Today, we all know that servo presses are the best in terms of stroke rate and output. But what can be done when the production time is plenty to cover the demand of parts and at the same time the cost of materials and energy make any previous calculation obsolete?
A slide curve adapted to current requirements significantly reduces variable costs. Instead of aiming for a high stroke rate, it is currently worthwhile to optimize the re-set-up in terms of reduced energy costs and fewer rejects.
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The stroke rate of progressive and transfer presses can be significantly increased by the optimal adjustment of the process parameters. The success of such a process optimization is usually expressed by the increase in stroke rate.
But how much additional output must be achieved so that the costs of this effort can be economically justified?
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Great efforts are made to increase the production quantity of forming machines. Those responsible diligently create value stream analyzes, constantly optimize setting values, invest in modern production equipment and much more in order to increase output.
A concrete and outright structured analysis of the process bottleneck helps to address the causes with efficient means and leads to a sustainable improvement.
Maximum stroke rates on presses are an obvious must in times of enormous demand, no question.
As soon as the demand for formed parts drops, it is more important to trim the production to maximum efficiency and thus to optimum stroke rates. Specifically, this means re-adjusting the press and 3-axis transfer settings not only in regard of the absolute number of strokes, but especially in terms of the reduction of maintenance and the energy consumption per manufactured part.
One would think that the correct application of clearance curves in the transfer tool design is not only an absolute must, but a matter of course.
A technically error-free and clear flow chart, whether classical with clearance curves or carried out based on a virtual flow simulation, enables the press to be operated at maximum output.