Sheet metal stamping is one of the most cost-effective ways to produce a high volume of identical parts at a rapid rate. While using a combination of dies and stamping presses, sheet metal can be pressed or transformed into the desired shape by feeding the raw material between die sections and applying pressure to the material. The flexibility and durability of sheet metal allows for this transformation to take place into the desired shape; however, this transformation must occur under tons of pressure using a specialized machine to apply this pressure.
To effectively transform the sheet metal, thousands of pounds of pressure are required. This can be done using different types of presses such as servo-drive, crank-drive, and hydraulic-drive presses.
With an automated blanking punch press system such as the 440-ton blanking line above, an uncoiler holds the raw material until it is ready to be used. Once production is ready to begin, a straightener pulls the coil material from the uncoiler into the ultrasonic loop control (gives direction to the straightener using ultrasound) and a servo-feeder motor then pulls the material from the loop and into the punch press (tool). The servo-feeder is fully programable and allows for control of the feed length and pilot release.
During the press brake operation, other specific metal forming processes can occur at the same time. These specific processes can include:
While stamping can be a cost-effective production process for both low and high-volume parts, it has its own set of advantages and disadvantages depending on the application.
Some advantages to using a punch press system include:
Some disadvantages include:
Being an important production process that reaches a variety of industries, sheet metal stamping is an essential production operation that touches our daily lives in some way. From stamped parts inside the vehicle you drive, to the oven you cook your food with, you are encountering stamped metal parts. Have a project you would like our engineers to evaluate for a cost-effective production solution? Reach out to us today at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.