Not all presses are manufactured to the same standards so it is imperative to know the characteristics of all presses. The ideal press would have wide spaced connections and low clearances.
Progressive and transfer dies are certainly not new to the metal forming industry and their use is constantly growing. These multi stage dies are becoming increasingly more complex as the quality and enhanced performance demands for the parts being produced continues to grow. To accommodate the demand for more complex parts, the dies used to produce them require more operating stations, which increases their length. The result of this increased complexity and length is that it becomes nearly impossible to center the loads of all the working stations within the die set.