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How to Choose a Metal Stamping Manufacturer

Choosing the Right Deep Draw Metal Stamping Manufacturer

how to choose the right metal stamping manufacturer

When searching for a deep draw metal stamping manufacturer for your next project, it is critical that you select a company that is experienced and can deliver on time and within your budget but also be the best fit for a long-term relationship for your investment. Close consideration of the supplier’s industry experience, engineering skills, high quality standards, company reputation and capacity are all factors that are important to your decision.

Deep draw metal stamping is a manufacturing process that utilizes transfer press technology, as well as a tool and die set to form a sheet metal into a specified shape and size. Industry experts use the deep draw metal forming process to produce a wide variety of durable and nondurable goods components. Deep draw metal stamping is well-suited for large volume production runs in various types of metals. 

Why Reputation Matters

It is important to choose a metal stamping partner that not only has the metal stamping capability needed to produce a part but also offers complete support through the entire project including:

  • Design and engineering services– The supplier should be able to address a wide variety of issues from overall part concept to design to the manufacturability of the product. 
  • Flexibility– A good supplier will be responsive to demand fluctuations and willing to work with you to solve problems or changes from prototype to production.
  • Attentiveness– A deep draw partner should have a whatever- it- takes attitude to deliver the most complete part and provide the best customer experience possible.
  • A robust supply chain- From raw material sources to post-production sources for heat treatment, electroplating, bulk and precision cleaning, and customer-specific packaging.
  • On time delivery– A deep draw partner will strive to meet customer’s delivery expectations.
  • ISO Quality standard– Having the ISO certification indicates that the supplier follows the standard’s processes for each production phase.

Such offerings help shorten production timelines and reduce production costs. 

Look at Industry Experience

It is important to understand the experience a metal stamping manufacturer has specific to the industry whether it’s aerospace, automotive, appliance controls, medical devices, sealing technologies, bearing components, builders’ hardware or plumbing and HVAC. They should then be familiar with any requirements or restrictions specific to the industry.

Learn about their Production Process

The deep draw process is considered advanced metalworking and it is essential to work with an experienced manufacturer for the utmost precision and accuracy of the finished parts. The supplier’s in-house development team of engineers and toolmakers are the essential liaison to the customer’s requirements.

For over 70 years, Prospect Machine Products has provided deep draw technology solutions for its customers in many industries.  Make the right choice. Choose Prospect Machine Products as your supplier for your next  deep draw project.  

Contact us for your next project

Contact us today to book an appointment or to get a quote for your next deep draw metal stamping project.

We are proud members of the PMA (Precision Metalforming Association)

How Deep Drawn Metal Stamping Can Save You Money

How Deep Drawn Metal Stamping Can Save You Money

how deep drawn metal stamping saves money

Deep drawn metal stamping is an essential metal forming process for a wide variety of industries throughout the U.S. and the world. When the depth of an item matches or exceeds its diameter, the metal forming process is referred to as deep drawing.

Money Saving Advantages with Deep Draw Services

Perhaps the biggest advantage of utilizing the deep draw process is the cost-savings that it can provide when compared to alternate metal forming methods. It can replace other more costly forms of metal stamping, machining, tubing, and casting, which require multi-process machining and increased material utilization. The deep draw process saves you time and money through the efficient use of material and the ability to perform multiple, complex steps in one machine and in one process.

With deep draw, a wide variety of features can be added to the machine during the metal forming process including:

  • Rolled threads
  • Side wall piercings and lancings
  • Dimensioned dimples and spherical shapes
  • Fold overs, angled edges, and chamfers
  • Tabs, straight or bent, in the side, bottom, or top
  • Formed grooves
  • Beads: round, square or shaped
  • Smooth finishes
  • Embossed markings: weekly and daily dates, patent numbers, and logos

Another significant savings is the elimination of secondary mechanical operations.  The capability of deep draw transfer press tooling allows for a 360 degree operation of many of the features listed above. In addition, more than one customized feature can be accomplished on one part during the transfer press process. Past conversions eliminating secondary operations have reduced the cost of the component by half. 

A number of these features to eliminate secondary operations were achieved through inventions as attachments to the machine itself to supplement the conventional tooling while other features were achieved through the ingenuity of tool and die makers. When calculated into the total volume of parts required for the order, the savings to the customer is a game-changer.

Deep drawing is economical in more ways than one and is particularly valid when high volumes are being manufactured. Once tooling is complete the deep draw process is good for millions of parts with minimal down time through minor tool adjustments and repairs. In addition, tool costs are generally lower than other metal stamping tool costs.

