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Staged Tooling Set-up

Bend More. Set Up Less.

Applications requiring multiple tools can cost you time as a result of multiple setups, repeated material handling and shimming.

If tooling is “staged,” bending can be done all in one setup and handling, with no shims or risers required.

Perform Multiple Bends with One Setup

Watch how quickly you can complete complex bends with staged tooling. If your bend requires multiple different tools, you often have to set up and handle the part multiple times to complete the application. With staged tooling, you can complete the whole application in one setup and handling, dramatically reducing runtime.

What is Staged Tooling?

Tooling that is staged shuts at the same height, so multiple sets of tools can be set up at the same time. If all the tooling isn't the same height, the staging won't work.

Unstaged Tooling

Tooling without a common shut height cannot be run in one setup because the punches and dies will collide.

Diagram of Unstaged tooling with 3 different shut heights

Staged Tooling

Staged tooling is designed to shut at the same height, so all bending can be done in one progressive setup.

Diagram of Staged tooling showing common shut heights

How to Bend with Staged Tooling

This episode of the Technically Speaking how-to video series shows us the difference between staged and unstaged tooling. Our host demonstrates how stage bending offers so much more efficiency than the alternative.

Is your tooling fully staged?

While you might be sold “staged tooling” it’s possible that the tooling you receive isn’t the load-and-go type you’re expecting. While we believe staged tooling means it arrives at common shut height out of the box, keep an eye out for these less efficient alternatives.

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Not All “Staged” Tooling is Alike

While some vendors might claim to offer staged tooling, unless they can provide an out-of-the box solution that allows gooseneck, thirty-degree, offset, flattening and other tools to be set up side-by-side, they’re not truly saving you as much time as they could. Wilson Tool ships American and European tooling that’s staged out-of-the-box. That means whatever combination of tools you need to run a part, they can all be setup and run at once.

image of staged tooling installed in a press brake

Wilson Tool Staged Bending Boosts Press Brake Productivity Article


Stage Bending Boosts Productivity

To gain efficiencies for complex jobs, fabricators turn to staged bending. Multiple tool sets are arranged next to each other across the press brake bed, allowing an operator to run a complex part, or a series of different parts, all in one setup.

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We do the staging for you

Wilson Tool European Precision and American Precision tooling comes standard pre-staged. Other styles are staged by request.


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