Types of material, plating, and cost-to-quality concerns are critical for design and fabrication.
The power tool industry holds a unique set of challenges. Designers and engineers have to respond to a demanding combination of high voltages, sharp edges, high revolutions per minute, and operation by a wide range of users, with the potential for some users to be novices.
The design of power tools poses as a test for an engineer’s design capabilities and a manufacturer’s expertise and precision in the fabrication. It is vital to be able to identify those metal stamping solutions that result in the most efficient combination of performance and cost-effectiveness.
Here are three concerns to keep in mind when designing power tools.
The first decision you will need to make is the material for your product. Steel is one of the most popular materials across industries, with a large variety of grades for multiple applications. You will need to decide whether to choose cold rolled against hot rolled steel, each with its own durability, strength, and machinability properties.
Carbon steel is an alternative to steel that offers improved draw quality compared to decreased hardness, while aluminum offers better lightweight and conductivity properties.
Strength to weight ratio
Due to the sheer range of environments and applications in which power tools are used, the ratio of strength to weight is imperative for the success of your power tool. For heavier duty applications, choose robust and durable materials like steel. For smaller power tools for wide consumer use, lightweight materials like aluminum will allow you to offer competent performance at accessible price points.
Quality and cost of steel
One of the most common mistakes is to save on costs by cutting back on quality. This can lead to performance issues or even potential recalls that ultimately hurt your bottom line, not to mention your reputation. With the varieties of steel available, there will be options to meet all your quality concerns will not breaking the bank.
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American Industrial’s new eBook, Metal Stamped Component Concerns in the Power Tool Industry, has much more detail about what power tool designers need to look for in order to produce a successful final product. Inside, you will find in-depth information about how to select material, how to ensure precise thermal and electrical conductivity, and what proper plating and coating mean for you.
Visit us today to download your free copy, and contact us with any questions about designing and producing your next product for the power tool industry.
Know what materials to use, which finishes you need, and comply with environmental standards.
Every industry has unique requirements and considerations of which companies in the space need to keep track. Designers and engineers need to be fully aware of each of these specifications when creating components for use in industry applications.
For the energy industry specifically, metal stamped components or assemblies must respond to a few possible issues that can arise with applications like electric power generation, where the conductivity of metal may be the most important factor.
To achieve the highest quality and cost efficiency when working with metal stamped components for energy industry applications, here are three tips to know when starting out.
When people think American Industrial Company, we hope they immediately think of precision metal stamping. As we have centered our company on the stamping process, as opposed to other manufacturing processes, we certainly hope that is what we are best known for. Here, each day revolves around best serving our customers through precision metal stamping and our main focus, progressive die stamping. (more…)
In a quest to become more efficient, cost effective, and lean, many industries have implemented various automation initiatives into their business strategies. It has been no different for the manufacturing industry. As more equipment becomes automated, manufacturers are utilizing these machines in their production processes.
Investing in automation has certainly become prevalent and it helps manufacturers become more productive and lean. (more…)
High precision metal stampings. Complete turnkey solution. Attention to quality standards. Dock-Stock. What company encompasses all of these qualities? That would be us—American Industrial Company.
Having been founded in 1981, our company is family-owned and is currently in its third generation of owners. Because of our extensive history, we have been able to evolve and keep up with the constantly changing needs of the industry. How so? The investment in today’s technologies. It is understood here that the integration of automation into the manufacturing process helps make it much more efficient and precise. That is why, then, our systems include the highest level of technology—software, equipment, and machining centers all integrated into one engineering system, including electronic and computerized controls and features. This allows for the highest precision in metal stampings.
Our stampings are exactly that—precision, high tolerance, and stainless. Unlike four-slide stampings or deep drawn stampings, our stamping process allows for unlimited precision and form, on the highest grades of alloys with the highest level of expertise. Not only that, but as our name suggests, we are American owned and American made—we have certainly helped contribute to the rebirth of American manufacturing and we are excited to see fellow manufacturers begin to bring their manufacturing back to our shores.
As we move forward with our monthly blog updates, we hope to become your go-to expert on metal stampings, improvements in the manufacturing process, and the state of American manufacturing. We look forward to it!