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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Mate opens new, expanded European headquarters, manufacturing facilities

June 29, 2009

Mate Precision Tooling has announced the opening of its new and expanded European headquarters and manufacturing facilities. Centrally located in Frankfurt Germany, the new facilities culminate a major investment by the company in the latest manufacturing technologies including best practices from...

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Peddinghaus announces engineering promotions

June 9, 2009

Peddinghaus Corp. has announced the promotions of two senior engineers at its facility in Bradley, Ill.James Magnuson was named as vice president of R&D. He is responsible for the development of new machine concepts.Jim Sutliffe was named as vice president of engineering. He manages all daily...

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BIG Kaiser breaks ground on new facility

May 20, 2009

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., a supplier of high-precision tooling systems, has announced the groundbreaking of a new corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The company and all of its employees, along with Hoffman Estates Village Officials, celebrated the beginning of construction...

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steel fire door

Keeping the (fire) door open

May 14, 2009 | By Tim Heston

A manufacturer of fire doors, in the South Bronx grows a business through market diversification and automation, just a few miles north of some of the most expensive real estate on earth.

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Tooling organization means punching optimization

May 12, 2009 | By Dennis Lowry

Turret punch press uptime will increase if you know your process capability, manufacture products within that capability, and optimize the layout of your tooling. It also will increase if you optimize programming, design, and tooling. It also is important to maintain proper die clearance and alignment of the press station.

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Mate Precision Tooling named '2009 Manufacturer of the Year'

April 16, 2009

Anoka, Minn.-based Mate Precision Tooling, a global manufacturer of original and replacement tooling for CNC punch presses, was named "2009 Manufacturer of the Year" by the Manufacturers Alliance.In making the award, the Manufacturer's Alliance said Mate was selected for exemplifying the true...

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Punch tooling innovations help achieve lean goals

April 14, 2009 | By Jerry Dwyer

Punch tooling innovations help die builders and stampers improve lead times, reduce waste, and expand design options as well as eliminate slug pulling and minimize stripping pressures.

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New generation of punching/shearing machine introduced

April 14, 2009

Salvagnini America has introduced a new generation of its S4 punching and shearing machine, the S4X.The S4X features a completely redesigned manipulator powered by two pairs of rotary electric motors. The first pair employes rack and pinion kinematics driven by new handovercontrol logic. The second...

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Slitting tool system features M4PM tool steel

April 14, 2009

Mate Precision Tooling has introduced the LongLife™ slitting tool system for TRUMPF®-style punch presses featuring M4PM tool steel. The proprietary tool steel composition uses a particle metallurgical manufacturing process and triple temper heat treatment.Punch inserts come in rectangular...

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TRUMPF Inc. names West Coast sales representative

April 14, 2009

Larry Johnson has been named a district sales representative for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn. In this role, he is responsible for sales activity on the West Coast, specifically in Southern California and Nevada.Johnson has 33 years of experience in the sheet metal industry and began his career...

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LVD, HD establish joint venture company in China

April 1, 2009

LVD Company n.v. and Hubei Tri-Ring Metalforming Equipment Co., Ltd. (HD) have formed a joint venture company in Huangshi City, Hubei Province, China.The joint venture company will produce LVD sheet metalworking equipment, including turret punch presses, laser cutting systems, and CNC press brakes,...

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TRUMPF redesigning its business in Taiwan

March 10, 2009

The TRUMPF Group is redesigning its business in Taiwan. In addition to marketing machine tools and lasers, the company is strengthening its electronics division by expanding the service and maintenance efforts where, within just two years, the number of service employees has increased from two to...

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Before you buy: Considerations for turret punch press shoppers

March 10, 2009 | By Terry Stewart

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?

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Ironworker can punch a 13/16-in. hole in -in. material

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 4-in. by 4-in. by 3/8-in. angle shear; 14-in. flat bar shear capable of shearing 3/4-in. by 4-in.,...

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FMA launches sheet metal operator certification program

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 metal forming and fabricating.The new Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) Level I Certification...

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