Posted by Matt Martin
Stamping presses combine the customization of steel stamps, type, and dies with medium- to high-volume repeatability in an easy-to-use marking machine.
Stamping presses, also referred to as impact presses, are either manual or pneumatic marking machines that incorporate a holder filled with steel type, a shank stamp, a roll die, or a numbering head above the marking surface; force is generated by compressing and then releasing a spring inside the press, and then the die is driven down which transfers the image from the face of the die onto the surface being marked.
Stamping presses can be integrated into a production line or mounted, like the one in this video, on a bench top. In this video you can see a manual, spring actuated press in action.
Why Use a Stamping Press?
Stamping presses are an excellent marking solution for repetitive indent marking applications. They are low maintenance machines that are relatively straight forward to use. Manual impact presses, in particular, are easy to operate.
One of the most important advantages of a stamping press is that it combines the flexibility and customization of steel stamps, type, dies, and numbering heads with machines that are ideal for medium- to high-volume applications. Stamps, type, and dies can be customized with logos or custom fonts and are manufactured from hardened, high-grade tool steel for long service life and durability.
How Do They Work?
Manual Stamping Presses
Manual impact presses offer users a safe, reliable marking solution that is easy to set up and to operate.
This manual style of press is best suited for low- to medium-volume applications. If you're not sure whether you need a manual or pneumatic stamping press, or have any other related questions, please contact us here.
Unlike more complicated marking solutions, manual impact presses are low maintenance solutions that are easy to set up and operate. The simplicity of the manual press, coupled with the degree of control it offers, its safety, and reliability, make it a popular marking solution. Specifically, high volume repetitive indent marking applications are best handled with the use of impact presses which achieve a very short cycle time that cannot be met with any other marking method.
Pneumatic Stamping Presses
Ideal for high-volume applications, pneumatic impact presses can do more than just stamp. Pneumatic impact presses can be used for part marking, riveting, pressing, assembly, stamping, forming, punching, and shearing.
This style of press can be operated either manually or with a control package (higher volume applications typically dictate use of a control package). See further below for more information on control packages.
When selecting a pneumatic press, there are a few specifications that you should consider to ensure that you are selecting the correct press for your particular marking requirements. Of course, your Durable sales rep can help you with all of the options and features, but in general, the three main areas you will need to consider are the press model, the control package, and the marking dies.
Choose Your Pneumatic Stamping Press Model
Choose Your Pneumatic Stamping Press Control Package
Choose Your Stamping Press Marking Dies
Pneumatic presses can make use of shank stamps, steel type with a holder, or numbering headsfor sequential marking. Your marking requirement will usually dictate which marking dies make the most sense.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing between a stamp, type, or numbering head. All three are machined from high quality, long lasting steel and can be customized. Numbering heads, however, are designed for serial numbering and sequential part marking, so they are not ideal for all applications
Stamping Press Applications
The popularity of the impact press is also due to its versatility. An impact press can be used for a wide variety of applications other than marking including:
Stamping presses are typically found in industrial and manufacturing settings, and over the years we have helped a number of companies find the right press for their particular application.
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