February 28, 2014
Experience plus planning get more out of automation at Overlanders
October 9, 2013
Having someone deburr parts as they come off a punching press can be a timely and costly endeavor. Some suggestions, however, might help fabricators reduce or eliminate this step altogether.
October 7, 2013
From producing fairly simple tapping extrusions to bends to tabs to tall louvers to complex special shapes, upforming can enhance a turret’s multitasking capabilities and reduce multiple processes to one pass.
August 1, 2013
Carter Day International punches thousands of holes to make specialized screens. One screen can take several hours to punch. Problem is, the company doesn’t have enough volume to warrant using a specialized perforation press. So it uses a traditional turret punch press, but with highly durable tooling.
April 16, 2013
Several factors come into play when trying to determine the
appropriate lifespan of a punch before major maintenance or
replacement is required. If a fabricating operation is knowledgeable
about punching activities and vigilant about organization and
maintenance, it can expect to get the most out of its tooling.
October 23, 2012
The ability to move from one job to the next quickly is essential to a shop’s ability to produce more parts in less time. An important part of this involves shortening changeover time at the punch press.
October 12, 2012
All things being equal, it stands to reason that a single separating cut is always preferable where possible. But all things are not equal, and there are times when common-line cutting is not the best option.
October 9, 2012
Applied correctly, safeguarding can add to a company’s bottom line by preventing injury, improving the manufacturing process, and optimizing the overall shop environment.
October 8, 2012
Mid-West Metal Products Co. Inc., Muncie, Ind., needed a new punching press for a large-volume order and soon found out just how fast production flow can change on a shop floor with new technology.
August 3, 2012
The ironworker at RJ Industries keeps modular aluminum components flowing. At this shop, the tried-and-true machine is the center of cutting and punching production.
February 28, 2012
Eliminating secondary processes in a
fabricating operation is a way to reduce labor costs, which is good news for both the metal fabricator and, potentially, the customer. Modern punch tooling can duplicate some of those secondary processes while the material remains in the punching press, which reduces excess material handling and those downstream fabricating activities.
Fabricators, however, have to realize just
what is possible, so that they can take
advantage of the tooling advancements.
October 10, 2011
These days the ironworker can play a role in production, thanks in part to the custom tooling available, as well as positioning and gauging systems that add accuracy, repeatability, and efficiency to the operation.
May 6, 2011
Proper planning and tools lead to greater punching efficiencies as well as smooth part flow throughout the rest of the fabrication operation.
December 2, 2010
More metal fabricators are venturing into the area of thicker materials, so it's not too unusual to see 0.25-in. material thrown onto a punch press that also accommodates thin material. Luckily, the right punching tooling can help fabricators work with this mix of material thicknesses efficiently.
October 4, 2010
Improvements in turret punch presses have increased their capabilities and eliminated the need for many secondary operations. These improvements, which include automation options and the ability to perform contour cutting, tapping, and other processes, make these systems viable alternatives to laser machines.