Punching and Other Holemaking

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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Four tooling configurations designed for thick-turret punch presses

May 15, 2015

Mate Precision Tooling has introduced Roller Solutions™ tooling in several configurations. Rolling Rib tooling reduces the time required to create stiffening ribs in products needing additional strengthening. Ribs may be created in any contour and can start and end anywhere on the sheet....

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Automatic plate-processing system punches, shears simultaneously

May 13, 2015

Trilogy Machinery Inc. has introduced the new Sunrise APS fully automatic plate-processing system. It can punch and shear simultaneously. The fully enclosed system is driven by a rack-and-pinion infeed that can handle up to 40-ft. lengths of material at speeds up to 40 FPM. Standard features...

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Don't be afraid of skeleton handling

May 6, 2015

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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.

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Hole puncher features power-reverse punch

April 30, 2015

Hougen Mfg. has introduced the Hougen®-Ogura® model 75006PR electrohydraulic hole puncher. Its lightweight, single-body construction allows the operator to punch holes in steel in as little as 4 sec., the company states. The power retractable punch system allows the user to power-reverse the...

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Cordless magnetic drills adhere to 0.25-in. steel

April 28, 2015

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the M18 FUEL™ 1.5-in. magnetic drill and 1.5-in. Lineman magnetic drill. The cordless drills deliver a strong magnetic hold on 0.25-in. steel and can drill up to 40 0.8125-in. holes per charge. The tools use permanent magnets, so the magnetic base operates...

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Taps work on material from steel to aluminum

April 27, 2015

Walter has introduced two taps for use on materials from steel to aluminum. The Prototyp TC115 blind-hole tap has a 45-degree helix angle for thread depth of 3xD and a C-form chamfer. The TC216 through-hole tap features a spiral point for forward chip evacuation and thread depth of 3.5xD. Both...

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Punch it, laser-cut it, or something else? The sequel

April 23, 2015

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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.

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Portable magnetic drill sits on swivel base

April 16, 2015

CS Unitec’s MAB 525 SB portable magnetic drill features a swivel base for simplified positioning when drilling on overhead or vertical surfaces. When attached to the workpiece, the drill provides 20-degree movement left and right and 0.625-in. forward and backward, allowing the operator to adjust...

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Ironworker performs punching, shearing, notching

April 2, 2015

The PS 85 DP ironworker from Kaast Machine Tools Inc. has five workstations for punching, shearing, and notching. This machine has two independent cylinders allowing for dual operation, which permits parallel work on the punch and at a second workstation. This includes an electric trigger switch up...

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Cylinders combine with modular tooling to punch multiple holes

March 23, 2015

Multicyl air-over-oil cylinders combined with Unipunch modular tooling allow for a variety of options for systems required to punch multiple holes. The system can perform a variety of standard and custom part production applications. The cylinder and cage designs are compatible with the working...

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Watlow installs special punching machine

March 6, 2015

Hannibal, Mo.-based Watlow, a producer of electric heaters, temperature sensors, power controllers, temperature controllers, and supporting software, has installed the thousandth TruPunch 1000 punching machine manufactured at the TRUMPF factory in Hettingen, Germany. The entry-level machine is...

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Wilson Tool unveils website for AEM

March 5, 2015

White Bear Lake, Minn.-based Wilson Tool International®, a provider of sheet metal fabricating tooling, has launched a website for Advance Eng. & Mfg. (AEM), acquired by the firm in 2014. AEM offers tablet punches and dies and related accessories and services for numerous industries. The new...

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Radial arm drills offer drilling capacity to 3.94 in.

March 4, 2015

Knuth Machine Tools has introduced the R series of radial arm drills. They offer 1.3- to 3.94-in. drilling capacity with 32- to 124-in. spindle-to-column distance. The R-60 offers an infinitely variable spindle gearbox from 38 to 2,000 RPM. The R-100 model has a 22-step direct gear drive drill...

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Portable magnetic drill offers high power-to-weight ratio

February 12, 2015

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released a new model of portable magnetic drill, the HMD905. It maintains a small, lightweight footprint while offering a high power-to-weight ratio. The drill features a mag drill pilot light. Built into the base of the magnet, the LED allows the operator to line up the...

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Catalog highlights ironworker tooling

February 10, 2015

American Punch Co. has announced the availability of an expanded, 68-page catalog showcasing its ironworker tooling. The catalog shows detailed drawings and dimensions of tooling such as punches and dies, shear blades, and coupling nuts. Stock sizes of the tooling available for immediate...

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