The switch to Wilson Tool’s new EXP punching technology was a simple decision for Oakville, ON-based Fileco Inc., a division of Teknion Ltd., says Megan Walker, manufacturing engineering coodinator.
“The new EXP punches are completely interchangeable with our existing toolholders. The punch holder is also interchangeable with other punch tips in the EXP tooling line.”
Fileco manufactures office furniture, such as filing cabinets and lockers. Most of the products are fabricated from mild steel between 18 and 22 Ga. Fileco uses four Amada turret punch presses: Amada Vipros–358 King, Amada Vipros–368 King, and two Amada Vipros–255. All of its turret tooling is from Wilson, series 90 and HP products.
Walker says the main difference between the existing tooling and the new EXP tooling is the punch.
“The EXP punch has two pieces—the punch holder and the punch tip. The traditional punches were one piece. Punches and dies require regular sharpening. Eventually a punch can no longer be sharpened and must be replaced. With the traditional tooling, the entire punch needed to be replaced. With the new EXP tooling, only the punch tip needs to be replaced. The EXP punch tip is less expensive than the traditional Series 90/HP punch so, in the future, replacements will be cheaper and we will save money on our tooling.”
The punches offer four times faster setup, which means less downtime, claims Wilson Tool. Ultima tool steel makes EXP punches last two times longer. Standard holders with universal punches make it practical to replace only the punch. Smaller punches mean you can stock more shapes in less space. The punches also require less material to produce, resulting in less waste.
Fileco purchased its first EXP tools about three months ago.
“So far, we have not needed to sharpen any of the EXP Punch tips, so the punches do seem to be lasting longer. We will not only be saving money on replacement punches, but also on labour required for sharpening punches.