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PTD Case Study - Automotive, Agriculture 208% productivity increase

The Business Challenge

Performance Tool and Die (PTD), a leading tooling provider for the automotive, agriculture, and recreation industries, was looking for ways to decrease forces on the material during cutting, increase tool life, and reduce cycle time—seemingly contradictory objectives.

PTD’s offerings include blank, form, and progressive stamping dies; press brake tooling; tube bend tooling; and weld and machine fixturing.

“Because we are in a toolroom setting, every block we do is different from the last,” said Jake Kopveiler, CNC programmer at PTD. “We are not able to do block-specific fixturing, so most components are held in a vise. With a five-axis vertical mill, the block-holding problem becomes magnified since we are trying to mill more features on the block than would normally be done in a three-axis machine. Blocks are often left hanging out of the vise or fixture farther than normal, which is a less than optimal situation with respect to cutting pressure.”

The need to reduce pressure and cycle times led PTD management to evaluate a software product suggested by their GibbsCAM® reseller, Midwest CAM Solutions of Brooklyn Center, Minn.


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