Patrice A. Kelly

Contributing Writer



Stamping | Articles

Giving your press a lift

May 30, 2002 | By Patrice A. Kelly

This article outlines how operational changes, planning, and combinations and adaptations of existing technologies are upgrading quick die change. Die standardization and new technologies, such as mechanical die lifters, box-style lifters rolling bolsters and programmable logic controllers, is making quick die change more efficient and cost effective.

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Stamping | Articles

Gettin' down with downtime

November 29, 2001 | By Patrice A. Kelly

Reducing the time it takes to change dies it important to all stampers, especially for custom stampers that run small-quantity jobs. This article summarizes the ways in which automation has helped in this process and then covers two die change methods that are used in a quick change system: the standardized clamping system and the V-notch, or key, system.

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