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What is the Difference Between Long and Short Run Metal Stamping?

Long and short run metal stamping processes are defined by the number of products being produced in a set period, as determined by the part’s requirements and applications. 

But what exactly does each method entail, and how do you choose which is best suited for your needs? 

Defining Short Run Metal Stamping 

Short run stamping typically produces up to 5,000 parts over a six-month or less production period. High-demand industries will use short production runs to produce high-quality, complex parts at a rapid pace. Low-volume runs can be completed at a faster pace than long-run productions, at a much lower cost. 

Defining Long Run Metal Stamping 

Long run stamping is used to produce high-volume parts over an extended period of time. This method can be used to produce more than 800 parts per minute and last anywhere from six months to over a year. The fast production capabilities coupled with cost-effective, “bulk” pricing helps deliver an exponentially larger volume of parts with the same dimensions and functionality. 

Choosing Your Metal Stamping Process 

When it comes to choosing between long and short run metal stamping, there are several important considerations to note. First, determine your budget, lead time and production deadlines. You’ll also need to know which materials and tooling are required to complete your specific project. 

Generally, short runs are ideal for lower-budget projects, such as the testing or design process. Long production runs are best suited for high-volume demand that requires additional tooling costs. Keep in mind, long-run stamping will cost more overall, but deliver the lowest price per piece. 

Talk to the Experts 

Progressive Die and Stamping’s experienced team can help you determine the best production method for your required parts. We’ll assess your budget, deadline and part requirements to provide the ideal recommendation for your needs. 

Contact us to learn more. 

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