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There are many steps to creating a finished product. Although most people have no idea what goes into the process, anyone in the industry knows it begins with a comprehensive design process. The design phase of your custom sheet metal stamping project is sometimes the most important because it determines the exact end result. This is where you want to invest in a company capable of helping you with the entire process from the design process through to the finished service. We can do this for you.

 

Why Design Matters

 

Investing in a team to handle your design needs minimizes risks and complications later. Custom sheet metal stamping needs to be done very precisely in order for your company to benefit from it. Our team works with you throughout the process including design enhancement to improve your current decision and through concept design to ensure the best solution is presented. In addition to this, we also provide value added engineering to help you to reduce problems related to manufacturing, assembly, and installation while also keeping costs down. We can also handle services such as prototype production to get that first piece ready to go. And, when you have a component you need to be replicated, our reverse engineering services can help to make this process possible. Do not overlook just how comprehensive our design services can be to improve your end result.

 

There are many reasons to work with our team. At the heart of them is our dedication to providing you with outstanding support and service from the start of your project through the completion. If you need design services for custom sheet metal stamping or other services from us, contact us at 800-960-3373 to discuss your project with a team member from Stone City.

Perhaps one of the most often overlooked and forgotten about processes for creating precision formed parts and components is sheet metal stamping. At Stone City Products, we have provided precision stamped parts for industries for over six decades. During this time, we have kept on top of all the technology, and the cutting-edge advances in this highly cost-effective method of producing parts and components.
 
To help our customers understand how sheet metal stamping will address their part and component fabrication requirements, understanding the basic process can be helpful. Keep in mind, our designers and engineers can start working with your in-house design team early in the processes, allowing for efficiency in the design which leads to faster production and lower time to market or new parts and components.
 

Sheet Metal

 
While aluminum is the most common material used in the stamping process, it can be completed with all types of metallic alloys in sheet form. This even includes the superalloys of the Inconel family, which are often used in the aerospace industry and for extreme environment types of systems.
 
Sheet metal, while very durable and strong, can be shaped using extremely high amounts of pressure. Unlike other types of fabrication and forming options, stamping is completed at room temperature, so there is no additional heating or stress relieving needed after the heating process.
 

The Process

 
Using controlled pressure, a ram is used to press down in the sheet metal. A die (creating the outside shape) and a punch (creating the inside shape) creates a blank, or the shape punched through the die.
 
This can be done in a single stage and can create a shape before or after blanking. There is also the option for a progressive blanking press, which shapes the sheet metal through several progressive dies. The final blanking process creates the end shape through the sheet metal stamping and blanking process.
 
To find out more about our sheet metal stamping and blanking processes at Stone City, give us a call today at 800-960-3373, we would be happy to discuss your next project.

Metal stamping allows for the creation of simple to complex patterns through the use of stamping equipment. This is completed on flat metal plates or sheets that can provide shaping as well as perforations in the metal.

 

Lower in cost than other types of fabrication, including extrusion or machining and forming, metal stamping is often the best choice for large volume production runs of suitable types of materials. It can also be used for both small parts and components or those that are much larger or more complex in shape and form.

 

To choose the best metal stamping manufacturers for any job, there are several factors to keep in mind. The first thought may be to take a look at a quoted price for a project, but this is really the last factor to consider after verifying company reputation, capacity, and experience.

 

Company Reputation

It shouldn’t be difficult to get a good idea of the reputation of the various metal stamping manufacturers under consideration. In general, most Original Equipment Manufacturers will choose a stamping company close to major transportation routes as well as their business to decrease supply chain issues and make logistics easier to manage.

 

Verify the on-time delivery of orders for the company and also verify the company is ISO 9001 registered and look for businesses that are members of PMA (Precision Metalforming Association).

 

Industry Experience

In addition to the business reputation, check that the metal stamping manufacturers under consideration have experience in your industry. Many of the top manufacturers have years of experience in providing parts to the automotive, aerospace, HVAC, metal building construction materials and in designing and providing specialized parts and components across these industries.

 

Capacity for Production

The capacity for production includes both the lead time on orders as well as the type of equipment used. Modern facilities use state-of-the-art precision equipment that can complete projects to exacting specification and tight tolerances not possible with older equipment and systems.

The term precision is thrown around a lot in the metal fabrication industry. That’s because precision is of the utmost importance when dealing with components that will be built into high tech machinery. New, unheard of levels of precision have become possible with the use of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) mills. This allows for the parts and components manufactured by these machines to be produced to the highest possible tolerances, ensuring all parts and components are virtually identical to each other, but more importantly, they are identical to the original design.

 

Why Precision Matters

With the use of precision sheet metal fabrication, components, parts, and systems will be ready to install without any need for modifications or adjustments. In applications such as automotive manufacturing, aerospace or HVAC system development, this precision is essential for both design safety as well as to meet industry required standards.

 

This also means that replacement parts, when needed, will be uniform and will simply need to be installed. With the extremely limited variance in all aspects of the design, often in the 1000ths of an inch, each replacement is identical to the original.

 

Repeat Production Orders

To provide precision sheet metal fabrication, the original design is developed through a CAD/CAM drawing that is stored as a file on the system. This drawing becomes the blueprint for the software system (CNC) to provide precise instructions for the machining and fabrication processes.

