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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Deburring tool eliminates burrs, secondary operations on punched parts - TheFabricator.com

Deburring tool eliminates burrs, secondary operations on punched parts

January 10, 2011

Mate's new Rollerball Deburr™ tool eliminates burrs and secondary operations on punched parts. Designed to deburr mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum sheet material in any thickness, the tool removes the burr automatically as part of the punching process. The tool is designed for...

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High-speed punch press controls introduced

December 13, 2010

FANUC FA America has introduced the 30i/31i-P model B high-speed punch press controls. The CNCs have increased hit rates as a result of high-speed punch control cycles and an increased number of controllable axes: 32/20 maximum controlled axes and 24/4 maximum simultaneously controlled axes,...

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Opti-bend Parts

Specialty tooling pushes the limits of the turret punch press

December 13, 2010 | By Scott J. Tacheny

Advancements in turret punch presses have paved the way for specialty tool innovations that allow fabricators to produce high-quality parts using fewer secondary operations.

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Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help - TheFabricator.com

Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help

December 2, 2010 | By Dan Davis

More metal fabricators are venturing into the area of thicker materials, so it's not too unusual to see 0.25-in. material thrown onto a punch press that also accommodates thin material. Luckily, the right punching tooling can help fabricators work with this mix of material thicknesses efficiently.

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Slitting tooling system expanded

October 25, 2010

Mate Precision Tooling offers an expanded LongLife™ slitting tool system. The system, which combines premium tool steel punch and die inserts with punch and die holders, now includes inserts in lengths from Size 56, 0.787 to 2.205 in., and Size 76, 2.206 to 3.000 in. Widths are available up to...

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Turret punch press

The evolution of turret punch press processing

October 4, 2010 | By Lloyd Keller

Improvements in turret punch presses have increased their capabilities and eliminated the need for many secondary operations. These improvements, which include automation options and the ability to perform contour cutting, tapping, and other processes, make these systems viable alternatives to laser machines.

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Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program - TheFabricator.com

Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program

September 16, 2010 | By Mike Anderson

Sharpening punch tooling consistently and correctly can help a fabricator save time and money in its punching operations. These suggestions can help a fabricator determine if the company is efficient as it can be with its maintenance program for punch tooling.

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Where the tool meets the sheet metal - TheFabricator.com

Where the tool meets the sheet metal

September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Machine control really has defined what it means to be a metal fabricator. Boiled down, the job is about turning a design concept into a metallic reality, and the control interface is where the rubber hits the road.

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MultiCam names customer service manager - TheFabricator.com

MultiCam names customer service manager

September 13, 2010

MultiCam, Dallas, has promoted Becky Mullis to the position of customer service manager. She is a business management graduate of Vincennes University and has spent the last eight years as office manager of the company's Florida Technology Center. Mullis is in charge of customer service for all...

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CNC punching machines, ironworkers introduced

August 30, 2010

Trilogy Machinery Inc. has introduced Sunrise CNC ironworkers and CNC punching machines. A semiautomatic CNC plate and angle positioning table is available as a factory-installed option on any ironworker or punching machine with a 20-in. or larger throat depth. Its pendant-mounted graphical...

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TRUMPF presents 2010 awards to distributors - TheFabricator

TRUMPF presents 2010 awards to distributors

August 10, 2010

TRUMPF Inc. presented 2010 awards of sales achievement to two companies at its annual distributor meeting held July 28 at TRUMPF headquarters in Farmington, Conn. Hegman Machine Tool Inc., Maple Grove, Minn., received the Outstanding Distributor Performance Award in recognition of the company's...

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Progress in punching - TheFabricator

Progress in punching

July 30, 2010 | By Mike Kroll

Today's turret punch presses do more than simply punch holes. They can form shapes beneath the sheet, perform shear-quality cuts, and actually deburr edges. And that's just scratching the surface of the equipment's capabilities.

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TRUMPF celebrates 10 years in Mexico - TheFabricator

TRUMPF celebrates 10 years in Mexico

July 12, 2010

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced that TRUMPF Mexico is celebrating 10 years in business. TRUMPF filed its registration to do business in Mexico on June 6, 2000, to better service an existing customer in that market. Additional assignments soon came along, such as automotive...

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Discovering the best path to better bending - TheFabricator

Discovering the best path to better bending

July 8, 2010 | By Michael Stock

Fabricators looking to streamline bending should weigh all the options, from standalone press brakes to robotized brake cells and automated panel benders.

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Automatic load/unload system for turret punch presses retrofittable

June 28, 2010

LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has introduced the Strippit PA-Series automatic load/unload system, a compact material handling device retrofittable for the company's VX, V, VT, S, and ST-Series CNC turret punch presses. The device provides continuous, uninterrupted processing. It reduces manual...

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