The Cost-Effective Advantage of the Metal Stamping Industry
The materials, equipment, and processes used in the metal stamping industry have proven to be less costly than the original methods of forming
metals and alloys into definite shapes. Metal stamping is the method of bending, clipping, and molding sheet metal or coil metal by stamping and
pressing the material into the desired forms. The shaped metal is plated with nickel, tin, or some other metallic elements to protect it from corrosion.
The most commonly used metals are stainless steel, aluminum, zinc, and nickel. They are low cost, strong, durable, hard to break, portable, and
The precision machining industry in North America has been on the decline due to two factors: the chronic inflation in the price of raw materials and
the transportation of same, and a high level of outsourcing to China and India. Outsourcing hasn't struck the metal stamping industry as profoundly
thanks to the proximity of the Great Lakes, around which it is concentrated.
Forged metal products are those shaped by localized compressive force. Forging may be carried out at room temperature (cold forging) or at high
temperature (warm forging). Stamped metal products are those shaped under a press.The old-style drop forges using the fire-and-brimstone method
of forging is harmful to the environment, costly, and hard on the employees. Forming metal this way requires making the steel semi-molten so if the
temperature is not estimated correctly (the workers would guess by experience decades ago) when the forge drops there are often rejects that have to
be set aside, reheated, reworked, or scrapped altogether, slowing production. In a drop forge, the operators' work environment is a smoking furnace
and rhythmic dance of the bars of metal shoot in one side and out the other. Fortunately, there are no ovens or blinding red iron to gaze into when
inside a metal stamping factory. Moreover, industries that generate large amounts of environmental waste have largely been outsourced