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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TRUMPF combines operations in China

June 17, 2008

TRUMPF, Germany, recently broke ground on a new production building in Taicang, China.The building will bring the company's three existing production operations into one facility, starting in July...

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Salvagnini Group opens subsidiary in Brazil

June 17, 2008

Salvagnini, Italy, opened Salvagnini do Brasil Ltda., an operating company based in Jos dos Campos (SP), in March. The Brazilian subsidiary provides technical support, customer service, and spare...

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Tekfab adds engineer

May 15, 2008

Tekfab has added Dave Zaragoza as an engineer.Zaragoza, who has more than 10 years of experience in the metal framing industry, is responsible for companywide sales of all Tekfab products, as well as...

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Punch press nesting

Pushing nesting efficiency for the punch press

May 13, 2008

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Nesting for punching must not only consider the part geometry but also the tool boundary. Some nesting software can respect the tool boundary rather than just the part boundary. The software respects the integrity of the punched part, the skeleton, and tooling all at once.

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Better tool management, better punching

April 15, 2008

McQuay international develops a strategy to prolong tool life for turret presses.

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Getting creative with punch tooling

April 15, 2008

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Keeping a lean program running takes time, effort, and teamwork. To make the most of lean—that is, to understand all of their options in eliminating waste—companies that do extensive work in punching should keep up with innovation in punching tooling. Two such innovations are tools that tap holes and tools that make tabs for sturdy locking joints.

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Wilson Tool appoints VP of sales for North, Latin America

March 11, 2008

Wilson Tool International®, White Bear Lake, Minn., a manufacturer of tooling for sheet metal fabrication, has appointed Jay Dienst as vice president of sales for North and Latin America.Dienst is...

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Portable power tools intended for coil line applications

February 12, 2008

TRUMPF offers portable power tools—the N700-2 nibbler, the C250-0 Plus double-cut shear, and the S250-6 electric shear—for coil line applications.The company says the nibbler is the...

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TRUMPF names director of spare parts in North America

January 15, 2008

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., recently named Claudio Schutz as director of spare parts in North America. Based in the Farmington headquarters, Schutz leads the spare parts team, including customer...

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft....

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Slitting tool system for TRUMPF-style punch presses introduced

December 11, 2007

Mate Precision Tooling has introduced Mate LongLife™, a slitting tool system for TRUMPF-style punch presses. Fully OEM-compatible, the system combines tool steel punch and die inserts with punch...

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General Sheet Metal Works expands Tomah, Wis., plant

December 11, 2007

General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind., has increased the size of its Tomah, Wis., plant from 22,500 sq. ft. to 45,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.The company says the additional capacity...

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TRUMPF marks 500th punching machine

December 11, 2007

TRUMPF, Farmington, Conn., has completed its 500th TruPunch 2020 machine. The model, which was built in 2001, was a design concept of Peter Leibinger, TRUMPF vice president of the management board and...

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Bradbury names president

December 11, 2007

The Bradbury Co., Moundridge, Kan., a manufacturer of metal roll forming and processing equipment, has promoted COO David Cox to president.Cox, who joined the company in 1997, also has served as...

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Punch tools extend A-dimension forming range

November 6, 2007

The A PLUS™ series line of TRUMPF-style special tools from Wilson Tool International® is designed to extend the range of forming in the A-dimension, allowing longer and larger forms. The...

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