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Tools for Deep Draw Metal Stamping – Important Facts

Why Tool Design and Maintenance are Critical in Deep Draw Metal Stamping

By Anthony Romero – Sales and Application Engineering Manager

The design of deep draw tooling is based on engineering data, simulation, and external software modified with internal concepts. Some of the items that are considered are work piece material properties, draw reduction ratios, clearances, press speeds, blank holder pressure, and others.

However, there is metal-forming expertise that is involved as well. This is where our toolmakers interact with the assigned engineer to optimize the tooling based on historical data and expert knowledge. As mentioned in our blog on the “importance of mentorship” in our industry, it is crucial for the experienced toolmaker (i.e., the metal-forming expert) to pass their insights on to apprentices in the team. (Check out “The Experts Among Us” by Peter Ulintz in MetalForming magazine, March 2017.)

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Tool set: punches, dies and fingers needed for deep drawn process.

The Many Tooling Considerations in Deep Draw Manufacturing

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Dave Boiano – Mfg. Eng / QA Director designing tools needed for the deep drawn process

We take many considerations into account regarding the tooling for our deep drawing applications and projects. For example, the number of stations is based on the draw and complexity of the part. The photo above shows a process that requires 10 stations and the respective punch and die, as well as the fingers that are required to transport the work piece from one station to the other.

Another variable to be considered is the estimated production volume. The material chosen for some of the punches and dies will depend on this volume and the actual load calculated during the deep draw operation. Special coatings or tool steels might also come into play (carbide coatings, A2, or M2 material), depending on the potential volume and high loading.

Taking Responsibility for Tooling

It is important to keep in mind that a reputable deep draw metal stamper like Prospect Machine Products (PMP) assumes all liability for the tooling for the service life of the work piece – potentially several years. This is a critical concept, since tooling costs can be significant. But with PMP, it is a one-time investment.

Offshore competitors understand this barrier to entry, so they amortize the tooling cost on the piece price to soften the initial financial impact. PMP doesn’t use this somewhat deceptive tactic, since the customer might end up paying several times the initial tooling cost when the project or the production part lasts several years.

Tooling Forensics Extends Tool Life

Another place where the toolmaker’s skill and experience are valuable to the customer is in what is referred to as “tooling forensics.” PMP’s toolmakers inspect all tooling for irregular wear, chipping, or other early degradation after the initial runs and setups.

Then, light design modifications and lubrication changes are made to increase the life of the tooling. This important step has a positive impact in keeping lead times short and helping to ensure on-time delivery (OTD).

Have a deep draw metal stamping project where precision, quality, and on-time delivery are crucial? Email info@pmpdeepdraw.com or call 203-758-4448 X25 for sales and engineering.



Customer Feedback: Critical to Successful Deep Draw Projects and Strong Relationships

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Customer feedback is essential for companies offering a positive and personal customer experience.

By Anthony Romero – Sales and Applications Engineer Manager.

Today’s business environment is fast-paced and highly competitive. Consequently, it is crucial that deep draw manufacturers understand what customers want in order to provide rapid turnaround and satisfying experience, from the initial contact to the final delivery of parts.

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Prospect Machine Products: Assisting Customers Worldwide from Connecticut

By Richard Laurenzi (President)

Like so many small manufacturers in our area, our earliest sales were made in Connecticut, then metro New York and New Jersey, and on to Massachusetts. All these locations were within driving distance for sales calls and deliveries by our founder, Michael Pugliese.

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Pave Your Road to Success by Partnering with the Right Deep Draw Contract Manufacturer

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By Anthony Romero (Sales and Applications Engineering Mgr.)

If you use parts created through deep draw metal stamping, it is critical that you choose the right manufacturing partner. But how do you evaluate potential partners? Following are key supplier attributes you should assess before making your selection.

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Deep Draw Parts & PMP make a presence at the MIV trade show. – Manufactured in Vermont


By Anthony Romero

deep draw parts & pmp at MIVThe Prospect Machine Products (PMP) booth showed all its capabilities with complex geometries, different alloys, and secondary operations. Numerous prospects were fascinated with the full spectrum of deep draw parts and inquired about services.

(Left  photo:  PMP’s president Richard Laurenzi in a technical exchange with a customer.)

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