Hudson Technologies – a leader in deep drawn metal enclosures, stampings, and cases for the past 75 years – recently invested in a Platarg Transfer Press as part of our continuing efforts to provide our customers with the latest in state-of-the-art technology and solutions.
Options for Deep-Drawing at Hudson
To shape a deep-drawn part in a press, the process requires multiple forming procedures. Occasionally, deep-drawn parts necessitate annealing, a process that involves heating and quenching, to render materials more malleable. The process encourages the hardening of the metal, and, in some cases, can be excluded if a multi-operation, automated type of press is being used.
Hudson now offers three possibilities for deep-drawing as part of our standard service offering. To discover which option is best for your design or application, please contact our team.
Option #1: Single Stage Press Forming
Single stage press forming allows one part to be manufactured, then relocated to a different press to undergo further formations. Materials may need to be annealed, heated and cooled, several times to complete parts made in this manner.
Option #2: Progressive Die Press
Progressive die stamping forms a process across several phases, with each station conducting a different metal forming step on the part until it is completed. Once the part is finished, it is cut from the metal strip.
Option #3: Platarg Transfer Press
Both progressive die presses and transfer presses transform a flat metal to a completed part over the course of a series of metal forming operations within the same press. However, transfer presses separate the part from the strip of metal in the first process, then automatically transfer the part to the next sequential step until the final part is completed. Because of its speed and efficiency, our transfer press is well-suited for higher volume orders.
Platarg Transfer Press
The largest transfer press at Hudson, the Platarg economically manufactures greater quantities of parts at a higher speed. With 13 ten-ton stations, this mechanical press possesses the ability to generate parts up to 4.125 inches deep with a diameter of up to 1.625 inches. This revolutionary machine allows Hudson to offer even more capacity and faster, more efficient production runs for our customers.
Hudson Technologies, the foremost U.S. manufacturer of deep drawn metal products, is dedicated to presenting our clients with the best opportunities available. To learn more about our Platarg Transfer Press, download our transfer press eBook today.
Preventative maintenance consists of any regular maintenance performed on an active piece of equipment. By following a consistent maintenance strategy, a company can catch potential problems with its machinery before they arise, preventing equipment failure from happening.
In the long run, preventative maintenance extends the working life of equipment and reduces maintenance costs, making it a valuable investment in and of itself. In fact, preventative maintenance can have a ROI as high as 545%. The sheer savings it can create make preventative maintenance a necessary component of any business’ operations.
Benefits of Preventative Maintenance
Although preventative maintenance can be costly, its benefits far outweigh its costs. Its many advantages include:
- Decreased downtime and reduced repair costs
- Increased life expectancy of equipment
- A lower risk of unplanned maintenance
- Improved equipment efficiency and quality
- Enhanced corporate reputation
Costs of Unplanned Maintenance
The costs of unplanned maintenance can be quite high. Without a preventative maintenance plan in place, the likelihood of unplanned maintenance only increases. Should equipment break down, it will likely result in unexpected downtime and significant production losses. It will also force your staff to spend valuable time responding to emergencies and diagnosing the causes of equipment failures. In addition, any replacement parts might need to be shipped express from the supplier to your location, creating further expenses for your company.
Things to Consider when Calculating ROI for PM
Any company preparing to calculate the ROI for their preventative maintenance strategies needs to consider the following:
- Equipment cost
- Repair costs
- Replacement costs
- Impact of preventative maintenance on the equipment’s expected life cycle
- Impact of preventative maintenance on the equipment’s energy usage
- Frequency of repairs for poorly-maintained equipment
After considering the above factors, you can determine whether preventative maintenance would be beneficial or not to your organization.
Quality Assurance at Hudson
At Hudson Technologies, we follow a rigorous quality assurance program to ensure that all products manufactured in our facilities are free from defects. Critical components of our quality program include:
- OGP SmartScope dimensional measurement systems with tactile, optical, and laser functions that ensure optimal part performance and safety.
- Statistical Process Control (SPC) for close monitoring of all manufacturing processes.
- Continual improvement training for our team of Six Sigma-certified professionals.
- A commitment to continuous process improvement throughout the company.
- Advanced Product Quality Planning framework for parts validation and development.
- Calibration maintenance and tracking software for all of our parts supplied by either Hudson Technologies or our partners.
- Up to 20 different visual inspection systems, including various state-of-the-art microscopes.
- AS9100D certification, the first article inspection requirement for aerospace applications.
Preventative maintenance is crucial to the successful operation of equipment and assets. Although there are significant costs involved, it eventually leads to lower maintenance costs and longer equipment life cycles, making it a necessary strategy for any company. At Hudson Technologies, we work to simplify your maintenance strategies by subjecting all of our products to a strict quality assurance program. If you’d like to learn more about our quality assurance strategies, contact us today.