With the 2015 upgrades to the ISO9001 and 14001 standards, and the 2016 alignment of the automotive standard TS16949 (now designated as IATF16949).
Rapid prototyping at H T Brigham adds value for customers
The benefits of 3D printing have been widely reported; fast, low-cost and kind to the environment. This rapid prototyping allows working concepts to be ruled in or out more quickly, speeding up the development process and reducing the project lead time as a whole.
The process of manufacturing metal stampings involves the manipulation of sheet metal into a required shape in order to create a component. Sheet metal, in the form of coil strip or lengths is fed into the press, where a section of the press tool, called a die, is used to cut a piece out of the material into the required outline. This outline is called a blank, which is then formed into the component shape. This process can be done in a single operation to produce a simple pressed part, or in multiple stages to produce a more complex component.
Metal Stampings can be manufactured from a range of ferrous and non ferrous materials including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, copper and brass, depending on specific customer requirements and end product application.
Typical product applications for metal stampings include use within the automotive, construction, electrical and healthcare markets among others, but the possibilities for end product application are practically limitless.
Our plant and processes are optimised for mid – high volume, close tolerance metal stampings manufacture, from progression and transfer presses, in gauges which range from 0.10mm up to 6mm. This gives us the ability to fulfill a wide variety of customer requirements extremely efficiently and provides the capacity to meet demanding schedules and volume requirements from customers whose needs are ever-changing.
Strip measuring up to 600mm wide
A wide range of post-production processes
High-volume precision metal components
Gauge thickness of up to 3.5mm
A transfer press operates by punching the component blank from the strip of material, before transferring the blank along the production line for further pressing operations. Our extensive range of transfer presses provides the capacity for high volume, complex presswork component manufacture. The transfer method of producing metal stampings can often eliminate the need for costly secondary operations to finish the component, as these can be conducted in the same press as part of the production process. This makes the transfer method of production an extremely cost effective option in many cases.
In a progression press, the strip of material is fed into the tool at the beginning of the process and then progresses through stage by stage. The component remains in the strip until the final operation, when it is released. This enables the component to be held in place as it goes through the necessary stages until completion. Although both transfer and progression machines are geared towards the manufacture of high volume, complex presswork, progression presses are generally utilized to manufacture smaller, less intricate metal stampings and can therefore produce components at higher speeds and in larger quantities than transfer presses. Progression presses also cope well with the manufacture of heavier components where production requires thicker material gauges.
A metal stamping can often be stronger and more cost effective to produce than a component manufactured by alternative methods. H T Brigham engineers are frequently heavily involved with customer projects from the initial stages, where it can become apparent that design improvements and savings can be made by switching from more costly methods of manufacture, such as casting or injection moulding, to the presswork method. By changing the manufacturing route we can reduce the component cost significantly.