State Of The Art Processes
Quality stamping tools are key to a quality metal stamping. This principle is the foundation of AK Stamping's success, and is reflected in every aspect of its tooling operations, all of which are performed in-house.
To design stamping tools, AKS utilizes the latest CAD software tools to create files that are fed directly to the Wire EDM and CNC machining centers, without operator intervention. After the components are finished, skilled toolmakers perform the final tooling assembly and fitment. This process, developed at AK Stamping's US HQ, has been fully scaled at the China location as well.
The result? Industry-leading tooling kickoff to completion times, and metal stampings of unmatched quality.
In metal stamping, there are 3 primary types of tooling processes:
1. PROTOTYPE TOOLING
3-5 days typical lead-time using Toggle press tooling
Soft tools, tool life expectancy - 1K hits
2. STAGE TOOLING
3 weeks typical lead-time hydraulic tool sets
Can build blanking tools or use prefabricated blanks
Part mods easier to accommodate
Tool life expectancy - 50K hits
3. PROGRESSIVE TOOLING
7-plate module tool concepts
Modifications available but fixed to X, Y, Z dimensions
Approximately 3-4 week lead-time
AK Stamping offers all 3 types of tooling processes, all designed and built in state of the art facilities to exacting specifications.
Whether it be stage tools or fully progressive dies, high-carbon steels or brass, AK Stamping offers a variety of metal stamping options. AKS' speciality is precision metal stamping run on progressive die tooling. The Bruderer and Aida presses are capable of handling materials from 0.0025" (0.07mm) up to 0.250" (6.3mm). AKS currently produces precision metal stampings for the Electronics, Medical, Defense, Automotive, Alternative Energy and Telecommunications industries.
Some of the alloys frequently stamped include:
Stainless steels (S301, S302, S304, S316)
Mild steels (G1010)
High-carbon steels (G1050)
Brass (C23000, C25000)
Nickel silver (C75210)
Titanium (6AI-4V and others)
AK Stamping has the capability to do high-speed stamping at over 1,000 parts per minute, with optional reel-to-reel material handling.
AK Stamping understands that metal stamping is often only a portion of the client's overall needs. To that end, AKS offers a variety of assembly technologies and other value added services to reduce total costs, including:
Post-stamping robotic assembly
Welding (resistance, laser, ultrasonic)
Staking (heat and mechanical)
Auto Packaging: Tray, Tape & Reel, Bulk
Auto Assembly for Mylar, TIM, Ferrite, Insulators, labels, etc
Auto Component Assembly
100% inspection by vision system
AK Stamping offers a variety of finishing options for your products, including:
Mechanical deburring, electro-polishing, chemical deburring
Anodizing, precious metal plating, passivation, powder coating
Material heat treating, fixture and bulk
Multi-color pad printing and oline ink jet date coding