Scrap reduction in raw material is one of the biggest savings achieved through deep drawing. This occurs through the separation of the workpiece from the metal strip in the very first operation in the transfer press rather than carrying the workpiece plus the strip through the progressive die process.

Furthermore, deep drawing from Prospect Machine Products is a great solution for any metal forming process that requires one or more of the following:

  • Seamless parts: deep drawn parts are created from a single piece of sheet metal.
  • Fast run times: large quantities of products are easily manufactured through deep drawing
  • Deep drawing delivers remarkable detailing and precision

Contact our experts!

Prospect Machine Products works with our customers from the beginning of the design stage to ensure an optimal design suited to the deep draw metal stamping process. We then determine the best materials, tooling, and process solutions for your product. We have over 70 years of experience in the industry to help you with all your metal stamping needs.

To find out if deep drawing is right for you, call us! PMP is the perfect place for your next project! Contact us for a quote today!

What are the benefits of using deep drawn metal stamping for car parts?

Seldom seen, always essential.

 

deep drawn auto parts

Types of Deep Drawn Automotive Components

Deep drawn automotive components can be found in several places in the cars we drive today. While you may not be able to see these parts, they are necessary when it comes to the operation of our cars. When you tune into your radio, deep drawn components are in the antenna system. When you steer your car, there are deep drawn components in the steering wheel and front end suspension components which allow you to turn and steer your vehicle with ease.

Prospect Machine Products has the capability to produce various auto components through the deep draw process including:

  • Engine control components for fuel efficiency consumption
  • Temperature regulation components
  • Sealing applications
  • Dashboards
  • Seating
  • Steering column areas
  • Frame and suspension assemblies
  • Antennas
  • Oxygen sensors
  • Power outlets

Benefits of Using Deep Draw Metal Stamping for Car Parts

The automotive industry is one of the largest markets to utilize deep drawn parts. There are several benefits for using deep draw metal stamping for car parts as it is an economical way to fabricate a range of various components in several sizes, shapes, complexity and precision.

One of the major advantages is that deep drawn auto parts are formed with a solid wall around the entire diameter. The benefit of a seamless construction is that components are leak-resistant, waterproof and airtight. 

Another advantage of using deep draw for car parts is the increased strength properties making parts more durable under harsh automotive conditions. During the deep drawing process strain hardening occurs. Strain hardening (also called cold-working or work-hardening) is the process of making metal harder and stronger through plastic deformation. The strength of the metal is increased, and ductility decreases.

Deep draw stamping is the quickest and most cost-effective method for high volume production runs. Deep draw transfer presses, such as the ones used at PMP, allow for greater flexibility for adding secondary operations into the machine helping to reduce the outside secondary operations and added costs.

Sheet metals ideal for the deep draw stamping for car parts include aluminum, brass, cold rolled steel, copper and stainless steel.

The Process for Deep Drawn Auto Parts

The deep drawn stamping process is a practice of forming a flat piece of sheet metal into a die to make precise, round and shaped components. This is achieved by feeding a coil of flat metal into a press with stations of tooling, each performing repeated operations on the metal until the final shape is complete.

The first station cuts a blank from a strip of sheet metal. The blank is a flat circular piece of metal that will eventually turn into a finished part. The blank is then pushed into a die by a punch forming a cup shape and through subsequent stations, will be drawn out to length. After drawing the metal to length, the remaining stations will add any additional required features and trim off any excess material. With automated transfer presses moving each part from station to station, the deep draw process is very efficient, and by using the detached blank from the coil of raw material to travel through stations of the transfer press, raw material scrap is greatly reduced. 

Furthermore, the process for deep drawn auto parts can be broken down into the following steps:

  • Design review through 3D CAD
  • Press selection
  • In-house tool build
  • Equipment setup
  • Sampling/PPAP
  • Final production

Want to discuss a design or project?

Our deep draw metal stamping experts at Prospect Machine understand the importance of effectively producing automotive components required to complete the assembly of a vehicle.

Contact our Deep Draw Specialists at PMP to book a meeting or get a quote today

What is Tooling?

punches, dies and fingers needed for deep drawn process.

What is tooling? 

If you look up the word tooling in a dictionary you will likely find a definition along the lines of “The planning, making and arrangement of tools for a particular manufacturing process.” 

Tooling is the task of developing and engineering the products or “tools” and equipment required to produce and manufacture a part or assembly. Think of a cupcake. Without a cupcake pan you would not be able to continuously reproduce the same shape. 

