What does the term mean and what are the characteristics of production process

Metalworking is an ever-expanding industry that draws on technological progress to invent ever-new methods to create products that perfectly meet market needs. It is precisely the continuous demand that highlights the need for specialized companies to adopt increasingly immediate systems for their production chain, in order to maximize profit and reduce the time needed for operations. Stamping can be defined as the set of industrial processes that originate with the aim of producing a metal product, through the use of permanent forms. Such a mechanism, that of plastic deformation, allows the experts to obtain an object having its own geometric shape, without generating the production of scrap material. The company OTIM SRL, located in Via Gattamelata n. 2/4, in Pedrengo (BG), uses this technique, under the careful supervision of a highly qualified staff, able to control several procedures, among which also the one that gives shape to the metal using the mould.  

The importance of the mould

As the word itself suggests, moulding is an industrial process that relies, entirely, on one particular tool. In order for the finished product to meet the quality standards required by the customer and the market, the die that is entrusted with the plastic deformation of the sheets must do its job without any kind of hitch. The mechanical press to which the deformation is entrusted must exert the right pressure on the metal, just as the punch and the die must also coordinate perfectly, working simultaneously to obtain a product free from production defects. Any anomalies in the design of the dies could lead to a malfunction of the entire stamping process, so much so as to irreparably damage production, forcing the company to take corrective action. A well made mould, suitable to perform the task for which it was built, will guarantee the company high quality molding operations, regardless of the type of material to be placed on the market. This is the reason why designers devote considerable time and attention to the preliminary phase of mould making, collecting more and more in-depth technical data.  

Processes using the stamping method

There are many metalworking processes that use the stamping method. Among them, two of the most widely used processes are stamping and deep drawing. Both systems operate through a mould, which allows professionals to plastically deform the sheet metal until it reaches the desired shape. More specifically, stamping consists of obtaining holes or solid pieces of different shapes on the metal, using a die made up of a die block and a punch. This is a very low cost process, which allows the company to work in reduced times, without compromising the quality of the final product. The term “deep-drawing”, on the other hand, is used to indicate the technological process of stamping that allows companies in the sector to deform metal into cylindrical, box or cup shapes. The deep cavities that can be obtained are the result of the action of a punch, which pushes the metal inside a die, exploiting the force exerted by a press. Also in this case, the die and its craftsmanship are fundamental for the success of the entire stamping procedure. The specialized company OTIM SRL deals with stamping, implementing a strategy that follows every step of the production process, from the design of the metal dies to the realization of the final product. Visit the website www.otimsrl.it or call +39 035 661234 for further information about stamping and deep drawing.