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Metal Stamped Parts for the Military and Defense Industries

Defense and aviation equipment – from equipment trailers to aviation equipment to armored ground support vehicles – rely heavily on metal stamped components. Metal stamped parts are crafted from sheet metal, which is formed into a predefined shape by highly specialized metal stamping machinery and supporting software.  In the production of essential components, like aviation gauges or segments of a tank, end users require part reliability and high performance. Precision metal stamping is critical to the manufacturing process.

metal-stamping-military-defenseDue to the extremely complex nature of engineering military and defense equipment and the involvement of high-level mathematics and calculations, component measurements and requirements are stringent with little to no room for deviation. Additionally, there are strict requirements manufacturers of these parts must adhere to—known as Mil-Spec. Production of these parts requires advanced technologies, precise processes, superior quality assurance tools, and reliable machinery to ensure product repeatability over high volumes.

Materials Used for Military Manufacturing

With a vast range of applications across military and defense, metal stamped components have broadly differentiated demands regarding part durability and part aesthetics. These key considerations are crucial as they may directly or significantly impact the decision of what material to use. Typically, metals used for military manufacturing include:

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Steel

Steel variations include stainless steel, cold rolled steel, and high carbon steel. There is an additional benefit to laser cutting steel, as the precision nature of the laser results in the most efficient use of materials.

Manufacturing Metal Parts for Military Applications

Created by the Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) aims to reduce costs and improve operational effectiveness while also linking the DoD with other military and civil communities. Under this program, strict requirements and regulations are defined for manufacturing Mil-Spec components. Successful manufacturing of Mil-Spec components requires:

  • Operation with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Production capabilities that include tightest tolerances
  • Performance of detailed quality assurance verification and removal of any defective parts

metal-stamping-military-defenseIn general, manufacturing for military and defense applications involves a clear emphasis on precision, performance, and efficiency. Extreme attention to product detail remains critical throughout the production process, as do skilled craftsmen with a proven dedication to quality standards. Additionally, manufacturing Mil-Spec components requires product durability and dimensional and tolerance repeatability across production runs.

Manufacturing of military equipment parts includes the fabrication of sheet metals. Equipment containing metal components can include everything from tail landing gear, to firearm triggers, to torque wrenches. Regardless of the end use, Mil-Spec relies on using high-quality equipment capable of maintaining performance during high-volume production, as well as effective quality assurance tools and procedures to intercept any potential defects.

Working With American Industrial

With more than 30 years of experience, American Industrial Company (AIC) is an American manufacturer and frequent fabricator of parts and components for the military and defense industry. Our advanced capabilities include custom laser cutting and precision metal stamping and assembly.

Incorporating technology supported quality assurance methods and exhibiting a high level of attention to detail ensures our products meet or exceed Mil-Spec expectations and simultaneously minimizes defects and maximizes efficiency. Our 25,000-square-foot facility near Chicago O’Hare Airport houses our expansive inventory of specialized machines and equipment and serves a wide range of clients in the North American market.

We take great pride in our highly skilled employees who support the high standards and expectations we strive for at AIC. These talented and diverse individuals, combined with our organizational experience and manufacturing capabilities, enable us to consistently provide quality parts that demonstrate metal stamping precision and expertise.

Learn more about our American-made solutions, capabilities, and benefits specific to your needs by contacting us.

Why Metal-Stamped Components are crucial for the Aerospace Industry

Commercial aviation manufacturers continually strives to improve their vehicles’ fuel economy and passenger comfort. Additionally, aerospace OEMs must adhere to stringent safety guidelines as specified by governments and industry groups. These competing pressures mean that aviation components must be designed to the tightest tolerances possible. At every step of the process, from concept to tooling to production, aerospace manufacturers must satisfy strict quality standards.

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Many aerospace manufacturers are able to meet the slew of requirements through the use of metal stamping. This technique allows manufacturers to create high-quality precision components that can meet strict specifications. It can also work with and produce metal parts of all sizes, granting aerospace manufacturers a wide range of abilities when using this technique. This has led to a broad spectrum of aerospace equipment that owes its creation to the innovative use of metal stamping.

