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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s true! Redesigned metal parts delivered without building a new tooling die

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 […]