Probably the most significant investment in tooling we have made is in the design, development and implementation of the modular tool. This has increased efficiency and produced significant savings in downtime, since only individual modules need to be replaced in the event of attention being required.
Although the consequences of damage have been greatly reduced with the development of modular tool units, it can still prove to be costly. We have developed our own tool protection system, consisting of sensors attached to the die set which constantly monitor and report on tool performance. The sensors can detect pitch variations as well as abnormal thickness – such as a metal slug caught in the tool – and stop the press within a single cycle. A press can be stopped remotely from the Quality Assurance office.
Batten and Allen invest in a new Bruderer BSTA 510-125 High Speed Press