• Stamping 101: Anatomy of a hydraulic press - Presses of all types—mechanical, pneumatic, servo, and hydraulic–have their place and offer unique advantages. However, over the past 50 years, hydraulic presses have trended toward greater utility. Today's hydraulic presses are faster and more reliable than ever, and the technology… READ MORE
  • Closing the Skills Gap With Sheet Metal Fabrication - New technologies are blurring the lines between CAD/CAM software and equipment to overcome training gaps, enabling more manufacturers to enter sheet metal fabrication. However, even with this technology, following best practices in part design is essential to ensuring that components… READ MORE
  • Stay with mechanical or go to servo? That’s the question for metal stampers - As manufacturing progresses through the 21st century, stamping manufacturers keep on searching for a better mousetrap that will help them be more efficient and effective today and in the future. When you are looking at purchasing a new press and… READ MORE
  • Understanding Metal Stamping - Metal stamping is a cold-forming process that makes use of dies and stamping presses to transform sheet metal into different shapes. Pieces of flat sheet metal, typically referred to as blanks, is fed into a sheet metal stamping press that… READ MORE
  • Different Types of Metal Finishes - Metal finishing is the final step in the manufacturing process used to provide aesthetics and environmental protection. It is also used to reduce surface roughness beyond the capabilities of machining operations for parts that must mate or seal. It also… READ MORE
  • Rotary Punching Applications In Roll Forming - The roll forming industry has used rotary punching for many decades. Technically, rotary punching is considered a secondary operation in the roll forming process, but it can be incorporated in-line easily enough to eliminate unnecessary material handling costs in large… READ MORE
  • Stainless Steel Fabricating Processes - Due to its versatility, there are a wide range of stainless steel fabricating techniques. It may be helpful to review some of the processes involved in order to better understand the benefits and disadvantages of the different types of stainless… READ MORE
  • Basic Raw Materials Involved With Metal Fabrication - Metal fabricators have numerous standard raw materials at their disposal that can reduce cycle times and workflow. This guide discusses the various types of raw materials that are typically used in metal fabrication. Metal fabrication is the creation of metal… READ MORE
  • Why a sheet metal fabrication business added panel bending to its arsenal - Picking up and starting over doesn’t apply just to individuals. Sometimes companies need a reset too. Joe Bean purchased a 65,000-sq.-ft. building in Franklin, Tenn., in early 2021. It was to be the new home for FlexMet Inc., his precision… READ MORE
  • Air-bending sharp on the press brake: A fight not worth fighting - Question: We recently replaced our 15-year-old punches and dies with new tooling. Our old tooling still dictates our 3D modeling, and I have been tasked with changing the 3D modeling parameters, along with adjusting our press brakes to produce more… READ MORE


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