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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MTC Software expands Asia-Pacific operation

November 6, 2007

MTC Software Inc., Lockport, N.Y., a developer of software for CNC sheet and plate cutting, has opened a sales and applications support facility in Singapore. Working closely with the company's Australian operation, the new office supports MTC Software products in the Asia-Pacific region.The...

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LVD launches global branding initiative

October 9, 2007

LVD Co. n.v., Gullegem, Belgium, has launched a global branding initiative designed to unite all of the company's sales subsidiaries and products under the LVD brand name and the baseline "Sheet Metalworking: Our Passion, Your Solution."The initiative is designed to achieve a consistent brand image...

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FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show returns to Chicago

October 9, 2007

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to McCormick Place in Chicago Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS),...

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TRUMPF acquires 100 percent of AFM, Canada

October 3, 2007

Sept. 6, 2007, TRUMPF Inc. acquired 100 percent of Advanced Fabricating Machinery (AFM), Canada. AFM was formed July 1, 1997 by TRUMPF Inc. and Robert Watson as an equal joint venture.AFM, under the continued leadership of Robert Watson, will serve the Canadian market as a sales and spare parts...

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Bradbury Co. announces engineering staff appointments

September 11, 2007

The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan., has announced two appointments to its engineering staff. The company has hired Mark McFetridge as a senior project engineering manager and Rex Stutterheim as a technical assistant.McFetridge is part of a management team responsible for translating customer...

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W.A. Whitney names distributors

September 11, 2007

W.A. Whitney, a division of MegaFab, Rockford, Ill., has appointed Weller Machinery Co. as exclusive distributor for its fabricating machines in Wisconsin and named Capital Machine Technologies as its exclusive distributor in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee,...

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Organizing your tooling

August 8, 2007 | By Craig Padget

Are you busy putting out fires? Is management by crisis preventing you from being proactive and establishing a preventive maintenance system for your tooling? Does your tooling gather more dust than uptime? Do you think you know your tooling needs, or do you collect data that shows your tooling...

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Cardinal MetalWorks completes ISO 9001:2000

August 7, 2007

Cardinal MetalWorks, Burgaw, N.C., has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification.The company, which employs 42 workers, manufactures formed sheet metal components using autoload CNC punching machines, lasers, and press...

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TRUMPF opens new offices in Seoul

July 10, 2007

TRUMPF officially opened its company headquarters in the TRUTEC building in Seoul, South Korea, June 12, 2007. The new offices are located in "Digital Media City," a business hub in Seoul.Four of the building's twelve stories are used by TRUMPF Korea. They house the sales and service departments,...

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Automated punch press

Advances in automation broaden punching capabilities

July 10, 2007 | By Anthony Marzullo

Increasingly metal fabricators are turning to automated equipment to reduce production downtime and costs, streamline manufacturing, minimize material handling, and address a shortage of skilled labor. Automating punch press operations can range from adding a simple load/unload device to implementing a midlevel material handling system or lights-out production cell to robotics and full tower and storage capabilities. Deciding whether to add automation depends largely on the application.

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TRUMPF names new distributors

June 12, 2007

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named its machine tool distributors for Louisiana and Michigan.The Hampton Co., Plano, Texas, represents the company's line of fabricating machines in Louisiana, and BGI, Grand Blanc, Mich., serves as distributor for Michigan in the counties of Bay, Saginaw,...

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Mate appoints president, vice chairman

June 5, 2007

Dean A. Sundquist, chairman and CEO of Mate Precision Tooling, has announced the appointment of Jack Schneider to the newly created position of vice chairman and Kevin Nicholson to the position of president."In the new position of vice chairman, Jack Schneider will focus on strategic and corporate...

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TRUMPF supports science center exhibit

May 8, 2007

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., is supporting an innovative new exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center. Now under construction in Hartford and set to open in fall 1008, the center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing science education.The company is donating $100,000 to help build...

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Wilson Tool honored as Manufacturer of the Year

April 18, 2007

Wilson Tool Intl., White Bear Lake, Minn., an independent tooling manufacturer for sheet metal fabrication, has been named Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Alliance. The award is given annually to companies that best exemplify lean manufacturing practices, while also sharing their...

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Device automates material positioning

April 10, 2007

TigerStop's linear positioner is designed to position material quickly and accurately at the touch of a button.The device automates manual processes with computer-controlled accuracy of plusmn; 0.004 in., the company says. It allows users to store 99 frequently used positions and 99 commonly used...

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