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.
February 24, 2017
Automation and software have helped streamline punching significantly—and not just by scrutinizing the machine cycle time and total green-light time, but by looking at the overall punching cycle time, from sheet loading until a punched part reaches the next operation.
October 31, 2016 | By Tim Heston
MF&B Restaurant Systems Inc., a pizza oven manufacturer in Dunbar, Pa., increases its fabrication flexibility by shortening punch tool changeovers, making good use of form tools, and making product design choices.
October 5, 2016 | By Brian Welz
Does a punch/laser combination system make sense for your operation? For the answer, consider these five factors: part geometry; process throughput; lean manufacturing; process flexibility; and automation.
July 28, 2016 | By John Ripka
Metal fabricators are familiar with forming shapes such as louvers on a punching machine, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Punching tools today can produce forms, such as hinges, which could be used to streamline production on the shop floor. Fabricators just need to open their eyes and take in the possibilities.
March 2, 2016 | By Glen Shuldes
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 | By Henry Llop
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 | By Dennis Lowry
Examining the eight deadly wastes can help to eliminate inefficient production practices in a fabricator's punching operation.
May 6, 2015 | By Dan Davis
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.
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 | By John Ripka
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 | By Tim Heston
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 | By Chris Madison
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 | By Mike Kroll
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 | By Sue Roberts
Experience plus planning get more out of automation at Overlanders Manufacturing
October 9, 2013 | By Dan Davis
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.