Perhaps, you have an idea that you wish to transform into a physical prototype. Maybe you’re searching for a metal stamping and manufacturing provider that can meet your budget and quality demands.
At Frontier Metal Stamping, headquartered north of Denver and serving clients nationwide, we strive to inform clients about our processes, prototyping to supply chain management. We believe that the more you know about our industry, the easier it will be to find the right fit for your company.
Here, we provide valuable information about what we do, as well as tips on finding a metal stamping and manufacturing provider that can deliver exactly what your project needs.
The Early Beginnings of Metal Stamping
The first widely used stamped metal parts came about in the 1880s, during mass production of bicycles. Stamping took the place of machining and die forging, allowing parts to be made at a much lower cost.
These stamped metal parts aren’t quite as strong as die forged metal, but the quality is good enough for most tasks.
By 1890, those stamped bicycle parts were being imported from Germany to the U.S. After that, some U.S. machine tool companies started to make their own custom stamping machines.
After the bicycle came the automobile, of course. Even before Ford Motor Company popularized the assembly line method of making cars, some automakers were using stamped components for their vehicles.
Ford’s engineers actually recommended the use of stamped metal, and Ford didn’t listen at first. But it soon became apparent that the company wouldn’t be able to meet customer demand with die forged metal parts, and stamped metal was introduced.
What Exactly is Metal Stamping About?
A metal stamping and manufacturing provider will employ a number of different tools and machines might in their processes, but three things are essential: the sheet metal for the part, the stamping die, and the stamping press.
The goal of the entire process is to get the piece of sheet metal into the correct shape and size for its intended purpose. Sometimes, a specialized process called hot stamping is used, but most of the time, the metal is stamped using cold forming. This means that no added heat is used throughout the operation.
However, even during cold forming, heat is naturally generated in the process. When the metal is cut and formed, friction between the metal and the die creates heat. This means that the metal coming out of the dies is usually very hot.
What to Look for in a Metal Stamping and Manufacturing Provider
Not all companies are created equal, so it’s important that you do your due diligence before choosing a partner to produce a prototype or mass-produce a popular product. There are a lot of companies that talk a great game but simply cannot deliver efficiently or cost-effectively.
Let’s take a look at some of the qualities that you should explore when choosing a metal stamping and manufacturing provider to join your team.
Years of Experience
Let’s face it, experience is crucial and not every company has it. From being able to provide an accurate bid to delivering a quality product, it can really make a difference. Here at FMS, we have over 30 years of experience. Our employees know what they’re doing and they bring their A-game every day. We have knowledge experts in tooling, machining, and stamping. We do what it takes to get it done right.
When choosing a metal stamping and manufacturing provider, one thing is clear. “Good” is not good enough. You should expect excellent quality, and the company you are considering should be able to show you how they guarantee quality.
Frontier Metal Stamping runs PPAP (production part approval process) units to determine if the process is capable of building parts to print/specification. When the process is capable, Frontier will build production parts while monitoring the build process to make sure it is in and remains in control.
Frontier follows the latest worldwide quality and environmental standards and procedures for every aspect of our operation. Everything we produce has its own process, quality plan, and inspection procedure. We are also ISO 9001:2015 registered. Our quality assurance goal is to make sure all metal stamping products comply with all specifications, standards, and customer requirements.
The customer’s requirements are reviewed and well understood before we start any project. We have a system that includes more than 30 checkpoints to make sure we get it right. The engineer that designs the tooling is the same engineer that monitors die wear and reverse engineers issues on the floor. This establishes quality tool design. Also, the tool builders are responsible for making sure that parts built from their tooling are within 100% of spec.
Services & Capabilities
Find out if a potential metal stamping and manufacturing provider has the capability and skill to handle your needs. The FMS team offers comprehensive, in-house services, from initial design, engineering, and tooling, to sourcing raw materials, high-volume manufacturing, secondary services and customized supply chain programs.
These are the industries we serve: aerospace and defense, consumer goods, medical, automotive/transportation, electronics, recreation, energy and mining, construction, and agriculture.
Capacity to Deliver
Check out if the company has the capacity available for your size of project.
Frontier Metal Stamping has 25,000 square feet of space. Our professionals specialize in efficiency and consistency, making FMS the ideal partner for all projects big and small. We offer design and prototypes, design for fabrication (DFF) reviews, tools, metal stamping, production, quality control, manufacturing systems, supply chain and secondary services like machining, deburr, welding, assembly, and more.
Ask for references. Are previous customers happy with the results? At FMS, we continually strive to achieve high ethical standards and total customer satisfaction. By paying attention to customer requirements at the front-end of the relationship and then building parts to meet their specs, Frontier exceeds every expectation.
When it comes to how to choose a metal stamping and manufacturing provider, it’s all about asking the right questions. Frontier Metal Stamping, north of Denver, is the region’s leading supplier of precision tools, prototypes, and metal stampings. Call us or stop by. We can answer all your questions.
Our goal is to give you a competitive advantage by providing high-quality, innovative, and cost-effective solutions for your metal component needs.