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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.

CHALLENGE:

MANUAL CONNECTIONS HINDERING TIMELY EXCHANGE OF DIES

Push to connect manual couplers prevented quick changeover of dies. A tier-2 auto parts manufacturer was struggling to improve their SMED system, to better accommodate production runs of different parts.

SOLUTION:

GRE SERIES MULTICOUPLING PLATE

GRE series multi-coupling plate with a superior guidance pin system allowed connection with little effort, preventing inversion of circuits with error-free connection.  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.

RESULTS:

ACHIEVEMENT OF SMED GOALS

GRE series multi-coupling plate provided a 6-minute reduction in exchange of dies time.