Punching and Other Holemaking Products

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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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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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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Depth-of-cut sizes added to drill line

January 14, 2016

Walter has introduced several new depth-of-cut sizes for its DC170 drill for steel and cast iron. In addition to the currently available drill lengths of 16xD and 20xD, users now can choose 3xD, 5xD, 8xD, and 12xD. Custom-made versions also are available. The drills feature a land design that...

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Upcut production saw with drill/tap option handles large, nonferrous material

January 5, 2016

Scotchman Industries has introduced a new drill/tap option for its GAA-500 90 automatic upcut circular cold saw. The saw is suitable for cutting nonferrous materials at 90 degrees up to 6 in. square and round. The machine uses a shuttle feed design with an adjustable vertical and horizontal...

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Punching machine detects broken punches automatically

December 14, 2015

TRUMPF offers the next-generation TruPunch 5000 punching machine. It features retractable clamps, mobile control, and the new ToolMaster Linear for additional tooling capacity. With retractable clamps, the entire sheet can be used without limitations when nesting parts. According to the company,...

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Software feature helps improve quality in fiber laser drilling

November 17, 2015

Prima Power Laserdyne has enhanced the CylPerf™ software feature on its S94P laser process control for higher quality and throughput in on-the-fly percussion drilling of small, shallow angle holes in aerospace engine combustors. CylPerf is a graphical software utility for programming and...

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Indexable holemaking platform handles variety of applications, materials

November 3, 2015

The new Top Cut 4 indexable drilling platform from Widia™ is targeted to end users that need one drill for a variety of drilling applications and workpiece materials. Capabilities include through- and cross-holes, inclined entries and exits, 45-degree corners, half-cylindrical, concave, and...

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Tool coating extends life of punch press tooling

October 7, 2015

Mate’s new SuperMax™ is a hard, wear-resistant, lubricious coating for punch press tooling. It acts as a barrier between the punch and sheet metal to help improve stripping, reduce galling and slug pulling, and extend tool life. The proprietary coating outperforms currently available...

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Magnetic drills redesigned with pressure indicator, material and thickness detector

September 24, 2015

Walter Surface Technologies has introduced the newly redesigned Icecut 100 and Icecut 200 magnetic drills. They include the addition of the Accudrill pressure indicator, as well as a material and thickness detector. Redesigned for heavy-duty applications, the safety amp meter, located in the...

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Blind-hole taps made for use on stainless steels

September 16, 2015

The new TC142 blind-hole taps from Walter USA LLC are designed for machining stainless steels, ISO M materials, and ISO P materials, particularly the softer steels that require more chip control. They come in two versions. Grade WW60RB, suitable for high-volume production, offers a...

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Parting tool offers long grind life

September 15, 2015

Wilson Tool International® offers the Dura-Die parting tool. Its replaceable die inserts are made from the company’s Ultima tool steel, which offers high wear resistance for long grind life. The die base is made from shock-resistant steel, allowing it to withstand high punching force....

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LED pilot light added to magnetic drill

September 4, 2015

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released the redesigned HMD904 portable magnetic drill. The newest feature is an LED pilot light, built into the base of the magnet. It allows the operator to line up the pilot with the hole’s center location in low- or no-light conditions. The drill’s motor features a...

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Automated punch press loaders allow unattended operation

August 31, 2015

Murata Machinery USA Inc. has introduced the FG series of automated punch press loaders. They provide lights-out, unattended operation during breaks, shift changes, lunch, and after hours. The servo-controlled systems feature an axis drive, programmable parts stacking patterns, and an integrated...

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Three-spindle drilling line compatible with all types of tooling

August 7, 2015

The ball screw feed, 5,000 RPM Vanguard drill lines from Ficep are compatible with all types of tooling. The direct-drive spindle prevents power loss at the tool. The ball screw feed permits tapping, countersinking, and counterboring. Other features include rack-and-pinion positioning on all...

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