Coils And Straighteners
Modern hydraulic pressure and other developments in stamping press machines, precision die grinding, die-rolling, die cutting, automatic press control, automatic pressure measuring and inspection, pressure measuring and control, die forming equipment, automated die head systems, lubrication, and other advancements in stamping press machines, die making, and other machining technologies are enabling pressed facilities to deliver shorter runs of higher-quality, higher-volume parts more economically, faster, and more cost-effectively. Many shops have switched from older, large shop machinery to better-equipped, compact equipment that is capable of completing even very demanding work in less time. Pressroom consolidation is another solution for shortening cycle times. In a small shop, the old-style shop floor plan with many workstations connected via an overhead crane and many tools scattered around is no longer feasible, but modern shop floor plans using fully-redundant systems, such as a system of bus system or cable trackers to move equipment from one workstation to another, eliminate this problem.
Many quality-driven shops are incorporating CNC (Computer Numbered Control) technology to control and systematize much of their work. CNC technology can be used for simple and complex operations as well as automated die cutting, die boring, and other high-volume machining processes. Some CNC software systems are available at a very affordable price; in some cases, they can even be built into the new CNC hydraulic press. Hydraulic die-cuts are made by hand using a stave-cutting tool with a spinning motion, and a CNC die cutting machine uses software to perform a variety of tasks. The advantage of these types of machinery is that they do not require manual attendance, thereby saving the operator manpower and potentially even money with employee discount programs.
Press manufacturing companies are employing a wide variety of CNC coil handling equipment to meet their large needs for products such as coils and die castings. In addition to producing a wide variety of products, they are able to service their customers’ equipment needs. Some companies are capable of providing computer numerical control (CNC) engineering services to their clients. This type of engineering consulting enables the client to create computer numerical controlled parts or assemblies (CNC) of the customer’s specifications. Using the same equipment used by the manufacturer, the customer is able to quickly measure, cut, shape, weld, solder and print the parts on hand-crafted products. Some companies also offer to design and build components and parts for a customer’s complete CNC engineering needs.
An increasing number of shops are adding CNC coil handling equipment to their existing assembly lines. As technology has advanced, the capabilities of these types of machines have increased as well. For example, a few years ago, the CNC could only process a small number of motorized widths at a time.
Today, a shop can process hundreds of coils and rolls with ease. A small portable desktop unit can be attached to a machine, and a number of on-site computer lenders can handle the job. Typically, two or more upenders are located in an area where there is access to water and power; making it easy to clean and service these mechanical components.
One important advantage of CNC coil handling equipment is that it makes it possible to easily and accurately fabricate, uncoil, crimp and install high tensile steel plates. These products require special tools because they are designed to work only with certain sized and shaped materials. They can be used to manufacture several types of plates: flat coils, plate rolls, tube rolls, uncoiled rolls, plate sheets, tables and many more. The specialized equipment allows shops to rapidly manufacture high quality plates that are specific to each job.