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Considerations

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…

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….

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…