Providing Accurate Components Across the Industry

Aerospace industry regulators require manufacturers to adhere to rigorous quality controls and provide ongoing documentation to comply with national and international standards. One of the most important metrics that aerospace projects must satisfy is AS9100, which is part of the ISO 9001 aerospace standards. In order for aircraft to be approved by governmental bodies like NASA, the DoD, and the FAA, it must first accord with AS9100.

AS9100 standards require aerospace manufacturers to document all processes they use to design and fabricate components. This enables inspectors to better locate errors in the production process in case malfunctions occur later down the line. Stringent documentation also helps manufacturers review production plans so they can identify areas in which they can improve their processes, helping them produce sufficient quantities of parts that satisfy demand.

Every aerospace manufacturing project must prioritize component reliability. Because even the smallest types of aircraft are highly complex machines, each component within them must be ready to perform with maximum accuracy at all times. It’s a constant challenge in aerospace manufacturing to find the highest-value components while staying within demand and budgetary constraints.

Common Types of Metals and Applications

Metal stamping allows aerospace manufacturers to efficiently work with high-quality metals using cost-efficient and time-efficient processes. This technique can work with broad range of high-quality metals essential to aviation projects, such as:

  • Steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Aluminum
  • Galvanized steel
  • Cold-rolled steel
  • Titanium

Aerospace vehicles contain metal components of all sizes. From the airframe all the way down to the nuts and bolts, metal provides for durability, strength, and functionality. Manufacturers use a variety of metal stamping techniques to create products ranging from:

  • Larger components such as airframes, brackets, and seat components
  • Smaller components such as bolts, screws, studs, pins, nuts, and fasteners
  • Flat connection systems
  • Signal and power systems
  • Communication devices such as headsets, handsets, and press-to-talk systems
  • Power distribution systems and controllers

Learn More About Our Custom Metal Stamping Solutions

American Industrial is one of the United States’ leading metal stampers. Our 25,000-square-foot facility just outside of Chicago partners with aerospace manufacturers across the country to produce quality precision metal components for a wide variety of aviation applications. We provide complete, turnkey packages using state-of-the-art stamping equipment and techniques. 

We offer a full range of precision metal-forming processes under our stamping and assembly services umbrella, including: 

  • Forming and bending
  • Progressive stamping
  • Blanking
  • Secondary stamping
  • Piercing
  • Shallow draw stamping
  • Coining
  • Laser cutting

We also provide additional processes, such as:

  • Deburring
  • Finishing
  • Machining
  • Welding 

reach out to our team to learn more about our metal stamping capabilities.

AIC On the Front Lines: America’s Household

Located in the heart of the Midwest, American Industrial Company (AIC) has delivered high-quality precision metal stamping services for almost 40 years. Filling orders from our 25,000-square-foot facility in Gurnee, IL, our metal stamping services enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of a wide variety of appliances.

Whether you need fastening components for a refrigeration unit or industrial mounts for wraps, AIC’s American-made solutions will meet all your household appliance needs.

Applications

We offer stamped metal solutions from brackets to bolts to complex contact elements. Each piece delivers the precision, polish, and functionality to match your specifications without sacrificing durability and efficiency. Our metal stamps can withstand hard and repetitive use, and they hold up against inclement weather, extreme temperatures, and wear and tear.

Find our metal stamps in:

  • Ranges, ovens, and cooktops
  • Outdoor grills
  • Outdoor, indoor, and industrial refrigerators
  • Freezers and ice machines
  • Trash compactors and disposals
  • Microwaves and toaster ovens
  • Industrial mounts and dispensers for wraps, tapes, and foils
  • Custom lighting and light boxes

We also craft fastening components for products including furniture, luggage, packaging, and industrial machines. Our range of products, from simple latches to complex pneumatic contact elements, literally hold our world together.

We work with you to incorporate unique finishes, designs, and polishes into all our components to match your product’s branding, and we ensure that all processes meet our high precision and craftsmanship standards. Our elite industry specialists produce all metal stamps in-house.

Capabilities

End-product manufacturers use our components in a wide variety of appliances. We work with the materials you specify to give you the product you deserve.

