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What Influences The Cost Of Metals For Progressive Stamping?

As with any commodity, metal prices are influenced by a number of factors: mining and production costs, supply chain factors, tariffs, and more. Here’s a quick look at what drives prices of the metals that go into stampings. Raw metals and the products made from them commonly originate as mined ores, like iron or copper,…

What does e-mobility mean for progressive die stamping? Here’s our perspective.

E-mobility and battery electric vehicles are a hot topic lately. According to a recent issue of Today’s eMobility, major automakers have announced or begun $11.6 billion in plant investments in 2020 to support electric vehicles (EVs). And then there’s GM’s recent announcement of their intention to eliminate tailpipe emissions from their new light-duty vehicles by…

Does It Work Online? Observations from a Standards Certification Audit in the Virtual Environment

If you think back to the beginning of this year, almost nothing is the same as it used to be. There are countless examples in manufacturing and industry alone. One we recently experienced is a facility audit. Initial certification and recertification audits are generally conducted by an independent auditor who visits the facility to review…

CEP Technologies Awarded IATF 16949:2016 For San Antonio Manufacturing Facility

YONKERS, New York (July 15, 2020) CEP Technologies’ San Antonio, Texas manufacturing facility has been awarded the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949:2016 certification.  An engineering-based supplier of custom miniature to small progressive stampings, CEP also has production plants in Yonkers, New York, and Chengdu, China. IATF 16949:2016 includes the structure and requirements of the…

The Basics of EMC Testing for Electronic Devices

Electromagnetic and radio frequency interference shielding is concerned with the “noise” and electromagnetic emissions from signals and currents inside electronic devices. Electronic devices can impact how nearby devices function and they can be susceptible to emissions from other neighboring devices. The effects of interference range from annoying (e.g. static on the radio) to life-threatening (e.g….

How Do Skin Effect and Skin Depth Impact EMI/RFI Shielding?

Electromagnetic and Radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI) shield design is complex and multi-faceted, combining electrical and mechanical engineering concepts. In practice, shielding is very much an iterative process in which controlling one variable impacts another, leading to even more changes in the design. One aspect of shield design is knowing which external signals are most critical…

What’s the Deal with Packaging? Tape and Reel Encapsulation to Protect Parts

Precision stamped components need to be in an assembly-ready condition when they leave the stamper’s facility, and they need to stay in that condition during transportation and storage and until the customer needs them. Moving components between facilities and general handling present many risks to that assembly-ready condition the stamper achieved. That’s why careful packaging…

The Impact of Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Interference (EMI/RFI)

Electronic devices are everywhere these days – from your cell phone to your garage door opener, to the sensors on the security cameras at the grocery store. They’re controlled by internal circuit boards, which send and receive signals with instructions about what to do (i.e. display the phone’s home screen, send power to the garage…