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Support Big Move to Bigger Parts
A new hydraulic-press line at Hatch Stamping helps the Michigan-based metalformer in its mission to produce larger, higher-strength components.
The brothers Hatch, Raymond, Walter, and Joseph, founded Hatch Stamping in 1952, and from the start the company concen- trated on producing small stampings on smaller-tonnage mechanical press- es. More than a half century later, Hatch Stamping and its 900 employees stretch across eight locations in Michi-
gan, Tennessee and Mexico, with a China operation in the works. As the footprint has spread, so has the com- pany’s offerings.
Evolved to Larger Parts and Tougher Material
We have always been a stamper of small- to medium-sized parts, but in
the past 10 years we’ve evolved into supplying larger parts,” says Stewart Claugherty, Hatch Stamping engineer- ing manager. “We started out produc- ing clips and clamps on presses from 75 to 100 tons. In the last six years, we have purchased eight new mechanical presses, all with capacities of at least 600 tons.”
 Hatch Stamping has taken a leap from mechanical presses by installing a hydraulic line to produce automotive roof systems. The lead 600-ton press at right feeds three 1200-ton models.
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