Hmm ... first off, I would save all the punch/die sets in the
turret (and the one probably in the working station). Try to keep each
punch and die together -- they will presumably be more valuable that way
than as a box of mixed punches and dies. Presumably there will be
various useful shapes -- round, square, keyed, round with a key notch for
switches and the like, D shaped for fuse holders and the like.
Any idea how thick a metal it will work with?
Perhaps the servo motors (and servo amps) which run the turret
and which position the workpiece as well. And there are likely linear
encoders along the table as well. Look up the instructions on the
encoder maker's site, so you know how to remove them while preserving
the functionality. (You may have to make brackets to tie the head to
the scale body to keep it from being damaged in shipping.
It would be interesting to know what computer is used in this
old a machine. Probably not much value in it -- except to someone
wanting to keep another of these working. Same with the other circuit
boards. You've probably got no way of testing them, other than to try
to make the whole thing work again. Is is supposedly working, or not
Is what looks like another smaller punch press in the background
part of this purchase? Or is it perhaps a spot welder to use in the
next stage of this operation?
It looks as though there is a punched tape reader behind the
window in the right-hand side of the near cabinet. Not much use these
days, except to a collector I suspect.
I received many custom enclosures from a company that employed cnc
plasma cutters. I'd give them the style (NEMA 4X, whatever) and send
them a drawing, they'd send the quote, then cut, spindle, fold, and
mutilate me a box in a couple weeks with all cutouts for AB switches,
lights, whatever, backpanels. Beat the hell out of having an
electrician at our maintenance rates punching holes, especially in
stainless. CNC plasma may be what replaced these machines.
Keep in mind that the Weidos were also capable of something NO cutting
technology can match -- they could do limited "horn" work.
A horn die is one around which metal is drawn into a 3D shape -- cups,
pans, complex shapes. It may also be punched while on the horn. That
capability is unique to presses.
In the case of the Weidamatics, they could die-form the shapes, and all
BUT cut them free from the sheet, leaving "holding tabs".
On Sun, 10 Jun 2012 07:21:11 -0500, "Lloyd E. Sponenburgh"
Cool! All my needs were just enclosures for various r&d rigs, so never
needed that kind of capability. The more fun stuff was usually
handled in the r&d machine shops. The enclosure outfit I used was
Saginaw Control and Engineering, just down the road from where I
But you would have to consider the shape of the punches and I assume the
assuming most cnc punch presses can orient the punch. I know our ancient Amada
"Additionally as a security officer, I carry a gun to protect
government officials but my life isn't worth protecting at home
in their eyes." Dick Anthony Heller
Neither of the 2 old CNC punch presses where I work can rotate the
punches. Our brand new Amada can rotate some of the dies only. I think
it is one of those options you have to pay for, so if the company that
is ordering the press is to tight with their money or doesn't plan for
the future ...
They did, indeed. In fact, we needed some small custom cases for a hard
drive host adaptor we'd designed. They just "added them in" to an
existing job they already were running on the same gauge aluminum.
I bought some steel chickens last winter at a gun show. These were only good
but at $5.00 each I bought five. The gentleman that was selling them had a
when he lasered material for customers, he dropped in the target and the foot
for it in
the wasted areas so the price of materials = whatever the scrap iron people paid
First, have you checked out finding it a home for far more than just
the scrap value? You can sell it off to a shop that has one working
and can use the spare parts and the extra punch sets.
And is it a good candidate for updating the controller from Punch-tape
to CNC? If so, and it's all there, it might be worth far more than
They were machined as a mated set, so they really should stay
together. Otherwise the tolerances are a mis-match, and CRUNCH! There
goes the dies and the part you were making.
Keep all the bits like the paper tape reader, toss 'em up online and
see if they sell. You Never Know...
There are still shops out there punching out small car and truck
chromed trim pieces with louvers, switch panels, and other things
where you just load the machine and let it run on it's own. Then they
just clean up the edges and dump ''em in the Vibratory Polisher, and
send them out for a dip in the Shiny Stuff.
--<< Bruce >>--
On 2012-06-12, Bruce L. Bergman (munged human readable)
I placed an ad in my local Craigslist and so far, no interest. I am
asking a bargain basement price of $3,500.
I am trying to be practical here. I upgraded by Bridgeport Interact to
EMC2. That works great and I, the intended user, am delighted by being
able to use XEmacs on my CNC control, have recursive G code functions,
flexibility, etc. It works great for ME.
I think that a steel fab shop would not be as excited about those
features, they would want something familiar, with a tech company
representative locally and with a control they know.
Plus, I am afraid, technology moved on since 1975 and newere punch
presses may have features that this older one cannot have.
Yes, I agree.
And, perhaps, there are adapters that print punched tape from modern
CNC design programs.
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