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Automatic Common Edge Punching Saves Time, Money

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Feature: Common Edge Punching

What is it?

Turret punch presses can punch two adjoining part edges simultaneously and error-free with Automatic Common Edge Punching (programmed using the AxiomVE nesting software).

Where is it used?

Common Edge Punching is applicable in turret punch-only environments.

How does it work?

The programmer pre-determines when and where edges would be appropriate for common edge punching on a per part basis. The software automatically creates the tool path for the turret punch. AxiomVE automatically recognizes when two parts can be placed together to share a common edge. Shared tooling, such as 4-corner radius, are also compatible with common punching.   At output time the redundant hits are removed before punch path optimization occurs.

What are the benefits?

Material Savings

By moving two part edges together, and eliminating the space in between parts, the nest can become more efficient. The material that would otherwise be lost between parts is saved and can be used for additional parts per nest. Common punching can save 10% of material be itself.

Machine Duty Cycle

Because the two adjoining parts can be punched with single hits along the shared edge, the number of total hits along these part entities is halved. One hit replaces two in these circumstances. Therefore the machine duty cycle can be far shorter - saving valuable production time.

Tooling Costs

Naturally, if the total number of hits is reduced, then the wear on the tool is lessened. The decrease in wear leads to an increase in tool life and less tooling costs.

Labor Efficiency

Consider creating a common edge tool path manually. It would take an extraordinary amount of time to identify the opportunities to common edge punch, create the efficient nest, create the tool path, program the tooling, and ensure everything is error-free. Automation eliminates the need for this time consuming work and creates the nest programmed with the common edge punching – based on your preferences.

Invite as many associates as you like. In a free, private, online demonstration, we show you how our approach to automatic nesting can shave time and material in your operation.
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