Magnetic Clamping Systems for Rubber Molding

By David L. Fischer, Engineering Manager for the HILMA Division of Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co. Article reprinted with permission of Rubber World. In today’s market of increased competition, short production runs and frequent mold changes, manufacturers must be alert to ideas that help increase productivity. A system to reduce the time needed for lengthy … Continued

Tips for Using Zero-Point Clamping Systems

By Kip Hanson, Contributing Editor Article excerpted from April, 2014 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering. A Carr Lane Roemheld zero-point fixture integrates into a four-sided tooling block. Similar to the mechanism that grips rotary toolholders on many machining centers, zero-point clamps employ a mounting knob and clamping wedge lock to pull a pallet, fixture or … Continued

Power Machine Vises for Close-Tolerance Demands

by Judy A. Camp, a writer for Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co. Information adapted from an article which originally appeared in Modern Applications News.  Machine vises are commonly found in every job shop, large or small. While manual vises have some very effective uses, today’s closer tolerances often demand higher precision machine vises powered with … Continued

How Quick Die Change is Changing

By Kate Bachman, Editor Article from May 2014 issue of Stamping Journal. (Partial article. Use this link to read it in full):Quick die change, introduced decades ago, has become a staple of lean manufacturing in most stamping shops. QDC equipment itself is being upgraded and their lines expanded to meet evolving requirements for speed and … Continued

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