Quick Die Change Equipment

Quick die change is essential to just in time (JIT) manufacturing. Properly designed QDC systems will help you implement tool changes safely in minutes versus hours. We can provide all the quick die equipment and application knowledge to help you to implement a QDC system that will work for you.

PRI Application Engineers offer personal assistance in configuring and justifying QDC systems to meet your exact needs. We’ll help you select appropriate die handling equipment, die storage, and die clamping and get it working.

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Die Storage Racks by Green Valley
Storing dies on the factory floor and transporting them with forklifts is inefficient and potentially unsafe. Proper storage of tools in die racks keeps them clean and accessible and allows the dies to be quickly found and transported.

Hansford Die Cart

Hansford Die Cart

Die Carts by Green Valley & Hansford
Die carts are dedicated to the QDC process and eliminate potential long waits for forklift availability. One and two station die carts can help efficiently transport and your tools. Most die carts have push/pull mechanisms and roller decks that can load or retract a die whether on sub plates or parallels.

Die Lifters – Roller & Ball Styles – Spring, Air & Hydraulic by Pascal
Hydraulic, pneumatic, or spring ball die lifters mounted in the bolster plate provide assistance in loading your die. Die lifters often make it possible to position dies weighing less than 4,000 pounds by hand. Hydraulic roller lifters allow handling of much heavier tools. Sub-plates under the lower die shoe are required for die lifters to work properly.

Bolster Extensions for QDC Applications by Pascal
Bolster extensions (also known as bolster arms or bolster pre-rollers) should be used when die carts are not available or affordable. They allow a die to be staged at the front or back of the press with a fork truck, then pushed into the die space over die mounted lifters. This technique also works best when the lower die is fitted with a smooth sub-plate.

Hydraulic Clamps – Mechanical Clamps by Optima and Pascal
Hydraulic cylinder, lever, ledge clamps or single turn die clamps are used to quickly and safely secure the tools for production once they die has been properly located. Hydraulic traveling clamps may be appropriate for larger presses where it takes more time for a setup person to move from the front to back of the press.

Die and Mold Splitters/Handlers by Green Valley and Hansford
A die handler helps make die set inspection a fast and safe one-man operation. Hansford die handlers are intended to facilitate rapid and safe tool inspection, repair, and tryout. They eliminate the hazards of slipping and jamming when disassembling or re-assembling at die. Die splitters increase your tool room productivity by enabling one man to separate, service and try-out valuable dies. The Hansford die splitter eliminates using chain hoists, lead mallets, and two or three toolmakers to separate and service dies.

We also provide press automation controls to optimize your quick die changing routine, including automatic shut height adjustment, automatic feed setup, and setup of all press control parameters and auxiliary timing requirements.


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