When a die requires repair, the primary causes are tooling wear, incorrect setup procedures, or substandard die design. Poor performance and excess wear from inefficient designs are correctable with maintenance, but finding the root of the failure will deliver long-term performance. Die maintenance is vital for maintaining the longevity, function, and efficiency of the die and can help avoid costly repairs and downtime.
At US Metal Crafters, we deliver tool repairs and maintenance that meet your specifications and tolerances requirements. We offer several die maintenance and repair methods to reduce downtime and keep your dies operating at peak performance
Die Maintenance Methods
High-quality maintenance programs help prevent potential problems before they impact production. US Metal Crafters has the expertise to identify and resolve die maintenance issues to reduce or eliminate interruptions in operation. The three primary die maintenance methods are:
- Cleaning and Inspection: This preventative method identifies problems before they cause disruptions in operation. Regular cleaning removes excess lubricant, slivers, debris, and slugs from the die. Inspect the die for loose fasteners, dowels, and screws. Check for missing safety guards, worn wear plates, and broken springs. Replace the components when they are nearing the end of their lifespan. Inspect the dies for galling, chips, cracks, and dullness. Ensure cutting punches are fully secured in their containers, dry any moisture, and properly lubricate the components.
- Sharpening: Normal die usage results in wear over time. Normal wear causes imperfections in the die sections and punches that can result in errors. Sharpen the die sections and punches regularly with a grinding wheel to improve the cutting quality and efficiency. It is critical to use the right grinding wheel for the die material and select the right cutting shear. It will ensure a balanced and sharp die section that offers better performance and lengthens the die’s lifespan.
- Shimming: Shimming is a process that maintains the timing of die stations. It is vital to remove burrs and ensure proper shim alignment to prevent shim overhang. Using too many thin shims can make the die section spongy and cause it to shift during use. Relying on fewer, thicker shims will deliver increased performance. Ensure the pierce holes are clear, there is no debris, and there is clearance for the slug drop slot, dowels, and screws.
Our Tool and Die Maintenance and Repair Services
At US Metal Crafters, we have the expertise to keep dies and tools operating at optimal performance with our repair and maintenance services. Our machine shop is one of the most well-equipped in the Southeastern United States. Our in-house design and machining capabilities deliver outstanding tool and die maintenance and repair results.
Die maintenance and repairs are unavoidable. So, it is critical to repair equipment correctly and perform regular maintenance to avoid downtime, increase longevity, and optimize performance. Our leadership team has over 32 years of combined experience in the industry, and works with our experienced tool and die technicians to provide solutions that exceed your expectations. Our in-house capabilities shorten lead times and allow us to offer competitive prices. Our 120,000 square foot facility is ISO certified and uses state-of-the-art CNC machining equipment, lathes, grinders, and bridge ports and EDM. Contact us to learn more about our capabilities or request a quote today.