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A progressive die is used to transform flat metal sheets or strips into a completed part. This transformation is performed incrementally, or progressively, by a series of stations that cut, form and coin the material into the desired shape.
The components that perform operations on the material are unique for every part. These components are located and guided in precision cut openings in plates which are in turn located and guided by pins.
The entire die is actuated by a mechanical press that moves the die up and down. The press is also responsible for feeding the material through the die, progressing it from one station to the next with each stroke.