Metal Stamping

Customized Solutions for Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)

Being able to perform a quick die change consistently and routinely is essential for ensuring each product retains uniformity and quality while also remaining profitable, although the process can be incredibly complex. The experts at PFA Inc. have worked with countless die setters, manufacturing engineers, and production managers to create customized solutions for single minute […]

Metal Stamping

Quick-Die-Change Strategy – Q&A with an Expert

Making quick, efficient transitions from stamping the last part of one run to first-part approval of the next run continues to take on a growing level of importance, as stampers strive to squeeze every vestige of productivity from their equipment. Here, Klimowicz shares his perspectives on QDC strategies with MetalForming, September 2016, page 34.

Metal Stamping

How to Implement Quick Die Change: 8 Easy steps to increased stamping productivity & profits

Few lean manufacturing methods increase press uptime, lower per-part costs, and provide an immediate return on investment (ROI) as readily as quick die change (QDC) does. Although the merits of QDC likely are well understood within the stamping field, tailoring a program to a company’s current equipment and operational requirements can be challenging. Generally, implementing […]

Metal Stamping

PFA, Inc. Purchases California-Based American Aerostar

PFA, Inc. (www.pfa-inc.com) purchased American Aerostar (www.astar.com) in 2005 and continues to manufacture all QMC product lines, including Hydra-Jaws™ QMC systems, Hydra-Latch™ Quick Knockout (KO) Systems and the entire line of Quick Die Change products, including Hollow Cylinder Clamps (NC-205, NC-205L, NC-200, NC-200L, NC-201, NC-201L), Ledge “Rocker” Clamps (RC-425, RC-425L, RC-428, RC-428L, RC-126, RC-126L, RC-661, […]

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