Precision metal stamping offers an ideal method for the high-volume production of complex parts. By using advanced computer modeling capabilities, precision metal stamping optimizes the design prior to physical manufacturing to ensure the tightest possible tolerances and most precise cuts and forming operations available.
Benefits of Precision Metal Stamping
The benefits offered by precision metal stamping make it an ideal process for a variety of industries. The main advantages of metal stamping are:
- Ease of operation
Precision metal stamping is typically a fully automated process, enabling manufacturers to conduct operations quickly without incurring additional labor costs. In the instances where human operators are required, the human machine interfaces are user friendly, so that they can be programmed and operated without extensive training or skill.
The precision metal stamping process is ideal for projects which require high volumes of complex parts, as the majority of the costs and labor are incurred upfront during the design process. After this, manufacturers can rapidly and accurately create large quantities of high-quality parts. Larger production runs gain economies of scale, which help to offset any upfront costs associated with equipment setup or tool and die design and fabrication.
Metal Stamping Process
Custom precision metal stamping utilizes specialized machinery to form shapes from flat metal coils or sheets. Precision stamping machinery facilitates many forming and fabrication processes, including:
The most labor-intensive portion of the metal stamping process is the design phase. Designers utilize computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer-aided design (CAD) software to create the final tooling designs. Once the piece is finalized, it can be rapidly produced in high quantities. As such, it is vital that these designs be precise to avoid costly errors during production.
During the production process, manufacturers will load stock metal into the stamping press. Depending on the product’s design, the metal stamping machinery may utilize a variety of techniques to create the desired effect.
Industries that Rely on Precision Metal Stamping
The precision, cost-effectiveness, and quality provided by metal stamping make it an ideal process for a wide range of different industries. Below are some examples of industries that commonly use this process.
Automotive manufacturers are one of the most common users of precision metal stamping. As the lead market for metal stamping, the automotive industry accounted for 34.7% of metal stamping revenue in 2016, according to a study performed by Grand View Research.
Original equipment manufacturers often require high-volume production capabilities. These businesses must produce high quantities of goods in a timely manner without sacrificing quality or complexity. Precision metal stamping enables manufacturers to reduce the overall cost-per-unit. Additionally, the advanced virtual modeling technology offered used early in the precision metal stamping process speeds up production times and allows companies to get their products to market more rapidly.
Precision metal stamping sees frequent use for producing components used in industrial and consumer electronics. Nearly all consumer electronics contain some sort of component produced by metal stamping.
The consumer appliance sector relies on precision metal stamping and microstamping to produce a variety of small precision components used in household appliances.
Precision metal stamping serves the needs of the construction industry by enabling the rapid manufacture of a variety of different products, such as:
- Panel fastening systems
- Complex custom assemblies
- Industrial switches
- Industrial connectors
- Power tools
Products created through precision metal stamping are common in both commercial and residential settings. There are a wide variety of hardware products created through metal stamping, including:
- Lighting fixtures
- Customized switches
Metal stamped components can be designed to provide durability even in harsh or hazardous environments. The HVAC industry often utilizes precision metal stamping for the production of:
- Sealing components
The strength and durability of precision metal stamped products makes it an ideal solution for producers of fire protection equipment. Sprinkler systems and other fire suppression systems often incorporate a variety of precision metal stamped components. In addition to their ability to withstand moisture, pressure, and other harsh conditions, metal stamped products can be designed with high quality aesthetics in mind. This is especially important for certain visible components of fire suppression systems.
Precision Metal Stamping Services from Peterson Manufacturing
At Peterson Manufacturing, we provide both deep-drawn stamping and precision stamping conversions. Our team of ISO 9001:2015-certified experts are able to work with parts that range in diameter from 0.08-2.0 inches (2-50 mm) with a maximum length of 3.0 inches (76mm.) With each and every press, our top priority is to ensure consistent, high quality results for our customers.