping operation with speeds up to 2500 machine cycles per minute (SPM).
Once the machine is at production speed, the upper and lower limits are automatically adjusted based on your stamping process. Unfortunately, the detection will happen always after the punch and die is in contact. In short, damages had already done to the tool.
Nowadays metal stamping companies are producing and designing top notch quality products, re-engineering the existing products at highly cost effective rates within the stipulated deadline.