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