How Lubrication Strategies Affect Changeover Time
Excerpt from the article in the September 2012 issue of Stamping Journal by Troy Turnbull
To survive, a person’s body relies on getting fluids to the right places at the right time, and the same goes for the stamping process and die lubrication. When should the lube turn on, and for how long? Does the process require flooding, split-second lubrication, or minimal lubrication? The list of variables goes on, and if a technician overlooks any one of them, he may produce rejected parts, damage tools, and cause lost production time.
Stamping requires a system to distribute the die lubricant mixture accurately, thoroughly, and economically with the proper pressure and volume to supply fluid consistently to each spray nozzle. Stampers must ensure nozzles are positioned properly and the lubricant mixture mixed correctly, with proportions tailored for the application. Finally, stampers can find ways to optimize changeover to reduce setup time and, just as important, the possibility for press setup error.Read More