How to Defeat Downtime - Fabricating & Metalworking Magazine
Arrow Storage Products (Breese, IL) is a division of ShelterLogic Group (Watertown, CT), which has delivered reliable and tough shade, shelter and storage systems to direct customers and retail partners for over 50 years: if you have rested in the shade of or protected equipment with shelters from ShelterLogic, Arrow Storage Products, or Quik Shade, then you have enjoyed the use of some of their equipment.
Inside the Arrow shop, a Niagara press punches over 30 holes through an 8.125 in wide coil, which then moves to a roll former to profile the final shape. Tim Farina, a manufacturing engineer at Arrow, saw that the punches were sticking down and catching on the coil - a tooling problem probably related to lubrication. Using the correct lubricant is important to help avoid sticking or galling. No matter how good the lubricant is, and no matter how well suited it is to the application, if the right amount isn't applied in the right place, it won't do any good.
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