The Progress of a Progressive Die Maker

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The Progress of a Progressive Die Maker

Just about any progressive stamping die that is currently being produced at Rezmin Tool & Die illustrates how far this Oldcastle, Ontario die manufacturer has gone in reducing its prices.To get more news about progressive die stamping, you can visit official website.

“Take this one,” says engineering manager Zelko Rezler, referring to a die with a working area of about 3 by 6 feet—a tool that will be used to stamp automotive brake arms.Some dies have seen even steeper price reductions. A progressive die is a complex tool that doesn’t just stamp a part by hitting it once, but instead cuts and forms the part in stages as the coil inches across it. Rather than 30 percent like the die mentioned above, some progressive die varieties have seen price declines closer to 50 percent. The biggest part of the reason for this is, of course, China.

However, Rezmin has kept pace with the pricing of foreign competitors. At the same time, its quality and capabilities have improved. To compete with overseas die makers that benefit from low labor costs, Rezmin has made investments specifically targeted at using its own labor more strategically.

Overseas competitors have disadvantages they cannot get around, he says. Labor costs might be low, but they still have to factor in the cost and delay of long-distance shipping. They also are limited by the long-distance and cross-cultural communication problems that can pose significant impediments to making an intricate tool (a tool that consists of various precision-machined parts) according to the customer’s literal design intent.

Then there is the fact that Rezmin specializes in making higher-end tools. Many overseas competitors don’t have the engineering experience or quality disciplines necessary to pursue this work in the first place. As a result of all of these factors, Mr. Rezler and shop co-owner Al Minello have decided that it is not realistic to indulge the fear that shops such as Rezmin will be squeezed out as prices continue to drop. The challenge instead—and it is a large challenge—is to accept the reality of lower prices and learn to thrive within these new bounds.

For Rezmin, part of what this has meant is the purchase of two machine tools unlike any the shop has owned before. One is a Doosan horizontal CNC boring mill with 118 inches of X-axis travel. The other is a much smaller and faster machine, a DMG high speed machining center that performs 3+2 machining of compound-angle surfaces. The two machines are used for very different parts, but they accomplish the same thing for the shop. Both machines save on skilled labor by reducing the number of setups the shop has to perform.

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