Standard parts One step ahead of the competitors - with standardisation

Author / Editor: Andreas Sutter / Rosemarie Stahl

High-precision standard parts by Meusburger optimise the entire process chain. With the consistent use of standard parts, you can benefit from a large cost-saving potential in die, mould, jigs and fixtures construction and the subsequent production of parts.

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By systematically using standard parts, substantial cost savings can be made.
By systematically using standard parts, substantial cost savings can be made.
(Sources: Meusburger Georg)

All plates and bars by Meusburger are heat-treated for stress relief and therefore provide a reliable basis for high-grade moulds and dies.

Standard parts are becoming more and more important in modern die and mould making for a variety of reasons. When you take a closer look, you can see that the use of standard parts has numerous advantages for all those involved in the development, design and production process of dies and moulds. The products are becoming more and more complex.

Consequently, the requirements for stamping dies and injection moulds are ever more challenging. Another reason for the increased use of standard parts is the very short timeframe for new developments, considering that it is often impossible to manufacture certain parts within the required deadline in-house, not to mention the fact that this would be simply uneconomical.

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Advantages of Meusburger standard parts are:

  • Cost-effective due to economical production
  • Shorter lead times in all areas
  • 2D and 3D CAD data for all parts
  • Delivery from stock within 24/48 hours
  • High production reliability
  • Easy repair and maintenance

During the production of steel plates, tension grows in the material from various machining processes – caused, for example, by irregular temperature.

After the inspection of incoming goods at Meusburger, all steel plates are heat-treated for stress relief in one of the three furnaces at approximately 580°C for 24 hours. The daily capacity is 240 tonnes. Through the stress-relieving heat treatment, the tension in the material is minimised without major changes to the micro-structure or strength.

This is a great advantage during subsequent machining. If there was still tension in the material, it would, for example, cause deformation during sawing or milling. During stress relieving, it is important to heat the plates slowly and consistently and then maintain this level for six hours. This guarantees that thick plates are also heated through to the core.

The subsequent slow, regular cooling phase of 14 hours in the furnace is even more important. Here, the plates are cooled by approximately 35°C per hour. If they are cooled more quickly, tension – and even the formation of cracks – could once more occur in the material.

Advantages of stress-relieved steel:

  • Reduced plate warping during machining
  • Shorter machining times due to reduced oversize
  • Longer service life of tools
  • Avoidance of quenching cracks during the subsequent heat treatment
  • Simplified automated processing especially when using clamping systems

More information on Meusburger: meusburger.com

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