Some materials we work with include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Copper
  • Carbon steel
  • Bronze
  • Brass and corrosion-resistant brass
  • Specialty alloys

Using these materials, we’re a one-stop-shop for services including:

We also offer specialized services such as:

  • Heat treating
  • Electroless and electroplating
  • Screen printing

On top of these services, we provide state-of-the-art prototyping, producing quality products for testing and marketing. Our full suite of ISO 9001:2015–certified manufacturing equipment guarantees that we’ll fill your order without delay.

American-Made Excellence

We pride ourselves on our experience, our employees, and our American-made solutions. From prototyping to finishing, we’ll help you craft the perfect parts for your appliances. We’re proud to offer turn-key solutions for your tool-making, forming, design, stamping, and finishing necessities, and we’ll work relentlessly to ensure that every client walks out our door satisfied.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of working with a full-service stamper and discover why we might be the right metal stamper for you, download our guide on finding the best metal stamping solutions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about our precision metal and custom appliance stamping.

AIC on the Front Lines: America’s Miners

The robustness of manufactured products are crucial to the success of mining operations, and American Industrial understands the importance of precision tools in the mining industry. The harsh environments in which workers, parts, and equipment need to operate demand durability, accuracy, and safety to ensure that operations continue smoothly and efficiently with minimal downtime.

Leaders in the American Mining Industry

Being an established manufacturer since 1981, American Industrial provides excellent quality products to our clients. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, we follow best practices in our manufacturing operation to ensure quality and safety.

These standards enable us to fabricate premier products within given design parameters using precision processes such as close-tolerance stamping and precision machining. Using hot rolled and cold rolled steel, we’re capable of meeting the stringent demands and tolerances of a variety of applications within the mining industry.

Hot Rolled Steel

In the hot rolling process, steel is first heated above its recrystallization temperature – typically above 1,000° F for most types of steel. After heating, the steel becomes malleable, which allows it to be easily molded into a wide range of desired shapes and forms. The steel contracts as it cools, which offers reduced control over the size and shape.

Hot rolled steel is recommended for:

  • Large products with easily manageable tolerances
  • Designs where exact dimensions are not required
  • Applications with strict budget requirements
  • Fabricating hot rolled bars and sheet metal for construction, welding, and other applications

Cold Rolled Steel

Cold rolled steel is a refined form of hot rolled steel. Cold rolling refers to the additional processing the steel goes through after the hot rolling process. Cold rolling involves strain hardening, which occurs when the hot rolled, cooled steel is rerolled once it reaches room temperature.

Cold rolling increases the strength and hardness of the steel, ensures a smooth finish, and allows for increased precision and meeting exact design dimensions.

Cold rolled steel is recommended for:

  • Small products
  • Products with demanding tolerances
  • Applications that require highly durable steel

Cold Rolled Stamped Box Filter Assembly for the Mining Industry

Recently, we manufactured a cold rolled stamped box filter assembly at the request of a prominent mining industry client. They required a custom solution to filter out fine dust and particles during mining operations. The solution was integral to improving quality of life and safety for the miners.

We set our most experienced design engineers and technicians to work laying out a production plan. The box filter was manufactured from cold rolled 1008/1010 steel with 12-gauge galvanized wires. Despite the custom nature of the project, we completed design, fabrication, and delivery in only 10 days while adhering to our high-quality in-house practices.

 

Download our free eBook guide for comparing and evaluating the various grades, composition, and applications of cold rolled steel

Material Selection Guide - Cold Rolled Steel

AIC for the Mining Industry

American Industrial Company (AIC) is proud to be an American manufacturer and reliable contributor to the U.S. mining industry. With more than 37 years of experience in the precision metal stamping industry, we offer advanced solutions at great costs – all while providing safe environments to our workers and boosting the domestic economy.

Our ISO 9001:2015 certification attests to the quality and precision we uphold in our operation every day. Our expertise, flexibility, and experience ensure have helped us to earn the trust of clients from a comprehensive range of industries and applications.

