Punching and Other Holemaking Products

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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Plate processor handles plate up to 4 in. thick

February 27, 2014

Peddinghaus has introduced the HSFDB-C, a CNC plate processor capable of drilling, scribing, countersinking, tapping, milling, and oxyfuel and plasma cutting. It processes plate up to 4 in. thick and is available in 6-, 8-, and 10-ft. widths. The machine feeds material to the operating area of...

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Stack drill made for aerospace composite/titanium stacks

February 26, 2014

A new stack drill from Kennametal for aerospace composite/titanium stacks can operate with or without through-coolant for chip evacuation. The B55_DAL drill handles CFRP-metal stacks in hole diameters from 0.1875 to 0.625 in. The drill can be applied in all combinations of stacks:...

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Solid-carbide drill designed for aluminum workpieces

February 25, 2014

Kennametal’s new HPS solid-carbide drill features Beyond™ KN15™ grade fine-grain carbide and unique point geometry for holemaking in aluminum. Its highly polished surface helps reduce friction on flutes, margins, and cutting edges. The drill features a proprietary, 135-degree,...

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Femtosecond laser processing allows cutting, drilling with no thermal damage

February 11, 2014

LSA Laser has added femtosecond laser processing capabilities for medical device manufacturing. The lasers can drill and cut high-precision holes and shapes free from thermal damage, the company reports. The ultrafast laser system vaporizes matter without HAZ, making it suitable for use on...

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Calculators added to mobile app for punching

January 13, 2014

American Punch Co. has launched an updated version of its mobile app for determining the proper tonnage required for punching mild steel. The new app features a die clearance calculator, a diagonals calculator, and an inch/decimal/metric conversion calculator. The app is available for free...

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Annular cutter line expanded for hole drilling in structural steel - TheFabricator.com

Annular cutter line expanded for hole drilling in structural steel

November 25, 2013

American Punch Co. has introduced a general-purpose, high-speed-steel annular cutter and a high-performance carbide cutter. The cutters are designed for drilling holes in structural steel. The annular cutters are available in commonly used sizes and feature a 0.75-in. shank. According to the...

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Laser drilling service produces contoured holes - TheFabricator.com

Laser drilling service produces contoured holes

October 22, 2013

A custom laser drilling service specializing in the fabrication of precise components requiring microholes that meet critical specifications is available from Advanced Laser Technologies. The service produces distortion- and stress-free holes as small as 0.010 in. dia. with ± 0.0005-in....

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Cutting machine incorporates six oxyfuel torches, two plasma torches - TheFabricator.com

Cutting machine incorporates six oxyfuel torches, two plasma torches

September 30, 2013

The V304 plate processing system from Voortman delivers multitorch oxyfuel cutting, plasma straight cutting, and plasma 3-D beveling. It is suitable for repeating and simultaneous cutting jobs and layout marking. A maximum of six oxyfuel torches, two plasma torches, or a combination can be...

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Turnkey, bench-mounted punching system available in 5-, 10-ton models - TheFabricator.com

Turnkey, bench-mounted punching system available in 5-, 10-ton models

September 30, 2013

Multicyl offers the Press in a Box press package. The turnkey, bench-mounted system punches holes using air-oil cylinders and unitized tooling. The system comes in 5- and 10-ton models for small hole punching applications, secondary operations, and parts that don’t fit in a traditional...

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Combined saw/drill unit designed for railroad industry - TheFabricator.com

Combined saw/drill unit designed for railroad industry

September 25, 2013

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. (AME) offers the Amsaw R series saw, designed for high-production cutting of high-alloy rails for the railroad industry. Features include a saw blade changeover time of less than 3 min., hardened spindle gears ground for minimum backlash, a blade guide and...

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Tap tool processes many different materials - TheFabricator.com

Tap tool processes many different materials

September 24, 2013

WIDIA™ offers the VariTap(TAM) tap for processing multiple work materials, such as aluminum, stainless steel, and cast iron. The design includes a proprietary spiral point geometry that lowers tapping torque, extending tool life while driving chips forward in through-holes. The geometry...

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Turret punch press combines two configurations - TheFabricator.com

Turret punch press combines two configurations

September 17, 2013

Murata Machinery USA Inc. has introduced the Motorum 2048TS series turret punch press. The high-speed, 22-ton press has a 50- by 100-in. table. The press features a FANUC Oi PB touchscreen control, including Murata's Campath TRM as standard. The same large turret configuration in the Motorum 25...

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Magnetic-base drill makes holes through 2-in.-thick steel

September 5, 2013

Trick-Tools has announced the release of its Fein JHM Short Slugger magnetic drill. It features an electromagnetic base that secures it to the material being drilled. Annular cutters, which drill only the perimeter of the hole and eject the slug, allow this model to drill up to 1.1875-in. holes...

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Straight-cut control made for milling, drilling, boring machines - TheFabricator.com

Straight-cut control made for milling, drilling, boring machines

September 4, 2013

Heidenhain has introduced the TNC 128 compact, straight-cut CNC. The intuitive control is designed for use with milling, drilling, and boring machines. For program creation, the control provides "help"” graphics, practical prompts, machining cycles, and cycles for coordinate...

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Tooling performs 90-degree bends on a punch press - TheFabricator.com

Tooling performs 90-degree bends on a punch press

July 15, 2013

Mate Precision Tooling’s new VariBend™ is a flexible, multipurpose tool that bends sheet metal tabs at any angle up to 90 degrees in 1-degree increments. It eliminates secondary operations usually performed on a press brake. The tool produces form heights of about 0.300 to 0.700 in....

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