Stamping Press Slide Guide Systems
The continual improvement in slide guiding allows for tighter tolerances in the manufacture of dies that produce ever more complex stampings with better accuracy and higher quality.
The function of the slide guide system in a metal forming press is to ensure the alignment of the punch and die during the cutting, bending, drawing, coining, extruding, etc. which is being performed on the metal as the die closes. Only the press guiding system can accomplish this feat. Die guide posts and bushings are meant to be used during construction, maintenance and setting of the die. They are not of sufficient size to act as the primary guiding system for a stamping operation and will soon need replacement if not supported by a good press slide guiding system.