Contact our experts today to hear more about hot rolled steel, cold rolled steel, or to discuss how we can help with your unique application,

AIC on the Front Lines: America’s Builders

American Industrial Company (AIC) takes pride in being an American manufacturer with an intense focus on creating American manufacturing jobs and quality products. From our Midwestern facility in Illinois, our dedicated staff assists a wide range of customers across myriad industries with the design and fabrica

tion of metal stamped parts that meet the most stringent standards in the industry.

Whether we are inside our own manufacturing facility or working with customers across the United States, providing safe conditions for our workers and top quality products for our customers are our two highest priorities. Our ISO 9001:2015 certification speaks to our commitment to quality management and represents our pledge to our employees and customers.

Metal Stamping

The metal stamped parts we fabricate for the construction industry must be durable, able to withstand hard uses, and resist exposure to all manner of elements—from brutal weather fronts to sub-zero temperatures. Metal stamped parts must also hold up to repetitive and aggressive employ, resist wear and tear, and tolerate the impacts and lifting associated with building operations as they are implemented to support current or future populated structures.

At AIC, we have been contributing to American manufacturing, across diverse industries, for almost four decades—everything from dental offices to homes, from skyscrapers to tools.

Our metal stamping serves the needs of applications large and small, such as:

Carbon Steel Metal Stamping: Progressive Die-Stamped Wear Plate

Carbon steel is idyllic for pipelines, structural beams, axles, and gears. It is ductile and easily molded into myriad shapes that can serve a variety of purposes. At AIC, we are often called upon to produce carbon steel to an exact specifications, such as:

  • Strength
  • Hardness
  • Toughness
  • Tight tolerances
  • High levels of complexity

We were approached by a prominent manufacturer for the construction industry about designing a wear plate that adhered to a very specific set of durability requirements and difficult geometric tolerances. We developed a progressive die stamping method which enabled us to meet all of the complex bends, angles, and strength requirements of the application. Within two weeks, we designed the wear plate, fabricated 150,000 units from cold rolled tempered steel, treated the wear plates with nitrocarburizing treatment to guard against corrosion, and delivered to the customer.

Spring Steel Stamping: Shear Block

At AIC, we fabricate custom-made precision dies that play a major role in American manufacturing. These dies enable the fabrication of custom precision parts that meet a range of extremely tight tolerances requested by clients.

For example, a client approached us for a custom shear block that required coining and extruding, which means die tapping and eliminating the entire post framing process. Requirements for the finished part were 3.45- by 2.554- by 0.093-inches in thickness. Through the use of high-quality materials and advanced heat treating processes, we were able to design and fabricate a part that required no secondary finishing. This enabled us to manufacture and deliver on the order in advance of the client’s deadline.

AIC Supports the American Building Industry

American Industrial Company brings nearly four decades of key contributions to American manufacturing to the table. We are humbled to see our innovations at work every day at U.S. construction sites. American manufacturers offer advanced technologies at a great cost while providing safe environments for American workers. American-based manufacturing boosts our domestic economy, and it is through American ingenuity that productivity and innovation thrive.  

To learn more about what our team of American manufacturing experts can do for you, please contact us or download our eBook, Made in America: AIC’s In-House Capabilities.

 

 

 

 

Services of an Optimal Metal Stamping Vendor

Choosing a Metal Stamping Vendor

The U.S. manufacturing industry produces almost 20% of the world’s goods and continues to look for innovative technology and techniques. These constant updates means there are many options when choosing products, services, and associated vendors. With this variety of choices, it may seem difficult to differentiate between each company. If you’re searching for a metal stamping vendor, there are four distinct factors to consider.

Question Their Services and Capabilities

As you begin the search for a metal stamping vendor, learn what specific services and capabilities the manufacturer provides. Stamping can be one of many available processes, including coining, progressive stamping, piercing, and shallow draw stamping, so it’s important to understand precisely what services are offered. Additionally, many companies have ancillary services that can reduce delivery time and costs.

When you are talking to metal stamping companies, consider the following questions:

  • Do they have the necessary capabilities to meet the requirements of your project?
  • What specific services are offered and how might they benefit your company?
  • What are their material capabilities?
  • Is the company using the most current AutoCAD and Edgecam software?
  • What are their testing procedures for material hardness, as well as destructive and non-destructive testing?

