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What is a Press Feed Line?

What is a Press Feed Line?

At American Steel Products, we believe in educating our clients on the various types of machinery we offer. A press feed line is one such piece. Understanding the complexities of each piece of equipment and how it can be tailored to your business can help you select the right company to help with your needs.  We can help you find new or used equipment built to your specifications to meet your demands.

Press Feed Lines are electronically linked (with a programmable logic controller PLC) to an automatic feeder which feeds raw metal material through the die of the stamping press. The strip is fed into the automatic feeder after it has been uncoiled from a coil and put through a roller straightener or flattener. Generally, a loop is created prior to the stamping process so a constant rate of strokes per minute can be obtained on the stamping press.

A press must position the material correctly into the die – front to back, side to side and square it with the tool. Along with that, it must also move the proper amount of material into the tool.  In some cases, it must gently handle pre-painted coil to prevent scratching it.

Over the last several decades, major technology shifts in how stamping presses are fed have occurred. As press feed technology continues to evolve, stampers are realizing increased processing speeds, improved processing flexibility, easier setup, better quality and reliability, and numerous other positive end results. Even with today’s advancements, a press feed must meet three basic and important criteria to be successful:

  1. Setup must be flexible.
  2. It must deliver the material with sufficient precision into the tool and die.
  3. It must feed at the correct time.

With over 60 years of experience and a real focus on customer satisfaction, you can rely on American Steel for your next project. We provide a professional renovation and installation services with a real focus on customer satisfaction.  ASP works directly with the client to determine the specifics regarding their needs. Rest assured, we have the right product to meet the solutions you require. New or used, big or small, a quick consultation will allow us to find the right fit!