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Comparison to Die Sets

Admittedly, the range of capabilities of die sets is broader than the range of
capabilities of UniPunch tooling. However, if the part can be made with
UniPunch tooling, the list of advantages is long:

First is the speed with which one can acquire the tooling. Die sets are engineered
for a specific part and then custom made in a die shop, a process that can take weeks.
Modular UniPunch tooling is available off the shelf so even if a project needs some
customization you can still be in production quickly.

Then comes cost. Die sets are purpose built one at a time for a specific part.
The components of modular UniPunch tooling are made in larger, more
efficient quantities.

When in your factory you use set ups of UniPunch tooling that are dedicated
to specific parts, you can changeover at the press without having to adjust the
press height. This is a time/cost advantage over using die sets for which the
press height needs to be readjusted from part to part.

All tooling needs maintenance. For example, punches and dies require periodic
sharpening. A die set needs to come off the press and out of production and go
back to the tool room to be disassembled in order to perform even routine
maintenance. With UniPunch tooling the punches and dies can easily be replaced
on the shop floor next to the press between jobs, or even in the press and the
disruption to production is minimal.

Sometimes a part requires an engineering change. Even relocating a hole might
require obsoleting the previously used die set, perhaps before it had been fully
amortized. At a minimum relocating a hole in a die set would have to be engineered
and then the die set disassembled and re-machined in the tool room. With UniPunch
tooling relocating a hole can be as easy as drilling a new location hole in the template.
(To change a hole size can be as easy as changing a punch and die on the shop floor.)

Sometimes the part is made obsolete. In that case the respective die set is made
obsolete, again, perhaps before the tooling is fully amortized in which case the
unamortized amount is written off against profit. UniPunch tooling that had previously
made a now obsolete part can be disassembled and reused on another part; it does not
have to be written off as obsolete.

In summary, if the part can be made with UniPunch tooling, the tooling will cost less,
be delivered more quickly, be easier to maintain, accommodate design changes
more easily, and can be repurposed when the part for which it was has been used is
no longer going to be made.

"We have to be able to react quickly to design changes.... We can react to changes quickly and cost effectively using the UniPunch system."  A major manufacturer of utility towers who wished to remain anonymous.