Punching and Other Holemaking

Making holes is a critical capability for fabricators. This technology area covers ironworkers, perforating machines, piercing machines, drills, slotting machines, single-station punch presses, turret punch presses, and combination laser/punch presses.

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Replaceable-tip drill performs deep-hole boring

June 21, 2016

Allied Machine & Eng. Corp. offers the BT-A drill, compatible with standard BTA-STS systems. The drill is suitable for small and large deep-hole boring applications. Its patent-pending design features a laser-clad bearing area for improved straightness and replaceable cutting edges to help...

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Quick-change thick-turret punching system uses toolless design

June 13, 2016

Mate has introduced the Ultra® QCT™, a quick-change, toolless thick-turret punching system. It is compatible with the company’s Ultra line of guides and standard canisters. The system features a toolless punch-retention mechanism. The user flips the latch to remove and snap the new insert...

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Nonactive punches remain stationary in multitool design

May 24, 2016

Pass Stanztechnik AG has developed three- and eight-station multitools for use on Prima Power CNC punching machines. The ps:multitool-3 and ps:multitool-8 offer quick change of punch inserts with maximum process stability; single-pressure-operated punch inserts and maximum guide length; a spring...

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Wilson Tool celebrates 50 years in business

May 19, 2016

Wilson Tool Intl., a manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping industry, will mark its 50th year in business on June 2, 2016. The company was founded by Ken and Ruth Wilson as The Wilson Tool Co. in a basement shop in St....

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Channel punching system makes up to 15 holes in single machine cycle

May 5, 2016

Multicyl Inc. offers a channel punching system that can punch up to 15 holes and two side notches in a single machine cycle. Hole positions and quantities are adjustable, and tooling changeover to accommodate different rails or channels is simple, states the manufacturer. All three channel...

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Electric stroke controls added to ironworker

May 5, 2016

Scotchman Industries has introduced the 5014-ET, a 50-ton, three-station turret hydraulic ironworker. The unit, based on the 5014-TM ironworker, now is equipped with standard electric stroke control to help improve accuracy. The electric stroke eliminates almost all moving parts that exist in a...

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Two-speed magnetic drill offers LED light in magnet base

May 5, 2016

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released the HMD917 portable magnetic drill. Its power-to-weight ratio gives metal fabricators the strength and torque required to drill large, deep holes in steel. A new pilot LED light is built into the base of the magnet to help the operator line up the pilot with the...

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Punch press tooling creates bends up to 90 degrees

April 27, 2016

Wilson Tool International® offers Opti-Bend tooling for punch press operations. The tooling allows sheet metal fabricators to create bends up to 90 degrees on the punch press, which helps eliminate the need for secondary operations at the press brake. The tooling includes a rotating cam in the...

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Tool enables threading on punching machine

April 19, 2016

Pass Stanztechnik AG has developed the ps:multi-thread®, a threading tool that can be used as a six-station multitool integrated in one rotatable D-station of a Prima Power punching machine. The tool is made with six positions that can be equipped with thread form units with measurements from...

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Allied Machine marks 75 years in business

April 13, 2016

Allied Machine & Eng. Corp., a manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems based in Dover, Ohio, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2016. The third-generation family-owned company was established in 1941 by Harold Stokey as a manufacturer of locknuts and taper sleeve adapters for...

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LVD Strippit PX-Series: Punch, Bend, Form & Tap

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Punch, bend, form and tap all on a single machine with the Strippit PX punch press. The single-head design offers the versatility of 20 indexable tool stations able to hold any size tool up to a diameter of 3.54”. The Strippit PX efficiently handles complex, three-dimensional parts, bends parts up to 3.54” in length and up to 3” tall. Material handling options available. Learn more.

Sheet metal fabrication basics: 7 strategies for punching success

March 2, 2016


One of the most mature technologies in metal fabrication, punching is also one of the most misunderstood, perhaps because the process can ccomplish so much—punch myriad shapes, form, even bend flanges. Regardless, if a shop follows some basic strategies, it will be well on its way to better parts and greater throughput.

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Punching on a press brake

March 1, 2016


Looking to breathe new life into an older press brake? C-frame tooling can be used to turn that brake into a precision punching machine for some parts.

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Allied Machine updates product selector online recommendation tool

February 11, 2016

Allied Machine & Eng. Corp., a manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems in Dover, Ohio, has updated its Product Selector online recommendation tool at www.alliedmachine.com/adp/adpselect.aspx. The program, which visitors can use to find new tools to meet their needs or to access...

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Coolant-through drill’s flute geometry breaks down chips

January 28, 2016

Dormer Pramet offers the MP-X 8xD coolant-through drill. It features fast chip evacuation, microgram carbide material, and multilayer titanium aluminum nitride coating. The CTW™ (continually thinned web) flute geometry optimizes flute volume and breaks the chips into small, manageable pieces....

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