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Advantages of In-Die Staking for High Quality Custom Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

January 11th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Precision metal stamping is a complex process with many advanced operations at each stage. Each part alone demands its own variations on the process, and to manufacture an original part means establishing an original variation of operations that creates a process virtually unique to the production of that part. As a custom precision metal stamper, Thomas Engineering Company has years of experience in creating new procedures that in turn create new parts. For all your custom stamping needs in Minneapolis, MN, you can count on TEC’s skilled engineers, state-of-the-art stamping equipment, and quality production assurance.

Some of the most crucial aspects of our abilities in custom stamping are our in-die techniques. These range from tooling, staking, tapping, and spot-welding, each of which is just as important as the next in its own right. In-die staking, for example, is necessary for permanently joining two components of a part with a hole-plug connection.

In-die staking—as opposed to a secondary staking procedure—provides a number of benefits for our custom stamping customers.

Accuracy is greatly improved with in-die techniques, including in-die staking. The high level of precision made possible by in-die staking eliminates any slippage in staked connections, deformation left by even minor misalignments during the staking process, and any other errors made by a less than perfect operation.

 Speed is also increased significantly with the abilities of in-die staking. Getting rid of the need for any secondary operations to fully complete staking components streamlines the multiple processes involved in stamping. Reducing the time needed to complete production on any given part also allows for the minimizing of energy and labor used in manufacturing.

Cost is, of course, the standing question. TEC custom stamping is so valued amongst our customers because we are consistently able to provide the same high-quality parts at a faster and cheaper rate than companies who do not use in-die operations. Thanks to procedures like in-die staking, TEC engineers and customers don’t have to sacrifice time and money for the quality of a part.

For more information about how our in-die operations add value to our parts and to learn about our custom stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company at (763) 533-1501.

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Basic Terms and Techniques Used for Precision Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

December 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Manufacturing industries across the U.S. provide the basic parts and materials for industries further along the supply chain, and despite the foundational qualities of the products that many manufacturing companies create, the design and production process is often just as complex and demands just as much research and attention as the process for products made by companies catering to the individual, public consumer. Thomas Engineering Company provides precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, and as such, falls in the industry between manufacturers providing raw materials and companies assembling parts or selling the final technology to the consumer.

Like most companies in the metal forming industry, we haven’t chosen an easy job. However, each day we strive to improve our designing and prototyping techniques, selected materials, and stamping operations. Some of the basic engineering and stamping functions we use to ensure quality are described with the following terms:

 Finite Element Analysis (FEA): In broad terms, FEA is a method of troubleshooting when it comes to part and prototype design by breaking down a complex equational analysis of part limitations into simpler and more applicable equations. This technique is commonly used in many fields of engineering and at several levels of manufacturing design. FEA allows for a better representation of geometry, material properties, localized effects, and a final solution.

 Lean Manufacturing: Just as it sounds, lean manufacturing aims to cut down on waste created during the production process. Today, lean manufacturing has become a highly-systematized methodology, beginning with the stability of production and ending with delivery and packaging costs. Waste related to excess burden, sporadic or disorganized workloads, and other man- or machine-related causes should be eliminated with a focus on lean manufacturing.

TEC uses the information gained from these systems and techniques, among many others, to produce the high quality, precision stamped parts our customers need. For more information about precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company at (763) 533-1501.

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Thomas Engineering Company, your high speed precision metal stamper, purchases new press.

December 28th, 2016 · No Comments

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Thomas Engineering Company, your high speed precision metal stamping company, has added to their extensive range of Presses with a recent purchase of a brand new 30 ton Yamada Dobby High Speed High Precision Press. We believe in utilizing leading precision metal stamping presses. Yamada Dobby High Precision Press Machines have been working with remarkable results in the production of minute parts of high precision since 1961.

This is the second precision metal stamping press Thomas Engineering Company has purchased over the past year. The first  purchase in 2016 was a Bruderer Press (60 ton) and our newest Yamada Dobby Press (30 ton). As a result of this expansion, TEC has increased their capabilities to provide precision metal stamping products for a wider variety of industries. These are complemented with a comprehensive range of secondary processes including in die and off line tapping, in die spot welding, in die staking and mechanical assembly.

Thomas Engineering Company has supplied high reliability products for aerospace, automotive, defense, electronics, medical, and telecommunications for more than five decades and has an extensive track record in providing precision metal stamping with the most demanding technical challenges.

