Mate Enumerator™ Sequential Numbering Tool
Mate’s patented* Enumerator™ Sequential Numbering tool allows thick turret punch press users to stamp individual components with a unique and sequential number of up to six digits long. Users can offer their customers the added value of sequential numbering for a variety of uses, including batch traceability. Incorporating sequential serial numbering capabilities will enable users to deliver added value to their products in a way that was previously impossible.
The Mate Enumerator™ is fully self-contained, and requires no additional software or machine code. It is suitable for use in any thick turret punch press with a 3-1/2” D station.
The Mate Enumerator™ is a thick turret 3-1/2” D station special assembly with integral punch holder. At the core of the assembly is a robust spring-loaded stamping head with six numerical stamp wheels. Each wheel features the numbers from 0 to 9 engraved around the circumference. The spring loaded advancing arm of the stamping head engages with a rocker arm with in the Enumerator to increment the stamping head one number at a time, from 000000 to 999999.
The Mate Enumerator™ operates in two modes:
- Sequential Number Mode: Use this mode to create sequential numbers. TheEnumerator™ will advance by one number for each complete stroke the tool makes. The operator can set the starting number and the depth of penetration.
- Fixed Number Mode: Use this mode to create fixed numbers, such as a date or a batch number or a part number. This mode is activated by disengaging the rocker arm. The operator can set the desired number and the depth of penetration.
Table 1: Examples of Mate Enumerator™ in both Sequential and Fixed modes. Suitable for all thick turret punch presses. No additional machine software is required.
The standard configuration of the Mate Enumerator™ includes six numeral wheels, with a character height of 0.118(3.00). However, non-standard configurations are also available, including: 6×0.098(2.50), 6×0.078(2.00), and 6×0.059(1.50).
The integral 3-1/2″ D station punch holder includes four external keyways to allow the assembly to be oriented at 0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees for maximum versatility.
The external length adjustment mechanism allows the Mate Enumerator™ to be used on material thickness from 0.020(0.50) to 0.250(6.35). The depth of penetration can be adjusted in 0.002(0.05) increments to precise control of the appearance of the finished component.
The Mate Enumerator™ is fully self-contained, and requires no additional software or machine code. It is suitable for use in any thick turret punch press with a 3-1/2″ D station.
The Mate Enumerator™ is another innovative product designed to expand the punch press user’s capabilities. Incorporating more elements into sheet metal components at the punch press, allows the fabricator to deliver greater added value, and become more competitive in today’s global marketplace.
|Sequential number with leading zeros||Sequential number without leading zeros||Fixed Date in YYMMDD format||Fixed Date in YY MM format|
|Character Height||Length||Assembly Part Number||Comment|
Dimensions in inches(millimeters).
"* United States Patent Number 7,913,618"