Do you keep looking for ways to cut costs on a current part? And don’t want to risk the quality? Jumping from one ineffective cost-saving method to the next can be time consuming and adds inconsistency into the production cycle.
Progressive dies build a solid foundation for long-term, consistent cost savings. These dies can tackle complex parts with their multiple stations. So why not introduce the assembly capability into a progressive die to further streamline the production process? We did this exact thing for an automotive manufacturer.
A pair of bowl feeders oriented and fed the shaft pieces into the die for assembly with the lever pieces. Previously, it was an inefficient operation involving physically moving the lever parts from the stamping department to value-added for assembly with the shaft pieces. The in-die assembly effectively eliminated the need for secondary operations and created an all inclusive production process.