High Speed Stamping

High Speed Precision Stampings

Five Things You Need To Know

  1. Stampings are usually done with sheet metal, and most metals can be used. We typically work with aluminium, stainless steel and phosphor bronze, but have used copper, electrical steel, cobalt iron and radiometal in the past.
  2. There are various applications for stampings. Some recent projects we’ve worked on include laminations for flywheels to aid power regeneration on the US subway system, using our Modulam product to make core stacks for the defence industry, and producing tooling to create razor blade laminations.
  3. Stamping can also be known as press work, metalworking, metal forming and metal pressing.
  4. Typically, stamping orders range from 1000 parts to over one million.
  5. Projects can be turned around very quickly, usually in two or three days.

Midland Tool and Design is one of the UK’s leading press work companies.

For more information about press work, contact Kevin Vickers at Midland Tool and Design on 0121 520 1171 or [email protected].

A Definition Of Stampings

Stampings are a vital part of the manufacturing process. In all types of manufacturing, particularly in mass production, components of the same shape are they key ingredients.

These are stampings, or laminations, and are often produced to exactly the same specifications in their thousands, or even millions.

They are then assembled on the production line to create the products we buy, ranging from small, every day items, to electrical goods and furnishings, up to cars, planes and heavy machinery.

The process of creating these stampings is known as press work, and it’s something we specialise in at Midland Tool and Design.

Some of our recent projects have created stampings for the US subway system, the giant A380 Airbus plane, and producing tooling to make razor blade laminations.

They can be produced from various materials, including polystyrene and plastic, but typically use sheet metals like aluminium and stainless steel.

Press Work In The Automotive Sector

At Midland Tool and Design, we have specialised in press work since the late 1960s. However, press work has been a key part of manufacturing and engineering for at least 150 years – basically from the days we began using machines.

Some of the earliest examples of press work were in Henry Ford’s factory when he started production of the Model T in 1908. And it still performs a vital role in car production, with each vehicle being built from thousands of components of all sizes.

Everything from the tiniest engine parts, to the largest door panels, will have been produced on presses like the Bruderer and Bliss machines we have on our shopfloor.

Our presses are in action non-stop, thanks partly to demand from clients in the automotive industry.

In the past few weeks alone, we have been handling press work for fuel injection systems and general brackets for the automotive sector.

The History Of Press Work

Britain’s industrial heritage, dating back to the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries, suggests this was the birthplace of press work.

Even before the Industrial Revolution, we had experience of manufacturing products to very similar specifications, for example in the pottery industry, where earthenware ranges would need to be almost identical.

When the revolution arrived, ‘almost identical’ was no longer good enough, and that’s when press work was born – for example in the manufacturing of heavy machinery like steam trains, which were built from highly accurate components.

The results of press work – stampings – are now vital in the production of heavy machinery, and while there are now hundreds of thousands of press work companies around the world, there is still huge demand for the skills and experience we have built up in Britain since 1750.

Exports are a major part of our business and we work with clients in Brazil, Russia, the US, India and China to supply highly accurate stampings (to within 0.0001 of a micron) for their major engineering projects.

We also supply tooling to these countries to help them do their own press work.

On Stampings

Stampings are a major part of the automotive, defence and aerospace industries.

Many of our projects are for clients working in these sectors. In recent years our press work has been utilised on the A380 Airbus plane, by some major automotive brands, and in motorsports.

For example, we have produced components like laminations for missile guidance systems, gyro compasses and power generators, using the Bruderer and Bliss presses on our shopfloor.

We can also produce very small components, on much smaller projects. Typically our press work requirements are from just 1000 parts, but they can go up to a million parts or more.

Demand for our services comes from around the world, from places as far flung as Brazil and India. And we are one of the few UK manufacturers which exports to China!

It’s good to see there is still a role for the skills and experience in UK manufacturing. We may not always be able to compete on price, but the value we can add sets us apart.

Tool & Die Precision Metal Stamping:

  • Precision Metal Stamping Types
  • Precision Metal Stamping Industries Served
  • Precision Metal Stamping Tooling Types

Our press shop, is equipped with:

  • Bruderer presses, up to 60 tons capacity.
  • Bliss 200 ton press
  • De-coiling and up-coiling equipment with paper inter-leave facilities.
  • Die control units monitor strip thickness, provide full die protection in the event of miss feeds and double thickness of material, and control intermittent, operational functions.

This environment engenders safe and effective operation of your dies including multi-functional dies, such as those producing pre-stacked electric laminations.

Inspection facilities including microscope with digital read out, CMM co-ordinate measuring machine and projectors up to 100x magnification, ensure that your components are produced within specification.

Secondary operations including heat treatment and surface plating can be accommodated. Bespoke packing is available.

Excellent in house facilities ensure complete care of your die in respect of regrinding, servicing and repairs.

Replacement of worn and damaged component parts forms part of our service while full die refurbishments can be rapidly accomplished.

At MTD we enjoy a challenge. The more difficult or complex your custom precision metal stampings project,  the better we like it.

Let us review your requirements and find that perfect solution. Our engineering group has developed and designed solutions when others wouldn’t even try. Challenge us Today.

Contact us today for:

  • Complex Metal Stamping
  • Intricate Metal Stamping
  • Difficult Metal Stamping
  • Precision Metal Stamping
  • Close Tolerance Metal Stamping
  • Custom Metal Stamping
  • Long Run Metal Stamping
  • Short Run Metal Stamping
  • High Volume Metal Stamping
  • Miniature Metal Stamping
  • Prototype Metal Stamping
  • Low Volume Metal Stamping

MTD will review your current process and seek out potential cost reduction opportunities.

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Machine Tool & Die Types

MTD  have 40 years experience in all precision tool & die types. Here is a list of the different types of tools we use to produce your components.

  • Blanking Dies
  • Carbide Dies
  • Coining Dies
  • Compound Dies
  • Forming Dies
  • Lamination Dies
  • Progressive Dies
  • Swaging Dies
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Materials We Stamp

MTD produce stamping and work with various materials.

This is a partial list of material we have used for Stamping.

  • Aluminium Stampings
  • Beryllium Stampings
  • Brass, Copper and Bronze Stampings
  • Cold Rolled Steel Stampings
  • Insulator Stampings
  • Kapton Stampings
  • Magnetic Alloy Stampings
  • Metal Stampings
  • Mylar Stampings
  • Phenolic Stampings
  • Spring Steel Stampings
  • Stainless Steel Stampings
  • Teflon Stampings
  • Titanium Stampings

Precision Metal Stamping - Industries Served

MTD has built an enviable reputation throughout the many industries we serve.

Here is a short list of industry specific Stamping  we have supplied.

  • Aerospace Metal Stamping
  • Appliance Metal Stamping
  • Architectural Metal Stamping
  • ATV Metal Stamping
  • Automotive Metal Stamping
  • Communications Metal Stamping
  • Connector Metal Stamping
  • Defence Metal Stamping
  • Electrical Metal Stamping
  • Electric Motor Metal Stamping
  • Electronics Metal Stamping
  • Hand Tool Metal Stamping
  • Hardware Metal Stamping
  • Lamination Metal Stamping
  • Latch Hardware Metal Stamping
  • Marine Metal Stamping
  • Mechanical Switch Metal Stamping
  • Medical Component Metal Stamping
  • Medical Device Metal Stamping
  • Military Metal Stamping
  • Motor Lamination Metal Stamping
  • Nuclear Power Metal Stamping
  • Precision Bearing Metal Stamping
  • Recreational Vehicle Metal Stamping
  • Shielding Metal Stamping
  • Surgical Metal Stamping
  • Telecommunications Metal Stamping