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PROBLEM:

Productivity

When we engaged in a process analysis, we identified key areas of improvement preventing our customer from achieving their SMED (single-minute exchange of dies) objective. Switching from their standard single push-to-connect manual couplers to multi-coupling plates for their hydraulic and water coolant lines allowed them to produce parts quicker, easily switch dies between runs, and improve safety and clean-up times.

CHALLENGE

A tier-2 auto parts manufacturer was struggling to improve their SMED system, to better accommodate production runs of different parts.

SOLUTION

GRE series multi-coupling plate for a 6-minute reduction exchange of dies time.
A superior guidance pin system allows connection with little effort, preventing inversion of circuits with error-free connection