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How to sustain quality tapping operations in metal stamping?

This adjuster plate is utilized in industrial operations and it needs to be “in spec” to operate correctly.  A key feature of this plate’s design is its nine tapped holes. This makes it more challenging to establish a tapping operation that consistently delivers precision and repeatability.   Ultra utilized the services of a pre-qualified supplier […]

Why is National Manufacturing Month important to recognize?

October is National Manufacturing Month and it was established in 2012. That is only eight years ago for an industry that has been part of America’s economy for hundreds of years. History reports that in 1790 Samuel Slater opened the first factory for textile manufacturing in the United States. And now in 2020, we have […]

Producing five different metal parts with one stamping die

One of our experienced Die Designers developed innovative and interchangeable die components in a single progressive die to establish precision stamping operations for an appliance manufacturer. This production process focused on both feasibility and flexibility. It has required modifications to both the die’s design and features of the customer’s stainless-steel side tables to establish the […]

stainless steel for metal stamping Helping you identify the material needs for your metal part

Repeat this to yourself because it should be a critical factor in the design process of your metal part. Take a proactive approach to material selection with Ultra on your next project and minimize delays, costs, and stress. In this blog, we will only address a single aspect of selecting the right material since it […]

Strengthen and stabilize your supply chain with a U.S. supplier

Ultra is proud to be a supplier to manufacturers throughout the United States. Manufacturing is critical to our country’s economy and for more than 50 years Ultra has been striving to grow and improve our capabilities. We provide a more secure, established, and responsive supply chain with hard-working Midwest employees ready to do their best […]

How to attain precision metal components for your production tooling?

Take the time to focus on and learn about the CNC capabilities of your tooling supplier. Or even better utilize Ultra, an all-inclusive supplier, that provides design-to-delivery services for greater consistency, quality, and shorter lead times. A Hydraulic Seals Manufacturer saw first-hand Ultra’s CNC capabilities after a tour of our facility earlier this year. Their […]

Maintaining design and weight requirements for your metal part

Persistent, detailed prototyping and a collaborative relationship with a premier motorcycle manufacturer delivered a high-quality, “in spec”, and durable aluminum solenoid bracket that is ready for full production. And that just didn’t happen overnight, it took a few months of diligent designing, building, prototyping, and testing to produce the “right” progressive stamping die. As an […]

How a quality supplier is laser marking metal stamped parts?

Our customer, a Global Industrial Automation Manufacturer, utilizes metal parts for applications they design and produce. They are looking to improve the traceability of aluminum base plates Ultra metal stamps as they arrive at various manufacturing facilities with barcodes and other text. Laser marking is an efficient and effective way to meet this customer’s newest […]

What is the right finish for your metal stamped part?

You are working hard to design every dimension and feature of your metal part so that it operates as required.  Before you proceed, here is a helpful reminder from our Estimating Team with more than 50 years of combined manufacturing experience. Remember to include in your design plans the appropriate metal finish that meets your […]

How a Capability Study Verifies your Metal Part is Ready for Production

For Ultra’s capability studies, we inspect a series of parts for specific dimensions and then do a statistical analysis on the readings to determine if the manufacturing process is stable enough to hold the dimensions within spec consistently.  The standard practice is to perform capability studies on 30 pieces, but there are variations if this […]

Get your metal part stamped in Ultra’s new servo press What technology in a metal stamping die improves production?

Sensor technology is utilized in every metal stamping die that we design and build for OEM’s and for production completed in one of Ultra’s 13 stamping presses. Sensors protect the stamping die and ensure its functioning properly during operation, and during set-up and removal of the die in the stamping press.  This technology establishes a […]

Machined open the dowel block and install replaceable inserts with dowel holes How strong and reliable is your production tooling?

Without reliable, high-quality and robust tooling on your production line, you will experience delays, minor damages and eventually shutdown. Select a tooling supplier that is focused on innovation and quality to establish robust production operations.  Ultra does exactly this and as an added bonus we have more than 50 years of experience designing and building […]