There are several methods used to shape metal parts in today's manufacturing industry. Of all these technologies, metal stamping is arguably the most cost-effective and popular metal working method used by manufacturers.
Components stamped with Metal Stamping China have multiple operations as they pass through various stations. These processes include punching, extrusion, blanking, bar pressing and tongue cutting. Each process has a different basis, allowing administrators to mix and match the sequences needed to produce the highest quality product at the lowest possible price.
Five tips for successful continuous mold Design:
#1 -- Determine the direction of the product:
The design of continuous molds depends primarily on how products or components pass through them. A challenging phase of progressive die (continuous die) design is the rotation of parts along the metal strip. In most cases, rotating the component to optimize the material is often the only option. In other cases, you need to make a trade-off between component rotation and CAM Angle. This directly affects your mold and tool costs and design.
Another factor that determines the orientation of the component is the lift required to transport the strip from one stage to another. However, you can design your continuous die and tools so that the part rotates well so that you do not need to lift it. Alternatively, you can eliminate the need for a lift when molding tools upward. If parts are formed in the opposite direction, you can make subtle adjustments in terms of material use optimization, tool complexity, and overlift.
Another factor to consider when shortening material feed is component rotation. If the feed is shorter, it has fewer problems and runs faster. If there is a large gap between the width and length of your components, your design will be more effective if your progressive die has shorter leads.
#2 -- Determine the feeding method of parts:
The way each component is handled will directly affect how you feel about the raw material, whether the strip is lifted during feeding, and the quality and consistency of the output. Carrying components requires specific configuration. Your other option is to place the part on one side of the strip. However, in this case, lifting the material belt is more difficult. You will need to use the lift in the strip center.
Another option is to use a ladder style to host the components. This is more effective for complex components or components that require more lift. Engineers work on tool and die design and must ensure that the appropriate vehicle is used to accomplish this task.
#3 -- Pilot:
To determine the pilot in this step, the engineer and die designer must consider the configuration and tolerance requirements of the customer and project.
#4 -- Ensure the blanking plan:
The blanking plan is an essential part of the continuous die design. Several factors must be included, such as the weight of the component, the shedding pin, and the type of carrier used. Therefore, the manufacturer must develop a blanking strategy from the beginning to ensure that the continuous die design process is effective.
#5 - Determine the exact number of sites required:
After completing the continuous mold design, you should confirm the number of work steps required for the project. If this is not done initially and the quantities do not match, the final design may damage the molds you currently have. Complex progressive die (continuous die) automatically indicates that you need more work steps. Again, if the design is simple, you can reduce the number of sites. If you need to add more workstations later, you may compromise the integrity of the progressive die (continuous die).
Producing high quality and cost effective molds requires a deep understanding of:
Basic knowledge of sheet metal stamping dies
Foundation of continuous mode
As molds become more complex, decisions that depend on the basis of mold design become more critical. When you evaluate and weigh strategically, you end up with the best output. Your result will be a powerful progressive mold (continuous mold) that you can easily maintain. This results in consistently superior quality in every component.