How Do I Transfer a Die?

Why Move a Stamping Die At All?

Reasons that customers typically cite are:
- Cost Reductions -- "I want it cheaper"
- Cycle Time -- "I want it faster"
- Quality -- "I want it to be more consistent"
- Ease of Use -- "I want to consolidate suppliers and I want my parts when I want them"
- Relationships -- "I want to work with someone who understands me"

Why Don't Progressive Stamping Dies Transfer More Often?

All the pain, frustration, and headaches experienced during new product introduction have the potential of being repeated in a transfer. In fact, the pain of transferring a stamping die may be worse than those during its original creation!

Current Suppliers have an existing relationship with the customer, they know your expectations and have helped design and build the die. They have years of experience running that die. And they typically have the material and supply chain issues worked out.

New Suppliers will inherit die documentation that is not up to date. They will inherit tools that have not been maintained and are worn out. They will not receive detailed production data, inspections plans, preventative maintenance schedules, or trouble shooting guides with the transfered die. And the new supplier will have to establish the supply chain with your expectations in mind.

Can You Afford "Good Enough"?

So why go through the hassle and why take the risk of creating a mess when the current situation is good enough? Is "good enough" an effective strategy in a global depression? Can you afford "good enough"? Is your current supplier "good enough" to be in business next month? Next year?

There are two methods used to run a progressive stamping die -- one is with "tribal knowledge", the other is with Standard Processes. Users of precision metal stampings can effectively transfer tools to realize their goals of controlling cycle time, cost, quality, ease of use and better relationships.

Let die-tech make it happen for you with our progressive die standardized process that proves running dies is science, not an art form that involves smoke and mirrors.

Progressive stamping die transfer at die-tech is a non-traditional, simple and seamless process. Our process improvement techniques, investment in technology and equipment have enabled us to produce higher quality parts, at reduced costs, with shortened cycle time for our die transfer customers.


What does transparency have to do with precision metal stampings? In the United States, transparency is becoming an ideal worthy of motherhood and apple pie. The government, from the president on down, is on the transparency bandwagon. And who could oppose transparency in health care? Physicians, payers, hospitals and patient advocates champion the publishing of quality assessments. Transparency is here to stay in the automotive industry, as consumers scour the internet for consumer satisfaction indices.

Add transparency in precision metal stamping to the list. At die-tech we define transparency as open communication between our staff and our customers. Dialogue builds trust. Some of the die-tech people that make the progressive die transfer process so effortless are in direct contact with customers and others are less visible. But all of them walk the talk and deliver what we promise.

Perhaps the least visible die-tech employees in the Die Transfer process are those who assess the condition of a transferred die and plan for production. The team of specialists that include die technicians, engineers, quality assurance, and production staff. They determine whether the die can go directly to press or if some repairs must be performed. To get started customers only need to provide the die and the product print and in most instances the first parts will come off the line in less than 5 days.

Save money, reduce cycle time, and improve quality. Transfer your progressive stamping die to die-tech, call 717.439.2517 to get started.

Library for Die Transfer:

  • Custom Stamping Waste Analysis [PDF]
    Are you wasting money on your custom stamped products? Find out with this analysis.
  • Die Transfer Data Grid [PDF]
    This is the information that die-tech personnel will ask you for at the front end of the die transfer process as we work with you to decide if transfering a particular progressive die is a good fit for die-tech's capibilities.

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