Precision Tooling Blog

The Latest from the Team at Mate

  • Mate Laser Technology Expansion

      October 18, 2017

    Mate Laser Technology is expanding with hundreds of new products and lower prices. Whether you need a nozzle, nozzle holder, lens, or window for C02 or 1 Micron lasers, Mate Laser Technology has what you need. Mate offers additional services including Optical Disposal Service and C02 lens remounting for most Amada style mounts for customers. […]

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  • Not Just a Punch Press Anymore

      September 20, 2017

    Automated punch presses have been punching holes in sheet metal for decades. However, with the stroke control of today’s punch presses and the availability of adjustable length punch holders, CNC punch presses are also being used as mini press brakes. Infinite stroke control allows the operator to make adjustments in the ram stroke in 0.0005” […]

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  • Optimize Cut Quality For Any Material

      August 23, 2017

    Are you having problems with your cut? Consider using the following steps to optimize your cut quality: Use the closet known settings to the material you are trying to cut. Verify that the lens and/or window are clean and in good condition. Verify that the nozzle is in good condition and is centered properly. Create […]

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  • Top 3 Reasons Why Tools Wear Prematurely

      July 19, 2017

    There are numerous ways to reduce tool costs and secondary operations that can be implemented immediately. Here are a few options to consider: Correct Die Clearance It is important to always use the correct die clearance. Proper training and communication to operators and programmers create buy-in.  Anyone working on a machine should understand the physics […]

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  • What Your Lens Can Tell You About Your Laser

      June 21, 2017

    Do you look at your lens during cleaning or replacement? Sure, you might look for metal spatter and scratches, but do you know everything that you should be looking for?  We know that a catastrophic lens failure can result in thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement parts, along with machine downtime and lost production, […]

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  • Got Die Marks? Mate Nylon Die Inserts Can Take Care of That

      May 17, 2017

    Many sheet metal part designers choose to use pre-finished sheet metal in an effort to eliminate post operations such as painting and polishing. One critical challenge to building parts with pre-finished material is bending the parts without causing die marks. The slightest marking from the die could cause a pre-finished part to be rejected. Over the […]

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  • Improving Productivity and Cost with QCT

      April 19, 2017

    Since Ultra® QCT™ was introduced 10 months ago, many customers around the world have experienced its benefits and have been able to improve their punching operational costs. One of these benefits is the M4PM™ powdered tool steel as standard, used in the replaceable punch tip, which outlasts two to four times the number of hits before […]

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  • Determining the Correct Laser Lens

      March 22, 2017

    It seems like OEMs are introducing new laser machines into the market at a faster pace. When it’s time to replace the lens, customers can be confused, resulting in the frequently asked question: what lens is the correct one? Here are some ways to check: What type of laser is the lens for? CO2 or […]

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