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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Wilson Tool launches parts, accessories division

June 14, 2005

Wilson Tool International® has launched its Xtra™ parts and accessories division.Available products include replacement clamp assemblies, turret keys, tooling cabinets, alignment tools, hand...

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Tooling creates lines for hand bending

May 10, 2005

Mate Precision Tooling's Easy Bend™ tooling creates bend lines in metal to simplify hand bending fabricated assemblies for which conventional press brake forming isn't practical.The tool...

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The ABCs of CNC

May 10, 2005

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If you're considering adding an ironworker, you should know not only what type of ironworker is best for your facility and end product, but also what options will offer you the productivity level you want. For this reason, you should learn about CNC controls as you investigate the ironworkers on the market today.

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See unitized tooling make a difference

April 11, 2005

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From small custom job shops to large, multibillion-dollar companies, manufacturers are accommodating shorter product life cycles to meet the rapid innovation in today's marketplace.

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Tool steel suitable for long runs of UHSS

March 8, 2005

Bohler-Uddeholm has developed Vanadis 4® Extra, a powder metallurgy (P/M) tool steel suitable for applications with high demands on adhesive wear and chipping resistance, particularly for stamping...

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Tap into success

March 8, 2005

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Even with all of the new advances in metal stamping technology, screws and threaded holes are still the trusted staples for metal fastening. Tapping the threaded holes has never been an easy task, however.

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Solving pierce punch breaking and chipping problems

February 8, 2005

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Figure 1Having a pierce or perforating punch chip, or worse yet break, can cause severe die damage. It also can result in nonconforming parts because of burrs or undersize holes. Broken punch pieces can fall into the die and crush pads, as well as forming and cutting sections. This article...

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Tool system taps threads in sheet metal

December 7, 2004

Mate Precision Tooling's Mate EasyTap® tool system automatically produces threaded holes in all types of sheet metal in thick-turret punch presses. The threaded holes are produced in prepunched...

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New steel extends punch life

November 9, 2004

Wilson Tool's Ultima™ premium tool steel has been engineered to extend tool life when punching abrasive materials and materials with high tensile strength.The new composition reduces cutting...

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Pullmax redesigns, updates Web site

October 12, 2004

Pullmax Inc. has redesigned and updated its Web site. The new site features machine specifications and videos of the company's CNC punching systems.The site is designed to be a sales tool for the...

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Punching, shearing machine has reduced sheet travel distance

September 14, 2004

Salvagnini's S4N punching and shearing machine is designed to reduce the distance of sheet travel required to punch parts. It features a patented multipress head combined with an integrated shear. All...

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The growing versatility of turret punch presses

September 14, 2004

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Recent improvements in press drive technology, machine control design, tooling, and CAD/CAM programming software are increasing the throughput capability and the overall versatility of CNC turret punch press equipment.

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Getting more punch life

July 13, 2004

Augur Metal Products, a sheet metal fabricator that manufactures components for OEMs, punches large stainless-steel sheets for commercial separators. Its punches required sharpening after punching 10 to 15 sheets until it changed to Mate punches made from DuraSteel™ tooling with Maxima® coating and dies made with Mate's Slug Free® design. The new tooling allows the company to exceed 40 sheets between sharpenings and increase press speed by 20 percent.

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Maximizing your ironworker's potential

March 25, 2004

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Ironworkers perform many functions that allow fabricators to simplify difficult tasks. No matter which type of ironworker you have, you probably have found yourself saying, "I don't know how I ever got along without my ironworker."

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New tool helps fabricator accelerate part making for small runs

August 14, 2003

Custom metal fabricator Total Metal Products, Dallas, had a need for part marking that would be both accurate and cost-effective for small quantities. The company supplies punched parts in single and small-lot quantities of 200, 300, and 400 on a just-in-time (JIT) basis. Its customers include manufacturers in the telecommunications, aerospace, mass transit, and oil refining industries.

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