By Mark Porter
A large number of companies in the Print Finishing, Trade Bindery Die Making, Packaging and Diecutting Industries use steel rule, foil and embossing dies.
Any user of dies can save a tremendous amount of money by simply managing those dies correctly.
Generally users of dies have a large inventory of dies in their plant but the ability to find these dies is often a time consuming if not time wasting exercise.
The result is remaking dies that already exist and that wastes thousands and thousands of dollars and cuts into profits.
By providing systems with extensive searching and sorting provisions we can find if you have a die that will meet the customers needs. These sorts are not just on the die specs but on the finished product specs as well.
Images of the die and the finished product will allow you to quickly identify that you have the correct die.
By using a bar coding system, a location finder and computerized take out and put back process we can ensure dies are located where we expect them.
Once we find dies we can record all specifications about the press run to ensure we can quickly get the die up to speed on the next run.
The condition of the die is monitored to ensure that we are aware of any retooling requirements. Automatic notification goes to the Die Shop foreman when a die needs attention.
We no longer have to lose valuable press time and risk late jobs because a die was not ready to be used at the beginning of a press run or a press run has to be stopped during production to retool a die.
This can save thousands of dollars in lost press time and / or overtime charges to keep jobs on schedule. Not to mention risking your relationship with the customer by delivering the job late.
A good system also tracks the disposal of dies and automatically notifies your customer and your own employees if I die is destroyed or returned to customer.
Die Management can also track the components ie type of rule, punches wood etc including costs that make up that die and track all employees that assemble or maintain the die.
This can be a very easy way for any user of dies to see substantial savings in their operations.