Supplier Capacity

You should also think about the overall capacity of the metal stamping vendor. Some suppliers only serve large volume customers, so if you’re a hobbyist or inventor looking for limited production, it may be harder to find a vendor that can meet your needs in an efficient and timely manner.

When investigating supplier capacity, ask the vendors:

  • At what capacity do you primarily perform?
  • Is my project a good fit for your capacity?

Look for High-Quality Practices

When selecting a vendor, make sure they are committed to the quality of their output. Suppliers who are focused on this will have specific programs in place, such as capacity studies, statistical process control, and quality assurance systems.

To better understand what steps a vendor is taking to ensure quality, ask:

  • Do you know the industry standards required for manufacturing my part?
  • How often do you perform tooling maintenance?
  • What quality assurance measures do you have in place to prevent mistakes or defects?
  • How do you test the parts you produce and how do you document your testing?

Delivery Track Record

Once you have found a vendor that meets your quality and capacity expectations, ask about their delivery record. A reputable company will have documentation to show they meet the timeline requirements of their customers.

Questions to ask:

  • Do you have documentation that shows you can deliver on time?
  • What will you do to ensure on-time delivery if there are disruptions to your supply chain?

 

A Metal Stamping Vendor for Your Project

American Industrial Company has been serving customers for over 33 years. Our goal isn’t just to meet your metal stamping needs; it’s to exceed your expectations.

To learn more about picking a metal stamping vendor for your project, download our eBook, What to Look for in a Metal Stamping Vendor.

 

 

 

Key Benefits of Working with a U.S. Manufacturer

The old saying “you get what you pay for” still holds true today––particularly when it comes to manufacturing. For those looking to get the best value for their money in a manufactured product, you should look no further than your own backyard. While the allure of cheaper products may be drawing many companies to look abroad for manufacturing partners, there is tremendous advantage in using a domestic-based manufacturer instead––especially when it comes to quality.

There’s a reason American manufacturing has been known for its high quality for more than a century. In the United States, there are many standards and regulations in place to ensure that manufacturers are selling their customers the highest-quality products. American manufacturers are also known for using advanced technologies in high-grade facilities to produce consistent products supported by exceptional customer service.

When working with a manufacturer in the United States, you can rest assured knowing that the workers making your product are working in a safe environment with the proper amount of labor protection. Unlike many other nations, the United States enforces strict labor laws and safety requirements to protect workers operating in potentially hazardous work environments. The United States also has more intellectual property laws in place than many other nations, helping to safeguard your ideas and trade secrets against competing companies.

One of the greatest benefits, however, is the proximity that you’ll have to the manufacturing process. Because your product won’t need to be shipped halfway around the world, you can be sure that it will get to you much sooner­––and at much less cost. With less travel time required, there is also less chance that your product could be damaged during transit or become lost or displaced.

Should an issue arise, the closeness of a U.S. manufacturer means they’ll be able to inform you of the problem much sooner and rectify it before it causes significant delays. If the manufacturer is close enough, you may even be able to visit their facility to see their operations for yourself and weigh in on the finished product before it ships.

Maybe most importantly, working with American manufacturers helps support local companies and provide jobs––providing an overall boost to our domestic economy.

About AIC

At American Industrial Company (AIC), we pride ourselves on being an entirely American-based manufacturer. Our facility is located in the heart of the Midwest in Gurnee, Illinois. It is here that our talented team designs and manufactures all of our parts, ensuring that each product meets the highest of industry standards. Within our facility, we demonstrate an ongoing commitment to providing a safe and comfortable work environment for our team with our current ISO 9001:2015 certification.

We are experienced in providing a number of manufacturing services for our customers with a commitment to satisfaction and quality. We work closely with our clients throughout the entire manufacturing process––from initial design to final product––to ensure that everything we produce not only meets customers’ desired requirements, but exceeds them. Our in-house capabilities include metal stamping, laser cutting, prototyping, design and engineering, tooling services, and other value-added services.

If you’re looking for an American-based manufacturer who offers a large selection of customization options, a full range of in-house capabilities, and a demonstrated commitment to quality and reliability, consider working with AIC.

