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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BTM announces new ownership

July 14, 2015

BTM Co. LLC, Marysville, Mich., a provider of production equipment systems for sheet metal clinching and precision piercing, has announced the new owners are Bruce Smith and Thomas Kemeny. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from...

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Wilson Tool announces exclusive agreement with LVD Strippit

July 7, 2015

Wilson Tool International®, White Bear Lake, Minn., a manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components, has announced that the company has entered into an exclusive agreement with metal fabricating equipment manufacturer LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y. As...

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Tool provides drilling, chamfering

July 1, 2015

The new Walter D4580 chamfer body provides drilling and chamfering in one tool. This two-in-one approach helps reduce machining time, since fewer tool changes are required. The tool is suitable for use with ISO material groups P, M, K, N, and S and for all holes with 45-degree chamfers. In the...

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Solid-carbide drills offer fast penetration time

July 1, 2015

Emuge Corp. has introduced the EF series solid-carbide drills. They incorporate special geometry, proprietary carbide grades, and a PVD coating design for penetration times that are three to five times faster than conventional carbide and cobalt drills, the company reports. The drills feature a...

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Machine punches holes in opposing walls of tubing

June 24, 2015

Multicyl Inc.® offers a double horizontal tube punching machine. The unit punches holes in the opposing walls of a tube or extrusion. Both holes are positioned and aligned correctly every time and punched in seconds, the company...

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Annular core cutters resist impact, stress

June 24, 2015

Walter Surface Technologies has redesigned its line of annular core cutters to have a mix of high-speed steel and aluminum (M2Al), providing more resistance to impact, stress, and deformation. The SST core cutter is uncoated, made with a surface treatment that reduces heat transfer. The IceCut...

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Wilson Tool names VP of global marketing

June 18, 2015

Wilson Tool Intl. has hired Paul Landgraf as vice president of global marketing. He leads the company’s strategic marketing, new product and service development, and branding initiatives worldwide and also is responsible for sales in South America and Southeast Asia. Landgraf brings more...

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American Punch Co. earns recertification to ISO 9001:2008

June 5, 2015

American Punch Co., based in Cleveland, has been recertified to ISO 9001:2008 credentials. The firm manufactures punches, dies, and shear blades used in the structural steel and metal fabricating industries. It also supplies precision die components to the stamping, roll forming, and metal...

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Four tooling configurations designed for thick-turret punch presses

May 15, 2015

Mate Precision Tooling has introduced Roller Solutions™ tooling in several configurations. Rolling Rib tooling reduces the time required to create stiffening ribs in products needing additional strengthening. Ribs may be created in any contour and can start and end anywhere on the sheet....

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Automatic plate-processing system punches, shears simultaneously

May 13, 2015

Trilogy Machinery Inc. has introduced the new Sunrise APS fully automatic plate-processing system. It can punch and shear simultaneously. The fully enclosed system is driven by a rack-and-pinion infeed that can handle up to 40-ft. lengths of material at speeds up to 40 FPM. Standard features...

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Don't be afraid of skeleton handling

May 6, 2015


Removing the skeleton from a machine tool is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous task. Machine tool builders recognize this and are taking steps to eliminate that manual effort.

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Hole puncher features power-reverse punch

April 30, 2015

Hougen Mfg. has introduced the Hougen®-Ogura® model 75006PR electrohydraulic hole puncher. Its lightweight, single-body construction allows the operator to punch holes in steel in as little as 4 sec., the company states. The power retractable punch system allows the user to power-reverse the...

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Cordless magnetic drills adhere to 0.25-in. steel

April 28, 2015

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the M18 FUEL™ 1.5-in. magnetic drill and 1.5-in. Lineman magnetic drill. The cordless drills deliver a strong magnetic hold on 0.25-in. steel and can drill up to 40 0.8125-in. holes per charge. The tools use permanent magnets, so the magnetic base operates...

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Taps work on material from steel to aluminum

April 27, 2015

Walter has introduced two taps for use on materials from steel to aluminum. The Prototyp TC115 blind-hole tap has a 45-degree helix angle for thread depth of 3xD and a C-form chamfer. The TC216 through-hole tap features a spiral point for forward chip evacuation and thread depth of 3.5xD. Both...

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Punch it, laser-cut it, or something else? The sequel

April 23, 2015

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Ten years ago The FABRICATOR ran an article titled "Punch it, laser-cut it, or something else?" which looked at the different machines available to perform basic fabrication operations. New technology has changed the thinking a bit when it comes to the discussion of what can be accomplished with laser cutting and punching machines. This article sequel tackles those points.

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