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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Replaceable-tip drill performs deep-hole boring

June 21, 2016

Allied Machine & Eng. Corp. offers the BT-A drill, compatible with standard BTA-STS systems. The drill is suitable for small and large deep-hole boring applications. Its patent-pending design features a laser-clad bearing area for improved straightness and replaceable cutting edges to help...

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Quick-change thick-turret punching system uses toolless design

June 13, 2016

Mate has introduced the Ultra® QCT™, a quick-change, toolless thick-turret punching system. It is compatible with the company’s Ultra line of guides and standard canisters. The system features a toolless punch-retention mechanism. The user flips the latch to remove and snap the new insert...

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Nonactive punches remain stationary in multitool design

May 24, 2016

Pass Stanztechnik AG has developed three- and eight-station multitools for use on Prima Power CNC punching machines. The ps:multitool-3 and ps:multitool-8 offer quick change of punch inserts with maximum process stability; single-pressure-operated punch inserts and maximum guide length; a spring...

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Channel punching system makes up to 15 holes in single machine cycle

May 5, 2016

Multicyl Inc. offers a channel punching system that can punch up to 15 holes and two side notches in a single machine cycle. Hole positions and quantities are adjustable, and tooling changeover to accommodate different rails or channels is simple, states the manufacturer. All three channel...

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Electric stroke controls added to ironworker

May 5, 2016

Scotchman Industries has introduced the 5014-ET, a 50-ton, three-station turret hydraulic ironworker. The unit, based on the 5014-TM ironworker, now is equipped with standard electric stroke control to help improve accuracy. The electric stroke eliminates almost all moving parts that exist in a...

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Two-speed magnetic drill offers LED light in magnet base

May 5, 2016

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released the HMD917 portable magnetic drill. Its power-to-weight ratio gives metal fabricators the strength and torque required to drill large, deep holes in steel. A new pilot LED light is built into the base of the magnet to help the operator line up the pilot with the...

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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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