A proper programming is vital to the proper functioning of any machine, and of course of a CNC controlled punching machine. Programming directly affects the productivity of the machine as well as the life of its components and tools, so with better programming the punching machine will become more productive at lower cost.
In order to make proper programming of a punching machine is necessary to follow some guidelines and criteria, and at the same time to avoid some practices that may cause operating problems. Some of these practices are the following:
Use the largest possible tools: if we use large tools with the idea of reducing the amount of punches and so try to minimize punching time, we may make the mistake that those tools do not work correctly, which will cause premature tool wear and this misuse will generate problems.
Large size micro-fastenings on the sides of the part: using larger micro-fastenings with the intention of reducing the number of micro-fastenings is wrong. It is more interesting to place more and smaller micro-fastenings, which facilitate the separation and removal of the parts .
Loose scraps: it is very important to avoid loose scraps on the table, since if any of these remnants is placed just at the punching point, the thickness will be double and then the gap will not be accurate.