Magnetic safety system added to press brake tooling line
- Published: January 30, 2018
The press brake tooling line of Mate Precision Tooling has been expanded with the addition of American Precision Style press brake tooling featuring the new Maglock Magnetic Safety System.
Compatible with press brake laser and optical safety systems, this full line of punches and dies is designed for press brakes configured with American style holders and is available in lengths from ½ inch to 18 inches.
The Mate American Precision Style press brake tooling is standard with an industry first from Mate: the patent-pending Maglock magnetic safety system. Maglock uses rare earth magnets to attach and seat the punch to the holder with no separation between the surfaces. The magnets are specifically and proportionally added along the punch shoulder so that the “up force” of the magnet is localized and directed at the contact surface of the punch holder.
Installation of a Maglock punch always results in the shoulder seating onto the holder. The strong yet balanced Maglock connection also makes lateral (left or right) position adjustments easy. Once the punches are seated in the desired position, the holder clamping system must be engaged. Maglock does not claim to be and is not intended to be a replacement of the holder clamping system.
Unlike punches with mechanical designs (buttons, springs or pins) that become unsafe to use if the mechanism is damaged or missing, Maglock’s non-mechanical design works safely all the time. Mate punches with Maglock offer additional safety if electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic power to the brake is cut off or damaged. In lengths over four inches, the design includes a lever to facilitate punch removal.
The reversible/symmetrical punch tang design enables the punch to be installed facing forward or backward. With no protrusions, the tang simplicity also makes Mate American Precision Style punches ideal for front loading tooling into the press. Designed with a .500-inch tang, Mate punches can be used in any holder system that receives a .500-inch tang, regardless if the holder is designed for mechanical designs or tools with hooks. Mate punches and dies with a standard profile all have a uniform height, which is important for operator safety when used with laser or optical safety systems. Mate press brake tooling is induction hardened, and critical working surfaces are precision ground to exacting tolerances for quality and predictability.