Four Slide vs Traditional Power Press: Which Is Better?
Many industries use metal-stamped products in their manufacturing processes. These components are created using two common methods, traditional power press, and four-slide precision metal stamping. Learn more about the difference between the two methods and the solutions offered by Franklin Fastener.
What You’ll Learn About
What Is the Traditional Power Press Method?
The traditional power press technique uses two dies that press vertically to shear punch or create a metal piece. This method is ideal for the mass production of uncomplicated metal parts and has been a staple for decades.
What Is the Four-Slide Stamping Method
Companies that need to make complex shapes with specific degrees utilize the four-slide stamping method to create their products. This machine is a horizontal stamping press with tools controlled by a series of cams, and it manufactures products using a series of bevel gears. This setup enables the workpiece to be altered on every side with enhanced precision and accuracy. Businesses that need to produce challenging parts at a high volume prefer this technique.
Advantages Four-Slide Progressive Metal Stamping Over Traditional Methods
Determining which metal stamping process is right for your business requires a careful understanding of the benefits they provide. Here are some of the advantages four-slide has over the traditional method:
The traditional power press technique can only press sheet metal in a single direction. This limits the types of shapes that can be formed and makes creating sharp bends challenging because it requires additional components.
However, the four-slide method manipulates the metal from four directions. By offering more versatility, it can create bends greater than 90 degrees and manufacture complex shapes, including:
- Flat spring
- Friction plates
- And more
Improved Lead Time
The design and post-production processes with the power press method can increase production timelines. Four-slide machines have simpler tooling components and need less intensive adjustments.
Enhanced Design Modifications
One of the biggest disadvantages of the traditional method is its limited flexibility which makes implementing design modifications difficult. In fact, it often requires creating an entirely new die, creating production delays and increasing costs.
More industries are turning to four-slide precision metal stamping because it allows operators to adjust each component individually. This reduces downtime and enables companies to resume operations quickly after integrating modifications.
Do You Need Customized Precision Metal Stamping Products?
Franklin Fastener offers customized solutions that build products to your specifications. Contact us today to learn more about our process.
Build Precise Products With Franklin Fastener’s Progressive Metal Stamping Solutions
The Franklin Fastener team understands the importance of using metal components that are the right size and shape. Friction and space issues impact the efficiency of equipment and can cause long-lasting damage if ignored. As an industry-leading provider of engineered products, our team utilizes a 75-ton press that builds components to meet exact specifications, including:
- Parts products from wire or strip
- Feed length up to 20 1/2 inches
- Stock width up to 3.38 inches
- Wire diameter up to 1/8 inch
- Nilson Fourslide: 700I, SF2, SF3, SF4T
- Stock tooling for standard parts
- Radial and linear parts forming capabilities
Advantages of Our Precision Metal Stamping Services
When sourcing your products, partnering with a provider that uses the right tools provides peace of mind knowing you’re receiving the right components for your equipment. Partnering with Franklin Fastener provides the following advantages for our clients:
We take pride in working with businesses to reduce lead time and costs for your products. Our solutions minimize tooling and eliminate material waste.
Improved Production Speed
Our team leverages our modern machinery to quickly adjust configurations and increase production speed. Contact Franklin Fastener today to learn more about the advantage of our four-slide precision metal stamping services.
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