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.
March 10, 2009
Making an intelligent, economically sound punch press purchasing decision requires careful consideration of many factors, including material size and thickness, material handling capabilities, part complexity and volume, and turret capacity. Take the time to accurately determine your needs. Is that great deal really a wise investment?
February 10, 2009
Scotchman® Industries offers the 5014-CM ironworker. It has a 50-ton punch station with 6-in. throat depth, which can punch a 13/16-in. hole in 3/4-in. material. The machine comes equipped with a...
December 16, 2008
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced a new certification program for precision sheet metal operators for testing and validating their skills in sheet...
October 14, 2008
Multicyl's MultiPunch linear rail (MLR) system is suitable for punching applications that involve a variety of parts and multiple setups. A single machine can punch different part lengths, hole sizes,...
August 12, 2008
Peddinghaus Corp. has announced plans to open its facility in Bradley, Ill., from Sept. 24-27 for its Oktoberfest 2008 event. The event celebrates technological innovations and industry partnerships...
May 13, 2008
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.
April 15, 2008
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.