The operator is forced to interrupt production, change the tools and then restart production. At this point the company is faced with additional costs for its production that derive from the cost of labor for machine setups and costs related to downtime.
Maximum flexibility with Multi-tool auto-index
The TP Alpha punching machine, for example, even if equipped with only one station, reaches a capacity of 10 tools, all auto-index and independent, thus maximizing the flexibility of a small and compact punching machine.
If we take into consideration the TP Omega Omega and TP Zeta automatic punching machines, respectively with 5 and 15 auto-index stations, with the use of Multi-tool with 10 tools each, we can theoretically get the chance to stay up to 50 tools for the first and up to 150 for the second.
- Rotation of tools
The tools inside the Multi-tool can rotate from 0 ° to 360 ° so that machining can be carried out at any angle. Every single tool rotates according to the CAD programming.
- Tool purchase reduction
The possibility of rotating all the tools allows to reduce not only the number of tools to be purchased, but also that of holders, adapters, extractors, etc. which are used for the use of individual tools.
- Reduced tool change timesDuring processing, the machine takes only 0.5 seconds to select and change the tool within the Multi-tool.
- Simplified programming
Having a greater number of tools that can rotate 360 ° allows to simplify the programming, enabling complex nesting.
- Small and handy punches and dies
The technology behind the Multi-tool has made it possible to create punches that are really small and easy to assemble
- Reduced cost of punches and dies
The purchase costs of the punches and the dies to configure the Multi-tool, given the small size, are really limited
- Robust and durable
Although the tools of the Multi-tool are very small, they guarantee the same performance and durability as standard punches.
Types and characteristics of Multi-tools
Multi-tool 5 tools
Multi-tool 10 tools
Thicknesses that can be worked with the Multi-tool
|Aluminum||0.5 – 4.5 mm|
|Steel||0.5 – 4.5 mm|
|Stainless steel||0.5 – 3.0 mm|
Greater capacity, More savings.
It means an economic return for the benefit of the company and its customers.