SlugKeeper Machine - DTC Products
What is it?
DTC Products' Slug Retention Machine is a patented tool that allow its user to precisely machine small angled retention grooves in the sidewall of the die cavities of a stamping die.
How does it work?
To create retention, a groove is machined at a precise depth and at a calculated angle to the die surface, which creates a precise amount of interference. During the stamping operation, slugs expand into these precision grooves, which prevents them from pulling back up to the top of the die block and onto the die surface where they can cause damage to the strip, final part, or even to the die. This solution helps reduce downtime by eliminating the need to stop the press and remove slugs off the die and stripper surface, and also eliminates the significant costs associated with sorting parts looking for slug marks. The retention grooves can be machined into the die openings while the die is still in the press, resulting in even greater savings by eliminating the need to remove the die from the press, disassembling it and returning it to the press.
The Slug Retention Machine measures less than 10 inches high, and features a magnetic base that allows it to be mounted temporarily but firmly in place on the die surface during the grooving operation. The machine can also be used to put grooves into die bushings and die inserts, as well as to vent guided stripper openings. At less than 10 pounds, this lightweight unit is easily transportable within a sturdy carrying case. The Slug Retention Machine can be used on dies in the tool room as well as on a die while it is in the press, requires only a compressed air connection to operate, and comes with multiple bits and accompanying tools . It can easily be set up and operated by a single person.