Applications requiring multiple tools can cost you time as a result of multiple setups, repeated material handling and shimming.
If tooling is “staged,” bending can be done all in one setup and handling, with no shims or risers required.
Watch how quickly you can complete complex bend sequences with staged tooling. If your bend requires multiple sets of tooling, you typically have to set up and handle the part multiple times to complete the process. With staged tooling, you can complete the whole application in one setup and handling, dramatically reducing runtime.
Tooling that is staged shuts at the same height, so multiple sets of tools can be set up at the same time. If all the tooling isn't the same height, the staging won't work.
Tooling without a common shut height cannot be run in one setup because the punches and dies will collide.
Staged tooling is designed to shut at the same height, so all bending can be done in one progressive setup.
This Technically Speaking how-to video shows us the difference between staged and unstaged tooling. Our host demonstrates how stage bending offers so much more efficiency than the alternative.
Save time, increase efficiencies and reduce lead-times — all while maintaining part quality. These are just some of the benefits of using staged tooling. See why this Michigan job shop chose to invest in staged tooling and ditch the shims and custom extensions they needed to create a common shut height.
While some vendors might claim to offer staged tooling, unless they can provide an out-of-the box solution that allows gooseneck, thirty-degree, offset, flattening and other tools to be set up side-by-side, they’re not truly saving you as much time as they could. Wilson Tool ships American and European tooling that’s staged out-of-the-box. That means whatever combination of tools you need to run a part, they can all be setup and run at once.
To gain efficiencies for complex jobs, fabricators turn to staged bending. Multiple tool sets are arranged next to each other across the press brake bed, allowing an operator to run a complex part, or a series of different parts, all in one setup.
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