Transfer Die Stamping Services
Transfer die stamping is a versatile process for creating parts used in nearly endless applications across multiple industries. While the process does come with a degree of complexity, it also offers numerous benefits that make it the top choice for a broad range of uses.
American Tool & Die, with presses ranging from 12 tons to 600 tons, is a full-service metal stamping company with a broad suite of capabilities, including transfer die stamping, for manufacturing reliable, quality components.
What Is Transfer Die Stamping?
Transfer stamping is a process that moves a part through a series of stamping stations to form a finished product. The process may involve one or more transfer dies, and is capable of performing stamping options in a free state on the part, without the need for the part to be situated as a component of a metal strip — one of the key differences from progressive die stamping.
The transfer process starts with a raw piece of material, which is initially stamped to create a blank, and is then mechanically transferred from station to station. Multiple parts may be worked at the same station at once, which contributes to the efficiency and versatility of the process. Transfer stamping is capable of including pierced holes, cut-outs, knurls, threading, rubs, chamfers, and other features as part of the process, which can reduce or eliminate the need for secondary processes to finish the part once the stamping procedure is complete.
Differences Between Transfer Die Stamping and Progressive Die Stamping
Progressive die stamping and transfer stamping are similar in many ways: Primarily, they both involve moving a piece through a series of stations and processes to achieve the finished form. Key differences between the two include:
- In progressive die stamping, pieces must remain attached as part of a metal strip until a final cutting process.
- In transfer stamping, pieces can be repositioned between stations, affording more versatility in design and process options. In progressive stamping, the piece must remain in the same position as part of the metal strip.
- Progressive die stamping is better suited to long production runs, while transfer stamping is ideal for shorter runs.
Transfer stamping can handle larger parts due to the ability to position and move parts freely, separately from a metal strip.
Benefits of Transfer Die Stamping
Transfer dies offer a number of benefits, including:
- Lower production costs: With the ability to perform more versatile operations throughout the transfer cycle, this process can lower production costs by reducing or eliminating the need for secondary and finishing operations, enabling parts to go right from the stamping die to packaging and fulfillment.
- Shorter lead times: By stamping multiple parts at each station, the transfer process can produce finished products more quickly.
- Material and design versatility: The transfer process can handle metals of various shapes, sizes, and forms — not just metals best suited to stamping in a raw strip format. The ability to work each piece in a free state also increases the design versatility available.
Working With American Tool & Die
American Tool & Die features expertise in transfer die stamping solutions, with a mission to maximize value for our clients by working with you at every step of the way to optimize processes and services. To learn more about how we can best work together, contact us to get started.