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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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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FABTECH 2014

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

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    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

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    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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