McHone Industries Adds Stamping Press to Metalworking Capabilities

McHone Industries has expanded its capabilities to provide customers with an even better one-stop shop experience for metalworking services.

We recently brought in a new stamping press — a 150-ton Rousselle Stamping Press from the HEIM Group.

This new machine adds to our service catalog for more efficient and precise metal manufacturing.

Stamping Press Key Specifications

The Rousselle stamping press, which operates at various production rates, boasts several key features:

  • Bed area of 72” right to left and x 42” front to back
  • A right to left feed window size opening measuring 30” FB X 16” H
  • 27” max shut height
  • Single stroke or continuous run operation
  • Material can be manual fed (single stroke) or coil feed (continuous run/progressive)

The most attractive feature?

Its progressive die stamping.

While running, metal is continuously fed through stamping dies as pieces are formed. When one piece is pressed and moved to the next stage, another piece immediately takes its place in the previous spot. This eliminates any downtime during a production cycle.

By the time the press completes the first piece, the machine has several others in various forming stages. This progressive stamping increases overall production efficiency, eliminates process to process inventory/floor staging, and reduces waste scrap. 

Applications for Stamping Press Services

The Rousselle stamping press fills a variety of applications in metal fabrication, such as:

  • Punching
  • Coining
  • Blanking
  • Embossing
  • Flanging
  • Bending

The Rousselle press can exert up to 150 tons of pressure as it stamps pieces, allowing it to process thicker or stronger pieces of metal.

Benefits of Stamp Pressing in Metal Manufacturing

Stamping press machines offer three major benefits in metal manufacturing:

  1. Production efficiency
  2. Less waste
  3. Consistency

1. Production Efficiency

When compared to metal cutting, metal stamping takes less time — saving you money. This also allows you to get a large order finished sooner.

2. Less Waste

Hand-in-hand with production efficiency, stamping presses use less material in processing making for less scrap waste and increased savings on up-front costs.

3. Consistency

Using dies to shape and form metal into a desired final state reduces the chance for variation among identical pieces. That means the last finished piece produced by the stamping press is the exact same as the first.

Stamping Press Services: A Tool for the Ages

Metalworking dates back to early civilization. It wasn’t until the 1500s, however, that stamping presses became part of the metal manufacturing process.

The earliest iteration of a metal stamping press was invented by a German silversmith to create coins. The rudimentary screw press required at least 12 men to operate and generate the pressure needed to form metal.

Steam-powered presses eventually replaced screw presses during the Industrial Revolution. Even with the extra power, steam-powered presses were still strictly used in coin production.

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that stamping presses were slowly integrated into industrial operations as the technology improved.

Most notably, industrial, large-scale metal stamping was used by Henry Ford in his automobile assembly process, allowing Ford Motor Corp. to meet the growing demand for vehicles with a cost-effective solution.

As technology and techniques have improved in the decades since, stamping presses have become a crucial tool for custom metal manufacturers.