 

This is not only important for eliminating variances between parts on a single production order, but it also means every subsequent production run will all use the same original CAD/CAM drawing and program.

 

Reduce Production Costs

While there will be a higher initial cost in CNC services, they also offer built-in cost efficiencies as well. The equipment can handle multiple operations at once, with the option to also design the machining and fabrication processes to speed up production and eliminate waste.

 

While precision sheet metal fabrication isn’t needed for all types of parts and components, it is increasingly important across diverse industries, offering benefits that make it an option to consider.

Together with aluminum, stainless steel remains one of the most popular metals in use by fabricators today. At Stone City, we are stainless steel sheet metal fabricators who offer all our customers the capability to partner with us to produce top grade results. Our team of engineers, CNC operators, welders, and assemblers work with you through each step of the fabrication process to ensure that you are provided with components that perfectly compliment your project.

 

Stainless steel is a malleable metal. This, together with its prized corrosion resistance and low maintenance, makes it desirable for use in certain applications -functional, architectural and even artistic projects. The versatility of stainless steel truly is one of a kind. Its special physical properties also mean that there are very specific best practices when it comes to forming and fabricating this metal. At Stone City, our engineers have an extensive history of working with stainless steel. They work on a number of projects from the very beginning – starting with a design proposal.

 

The design is where the ultimate success of a project is born. As metal fabricators, we are always willing to work with a company to produce a functional design. This is valid whether it is on paper or arrives as a prototype with issues. Our experts can help you produce a design that works.

 

Not all companies require help in producing a design. They may even have a prototype. Besides customization, our experts offer an array of fabrication and value-added services. With an eye for bettering the finished product, our staff works with a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. With access to some of the latest technology, including CAD/CAM and TransMagic translation software, we offer everything from 3-D milling to such stainless steel sheet metal fabrication services as assembly turning, reaming, welding, machining, drilling, and burnishing.

 

If you are considering aluminum and/or stainless steel sheet metal fabrication, be sure to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced fabricator. Stone City Products can provide you with exactly what you need to make your projects a success.

Sheet metal fabrication is often a complex operation that invites errors. Entire batches of components can be useless if tolerances are off. At Stone City Products, we have over seven decades in the sheet metal fabrication industry. We provide a range of different  services including metal stamping, precision machining as well as aluminum sheet metal fabrication. Through the years we have continued to add services for our customers as well as expand to provide specific fabrication needs for a wide range of industries.

 

One of the reasons we have been so successful and have continually had opportunities to expand our services is our commitment to quality control and effective production methods. This includes working with materials like aluminum sheet which can be a challenge to fabricate to high tolerances.

 

Precision Work

Our focus on quality control is central to our ability to complete aluminum sheet metal fabrication to the exacting standards required by our customers. We work with many different automotive companies, including Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Subaru to create both internal and exterior parts and components. We also serve customers in the aerospace industry, where tight tolerances are mandatory for all parts.

 

These companies not only require extremely tight tolerances, but they also have their own specifications. Our team of experienced professionals is well-versed in complete process quality control, ensuring each step of the fabrication is done with the necessary precision to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations.

 

Commitment to Order Delivery

In addition to our focus on quality control through our aluminum sheet metal fabrication services, we also work closely with our customers to meet their delivery schedules.

 

For many of our ongoing orders, this includes Just-In-Time delivery, variable release shipping support inventories and stocking programs customized to the needs of our clients. While we are a large company, we still focus on the small company, customer service focus which sets us apart from the competition.

 

To find out more about the aluminum and sheet metal fabrication services we offer at Stone City Products, give us a call today at 800-960-3373 or browse the website for more information.

Over our sixty years in the industry, Stone City has continued to add services and capabilities for our customers that are a complement to our own specializations of metal stamping, design services, and custom sheet metal fabrication.

 

Our goal has been and continues to be providing a quality metal stamping service for our customers. To add to our precision stamping service, we work with a variety of sub-suppliers, each which can complete a variety of value-added services for the parts and components we produce.

 

In-House Services

 

We are able to work with a variety of different types of metals and alloys. While a lot of the work we do is with carbon steel or stainless steel, we also work with the softer metals such as copper, brass, and aluminum. This is very beneficial for many of the OEMs we work with as we can produce many parts and components they require.

 

In addition to our metal stamping service, we also offer several other services in-house. We are able to complete brake press forming work, which can offer a very efficient and low-cost way to create simple angles and shapes.

 

Our team is also able to complete spot and nut welding as needed. To round out our services we also provide kit packing and assembly of parts and components, which is very helpful for small to large-sized OEMs as it saves having to complete this work through another company.

 

Sub-Supplier Services

Our carefully vetted and highly experienced sub-suppliers can provide a range of different plating and finishing services. As we can arrange for the ideal plating service for your specific parts, this saves the OEM one additional step to oversee in part production.

 

We are also located close to main highways and, in our central position in the state, we are not far from Cincinnati, Louisville and Indianapolis, which is ideal for logistics a supply chain organization.

 

To learn more about our metal stamping service or to discuss our value-added options, call us at 800-960-3373.