To learn more about what our team of American manufacturing experts can do for you, download our eBook today!

Common Applications for Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, and Non-ferrous Metals

Metals, collectively, provide a versatile and adaptable range of construction materials for countless applications. They are widely available in different compositions with various physical and chemical attributes. However, what makes metals unique is the ability to customize their properties by combining them with other metals to create alloys. Specific properties can be intentionally modified to make them fit for environments that would otherwise be unsuitable.

Each metal or alloy comes with its own unique set of benefits and limitations that lend themselves to different ideal uses. Selection of the most appropriate metal is, therefore, of utmost importance to achieve the best results for a particular metal stamping project.

In this article, we will look at typical metals used in the metal stamping industry, their most common applications, and their primary weaknesses.

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is the most common type of steel used today. The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) defines carbon steel as steel with a carbon content of up to 2.1% by weight. It may also contain traces of other elements such as chromium, cobalt, nickel, and titanium, among others.

One of the most desirable properties of low-to-medium carbon steel (0.05% to 0.6%) is its malleability and ductility. It can be easily bent, cut, twisted, and welded to create a wide range of shapes. This makes it ideal for auto parts, pipelines, structural beams, axels, and gears. High carbon steel (0.61% to 1.5%) is considerably stronger, and is commonly used for metal and woodcutting tools such as axes, drills, saws, and knives.

Low carbon steel, however, possesses a relatively low tensile strength, making it unsuitable for applications where the material will be subjected to high levels of stress. On the other hand, while the yield strength of high carbon steel is significantly higher, it is difficult to weld and susceptible to brittle failure.

Stainless SteelCommon Applications for Carbon, Stainless, and Non-ferrous Metals

Stainless steel is a carbon steel alloy with at least 10.5% of chromium by mass. Stainless steels are renowned for their superior corrosion resistance, which increases with increasing chromium content. This steel alloy is usually combined with other elements such as molybdenum, and nickel to further enhance corrosion resistance.

Due to its excellent balance of strength and corrosion resistance, stainless steel is used in numerous sectors, including the food and beverage, medical, automotive, and aerospace industries. It can be rolled into sheets, bars, and wires to be used in cookware, cutlery, surgical equipment, kitchen appliances, and sanitary piping fixtures.

One of the main disadvantages of stainless steel is its considerably higher cost when compared to carbon steel. This extra cost is usually due to the addition of alloying elements.

Non-ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals are a subdivision of metal elements and alloys that do not contain iron. Examples of non-ferrous metals include titanium, aluminum, tin, lead, zinc, chromium, copper, and brass. Unlike ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals do not rust when exposed to atmospheric conditions.

Non-ferrous metals possess several desirable properties such as a light weight, electrical conductivity, non-magnetic properties, and corrosion resistance. Depending on the actual metal used, these metals can be used in a wide range of applications, including electrical circuits and wiring, aerospace components, jewelry, and automobile parts.

Although the price of non-ferrous metals varies according to the specific metal, they are generally more costly than ferrous metals. Also, even though their light weight can be advantageous in some situations, they are typically excluded from use in applications where strength or heft is required.

Learn MoreCommon Applications for Carbon, Stainless, and Non-ferrous Metals

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of various types of metals can help in predicting the overall quality and effectiveness of the material in a given environment, which can ultimately save time and money in your metal stamping application.

To learn more about how we can assist you in selecting the optimum material for your unique application, download our eBook, Key Strengths & Applications of Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, and Non-ferrous Metals or contact us today.

A Closer Look: How Metal Stampings Work

Metal stamping is used across a huge range of industries. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) typically utilize metal stamping to produce parts in situations in which casting would be too expensive. Metal stamping is much more cost-efficient, as sheet metal is easily recyclable.

OEMs, especially those in the automotive, appliance, and aerospace industries, often drive the need for metal tooling. Some OEMs produce their own stamped metal parts onsite, while others outsource to Tier 1 suppliers. These suppliers build the dies for stamping down the line.

