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New Die System
Negates Need for Press Refurbishment

New Die System
Negates Need for Press Refurbishment

Thursday, August 1, 2002
 
General Electric, Bridgeport, CT, has saved on press refurbishment by employing a die system from Uni-Guide Products by Humdinger, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. GE faced a $70,000 repair bill on a three-post Bruderer press with an out-of-alignment ram. Instead, GE opted to purchase a new die employing the Uni-Guide die system. GE was able, through the new system, to place the press back in service without repair, claim company officials, producing more than 15 million pieces while running the press two shifts per day unattended. The die was removed once for sharpening at about 7 million strokes. Previous to using the Uni-Guide, GE had pulled the die for sharpening at every 500,000 strokes. The new die-set design uses the Uni-Guide patented, unified internal-guidance system as opposed to a traditional multiple-post-and-bushing guidance system. The system, through its rigid alignment, reportedly provides a significant improvement in alignment accuracy and reliability for high-speed, precision metal-stamping requirements. It can operate in older and worn presses and features simple setup and few moving parts to wear, according to company officials.

 

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