Dies address slug-pulling problems

July 13, 2004

Impax Tooling Solutions offers the Slug Hugger® 2 die designed to address problems caused by slug pulling. The tool is the next generation of the original Slug Hugger die, a slug-pulling system for turret punch press tooling from Wilson Tool, parent company of Impax.

The dies hug the slug just below the cutting surface, preventing it from returning or springing back with the punch. The design features interior protrusions, or "precision nips," that extend the entire die height, helping to guide the slugs through the relief and eliminating marks or burrs on the finished part. This design minimizes slug grabbing, which reduces galling and slug packing when stamping materials such as aluminum and galvanized steel.

The dies work on all material types and thicknesses. The technology is available on all types of dies, including taper relief, stepped relief, headed, and headless. They come in clearances as little as 0.004 in. (0.1 mm) and hole sizes down to 0.050 in. (1.27 mm).