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Slug Retention Machine
The slug retention groove is machined in at a precise depth and calculated angle to the die surface, which creates a precise amount of interference. During the stamping operation, slugs (scrap) expand into these precision grooves. The expanded slug size prevents them from pulling back up to the top of the die block. This causes it to land onto the die surface where it can cause damage to the strip, final part, or even to the die.
The machine is less than 8 inches high and features a magnetic base. The base allows it to be mounted temporarily but firmly in place on the die surface during the grooving operation. The machine can also be used to put grooves into die bushings and die inserts, as well as to vent guided stripper openings. At less than 15 pounds, this lightweight unit is easily transportable within a sturdy carrying case. You can use this on dies in the tool room as well as on a die while it’s in the press. It requires only a compressed air connection to operate, and comes with multiple bits and accompanying tools. Best of all, it can easily be set up and operated by a single person.