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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]