What are the Common Methods for Press Tooling?

Press tooling is commonly used in hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical presses to manufacture essential parts and other components at high volumes.

These press tools are classified by the nature of modification that is required for the base materials, with processes including blanking, piercing, bending, forming, forging and trimming.

Here we look at the three progression press tooling standards used by top manufacturers and how they are selected depending on the demands of each process:

1. Standard fixed tooling

The most commonly used system, standard fixed tooling is used largely for more basic tasks such as shaping or machining a component into a simple application. Features include:

  • Die set precision guidance elements only
  • Typically used with fixed location punches
  • Material thickness > 0.5mm
  • Full tool protection

2. Precision tooling

As the name suggests, precision tooling allows components to be manufactured with more unique design features and with a wide range of materials. Features include:

  • Full length Die Set (top and bottom bolster) with large precision guidance elements
  • Fixed internal elements with individual precision guidance elements
  • Punches and dies cut to +/-0.001mm
  • Material thickness 0.05mm — 1.0mm
  • Full tool protection

3. Modular tooling

Modular tooling is a sophisticated process that uses a range of assembled tool adaptors that are connected to perform different applications, working very much like building blocks. Modular tooling helps to reduce manufacturing costs and lead times. Features include:

  • Full length Die Set (top and bottom bolster) with large precision guidance elements
  • Internal modules with individual precision guidance elements
  • Punches and dies cut to +/-0.001mm
  • Typical material thickness between 0.05mm — 1.0mm
  • Suitable for ‘in press’ change over
  • Reduced change over time ‘SMED’
  • Full tool protection

Find out more

At Brandauer, we apply the same technical and engineering skill to the transfer and refurbishment of existing tooling as we do to the development of new tooling. With our skills and technology, we can minimise future maintenance and downtime and the associated costs and inconveniences.

To learn more about our tooling capabilities, contact our friendly team directly on 0121 359 2822 or by emailing sales@brandauer.co.uk.

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