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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Hector Favela, worker at Simpson Strong Tie

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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Laser Punch Machine

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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Batched Punch Press Parts

Punching on demand

November 25, 2008

Until about a year ago, the staff at King Electrical Mfg. Co. manufactured parts by the thousands without much consideration of the actual demand for those parts. This doesn't happen anymore.

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Linear rail punching systems suitable for applications involving various parts, multiple setups

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, hole positions, end stop positions, and part profiles with minimal setup time, according to the...

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TRUMPF Canada names managing director

August 12, 2008

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed James Rogowski as managing director of TRUMPF Canada.The company recently acquired the remaining shares of Advanced Fabricating Machinery, which serves the Canadian market as a sales and spare parts facility for TRUMPF products. Rogowski is responsible...

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Peddinghaus event focuses on technology, industry partnerships

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 from around the world. Peddinghaus says it also hosts the recurring event to revisit its German...

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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 2009. In addition to combining machine tool and operating table production, the facility also will...

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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 parts.Salvagnini has installed many stand-alone machines, as well as automated sheet metal processing...

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