Metal stamping is a process for transforming flat sheet metal or bar stock into a variety of shapes. As a cold-forming process, metal stamping uses stamping presses and dies to shape material without the need to apply heat. Manufacturers value metal stamping for its low cost, high speed, and ability to produce large volumes of identical metal components.
Stainless steel stamping may consist of multiple, complex operations, including punching, bending, piercing, embossing, flagging, blanking, and coining. Of the many metals used in industrial processes, stainless steel is one of the most versatile due to its many beneficial characteristics. This low-cost, long-lasting metal doesn’t require plating, though it can be polished to various finishes.
Here are the top three reasons you should consider stainless steel for your next metal stamping project:
- Corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, rust, and oxidation, making it useful in a variety of environments that are inhospitable to other metals. Though stainless steel comes in various grades, each features relatively high resistances to corrosion from acids, alkaline, chlorides, and atmospheric conditions. Increasing the levels of chromium, molybdenum, and nickel content in the alloy can further improve corrosion resistance.
- Strength. Stainless steel has a high strength-to-weight ratio and maintains its durability even when thinned and lightened during cold working. Heat-treating after forming adds additional strength when required. The material’s high tensile strength persists throughout a broad range of operating temperatures.
- Cost and lifespan. Stainless steel has a long service life. It rarely needs refurbishing, as evidenced by the existence of many old structures with original stainless steel features. The longevity, low initial cost, and lack of maintenance make it one of the most cost-efficient metals available.
At Keats Manufacturing, we perform a wide variety of custom metal stamping operations, including:
Our custom metal stamped parts deliver exceptional performance. We can provide parts in many forms, including:
- With embossed elements, such as logos
At Keats Manufacturing, our custom metal stamping products include a wide variety of components, such as:
- Electronic terminals
- Furniture parts
- Fuse clips
- Heat sinks
- Medical components
- Printer cartridge blades
- Sensor components
- Thrust washer
When choosing a metal stamping partner, it is essential to consider more than just the metal stamping capabilities alone. Quality stainless steel stamping requires an understanding of metal qualities and the chemical compositions that affect them, deep industry experience, a broad selection of other fabrication and finishing services, and most importantly—strict quality standards. These combined qualities result in a high-value partner.
Keats Manufacturing offers best-in-class customer service, with fast turnarounds and the most stringent quality standards in the industry. As an ISO-9001-, ISO-14001-, and TS-16949-compliant manufacturer, our quality processes ensure consistency across all our products through data collection at every stage of the manufacturing process. This analysis optimizes the final inspection that occurs before any part is delivered.
Keats offers over 60 years of fast, reliable, and multi-functional metalworking. We strive to provide the highest value and best performance for all our customers. With highly experienced teams and a footprint spanning three state-of-the-art facilities, we have the expertise and capability to help you with metal stamping projects of virtually any size and design complexity.
At Keats Manufacturing, our customers have come to depend on us for our deep industry experience, extensive design and development capabilities, and a broad portfolio of services that allow us to deliver optimal solutions for all their metal stamped products. From prototyping through high-volume production up to 50 million parts, we are here to support our customers throughout the entire process.
Contact us today to learn more about our stainless steel stamping capabilities.