Advantages of In-Die Tapping with Precision Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

October 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

Metal stamping operations across the globe are largely universal, and in most cases, the common procedures in the manufacturing process are the best choices in terms of efficiency, cost, and accuracy. However, there are times when choosing one specific method of performing an operation over another can change the results in all aspects of production. At Thomas Engineering Company, we have over 50 years of experience with changing technologies, stamping operations, and materials, giving us the mastery to provide expert precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

An example of two metal stamping methods that are often disputed in the industry are different techniques of accomplishing tapping. Tapping creates threads in a part that makes up the female half of a male/female system. For example, the nut in a nut and bolt system. The two disputed methods of tapping are in-die tapping and off-line tapping.

Off-line tapping, or tapping in an additional operation with a secondary tapping die unit, is the traditional method of tapping. While this method is beneficial for highly complex or unusual parts, it inevitably adds time to the stamping process. Secondary tapping units are also only built to tap a specific part, and building a secondary tapping die to accommodate a new part adds cost and even more time to the process.

In-die tapping combines the stamping and tapping process into one. While this requires a new unit that accommodates both tapping and stamping as well as the training for and understanding of in-die tapping, the end results of an in-die tapping system will benefit the stamping company and the clients in several ways.

Advantages of in-die tapping affect the production cost and timeline of the stamping process, decreasing both and creating a highly efficient, streamlined operation. Similarly, in-die tapping also reduces the labor requirements needed to complete an order, which in turn allows an increased production rate for orders of all sizes. In many cases, in-die tapping can also improve part quality overall because it allows for higher thread quality and tapping precision.

While Thomas Engineering Company makes full use of in-die tapping in most cases for its numerous advantages, we also provide off-line tapping when its necessary to the production of any specific part. For more information about precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact us at (763) 533-1501 today.

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One response to “Advantages of In-Die Tapping with Precision Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN”

  1. Accuracy and quality are essential in a metal stamping product. I have always found the manufacturing process so interesting. What I did n’t realize is that there are so many different methods of metal stamping. There are definitely benefits to both off-line and in-die tapping, as you explained. Thanks for sharing!

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