The stamping dies used for machining metal plates account for a large part of the dies, and most of the stamping dies are used in the automotive industry. The automotive industry and mold manufacturers are increasingly demanding stamping mold production efficiency. Because stamping molds have a large number of machining operations, they have the potential to improve efficiency.
The stamping die is a complex stamping tool. Many parts require hard and durable materials, and machining these materials efficiently requires the correct cutting tools and processes. However, most of the machining operations for producing stamping dies are only general metal cutting of basic materials, and a few machining operations are more complex three-dimensional profiling of tool steel and ductile iron. Although these two machining methods have the potential to increase productivity, stamping die manufacturers often ignore general machining.
In the past few years, metal cutting capabilities and performance have improved significantly, and many mold factories have reduced machining time and costs by half. However, even with the most advanced production technology, there is still room for improvement in production, and machining efficiency can even be increased by up to 20%.
To become a successful automotive stamping die manufacturer, a long-term strategy needs to be adopted, focusing on the machining time and standby time of die parts on the machine tool, and the type of machine tool. However, there are a large number of short-term strategies that can have a direct effect on new and old machine tools. These strategies exist in all types of machining processes, some of which also affect subsequent operations, such as additional operations, mold polishing, and assembly.
By shortening the machining time of each clamping, reducing the downtime and the number of tool changes, the manufacturing time of the stamping die can be shortened. The safety of modern CNC machining methods, coupled with the most advanced cutting tools, basically eliminates errors, so whether the delivery cycle of the stamping die can be accepted by the user should be the decisive factor.