Tooling Update



Letter to the Editor

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dear Mr. Kuvin,

Thank you for the recent article by Peter Ulintz discussing preventive maintenance (PM) of stamping dies and pressroom equipment (September 2013). I want to address the equating of preventive with predictive maintenance. They are related only by the fact that a strong, well-developed PM program must be in place before entering into a predictive-maintenance regimen.

I helped develop a PM program at Chrysler, and considering the cost of proceeding with a predictive program, plant management decided not to bear such a cost—partially because a new press-monitoring system would have been required. That was an economic decision that was made while enjoying the very cost-beneficial PM program that saved the stamping plant considerable cost-avoidance dollars from die-related downtime.

I’m not discouraging predictive maintenance, rather am just relating that the rewards from a comprehensive die-PM program are more than adequate.

Thomas Ulrich,

Ulrich is the author of Die Tooling Preventive Maintenance, available on Amazon.


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