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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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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November 11-13, 2014
  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • Atlanta, GA
  • FABTECH heads to Atlanta, GA November 11-13, 2014 bringing together an anticipated 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies all under one roof. The show provides a backdrop for visitors to experience live equipment demonstration, find cost savings solutions, and network with industry peers throughout the 500,000+ square feet of show floor throughout the B and C buildings at the George World Congress Center. The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the exhibits with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations on the latest industry trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

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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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    Icon Machine Tool named exclusive Pacific Northwest distributor for TRUMPF

    November 4, 2013

    Icon Machine Tool Inc., Fenton, Mo., has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for TRUMPF® fabricating equipment and laser systems in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The company already is the exclusive TRUMPF distributor in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and...

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    Murata Machinery Fabrication Div. adds Canada distributor

    October 23, 2013

    Murata Machinery Fabrication Div., Charlotte, N.C., has named Fabricating Machinery Solutions (FMS), Mississauga, Ont., as a machine distributor for Motorum series turret punch presses and Muratec automated loaders. FMS distributes the equipment exclusively from Ontario to the east and...

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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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    The RDI Group names new CEO

    October 10, 2013

    The RDI Group, Itasca, Ill., which provides engineered capital equipment, enclosures, and related products to customers worldwide in various industries including metal coil processing, has named Fred Kestler as CEO. Curtis Maas, chairman and CEO since 1984, remains as chairman of the board....

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    Sidestepping punched-part deburring - TheFabricator.com

    Sidestepping punched-part deburring

    October 9, 2013


    Having someone deburr parts as they come off a punching press can be a timely and costly endeavor. Some suggestions, however, might help fabricators reduce or eliminate this step altogether.

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    Punching up forms on a turret press - TheFabricator.com

    Punching up forms on a turret press

    October 7, 2013


    From producing fairly simple tapping extrusions to bends to tabs to tall louvers to complex special shapes, upforming can enhance a turret’s multitasking capabilities and reduce multiple processes to one pass.

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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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