What to consider when purchasing a steelworker or punching machine
There may be a variety of reasons why you might be considering an investment in new steelworking machinery such as business expansion, replacing legacy machinery, starting up a new business or just looking to offer a wider range of services. It is important to ensure the steelworker you choose is the right one for you and your needs, both today and tomorrow.
Tonnage is always an important factor
Based not just upon the work you are doing today but also perhaps the work you want to be able to do in the future as your business expands. Making sure your steelworker has the power you need is vital. Capacity charts are fitted to every machine and are included in all Morgan Rushworth steelworker machine literature.
Punch Vs Multi-station Machine
The question of dedicated Punch vs. Multi-station machine is another important one to think about. You might only need a machine for punching right now, but a combination machine can offer versatility and adaptability should those needs change in the future.
If you undertake punching on a regular basis and it forms an important part of your service, a CNC Punch might prove to be a more beneficial addition to your workshop. Greater accuracy, faster production and less material waste are all benefits of a CNC punch along with a pre-programmable interface taking care of the punch tool stations.
Single or Dual Operator
Single operator compared to a dual operator steelworker can be a difficult choice. If time management and faster turnaround times are important a multi station may well start to pay for itself much quicker than a smaller, more compact single operator machine. On the other hand, if you are a sole trader or employ a small workforce a single operator steelworker might be more practical.
Optional Extras & Attachments
Your steelworker’s attachments form a vital part of the package so careful consideration needs to be given to which you might need. There are specialised attachments for tasks such as flat bar bending and sheet bending which could save investing in another dedicated machine for each of these processes.
For a more in-depth look at what to consider when investing in a punch or steelworker, our article covering some of the most important factors and common mistakes is a valuable resource.