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Stamp Out Downtime

Even with the ever-evolving nature of manufacturing, machine tooling has remained a primary source of heft, stress, and strain on operators. Not to mention bulky, job-specific equipment putting a constant strain on the clock. Decades of innovations in manufacturing, with the goal of eliminating common sources of strain, have spawned reliable options for tool retention.

July 17, 2019

Ball lock retainers can fill the gaps created by downtime. Ideal for applications that require heavy, bulky dies which present a challenge for tool changes and tool maintenance, ball lock retainers allow for quick and easy tool changes. Perfect for short or long runs, ball lock retainers offer a secure fit and an accurate location for punches.
The Impax Tooling Solutions® product line represents over 50 years of working with our customers to resolve their most challenging tooling issues. Wilson Tool International is dedicated to leading innovation in ball lock tooling. Our versatile line of retainers are compatible with all ball lock punches, including HP ball lock punches. Stay lean while increasing your machine efficiencies.
That same innovative spirit took things a step further: What if you could make your special retainers in-house, when you need them? It was this problem that resulted in the game-changing, on-demand solution known as the HP Accu-Lock® system. With the Accu-Lock® system, retainers can be made in-house, cutting lead times and avoiding the expense of buying custom retainers from an outside source. This solution minimizes inventory and downtime while requiring no complicated tools or specialized knowledge.
HP Accu-Lock® simplifies the use of special retainers by eliminating the need for complicated jigs, inspection fixtures, or the expertise required to machine ball holes into the punch plate. With the HP Accu-Lock, the ball hole is eliminated, instead favoring a straight-line machined hole, which can be readily made utilizing standard machines.
Lead times can be cut from several weeks to day by creating your own special retainers in-house. The HP Accu-Lock® system not only allows you to create special retainers on-demand, you can also modify or reuse existing retainers, significantly reducing waste.
Providing compatibility across metric and imperial sizing, HP Accu-Lock retainers work seamlessly with all ball lock punches, including HP Ball Lock punches from Impax Tooling Solutions®. Last minute engineering changes, tight tolerances, or special part runs no longer delay project lead times. Experience a new level in versatility and efficiency.

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