What Are the Advantages of Progressive Die Stamping?

With a range of benefits — from more durability to cost-savings — progressive die stamping is the best way to produce countless geometries from a sheet of metal, says Megan Ray Nichols.
What Are the Advantages of Progressive Die Stamping?

Progressive die stamping takes the metalworking industry to the next level with speed, efficiency and accuracy. This powerful and innovative method can boost productivity and help position companies for success. 

With a range of benefits — from more durability to cost-savings — progressive die stamping is the best way to produce countless geometries from a sheet of metal. It allows supplies and manufacturers to work more smoothly with every other part of the supply chain while creating top-quality product components.

Stamping Methods
Die stamping cuts various shapes into a sheet of metal to create a set. These shapes can be the same or have different geometries. They then go through bending and molding to meet product specifications. 

Workers can take several approaches to achieve this goal. Simple die stamping involves one operation at a time. It’s usually most helpful for smaller-scale tasks and supply and demand levels. Compound die stamping is a step up and can handle blanking and piercing processes at the same time.

Progressive die stamping is the most efficient and cost-effective method. These machines carry out every step of die stamping through several production stages and can perform numerous operations simultaneously. This process is invaluable for mechanics and car manufacturers, electronic companies and household appliances.

Speed and Automation
Progressive die stamping is efficient and can work on larger scales, but it’s critical to note that it works fast. Its speed is one of the key advantages, and a reason workers should choose this method over standard ones. 

Since the machine automates the entire process, it can handle everything without humans controlling it. Supervision may be appropriate, but in general, it can run by itself. 

Speed allows the machine to produce more parts in each round. Therefore, the company can assemble larger quantities of vehicles, computers, refrigerators and whatever else they require the metal stamps for. Time directly influences revenue for all businesses — it’s critical to use it wisely. 

Progressive stamping is also faster in terms of installation. Since it only requires one setup, workers can focus on the outcome instead of the technical parts. Methods like simple and compound die stamping require more setups and thus, perform slower. 

The progressive method is the best way to move workers away from tedious tasks like die-stamping so they can attend to more pressing matters. Automation can take care of the rest. 

Less Waste
Progressive die stamping also saves metal and produces less waste. Some forms of die stamping use less of the sheets, leaving the rest blank. In a world where reducing waste of any kind is necessary, workers should turn to the progressive method.

Alongside using more of the metal sheet for blanking and piercing, progressive die stamping also only requires one machine.  Since other methods like simple and compound die stamping operate on smaller scales, workers may require other machinery. The progressive process eliminates this need.

The combination of having one machine and using more of the metal sheet reduces environmental impact. It also saves energy and resources and, therefore, money. This allows the workplace to become as efficient as possible,

Usable Materials
The procedures and machinery that goes into progressive die stamping must be as efficient and sharp as the materials it creates. In everyday life, these metal stamps appear in technology, food packaging, vehicles and tools. For instance, the tabs and lids to soda cans come from die stamping, as can parts of measurement tools like calipers.  

These parts also require a range of specific types of metals, too. Again, progressive methods excel with materials. These machines can process sheets of brass, copper, stainless and non-stainless steel and aluminum. With such high capacities for these metals, a progressive setup inherently works best for any business working with several materials. 

If a manufacturer is only working with one kind of metal, progressive die stamping will still be superior. Due to the single setup it entails, progressive stamping is more compact, less expensive and simpler to work with over simple and compound setups — no matter how many materials workers use. 

More Versatility 
Die stamping setups have become more innovative over the years. Progressive methods have taken on new life and can create countless geometries for any product in the world. With the countless metals they work with, these methods are versatile and can adapt and develop items quickly. 

Progressive stamping can create the same geometry repeatedly and can also produce several different geometries at the same time — meaning one run can create countless geometries. Simpler methods can’t handle such high demands and changes. 

This repeatability and differentiation result in small or large die-stamping and new and old shapes. Workers can better customize and adjust to the products and react to supply chain changes. This versatility allows for getting ahead in the game while still producing high-quality work.

A Profitable Way of Die Stamping 
Progressive die stamping proves to be the superior choice. Businesses can save money due to its speed, automation, versatility and reduced waste. Wiser use of materials and energy means manufacturers save money over time. Progressive die stamping is a win-win across the board.
About the author:
Megan Ray Nichols is a STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) writer and regular contributor to The Naked Scientists, Thomas Insights & IoT Evolution. She can be reached on megan@schooledbyscience.com

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