The knockout (or kickout) pin plays an important role in solid die heading. The pin acts as a blank support and also ejects finished parts. It is also called ejector, and can be made of solid carbide and high strength steel such as SKH9. Knockout (or kickout) pins serve two functions.
- Firstly, they stop blanks as they enter the die at the point where upsetting is to start. This requires them to be able to withstand some of the forming pressures.
- Secondly, they eject the headed part from the die to clear it for the next blank. Pins must be manufactured to the exact required dimensions in order to ensure that they are able to perform their functions accurately and efficiently.
The important factors in choosing pins should include the degree of corrosion resistance, durability, and tensile strength. Besides high-quality raw materials, we can offer plating and coating are two ways that can be applied to improve the life of the pins according to customers’ requests.
1. Ejector Pins
Also known as knockout pins, use these pins to push parts out of molds. Pins are precision-ground to tight tolerances and hardened for strength and wear resistance.
2. Shoulder-Style Ejector Pins
A thick shoulder underneath the head makes these pins more rigid than standard ejector pins. They’re precision-ground to tight tolerances and hardened for strength and wear resistance. Machining is not recommended.
3. Core Pins
Mold plastic around these pins to form small holes, or use them to perforate parts. They have a flat head to fit into a counterbored hole. Made of M2 tool steel, these pins are wear-resistant and stay sharp at high temperatures.
4. Flush-Mount Core Pins
A 60° beveled head fits into a countersunk hole. Mold plastic around these pins to form small holes, or use them to perforate parts. Also known as perforator, mold, forged, quill, and pilot pins, they can be machined to fit your application. Pins are precision-ground to tight tolerances. Made of M2 tool steel, these pins are wear-resistant and stay sharp at high temperatures.
5. Punch Pins
Use these pin blanks with a die to punch 1/8″ and larger holes. Made of M2 tool steel, these pins are wear-resistant and stay sharp at high temperatures. Heads are drawn to a Rockwell hardness of C45 to prevent breakage from shock.
Characteristics and properties of punch pins: