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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Drilling Tools Intl. acquires Reamco

March 10, 2014

Private equity firm Hicks Equity Partners, Dallas, has announced that its portfolio company, Directional Rentals Inc., has acquired Reamco Inc., a company based in Lafayette, La., that manufactures, rents, and refurbishes downhole drilling tools and related products used in the drilling industry....

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Automation relieves punching bottleneck

February 28, 2014

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Experience plus planning get more out of automation at Overlanders Manufacturing

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Accurate Perforating & Metal Fabricating facilities earn ISO 9001:2008 certification

February 27, 2014

Accurate Perforating & Metal Fabricating has announced that its metal perforating and precision metal fabrication facilities in Chicago have received certifications to ISO 9001:2008. The company serves industries from OEM and fabricating to architects and point-of-purchase display design...

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Drill press also performs countersinking, reaming, tapping

February 27, 2014

Knuth Machine Tools USA offers the SSB series heavy-duty drill press. The machine, available in four models, is designed for drilling, countersinking, reaming, and tapping. It features a motor up to 3 HP, a gearbox drive with drilling capacity up to 2 in., variable speed, and a motorized table....

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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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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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