Reduce Profile Development Time and Cost
What was the problem?
Time consuming and costly profile development process
The profile extrusion die manufacturer went through a long and expensive process to develop a die for this profile. It was balanced by land (length adjustment/relief) which required manual filing of the die plates in order to achieve an acceptable product at an acceptable rate. This process took a few weeks! After a few months of operation, and complaints from the user that the die was very sensitive to line speed and could not be operated at a higher rate, they were requested to manufacture a duplicate of the current die (in order to double the production rate). However, since the die was balanced manually, and the modifications were not recorded, it was almost impossible to reproduce the same final design. The die manufacturer wanted to find a better, faster (more efficient) way to develop their profile dies.