Improving a Manufacturing Process with Sensor-Driven Technology

 This video highlights a manufacturing process improved at our Minster 300-ton stamping press utilizing sensor technology that was designed and built by our Automation Technician, Andrew. The press operators identified an opportunity to increase production rates for these metal head covers from 30 strokes a minute to 35 strokes a minute.  The primary roadblock […]

Improving Production Standards in a Robodrill requires Innovation

The first-hand experiences of our Robodrill operators initiated an innovative effort that increased production rates, improved precision and established better repeatability for the tapping operation of this Industrial Automation metal part.   We were using a fixture that allowed only ONE of these metal parts to be placed in the Robodrill at a time. Additionally, […]

Production Intent Prototyping: Give your metal part what it deserves.

It is rewarding to look and feel a prototype in your hand and know that it matches your part print, but… Is that all you want in your prototype? The answer is no.  You need to confidently know the production process for your metal part is well-established, strong and adaptable to meet future output demands. […]

How to select a top-rated Tool & Die supplier that meets your manufacturing needs

You just invested countless hours and resources to finalize the design print of your new metal part.  Now you need to confidently select a Tool & Die shop to design and build tooling that will deliver your part to print AND within the scope of your project’s goals. Here are important factors to consider straight […]

This is how you meet high-volume production needs for your complex metal stamped part.

You select Ultra Tool & Manufacturing as your supplier.  We utilize an innovative mindset to create a robust and feasible manufacturing process that will successfully handle increasing production quantities from year to year. A current customer that is a Power Equipment Manufacturer brought us a new metal part, breather cover, with challenging features and a […]

Three Important Things to Know About Metal Stamping as you Design a Metal Part

1) Production rates vary depending on the tonnage size of the stamping press. Each press has its own capabilities and limitations that establish the materials and operations that the stamping press can and cannot handle. GUIDE LIFT HEIGHT and FEED LENGTH are also key factors in establishing production rates in the stamping press. Guide lifters, identified […]

Improving and increasing our Metal Stamping, Metal Fabrication and Tooling expertise in 2019

It’s true that 2019 wasn’t a record producing year for the manufacturing industry.  So that provided us with extra motivation to learn more, try new processes and optimize our capabilities and resources.   Here are just a few of our highlights from Ultra’s 50th year providing tooling dies, metal stamped parts and metal fabricated parts to […]

What does it take to successfully prototype 14 metal parts?

Ultra’s dedicated Fabrication team is currently involved in a product development project that requires 14 NEW METAL PARTS to be prototyped.  The final product is a blade sharpening device for an Outdoor Power Equipment customer that is expanding their product line.   We have successfully delivered a different model of this blade sharpening device for the […]

Why is it acceptable to modify stamping dies after production has started?

Ultra’s weekly stamping meetings focus on Quality, Innovation and Efficiency and help us identify what operations need to be improved on the stamping floor.  The improvements outlined in this blog focus on the effects of plastic coating on a stainless-steel side table for an appliance manufacturer in the 800-ton stamping press.  The plastic protects the […]

Continuous Improvement Engineer drives efforts to increase productivity and safety

Ultra’s initiative to improve quality and lead times for customers is starting with a focus on efficiency in all areas of our manufacturing organization.  This has led us to add Michal Riege to our team as a Continuous Improvement Engineer. With a BS in Industrial Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from […]