Working with Progressive Stamping and Stage Tooling for Precision Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

July 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment

There are many kinds of tools, dies, and other types of equipment used in the metal stamping industry. Each of these types and combinations of equipment function in a way specific to a metal stamping technique. For the manufacturing of each part, the optimal method must be chosen to produce the highest quality, cost-effective results. At Thomas Engineering Company, we utilize our full range of stamping techniques to best serve our customers with precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

While we have the capability for a variety of stamping techniques, TEC uses two specific stamping techniques for many of our orders: progressive stamping and stage tooling. These techniques are similar but have slightly different functions and benefits.

Progressive Stamping

  • Function: Progressive stamping uses a single die that performs a series of operations within that single die. Each operation is highly precise and works to further the finalization of the part. An individual part is passed through each operation in progression, but the die can have parts passing through continuously, holding a part in each stage simultaneously.
  • Benefits: Because progressive dies can operate with a part at each stage, continuously producing finished parts, the progressive stamping technique is optimal for filling large orders of intricate parts. This method can be more cost-effective with a faster production rate than stage tooling.

Stage Tooling

  • Function: Stage tooling also performs in a series of stages, but uses separate dies for each operation. Most stage tooling techniques use a series with a blanking die, a forming die, and a cut-off die. Depending on the part needed, the series will also include a piercing die, a coining die, or a trim die.
  • Benefits: Stage tooling may not be the most effective technique for large quantity orders, but is an effective option for low to mid-range quantity orders. Stages and the order of each stage can be changed, removed, or added. For some of the most technically-complex, unique parts, stage tooling can provide excellent results.

At Thomas Engineering Company, our parts production is centered on our ability to offer the greatest quality and precision for our customers. Progressive stamping, stage tooling, and all our stamping techniques allow us to perform our expert precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN. Contact us at (763) 533-1501 today for more information.

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