The wire raw material is fed automatically into the press and cut into preforms by a horizontal shear process. The shear tool then transports the blank to the first die. The punch pushes the blank into the die, as the fingers holding it let go at that precise moment; and return to the previous operation. All the blanks are thus pressed simultaneously. The first blank will be stuck fast in the first die until it is released by an ejector and transported to the next work station. The process then begins again.