In the automotive and hardware manufacturing industries, medium and heavy gauge sheets play a significant role in the stamping processes. Traditionally, these processes involved separate systems, comprising hydraulic heavy-duty material racks, medium (thick) sheet levelers, and NC feeders. However, these conventional stamping lines have notable drawbacks, which can be addressed by adopting the advanced 3-in-1 press feed line. Let’s explore the benefits and application of this innovative solution.
Streamlining Production with the 3-in-1 Press Feed Line
The 3-in-1 press feed line revolutionizes the stamping industry by integrating material racks, leveling, and feeding into a single system. This integration offers several advantages that overcome the drawbacks of traditional stamping lines:
1. Compact Structure and Space Efficiency
One significant drawback of separate stamping production lines is the large occupied spaces they require. These lines often exceed 8 meters in length and may even necessitate excavation. However, the 3-in-1 press feed line’s integrated design results in a smaller footprint, making it a space-efficient solution.
2. Simplified and Rapid Material Handling
The material feeding, setup, and operation processes in conventional stamping lines are complex and labor-intensive. With the 3-in-1 press feed line, manual material feeding is eliminated. The loading table of the system allows for quick and automated feeding of the coil, saving time and reducing labor intensity.
3. Enhanced Precision and Consistency
Achieving precise leveling and feeding accuracy is challenging in separate production lines due to the long waiting area between the leveling and feeding machines. This can lead to material rebound and deformation. By integrating the processes, the 3-in-1 press feed line ensures better synchronization, guaranteeing consistent precision in leveling and feeding.
Using the 3-in-1 Press Feed Line
To leverage the full potential of the 3-in-1 press feed line, it is essential to follow the correct usage procedure. Here’s a step-by-step explanation:
1. Positioning and Installation
First, position the punch press and install the mold. Then, place the 3-in-1 press feed line at the feeding end, facing the machine (arranged from left to right). Adjust the height of the machine frame using the control panel touchscreen and secure it in place.
2. Preparing the Coil
Place the coil on the loading table of the 3-in-1 press feed line. Use the handle buttons (or the touchscreen) to raise the material stoppers and adjust the width between them according to the coil’s width. Feed the coil into the contracted expanding mandrel’s material support plate and secure it using the hydraulic system.
3. Uncoiling the Coil
Lower the material stoppers to uncoil the coil and prepare it for further processing.
4. Guiding the Sheet Metal
Raise the material guiding and arc-loading device, start the machine, and let the sheet metal move along the arc curve to the feeding port of the leveling and feeding device.
5. Leveling the Sheet
Raise the upper leveling mechanism of the leveling device and apply pressure to the sheet when it reaches the pressure point. This process corrects any leveling discrepancies, allowing the sheet to proceed to the mold through the discharge port.
6. Setting Feeding Parameters
Adjust the feeding time and relaxation time based on the stamping process requirements. Input the feeding length, speed, and feeding frequency on the touchscreen of the 3-in-1 press feed line.
7. Confirming Feeding Length
Activate the photoelectric control device for material arc sensing and conduct a single trial stamping to verify the feeding length’s correctness. Once confirmed, commence full production until the required quantity is achieved.