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Why You Should Avoid Scrap Generation and How To Do It

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Any laser cutting, metal stamping or other manufacturing process creates metal scrap. Excess material is part of the process, but there are steps you can take to limit the amount of waste material in your manufacturing process. Work with Degele Manufacturing to identify common causes of scrap generation and implement ways to avoid generated excess scrap.

Common Causes of Scrap in Manufacturing

You need to understand where metal scrap is coming from before you can work out ways to reduce it. In most manufacturing processes, scrap can be created through these basic ways:

  • Human error
  • Operational issues
  • Imperfections in raw materials

Human error can include dropping fragile components, mis-aligning work pieces or failing to notice signs of equipment failure. These errors can be caused by improper training or failure to automate repetitive tasks.

Operational issues include failure to maintain equipment, issues with machinery precision and poor designs. Any combination of these issues can increase the amount of order mistakes, wasted time and wasted material.

Finally, the material you use can affect the amount of scrap generation in your process. If you’re using a low-quality sheet of alloy, then it’s likely that some pieces will be rejected due to material quality.

Why You Should Avoid Scrap Generation

Metal scrap is lost time and money. Even if you recycle excess material, creating large amounts of excess material and rejected components cuts into your manufacturing efficiency. Your team will spend more time manufacturing less components, which leads to greater tooling and machine maintenance needs. Increase your profits and accelerate your manufacturing speed by avoiding scrap generation.

How To Avoid Excess Scrap

At Degele Manufacturing, we take reducing scrap metal seriously. When you work with us through one step of the manufacturing process or as a full-service manufacturing partner, we implement these strategies to cut down on scrap material generation.

Invest in High-Quality Materials

Reduced material imperfections means reduced order mistakes. The amount of work pieces saved may make up for the added cost of high-quality material.

Improve Your Design

Even the highest quality of materials can’t help you avoid metal scrap due to design inefficiencies. Work with our design team to review your design. You may be able to use different equipment for more precise cuts, which allows you to create more components out of a single piece of material.

Work With Highly Trained Technicians

Human error can’t be completely removed, but it can be reduced with improved employee training. A highly trained manufacturing team can enjoy lower risks of mishandling or other manufacturing errors.

Automate Manufacturing Steps

Automation is a common way to reduce or eliminate the risk of human error. An automated process can avoid metal scrap associated with human error. Not every manufacturing process can be automated, so work with an industry-leading manufacturer to discuss your automation options.

Invest in High-Quality Manufacturing Tools

Choose the right tool for the job to create precise components with minimal waste. The right tool combines three key considerations to avoid metal scrap:

  • Optimal tool for the particular process
  • High-quality tool with tight tolerances
  • Well-maintained tool to avoid mechanical inefficiencies

If you don’t have the optimal machining tools in your facility, work with our team at Degele Manufacturing to gain access to state-of-the-art tool and die equipment.

Find Ways To Recycle Scrap

Some material scrap can be reused or recycled. Because a small amount of scrap is inevitable, it’s important to find out whether you can reuse or recycle your raw material. Reuse the materials in your own production facility or find another facility that can recycle waste materials for a cost-effective and environmentally conscious manufacturing process.

Metal Stamping Trends for 2021

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Metal Stamping Trends
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When our managers at Degele Manufacturing look at metal stamping trends from 2020 into this year, the future looks promising. While other industries struggled during the pandemic, the metal stamping industry saw growth. There were certainly some disruptions to the way the industry did business, but it bounced back in high gear as the country reopened.

Recovering from Negative Impacts

The sum total of last year’s performance is positive, but the collective growth hides many of the challenges faced by the industry. Metal components are essential in many of the industries hit hardest, such as travel.

When these industries shut their doors, metal stamping companies lost some of their biggest and most regular customers. According to the same data driving metal stamping trends, it might be at least another year before travel and other related industries resume pre-pandemic levels.

Seizing New Opportunities

Despite losing old clients, the metal stamping industry faced new and increasing demands related to creating tools to fight the pandemic. Private companies, public hospitals and government agencies suddenly all demanded medical equipment, testing gear and personal protective equipment.

These demands strengthened America’s manufacturing industry overall. However, only the companies with the resources to pivot were able to seize the incoming opportunities.

Embracing New Technology

During the pandemic, Amazon illustrated that even the biggest and most lucrative companies can lose customers if they do not have the infrastructure in place to meet growing demands. Metal stamping trends also remind companies that they must harness the power of technology, more than ever, to keep up with increasing demands from clients. This will be especially important when medical demand begins to overlap with the return of the travel industry.

Workflow Management

Companies are investing in workflow management software and redesigns of physical spaces to improve traffic flow and productivity. Workflow management provides operations managers with the opportunity to take full control of the production process and create processes that better facilitate speedy and cost-effective outcomes without sacrifice to the quality of the final product.

