Punching and Other Holemaking Articles

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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Automation relieves punching bottleneck

February 28, 2014

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Experience plus planning get more out of automation at Overlanders Manufacturing

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Sidestepping punched-part deburring - TheFabricator.com

Sidestepping punched-part deburring

October 9, 2013

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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.

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Punching up forms on a turret press - TheFabricator.com

Punching up forms on a turret press

October 7, 2013

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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.

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Punch tooling strategy for punching thousands and thousands of holes - TheFabricator.com

Punch tooling strategy for punching thousands and thousands of holes

August 1, 2013

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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.

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Get more out of your punch - TheFabricator.com

Get more out of your punch

April 16, 2013

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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.

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First to the punch

October 23, 2012

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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.

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When to cut a common line - TheFabricator.com

When to cut a common line

October 12, 2012

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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.

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10 questions to ask for safeguarding success - TheFabricator.com

10 questions to ask for safeguarding success

October 9, 2012

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Applied correctly, safeguarding can add to a company’s bottom line by preventing injury, improving the manufacturing process, and optimizing the overall shop environment.

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Punching up productivity

October 8, 2012

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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.

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Piecing together a growing business - TheFabricator.com

Piecing together a growing business

August 3, 2012

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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.

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Packing a wallop with the punch - TheFabricator.com

Packing a wallop with the punch

February 28, 2012

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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.

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The ironworker stands ready for production

October 10, 2011

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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.

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Leaning on the turret punch press

May 6, 2011

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Proper planning and tools lead to greater punching efficiencies as well as smooth part flow throughout the rest of the fabrication operation.

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Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help - TheFabricator.com

Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help

December 2, 2010

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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.

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The evolution of turret punch press processing

October 4, 2010

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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.

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