What can we stamp for you? For more information please contact Thomas Engineering Company at (763) 533-1501 today.

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Creating Quality User-Based Design With the Benefits of Rapid Prototyping in Minneapolis, MN

December 21st, 2016 · No Comments

The metal stamping industry has created thousands of parts for over a hundred years, but the concept of part design has rapidly changed since the late 1970s as the development of viable rapid prototyping techniques increased each decade. Today, rapid prototyping and computer-aided design plays a vital role in the creation of most new parts. Thomas Engineering Company continues to take full advantage of the many benefits this design process provides, and TEC engineers base the conception of almost all of our precision stamped metal parts on our capabilities with rapid prototyping in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Rapid prototyping provides the obvious benefits of saving time, materials, and cost in part design and manufacturing, but the process also offers some unexpected benefits when it comes to creating high quality designs, based on the user.

 

Speed is advantageous for TEC engineers and our customers alike, but the time-saving features rapid prototyping offers also open the door to creating user-based designs. The turnaround for creating designs is so fast that our customers are able to understand the process and see the creation of their part unfold in a succession that allows for better user-centered designs based on the following benefits of innovation, customer relations, and feedback.

 

Innovation is important for the invention of any new part designs, but to create optimal user-based parts, innovation is especially important for allowing our engineers to see the use of a part through the eyes of our customers. Rapid prototyping allows for the cultivation of innovation without the loss of time and materials spent on creating a prototype designed without the help of CAD/CAM software and additive manufacturing.

 

Feedback is also improved with the abilities of rapid prototyping. Because information is made so available between client and engineer during the design process thanks to rapid prototyping, our customers are aware of the progress of their part at each step. This feedback plays a great part in further improving user-based design and customer relations.

 

Relationships between customers and TEC engineers benefit from the incomparable abilities of rapid prototyping largely because of feedback. Not only does designing a part to exact customer specifications become more readily available through rapid prototyping, but the fast relay of information about any given design is also visually available with rapid prototyping software, improving both TEC’s customer service and our engineers’ abilities to design user-based parts.

 

For more information about user-based designs and rapid prototyping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company at (763) 533-1501 today.

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Producing Quality Parts with Method Management and Decision Making for Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments

For over 50 years, Thomas Engineering Company has consistently produced quality parts and continued navigating new technology developed within the metal forming industry. Our engineers and technicians are highly experienced and capable professionals, and our equipment is state-of-the-art stamping machinery, but TEC has remained a leader in the precision stamping industry for other reasons as well. With organized method processing and management, TEC engineers are able to utilize highly-efficient decision making to produce quality parts with metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

On a daily basis, our engineers process three main inputs to determine the usable methods regarding the design and manufacturing of each part:

  • Knowledge: First and foremost, TEC engineers make use of their own knowledge and understanding of the materials, operations, and designs they work with. Knowledge can also come from external sources and new information in the industry. Experience, education, training, and situational awareness are all parts of the knowledge TEC engineers hold. As a company, TEC has its own knowledge gathered from 54 years of precision stamping experience
  • Data: Raw numbers, computational readings, statistics, prototypes, and more, fall into the category that is considered as data. This data is a compilation of all facts our engineers gather during the design and manufacturing process. This raw data is used as a base for the direction our engineers will take when producing any specific part. Prototypes, troubleshooting, and final parts rely on the day-to-day collection of data
  • Information: When knowledge has been put to use and significant data gathered, TEC engineers can utilize this to create the input of information. At TEC, information is considered vital for understanding the method to the production of any part. By using the meaningful data and the knowledge our engineers possess, the processing of information allows for analysis, contextualizing, and organization.

Thomas Engineering Company has been an industry leader with precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, for many decades because we’re able to use these three inputs for effective method management and decision making. For more information about our services, contact TEC at (763) 533-1501 today.

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Join Us in San Jose, CA, for the 2016 BIOMEDevice Event to Learn More About Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

December 6th, 2016 · No Comments

The annual BIOMEDevice show exhibits over 350 innovators, engineering and manufacturing leaders, and technology expos in the medical device industry from across the globe. The BIOMDevice show features the best and newest in Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M), including industry giants like Phillips-Medisize and Mitsubishi Electric. Thomas Engineering Company is proud to stand alongside these representatives of medical device excellence at the 2016 exhibition. Join us at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA, on December 7-8 to learn more about our role in the medical device industry with metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

The San Jose BIOMEDevice show is one of the best opportunities to learn about revolutionary designs and new engineering in the medical device industry. The two-day exhibition opens the door for communications, problem solving, and head-to-heads with people dedicated to improving all facets of medical device design, manufacturing, and packaging.

