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 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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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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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 developing new marketing and distribution channels. He served most recently as a regional sales...

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Punch press nesting

Pushing nesting efficiency for the punch press

May 13, 2008 | By Glenn Binder

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 | By Andy Spence-Parsons

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 responsible for planning and directing all of the company's sales operations in the Americas and...

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