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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Ironworker performs punching, shearing, notching

April 2, 2015

The PS 85 DP ironworker from Kaast Machine Tools Inc. has five workstations for punching, shearing, and notching. This machine has two independent cylinders allowing for dual operation, which permits parallel work on the punch and at a second workstation. This includes an electric trigger switch up...

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Cylinders combine with modular tooling to punch multiple holes

March 23, 2015

Multicyl air-over-oil cylinders combined with Unipunch modular tooling allow for a variety of options for systems required to punch multiple holes. The system can perform a variety of standard and custom part production applications. The cylinder and cage designs are compatible with the working...

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Radial arm drills offer drilling capacity to 3.94 in.

March 4, 2015

Knuth Machine Tools has introduced the R series of radial arm drills. They offer 1.3- to 3.94-in. drilling capacity with 32- to 124-in. spindle-to-column distance. The R-60 offers an infinitely variable spindle gearbox from 38 to 2,000 RPM. The R-100 model has a 22-step direct gear drive drill...

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Portable magnetic drill offers high power-to-weight ratio

February 12, 2015

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released a new model of portable magnetic drill, the HMD905. It maintains a small, lightweight footprint while offering a high power-to-weight ratio. The drill features a mag drill pilot light. Built into the base of the magnet, the LED allows the operator to line up the...

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Catalog highlights ironworker tooling

February 10, 2015

American Punch Co. has announced the availability of an expanded, 68-page catalog showcasing its ironworker tooling. The catalog shows detailed drawings and dimensions of tooling such as punches and dies, shear blades, and coupling nuts. Stock sizes of the tooling available for immediate...

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Hole saws allow quick, clean hand drilling of metal

December 23, 2014

CS Unitec’s new hole saws are suitable for cutting in tight spaces where a magnetic drill cannot fit and for cutting material too thin for a magnetic drill to attach. Designed for use with hand-held drills, the tungsten carbide-tipped (TCT) hole saws cut clean, fast holes without grinding the...

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Punch/fiber laser combination machine reduces secondary operations

December 18, 2014

The LC 2515 C1 AJ punch/laser combination machine from Amada America Inc. features a 2-kW fiber laser that provides up to 70 percent electrical savings when compared to a CO2 system, the company reports. The fiber laser can cut reflective materials such as copper, brass, and titanium. The laser...

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Drill press vises available from 1.5 to 6 in.

December 9, 2014

Palmgren® offers multipurpose traditional drill press vises for drilling, tapping, reaming, spot-facing, counterboring, and countersinking operations. Available in sizes from 1.5 to 6 in., they feature replaceable jaws and a base and bed parallel to 0.001 in. The center of the base is open for...

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Magnetic drill pilot light increases visibility

October 30, 2014

Hougen Mfg. has added an LED pilot light to the magnet of three new two-speed drill models — the HMD905, the heavy-duty HMD917, and the power feed HMD927 — as well as the redesigned HMD904. This first-of-its-kind feature shines light along the bottom of the cutting teeth and over the...

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Combination punch/right-angle shear made for short component runs

October 16, 2014

Prima Power has introduced the SGe5 Combi punch and right-angle shear. Using servo electric motors for low power consumption and low noise levels, they operate without human intervention from the blank to automated sorting. Suitable for short runs of components, the machine enables the mixing of...

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New line of press brake tooling punches and dies launched

August 14, 2014

Mate Precision Tooling has launched a new line of tooling punches and dies for press brakes configured with European precision-style and Wila TRUMPF-style tooling. The new line is manufactured from premium alloy tool steels with the wear surfaces induction-hardened for enhanced...

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Permanent magnet-based magnetic drill line introduced

August 11, 2014

ALFRA USA, a subsidiary of Alfred Raith, Hockenheim, Germany, has introduced a permanent magnet-based magnetic drill line. A nonelectric magnetic base allows the drill to adhere to materials as thin as 20 ga. and drill with conventional annular cutters. Residual magnetism allows for positioning...

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Sheet marking system fits into turret punch press

July 14, 2014

Wilson Tool Intl. has released SmartMark®, which the company says is the first ink-jet sheet marking system that fits into a turret punch press. The ink-jet printer can be loaded directly into the C station of most thick-turret machines. Using a combination of the company’s SmartMark Writer...

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Parts chute helps eliminate need for microjoints

June 27, 2014

COMEQ Inc. offers an automatic parts chute as an option for 50- and 60-in. Y-axis Euromac punching machines, allowing the user to avoid microjoints. The chute unloads finished parts up to 47.24 by 35 in. without operator involvement. It can be combined with the Flex punching system to form a...

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33-ton turret punch presses added to line

June 19, 2014

Murata Machinery USA Inc. has added two new 33-ton turret punch presses to its Motorum line. The M3048TG and M3058TG incorporate servo-driven ram drives that combine speed and power with tool availability and flexibility. Both presses are available in Wiedemann- or spring-style tooling. The ram...

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