Selected articles from November/December 2013 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
: Do you have the right below-the-hook lifting equipment for your material handling needs? Not many metal formers ask themselves that question, but they probably should, especially if they are concerned about eliminating possible coil damage and keeping employees safe.
Most stampers don’t think twice about running a hydraulic press like it has been run for the last 20 years. By doing so, they are losing out on dramatic cost savings associated with a possible energy-saving retrofit that’s centered around a smart variable-speed pump drive.
To realize the importance of a good die preventive maintenance program, all a stamper has to do is recall the last time a press line shut down because of a major die problem. The downtime and reaction of the frustrated customer likely are hard to forget. The associated costs, however, aren’t typically documented. That shouldn’t be the case, because those costs can be very important in trying to convince management that a robust tooling maintenance program is worth every cent invested in it.
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