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Comparison to Turrets

The applications for turrets and UniPunch tooling overlap. Computer controlled
turret punch presses can put holes anywhere on a sheet of metal and have the
advantage of being able to put holes in the middle of big sheets. However, turrets
punch holes one-hole-at-a-time. The speed advantage of UniPunch tooling derives
from making many holes at once.

If you can make a part with either method the factor that matters in choosing the
method is time. How do you decide? The answer is according to which method will
be faster in the situation.

The power of UniPunch tooling comes from using dedicated setups so the time to
changeover at the press is minimal (some customers report less than a minute).
That is how fabricators use UniPunch tooling to produce small lots of recurring parts.

A factory that has a turret might use it to make a short run of a part that is seldom
used and for which there is no dedicated tooling, or, for the first few of a long run of
parts until dedicated tooling can be procured. Turrets can make prototypes of parts,
even if in production they will be made faster with another method.

In summary, the advantage of using UniPunch tooling instead of using a turret comes
down to time. If you are making a long run of parts that you may never make again, if
you can make the parts with UniPunch tooling you can make them faster than you can
with a turret. If you are choosing a method to make a part for which small lots will be
predictably required on a recurring basis, and you can make these parts with UniPunch
tooling, then compared to using a turret, from start to finish each lot will be made more
quickly and for less.