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September 30, 2017 at 1:00 am

Press Tools: Proper Care and Use

Industrial toolsA die or press tool is a unique tool used in industries to shape or cut materials. Simple press tools perform piercing and blanking operations in one stroke while compound dies are ideal when you need to perform more than one operation using a single stroke.

These tools are widely used in the fabrication shops, automotive and electrical industries for punching holes. The manufacturing process combines several important steps for a successful punching operation. Here are some factors that will ensure you could maximise efficiency and productivity of your fabrication process.

Optimum Die Clearance

Using a large die clearance results in holes of poor quality and large burrs. Tight clearance reduces the durability of your press tool. The ideal die clearance will depend on the thickness and type of your work piece material. Optimising the clearance of your die is an essential factor to a successful punching process.

Good Slugs

The slugs are the spitting image of your holes. Check if the fracture plane and burnished land are regular along the periphery of the slug. This will indicate that the machine is aligned properly. A good slug is a sign that the press tool is operating at its maximum efficiency and that there are maximum breaks between regrinds.

Quality Punching Tool Parts

Your press tools should have features that lessen the effects of tensile forces applied to the punch’s tip. Small back tapers can reduce pressure on your punch flanks. Using high-quality steel tools will minimise wear, cracking and chipping of your punch. Guided tool holder systems are stronger and longer lasting compared to unguided ones. They also produce parts that are of higher quality with larger spaces between regrinds.

Proper maintenance of your tools is essential for a good punching job. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for the lubrication, sharpening and maintenance of your press tool. Proper evaluation of the punching operation is sure to lead to higher profitability and productivity.