June 13, 2012
By: David Fischer
As more metal formers find themselves taking on more jobs with lower quantities, they have developed higher interest in quick die change. Many want to automate the entire clamping process: Hit a button and the clamps quickly engage or disengage. Hydraulic, magnetic, or combination clamping systems are options for stampers, but they shouldn't think one is necessarily better than the other without a thorough investigation.
Take the lead in fast flexible fiber laser processing with the Electra FL and FA-L automation. The Flexible Automation for Lasers (FA-L) offers true flexibility, load/unload in 40 seconds and handles sheet sizes from 1000x1000mm up to 3050x1525mm.
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