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.
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.
September 8, 2015
Examining the eight deadly wastes can help to eliminate inefficient production practices in a fabricator's punching operation.
May 6, 2015
Removing the skeleton from a machine tool is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous task. Machine tool builders recognize this and are taking steps to eliminate that manual effort.
April 23, 2015
Ten years ago The FABRICATOR ran an article titled "Punch it, laser-cut it, or something else?" which looked at the different machines available to perform basic fabrication operations. New technology has changed the thinking a bit when it comes to the discussion of what can be accomplished with laser cutting and punching machines. This article sequel tackles those points.
December 17, 2014
Hole-intensive punching work can induce significant stress into the workpiece. To mitigate this requires a careful look at programming and tooling.
November 5, 2014
Accurate Perforating doesn’t just make holes anymore. It provides entire perforated and fabricated sheet metal components. The 200-employee Chicago manufacturer has done a lot to stand out in a consolidated sector.
July 28, 2014
In planning the recent expansion,it was important to the company that it be able to continue using its large pre-existing inventory of punching tooling.
May 12, 2014
Modern punching machines are designed to be more operator-friendly, which is a bonus for today’s fast-paced shop floors. Learn just how these sophisticated machines have evolved ergonomically.
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.