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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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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Wilson Tool appoints director of sales, North America

January 28, 2015

Wilson Tool International®, White Bear Lake, Minn., a provider of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping industry, has named Ron Palick as director of sales for North America. In this position, he is responsible for building and leading the...

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Dayton Lamina names VP of sales and marketing

January 21, 2015

Dayton Lamina™, Dayton, Ohio, a producer of punching and stamping tools and components, has added Bill Mills to the executive management team in the position of vice president of sales and marketing. He is responsible for all U.S. sales and marketing functions for the company’s divisions,...

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Hole saws allow quick, clean hand drilling of metal

December 23, 2014

CS Unitec’s new hole saws are suitable for cutting in tight spaces where a magnetic drill cannot fit and for cutting material too thin for a magnetic drill to attach. Designed for use with hand-held drills, the tungsten carbide-tipped (TCT) hole saws cut clean, fast holes without grinding the...

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Punch/fiber laser combination machine reduces secondary operations

December 18, 2014

The LC 2515 C1 AJ punch/laser combination machine from Amada America Inc. features a 2-kW fiber laser that provides up to 70 percent electrical savings when compared to a CO2 system, the company reports. The fiber laser can cut reflective materials such as copper, brass, and titanium. The laser...

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Maximum sheet metal punching, minimal distortion

December 17, 2014

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Hole-intensive punching work can induce significant stress into the workpiece. To mitigate this requires a careful look at programming and tooling.

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Drill press vises available from 1.5 to 6 in.

December 9, 2014

Palmgren® offers multipurpose traditional drill press vises for drilling, tapping, reaming, spot-facing, counterboring, and countersinking operations. Available in sizes from 1.5 to 6 in., they feature replaceable jaws and a base and bed parallel to 0.001 in. The center of the base is open for...

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Going beyond commodity sheet metal perforation

November 5, 2014

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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.

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Magnetic drill pilot light increases visibility

October 30, 2014

Hougen Mfg. has added an LED pilot light to the magnet of three new two-speed drill models — the HMD905, the heavy-duty HMD917, and the power feed HMD927 — as well as the redesigned HMD904. This first-of-its-kind feature shines light along the bottom of the cutting teeth and over the...

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Combination punch/right-angle shear made for short component runs

October 16, 2014

Prima Power has introduced the SGe5 Combi punch and right-angle shear. Using servo electric motors for low power consumption and low noise levels, they operate without human intervention from the blank to automated sorting. Suitable for short runs of components, the machine enables the mixing of...

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