Steel Rule Die Storage and Material Handling Equipment for Die Cutting Presses & Systems

Die Racks Storage, Transfer and Retrieval to / from Cutting Press

Efficient manufacturing operations use specialized material handling equipment for steel rule die transfer, storage and retrieval.  Although the press has an expected lifespan, of 25-30 years, this auxiliary equipment, manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio by SCHWABE USA will probably never be replaced!

Steel Rule Die Rack - Auxiliary Equipment supplied by Freeman SCHWABE

Steel Rule Die Rack – Auxiliary Equipment supplied by Freeman SCHWABE

Die Racks usually contain either 10 die boards or 20 die boards.

Height of die rack should accommodate the width of the dies (usually either 66” or 74”)

Length of the die rack is determined by your longest  die, which for handling reasons will not exceed 21’ (6.5m).

Maintain Specific Details of Each Die

Set up die rack to maintain operational efficiency, each die slot is usually allocated to a specific die and  labeled as such, including color to indicate program and/or trim style.

Specific Steel Rule Die allocation by die slot for an efficient die cutting operation.

Specific Steel Rule Die allocation by die slot for an efficient die cutting operation.

Steel Rule Die Rack Transfer Carts

Properly balanced transfer carts allow a single worker to slide the die in and out of the vertical die rack and on/off of the  horizontal roller tables.

A full size (74” x 21’) steel rule die board loaded with up to 20 layers of material usually weighs about 350-450 lbs depending on the amount of steel      contained in the cavities.

 Die Racks are transferred by properly balanced carts

Die Racks are transferred by properly balanced carts

Ball Roller Tables for Material Handing transfer to and from the SCHWABE Die Cutting Press

Ball Roller Table handles the die board effortlessly

Ball Roller Table handles the die board effortlessly

Ball Roller Tables are used to transfer the dies in any  direction as  they go from

  • spreading to the press
  • to the picking
  • to the die cleaning  tables, etc.

The table are usually made the size of full dies.  The  photo on the right is to give an idea only.  It is not from an actual die operation table, which needs fewer rollers, spread further apart.

Up to 8 or 10 are used for a full-blown operation.  They are added as needed as your operation grows.

Maintaining the Efficiency of the Steel Rule Die

Specific tools are used to clean scrap from between the cavities.  This is an important step to ensure the dies function properly and remain in tolerance as over build-up can create too much pressure. One tool is a pneumatic blower (with your preferred tip size for concentration), and the other is manual “pickers” as shown.  They are inexpensive and multiple designs have been created over the years.

Specific Tools to clear steel rule die cavaties.

Specific Tools to clear steel rule die cavaties.

For more information and to request a quote contact

sales@freemanschwabe.com

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