Inventory Management

There are also some in-house metal stamping trends that companies need to track. Through inventory management, managers can track the final product and its ingredients. Different clients will have unique demands, but the general ingredients necessary are similar. Failing to have the right materials in stock can cause even the biggest and best companies to be overlooked in favor of the companies that can meet immediate needs. Inventory management can help.

Data Analytics

More metal stamping companies are investing in data analytics software. When managers have access to better data, they have a more complete picture to help them make informed decisions. Data analytics can help managers decide what to invest in and predict and project the future performance of the business, metal stamping trends, and movements in the larger economy.

Stamping Press

Some companies are investing in upgrading the physical machines they rely on to get the work done. This is the most difficult technological improvement of all for two reasons. Firstly, this type of machinery is expensive and so is installment. Secondly, the installment process could force operations to come to a halt and most metal stamping businesses cannot currently afford to stop business processes.

Projecting Future Performance

From 2020 to 2027, the defense and aerospace metal stamping market is expected to grow at a 4.6% CAGR. This excerpt from metal stamping trends and forecast details came before the boom in the medical market, which might see an even faster growth rate.

The growth rate in the medical market might not continue beyond the containment of the current pandemic. Even so, it is a promising substitute for the aerospace industry. When travel returns, people will be so eager to explore that the industry will likely recreate a second boom.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Metal Stamping Partner

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Metal stamping is a quick, cost-effective manufacturing process in which a specialized press is used to transform flat metal sheets into various shapes and sizes. The complex process includes many metal forming methods and is used by thousands of metal stamping companies across the U.S. to deliver components to businesses in the automotive, medical and construction industries.

There has been an ever-increasing need for large quantities of complicated metal stamping parts in the past decade. However, choosing the right metal stamping supply partner for your facility can be challenging. Many businesses simply select the cheapest partner without considering other factors, including capabilities, location and experience. When looking for a partner, keep these considerations in mind:

Consideration #1: Stamping Capabilities

You must examine a potential partner’s stamping capabilities and if they can provide the services you need on the schedule you require. Have your company’s procurement specialist analyze the partner’s offerings, services and facilities. Below are a few questions to ask a potential partner before executing a contract or placing an order.

  • What supplies and materials do they usually work with?
  • What production services do they offer?
  • Do they offer design stamping services?
  • What is their quality control process?

You want to ask questions during an official sales meeting and receive answers in writing so you can save them for your records.

Consideration #2: Experience Level 

Manufacturing is an industry in which experience matters. You want to consider the number of years the potential partner has been in business and how much experience key workers possess. You must be confident the potential metal stamping partner has the experience to predict and avoid costly errors.

Quiz your potential partners about their experience as it relates to industry regulations and codes. Be sure the partner you choose has the expertise to safely operate and manufacture components to meet regulations and safety standards. Ask for information on previous projects they have completed and don’t be shy to ask about references. Any reputable company will be happy to provide you with a list of previous customers.

Consideration #3: Pricing

Most experts recommend getting a minimum of three quotes from potential metal stamping partners in your local area. Receiving too many quotes can confuse the process and receiving too few will not provide you with enough information to make an informed decision. Once you receive the quotes, compare costs while considering the experience and capabilities of each partner. One company may quote you a competitive price, but they may be inexperienced. Some potential partners are priced higher because they utilize higher quality materials and they employ more experienced workers. While you want to receive a fair price, choosing the cheapest company is not always the best option.

Consideration #4: Facility Location

The physical location of the partner is a significant consideration in the manufacturing industry. While many people may choose a centrally located manufacturer, it may be in your best interest to select a partner located close to your facility. You want to have some level of control over the stamping process to ensure consistency and quality. If you choose a partner located across the country, you will have to travel by plane every time you want to monitor the manufacturing process. Also, consider your customers when choosing a potential partner. Ideally, you want a metal stamping company that is located close to your facility and your customers.

Degele Manufacturing is a single-source supplier located in Chesterfield, Michigan. We employ CNC machining and can produce metal stampings on long and short-run productions. We specialize in sourcing stampings prototyping, fabrication, and assemblies. We also possess special machine capabilities including notching scarfing, piercing, brazing, and expanding.

What Does ISO Certified Mean for Manufacturing?

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It is one thing to look good, but to be good is even better.

Quality is the name of the game: You will not get anywhere as a manufacturer without providing customers the best possible products and adhering to the highest standards in your industry.

The International Organization for Standardization (called ISO) develops standards that every company should follow, creating quality principles that make your products stand out.

What does ISO certified mean? It is a bit of a misnomer. Read on to learn more.

ISO Does Not Certify Companies

The organization creates the standards, but third-party companies offer the certification. This process means there is not an ISO certification definition, rather there are companies that will subject a manufacturer to these stipulations.

ISO develops what are called International Standards, which have names like “ISO 9000.”