Metal Stamping Components and Processes

A metal stamping operation involves a metal being cut and formed into a desired shape or profile. Three basic items are essential: the metal from which the part is to be made (typically steel, though all kinds of metals can be used, including golds and advanced super alloys), the stamping press, and the stamping die. During metal stamping, a flat metal sheet, also known as a blank, is pressed between a die and a punch to achieve the desired shape.

These parts comprise the press:

  • Blank — The portion of the metal that is punched through the die
  • Die — Defines the outside shape of the part
  • Punch — Defines the inside shape of the part
  • Ram — Component that presses down on metal with upper die pattern
  • Bolster plate — Stationary lower part of the die
  • Blank holder — Holds the blank for control during stamping

As blanks are punched out of the sheet metal, they come through the die, which is built with a slight angle so blanks don’t get stuck inside. Punch presses are powerful machines. It takes about 71 tons of pressure to cut a 10” circle out of 0.125” sheet metal. Modern presses range from 10 tons to 50,000 tons of force.

There are a number of workers involved in the metal stamping process. A machinist cuts die components to correct dimensions. A diemaker tests dies for consistency and assembles stamping tools. A maintenance technician repairs and maintains stamping dies, correcting any problems.

Some parts require further work after stamping. During deep drawing, for instance, a flat blank is slowly drawn over a forming die to achieve the desired shape. Excess material is cut from the deep drawn metal. The metal might then need to be flanged.

Metal Stamping Services From American Industrial

American Industrial’s metal stamping services include progressive die stamping, coining or shallow draw stamping, blanking, piercing, laser cutting, bending, and forming.

Our manufacturing operations are designed for forming of a wide range of materials. Some of the most common materials we work with include stainless, cold/hot rolled and galvanized steels, aluminum, brass, copper, and high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel.

Metal stamping is used to create a huge range of products, including many everyday items. Common household products, such as washers and dryers, are made using a sheet metal stamping process. The flatware we use for eating, the pots and pans we cook with, and the soda cans we drink from are also manufactured partially with metal stamping.

Learn More

Ready to learn more about the uses of benefits of metal stamping? Read more about American Industrial’s metal stamping capabilities, or contact us today to discuss your specific needs with an expert.

3 Steps to Sourcing Materials for Manufacturing

Sourcing materials is essential to ensuring a project runs smoothly and cost-effectively. Vendor qualification serves as an important step to ensuring a successful sourcing process. Each project requires a different set of standards and can determine a vendor’s ability to match your needs. For example, your thermoforming vendor will be quite different from your precision metal stamping vendor.

material sourcingBy qualifying vendors, a company gains product and service consistency to its desired requirements. Going forward, they also have a tried-and-true choice to source materials from.

1. Set a process

Initiating and maintaining a process for vendor sourcing allows for consistency and proper analysis of vendor selection each time. First determine material specifications. Know what your goals are and be able to interpret these to the potential vendor. This will allow you to properly evaluate the validity of a sourcing partnership.

Next, establish fee restrictions, as well as any service requirements. Once you evaluate risk, set up and send out questionnaires to potential vendors. Within these steps, material failure evaluation is crucial. Understanding the risk associated with a vendor and their supplied materials helps prevent catastrophic failures in manufacturing.

2. Customize a questionnaire

Beyond the general and informative questions, include questions that are specific to the type of vendor you are looking for. A customized questionnaire will help to ask questions specific to the manufacturing process that could impact your project’s timeline.

While it’s great to get specific with your questions, avoid invasive questions. Asking about a manufacturer’s backend finances may deter the vendor from completing the qualification questionnaire. Treat the questionnaire as an introduction to what vendors can expect from working with your sourcing company.

3. Track and EvaluateMetal Stamper Must-Haves

If you have a set process and questionnaire in place, it only makes sense to have a set evaluation process, as well.

Recording capabilities, certifications, quality assurance, equipment, referrals and more lets you put the data side-by-side. Each candidate will have to stack up to your standards at the very least, with one prevailing above the rest as the vendor for your project.

As metal stamping experts, our staff at American Industrial Company created a helpful guide for choosing a metal stamper. Access our Metal Stamper Must-Haves Guide for useful information on sourcing companies and vendor selection. For more on selecting the right vendor, especially for metal stamping, get in touch with our team today.