Made in the UK | Est. 1939

SMED with Die Lifters & Ball Units (Ball Rollers)


Single Minute Exchange of Dies

Alwayse Ball Units can play a key part in reducing tool changeover times from hours to just single minutes - i.e. under 10 minutes!  

Our Die Lifters and Ball Units can be applied to both SMED Internal Elements (when machinery is stopped) and External Elements (with machinery still running).

SMED Internal Elements
Set into the bed of a power press or machine tool, our spring loaded Die Lifters combine effortless positioning with rigid clamping.

The Die Lifters enable easy multi-directional movement for quick and accurate positioning of tools. Then as the new tool is clamped down, it pushes the load ball into the unit body to hold the tool in place.

Alwayse Die Lifter T-Blocks are also available, which can be fitted directly into the bed of press machines and a range of other machinery.

SMED External Elements
Ball tables or trolleys enable tools to be quickly and easily transported from storage in advance of the changeover. To transfer tools back onto shelving, scissor lifts or forklifts with a ball platform are ideal for raising the tool to the required height.


Quality Testing

Quality Testing

ALWAYSE Engineering is quality registered to ISO 9001 and has a rigorous policy of testing, utilising our specially designed test equipment.

Case Studies

Case Studies

Ball Units from ALWAYSE are used in many different industries. Take a look at some recent applications.



Our current Catalogue 14 is available as a PDF.

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