TEC attends the BIOMEDevice expo each year to exhibit our own innovations and achievements in contracted stamping and the manufacturing of precision parts. Our booth will feature current information about TEC’s production of electronic components and medical device components as well as our thin stamping, in-die operations, and rapid prototyping abilities.

The BIOMEDevice show is a great opportunity for TEC customers and students of stamping to learn why TEC has long been considered a leading precision metal stamping company in Minnesota and surrounding areas.

Checkout more information about the event here, and join us at the San Jose Convention Center for the two-day event filled with informative conferences, panels, exhibits, booths, tours, and open convention for all the latest medical device technology.

The show runs from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 9th.

Look for Thomas Engineering Company at Booth 1322 in the Contract Manufacturing aisle of the main floor, and meet with our team to talk about our abilities in precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, or call us at (763) 533-1501 today for more information.

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Improving Your Experience With Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

November 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Thomas Engineering Company (TEC) has been a leading company in the metal stamping industry for over 50 years, but we’re continually searching for new ways to improve our production, products, and service. We are committed to providing our customers with the high-quality parts they need, but we also place great importance on excellence in customer service and supply management. TEC offers a stress-free experience for reliable, quality precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

 

There are many components that go into creating a comprehensive, quality experience with Thomas Engineering Company. Every aspect of our services supports the balance of the TEC experience and each are equally important to maintaining excellence.

 

Quality Assurance: As an ISO 9001:2008 registered manufacturer, we have a proven system that guarantees quality and reliability in our products. Our Quality System promotes excellence and is documented and audited. It gives TEC guidelines for improving production and services in all areas.

 

Just-in-Time Delivery: One of the greatest advantages to our clients in terms of supply management is our just-in-time delivery system. Not only do we provide parts with consistently unsurpassed precision and quality, but we’re also able to meet your unique schedule and demands for new parts. This delivery system keeps away worries about negative down time and standing operation costs, giving you a stress-less TEC experience.

 

Communications: We take pride in our ability to provide excellently-stamped parts, but we also place great importance on the relationship between TEC and our customers. Quality customer service and client relations are crucial to sustaining a great TEC experience. Our staff follows TEC guidelines for continued communication and customer involvement throughout the stamping process.

 

Manufacturing: Offering a great experience with TEC comes down to providing a product that is reliable, precision-based, and made with high quality materials. With the extensive experience of our engineers, high-grade raw materials, imaging and process control software, and well maintained, top-of-the-line equipment, TEC is able to provide customers with products that meet a superior caliber.

 

All of these facets of metal stamping production make up the TEC experience. If you’re looking for the best services for precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company at (763) 533-1501 today.

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Advantages of In-Die Spot Welding Techniques for Precision Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

November 10th, 2016 · 2 Comments

At Thomas Engineering Company, we continually strive to improve our production process and our products. When it comes to bettering performance and the quality of parts stamped on our floors, our value-added services are one of the vital aspects of TEC engineering. Many of our value-added services are designed to streamline the production process and improve the precision of stamped parts. As one of these services, in-die spot welding provides several advantages to TEC’s customers and for precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

Spot welding is a crucial stage in the manufacturing of many different parts. The traditional form of spot welding, however, demands a secondary operation which adds several disadvantages, such as time and cost, to the manufacturing process. At TEC, we take advantage of in-die spot welding, when part design allows, a process that provides the following benefits:

 

  • Time Reduction: Because in-die spot welding combines the stamping and welding stages into one die, it completely streamlines these aspects of the manufacturing process. The incorporation of these stages into one die saves TEC engineers time in production and gets finished parts to our customers sooner. 
  • Energy Conservation: When spot welding and stamping are integrated into one die, it eliminates the need for a secondary operation. This means the energy that would originally be used in a full secondary process is largely eliminated when spot welding is integrated into the dual-purpose die system. Overall, the spot welding process, in combination with the stamping process, consumes much less energy than separate operations, no matter how efficient. 
  • Quality Improvement: In-die spot welding allows TEC engineers to rely more on the abilities of metal stamping technology. Despite the expert aptitude of our engineers and floor technicians, it’s difficult to match the accuracy and consistency of programmed manufacturing machinery. In-die spot welding greatly decreases the chances of human error and allows for the production of higher quality parts. 
  • Material Minimization: While many companies still believe in secondary welding operations, in-die welding equipment has repeatedly proven to last longer than other methods of spot welding. This means that TEC saves materials that would otherwise be used to replace worn secondary welding equipment.

These benefits save all parties involved expenses in several facets of the production process. For more information about in-die spot welding and precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company at (763) 533-1501.

 

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Improving Production and Product with Rapid Prototyping in Minneapolis, MN

November 4th, 2016 · No Comments

In today’s world of rapidly changing technology, companies in virtually every industry are constantly working to keep up with the development of new products. With each new product, however, new parts must be developed alongside to maintain quality and functionality. To provide the fastest and most accurate creation of the parts our customers need, Thomas Engineering Company features expert services in rapid prototyping in Minneapolis, MN.

Rapid prototyping is one of the most beneficial aspects of the engineering and design process for parts TEC produces with precision metal stamping. We take advantage of our abilities in rapid prototyping for the production of new parts as often as possible because of the great advantages the process provides.

 

Design Perfection

Rapid prototyping is a process created from the necessity of designing parts without potential to fail from untested or unforeseen problems. Not only does rapid prototyping allow our clients to give our engineering teams the exact schematics for a part, it also allows for the virtual conception and visualization of a 3D product without needing to waste efforts on the creation of a physical prototype. With CAD/CAM imaging systems and advanced data analysis, our rapid prototyping process allows for optimal customization of part design and almost-limitless customization overall.

 

Time & Money

Because our rapid prototyping services give our engineers such an advantageous position throughout the design and development process, we save our customers cost and time in several aspects. CAD/CAM software allows for faster part visualization and analysis without wasting materials and energy on producing physical prototype copies. During the communication process between TEC and customer when prototypes are examined and altered based on the demands of our customer, we are able to quickly alter the part design by changing the virtual file, rather than testing and developing the physical prototype.

The virtues found in the rapid prototyping process are numerous, and it also allows us to provide perks like better customer service, Just-In-Time Delivery, and Quality Assurance.  For more information about the benefits Thomas Engineering Company can provide with rapid prototyping in Minneapolis, MN, contact us at (763) 533-1501 today.

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Benefits of Just-In-Time Delivery Systems with Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments

The metal stamping industry supplies parts to many industries producing directly to the public consumer. Electronic, automotive, medical, and other industries make use of the metal stamping supply chain on a daily basis to manufacture their finished products for the market. These industries must rely upon the companies that produce the stamped parts they need, and the promise that these companies will consistently provide the parts without delays or other complications. Thomas Engineering Company offers all the advantages of Just-In-Time delivery for all parts produced with our precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Just-In-Time delivery is a system that ensures the parts a company needs to continue meeting their manufacturing deadlines are produced, packaged, and shipped with exact specifications to their schedule. This is beneficial for several reasons:

 

  • Warehouse Cost: Just-In-Time delivery can significantly reduce various costs that our clients might incur. Most of these expenses come from warehouses storing extra inventory. Just-In-Time delivery opens up storage space because the part that may be needed is just a phone call away.
  • Supply Chain Management: Our Just-In-Time delivery model also helps to streamline the supply chain process, allowing our clients to boost production efficiency. Because parts are readily available to our clients with Just-In-Time delivery, this diminishes time and energy spent on supply chain management and provides parts more directly to the manufacturing floors.
  • Waste: In traditional methods of production, where large inventories of parts are stored as backup and unsold items are accumulated, there is a significant amount of wasted time, material, and expense. With the Just-In-Time delivery system, companies can manufacture based on direct demand, reducing the waste involved in attempting to predict the demand of their products.
  • Customer Service: Of course, our Just-In-Time delivery vastly improves the interaction between TEC’s customer service department and our clients. This model of supply and demand eliminates the majority of miscommunications and inefficiencies, leaving our clients satisfied and the process expertly resolved.

 

Overall, our Just-In-Time delivery system allows our staff and clients to have greater control throughout the process of ordering, producing, and supplying parts. For more information about our Just-In-Time delivery and our services in precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company today at (763) 533-1501.

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