Stamping Dies: Quick Change Artists

Hours become minutes on changeover of stamping dies By Kip Hanson, Contributing Editor Article from May 2014 issue of Shop Metalworking (Canada). Read the full article on Shop Metalworking’s web site (Partial article. Use this link to read it in full): For years, those familiar with Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) have been hearing … Continued

Heavy-Duty Hydro: Hydraulic Vises Offer Accurate Workholding for Workpieces Large and Small

By Kip Hanson, Contributing Editor Article from May 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering. (Partial article. Use this link to read it in full): It’s ironic. Tell a shop owner or production engineer to mount a mechanical 3-jaw chuck on a CNC lathe and they’ll look at you as though you’re wearing a duck on … Continued

Appliance Maker Follows a Trusted Quick-Die-Change Recipe

By Brad Kuvin, Editor Article from November, 2013 issue of Metal Forming. Read the full article on Metal Forming’s web site (Partial article. Use this link to read it in full): In 2007, the 30,000-sq.-ft. pressroom at the Sub-Zero and Wolf manufacturing plant in Fitchburg, WI, nearly doubled in production capacity. Welcomed that year: three … Continued

Quick Mold Change For The Plastics Industry

“I can now change 40 tools in the time it takes (the competition) to change one.” — President of a Leading East Coast Plastics Manufacturing Plant “Safety has increased 100-fold.” — Senior Mold Designer In a quest to achieve Just In Time production and increase both injection mold availability and safety levels during mold changeover, … Continued

Quick Die Clamping: Hydraulic, Magnetic, or Hydromechanical?

Consider these options before deciding what is right for your application By David Fischer, Engineering Manager, Hilma Div. of Carr Lane Roemheld Article from July/August, 2012 issue of Stamping Journal. Read the full article on Fabricator/Stamping Journal’s web site (Partial article. Use this link to read it in full): As more metal formers find themselves … Continued

The Domino Effect of Precision Die Changes

By Brad Kuvin, Editor Article from July, 2012 issue of Metal Forming. Read the full article on Metal Forming’s web site (Partial article. Use this link to read it in full):You’ve done a good job of staging dies in roll-off die racks near the presses in which the dies will run. You’ve installed bolster arm … Continued

A Flexible Fixturing Future

Small to medium-sized jobs demand the accuracy, versatility, and repeatability of flexible part fixturing systems. Article reprinted with permission from April 1998 American Machinist. Content © copyright 1998 American Machinist. Patricia L. Smith Managing editor As the trend towards smaller lot sizes and higher accuracy parts continues, many manufacturers are finding that dedicated workholding systems … Continued