There are many different types of tooling but what is tooling in manufacturing? Tooling used in manufacturing, also known as machine tooling, is an important part of the manufacturing process. When a unique piece of equipment coupled with unique tooling is needed to carry out a manufacturing operation, it would be considered “tooled.” 

Why is tooling important?

Tooling is a critical part of the manufacturing process since the precision and characteristics of the tooling define the quality of the finished goods. More importantly, properly designed tooling allows for a product to function properly, repeat results, reduce man hours, etc. As a skilled tooling manufacturer, PMP is able to deliver well-designed and well-made tooling specific to the deep draw metal forming process. This allows for manufacturing processes to be quicker and more cost-effective. Proper tooling also improves reliability, repeatability and reduces time related to repairs and maintenance.

Final parts always need to be within a specific tolerance to function properly. If the tooling is not made properly, the final part can be unsuccessful and may end up with faults indicating that they can break or degrade quickly. Tooling failure can lead to production delays, lost time or even part rejection.

A successful tooling process starts with designing tools to best meet critical features and functions of the part. We build tools in-house which allows us to control quality and tool delivery lead times. Next, our tool makers set in and adjust tools as needed to produce first piece samples for customer approval. The tooling process can range in cost due to many variables such as the number of operations to complete the part, part complexity and required tolerances. The tooling charges at PMP encompass the tool design for the part, building the machine tools and all activities to produce PPAP or first piece samples for customer approval. Here at PMP, the tooling charge is a one time charge and covers the design life of the current part revision.

Why Use Tooling for Metal Forming? 

Tooling plays a vital role in the metal forming process and the mode in which the deep drawn process takes place.

The tooling process helps deliver an efficient production process which allows manufacturers to provide high-quality and customized products while still retaining affordable production costs.

The tooling process for the manufacture of deep drawn metal forming requires engineering and niche design principles not used in other forms of manufacturing. The combined experience of our design and tool building teams ensure proper selection of tooling materials that guarantee longevity while maintaining customer required tolerances and minimal variation between runs. The deep draw process uses hardened tooling materials, such as steel,  which can withstand multiple production cycles allowing the deep draw manufacturer to produce high volumes of parts. Soft tooling would not be an optimal choice for deep draw metal forming as it only allows manufacturers to produce samples and prototypes and lacks the durability or wear resistance for high volume production. 

Think about that cupcake pan again; you are using a “tool” to make many cupcakes for years to come! 

Want to discuss a design or project?

Do you have a deep draw metal stamping project that would be best handled by a provider that truly understands the customer experience and is committed to your success?

Contact us and schedule a meeting with our Tooling Specialists at PMP today!

Email info@pmpdeepdraw.com or call 203-758-4448

Karen McWhirt, President of PMP Chats with Ari Santiago in Made in America Podcast

Karen McWhirt, President of Prospect Machine Products, a deep draw manufacturer, chats with Ari Santiago in this week’s Made in America podcast episode!

Karen McWhirt, President of Prospect Machine Products, a deep draw manuacturer chats with Ari Santiago in Made in America Podcast

October is manufacturing month and what a great way to celebrate! Manufacturing month honors modern manufacturing and is meant to encourage the next generation of manufacturers.

I had the opportunity to tag along with Karen to sit in on the recording of the Podcast. It was such a fun and engaging experience and I was surprised to learn upon our arrival that there was no editing!

Karen McWhirt, President of PMP, a deep draw manufacturer

Karen and Ari touch upon many pertinent topics in today’s manufacturing industry including:

    • Women’s everchanging roles in manufacturing and the strengths they can bring into the deep draw stamping environment
    • Working with CONNSTEP (Our statewide MEP) and SMA (Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut) and the beneficial services that they provide such as networking, training, and support of small manufacturers in Connecticut
    • 5s and how it has positively impacted our business in the deep draw metal stamping industry
    • How people, technologies, and processes are the keys that we need focus on for our future success and to continue to be relevant as a deep draw metal stamping manufacturer
    • How the latest information technologies in sales and marketing have brought us deep draw stamping business and as Ari mentions,” lean into the changes and not to be afraid of them if you want to continue compete.”

Tune in and learn more by watching the full episode here!

Podcast website: http://madeinamericawithari.com/

YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151

Apple podcast link: https://tinyurl.com/y3olg8e3  

Have a deep draw metal stamping project that would be best handled by a provider that truly understands the customer experience and is committed to your success? Contact us! Email info@pmpdeepdraw.com or call 203-758-4448, X25 for our Sales Manager, Nicole Spaeth.

By Nicole Spaeth, Sales Manager at Prospect Machine Products