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                                            pad, or adding lock beads.
Wrinkles in the flange area or near
the die radius indicate the presence of in-plane compressive forces that are synonymous with deep drawing. The required blankholder pressure may be as high as 40 percent of the punch force, depending upon materi- al type and thickness. Other options: Reduce the size of the die entry radius, add draw beads or reduce punch-to- die clearance.
Problems Due to Unbalanced Loads
Forming sequences in a progressive die occur much higher in the press stroke than they do during punching and cutting. When the working forces in a progressive die are not distributed evenly, the press slide (ram) can tip and move laterally in the direction of the greatest force. If this movement
occurs with the punches engaged with other die components, excessive wear or damage can occur.
Unbalanced loads may be detectable during the die-strip analysis. Look for punched holes and opposing trim edges where the cutting clearance appears to be too tight on one side of the cut and too loose on the other side. If cutting clearance appears on-cen- ter when the die is out of the press and inspected in the toolroom, chances are good that the die is tipping due to unbalanced loading.
To help ensure part quality, work to maintain an even distribution of the work load across the press slide. This practice also will improve die life and reduce press maintenance. Evaluate the progressive-die strip and the timing of the die stations to better manage die-tipping moments caused by unbal- anced loads. MF
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MetalForming magazine is seeking nominations for its new Women of Excellence in Metalforming section, to run in the November issue. The section will feature and honor those selected as a means to recognize and promote the importance of women in the metalforming and fabricating industries.
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