Three Important Things to Know About Metal Stamping Operations 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 each specific 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 […]

Establishing a New Product Step by Step with Metal Fabrication

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 from this we clearly 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 […]

Continuous Improvement Driven by a New Engineer

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 […]

Ultra Tool & Manufacturing’s New Product Introduction Process is the reason we should be your supplier

It can be difficult to hand over a project to a supplier after putting in so much time and effort designing a part.   Wouldn’t that be easier to do if an established process was in place ensuring confidence and success from design-to-production? Ultra offers the perfect solution with our NPI (New Product Introduction) Process which […]

Metal Fabrication providing innovation to the Energy Industry

Ultra is manufacturing the Ratchet Arm for a growing sector of the energy industry.   This part is located on electricity-generating backpacks used by warfighters, disaster relief workers, hikers and students.   It is the movement of both the individual and the backpack that creates energy for future consumption. MANUFACTURING PLAN: Utilize laser cutting to manufacture this ratchet […]

Maintaining costs and performance standards in the stamping press with a redesign

Ultra currently produces various fuel filler cups for a motorcycle manufacturer. New SAE standards required changing the inside diameter of the inner threads. These threads hold the gas nozzle in place during fueling.  SAE standards ensure parts are safe, consistent, compatible and effective. Working with the customer we established four facets to focus on to […]