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Checklist of Perforating Cost Influences

1. Material Type – Remember the least expensive material may not be the lowest cost; a higher strength alloy may allow reducing thickness. Keep hardness below 80 Rb.

2. Material Thickness – Thinner materials perforate easier and faster.

3. Hole shape and pattern – Round holes are the most economical, 60° staggered round hole pattern strongest and most versatile.

4. Hole size – Do not go below 1-to-1 ratio with sheet thickness. Stay at 2-to-1 or larger if possible.

5. Bar size – Do not go thinner than 1-to-1 ratio with sheet thickness.

6. Center distance – It controls feed rate and thereby the production rate. If possible, choose a pattern with longer center distance.



7. Open areas – Extreme open area proportions ten to increase distortion; if possible, stay under 70%. To calculate open area percentage see here.

8. Margins – Keep side margins to a minimun to reduce distortion. Use standard Unfinished End Margins if you can. See Unfinished End Margins vs. Finished End Margins here.

9. Blank areas – Consider the die pattern when locating them. Consult with your IPA metal supplier.

10. Stick to standards – Specify standard hole patterns, materials dimensions and tolerances whenever possible. Before specifying a “Special”, consult with your IPA metal supplier; he can work wonders with existing tooling.

11. Accept normal commercial burrs unless otherwise specified.