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Five Benefits of Quick Die Change

Updated on February 19, 2013

Quick Die Change

Die change downtimes measured in hours undercuts a plant’s ability to remain competitive in today’s metal-forming industry. An automated quick die change system reduces the time in switching out the time to minutes.

The improved efficiency of a quick die exchange brings savings and revenue that make up for the cost of an automated system. The benefits are easy to enumerate.

Reduced Inventories

Quick die changes allow a metal-forming plant to run smaller quantity runs and change dies more frequently to meet actual demand. When die changes require too much time, a plant operator can’t afford repeated down times and must instead make longer runs for anticipated demand, increasing storage costs for inventory of unsold products.

Increased Capacity

With less downtime for die exchanges between last part and first part, presses can meet production demands of several customers quickly without resorting to overtime or added shifts, increasing revenue.

Just-in-Time Efficiency

Quick die changes allow a plant to meet demanding just-in-time deliveries, offering improved service to customers and increasing an operation’s competitiveness in the marketplace.

Improved Quality

The automation that a quick die change system requires means it must accurately place a die in the same position each time it’s placed back in the press. That accuracy in repeatable positioning means less waste.

Less Labor Costs and Improved Safety

A quick die exchange system guides the die and rolls it smoothly in and out of presses during the exchange. Often only a single operator controls the process, and the system won’t allow a press to operate if a die is not placed in its proper position.

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