Pro Tip: If you see a company using the organization’s official logo, it is best to check with the ISO to make sure that it is authorized. Many predatory companies pretend to offer “ISO certification” for manufacturing and products when they are just out to take your money and offer you a false credential.

Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations Through ISO Certification

It might not guarantee customer satisfaction, however, an ISO certified company will certainly rise to their product’s expectations. Quality controls, such as material integrity and safety processes, are just some of the focus.

An ISO 9001:2015, for example, will be the qualifying standard after September of 2018. This certification grants that manufacturing companies have a quality management system or process and are seeking continual improvement. When you work with a manufacturer with this certification, then you can have confidence in the end product.

Your company should have its ISO 9001:2015 as soon as possible as all other titles will be obsolete after September 2018.

What Does ISO Certified Mean?

ISO standards boil down to one thing: Quality Assurance Management.

manufacturing company cannot obtain an ISO 9001 certification without being able to prove to a certifying body that it has the correct documentation, materials, and a process by which to efficiently and effectively run their business and produce products efficiently. You have got to be continually improving to get vetted and stay that way.

Another pro tip? A quality management system and a general management system are two different things. ISO 9001 certification only deals with the former.

Get More Business with an ISO Certification

There is no guarantee to prove that your customer base will increase if you have an ISO certification for manufacturing, but there is good data showing at least a correlation. Therefore, when you work with an ISO certified manufacturer, then you know that there is a higher level of quality and consistency during the manufacturing process, which will translate into a higher quality product at the end.

Time is money for your business, so when product is produced at a low quality, it means that you are delayed in delivery and that negatively impacts your reputation. Therefore, working with an ISO-certified manufacturer can help you to keep your business meetings its timelines effectively.

Think about it. Manufacturing companies that abide by quality assurance standards and have a system to measure their progress and improvement are probably the types of companies you would want to work with, right?

Degele Manufacturing is an ISO certified company, which means that continuous improvement is part of who we are. With ISO certification, you know that we can manufacture your product to the highest standard. We have decades of experience with prototypes, metal stampings, tooling, and more. Contact us today.

Based in Michigan, Degele Manufacturing has been serving the world since 1970. The company provides quality metal stampings, fabrications, assemblies, and weldments to the automotive and defense industries. They are ISO 9001:2008 certified.

How to Ensure Defect-Free, On-Time Delivery For Metal Stamping

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High-volume, accurate results make all the difference in the manufacturing world. There are a number of ways to reduce the chances of defects or production delays on metal stamping parts that use aluminum, stainless steel or copper.

This quick guide will easily show you how to ensure timely and quality delivery, thus avoiding the untold cost and damage to your business from product failure.

Here’s what to look out for.

Perform Metal Stamping All Under One Roof

A lot can go wrong when passing a product between multiple hands. Quality can be more easily tracked and maintained when it’s being handled by fewer people (aka, one company).

Work with a single-source supplier capable of providing short- and long-run production, such as stamp press runs from 40  to 400 tons. Some of the best in the business push to drop ship materials direct to customers to not only avoid defects but ensure on-time delivery.

Additionally, look for a quality lab with the necessary ISO 9001 certifications and that can handle your metal stamping needs from prototype to production.

Use the Right Design Software

If you’re going to stop defects from the get-go, where would you start?

The design phase.

It’s best to cut a problem out at the root  – stop it before it even begins. What better way to do that than through advanced software rather than waiting until the product is physically tested?

Experienced metal stamping companies out there will make sure to utilize popular CAD packages, such as AutoCAD, Kubotek 3D, and Surfcam.

These type of CAD software is common and widely used.  It’s just one more thing to look out for in ensuring a defect-free product.

Utilize Top-of-the-Line Machinery

Once the design phase is set in stone, you still need the right tools to finish the job.

You’ll see surface grinders and sinker and wire EDM technologies all being utilized, and as for the aforementioned design software, programmed CNC (“computer numerical control”) centers are an efficient way to dictate the movement of machinery and technology.

Yet again, it’s best when all of these parts and processes are handled by as few hands as possible, all within a single facility.

Timely and Defect-Free Metal Stamping

To recap, material handled just once dramatically reduces the risk of damage, shipping costs and lead time. It doesn’t matter how much or how often you produce, one defective product is enough to jeopardize your company’s success.

Degele Manufacturing is your one-stop-shop for tooling, stamping, quality control, and inspection. Contact us today to request a quote or ask us for more information about our quality assurance in delivering defect-free parts.

Based in Michigan, Degele Manufacturing has been serving the world since 1970. The company provides quality metal stampings, fabrications, assemblies, and weldments to the automotive and defense industries. They are ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Metal Stamping Your Single Source Provider

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Single Source Supplier
  • Save the time and cost of dealing with multiple suppliers.
  • We take your project from design to prototype: build the tooling, checking and test fixtures, stamping, and final assembly all at one time.
  • From prototype to finished product all under one roof.