PUNCHING THICK MATERIAL HAS ITS OWN SET OF RULES
Thick materials, found in ironworking, shipyards and construction projects of all sorts, require a distinct approach when being manipulated – this isn’t sheet metal. When manufacturing with this material, you need tooling that can handle the increased stress and the knowledge of what it takes to be successful.
HEAVY DUTY TOOLING FOR HEAVY DUTY MATERIAL
For punching thick material, there are a variety of tooling solutions.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR PUNCHING THICK MATERIAL
To reduce the risk of down time when punching thick material, take these suggestions in to consideration.
- Check Your Tonnage: When punching a material thickness outside of your normal practice, make sure to check your tonnage. Knowing your tonnage will help in tool selection – adding additional features such as a shear to reduce tool wear, tool breakage and machine wear. Download Tonnage Calculator.
- Consider a Coating: Coatings can be quite beneficial, especially when your hole size is near the material’s thickness. Adding a coating will reduce friction and stripping forces. For example, hitting a 0.125" round in 0.105" thick material. Explore Coating Solutions.
- Give up Grind Life for Strength: By reducing the tool's standard straight before radius (SBR) and increasing the tool blend radius, you add strength to the tip of the tool but sacrifice some grind life.
- Increase Station Size: By moving up to the next punch or insert size, you increase the tool’s body size, which often is a key factor in the tool’s strength. The added mass enables the tool to absorb the shock and stresses from punching thicker material.
No matter your application, punching thick or thin material, Wilson Tool is available for support. Work with your local Sales Engineer or a Tooling Technician to explore solutions that will reduce your downtime and increase your uptime.
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