Punching and Other Holemaking Articles

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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Progress in punching - TheFabricator

Progress in punching

July 30, 2010 | By Mike Kroll

Today's turret punch presses do more than simply punch holes. They can form shapes beneath the sheet, perform shear-quality cuts, and actually deburr edges. And that's just scratching the surface of the equipment's capabilities.

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Discovering the best path to better bending - TheFabricator

Discovering the best path to better bending

July 8, 2010 | By Michael Stock

Fabricators looking to streamline bending should weigh all the options, from standalone press brakes to robotized brake cells and automated panel benders.

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The 'hole' story about the Tampa Museum of Art

April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis

How does an architect create a building that mirrors the daylight and a nearby river? In the case of the new Tampa Museum of Art, architect Stanely Saitowitz turned to perforated metal panels that enveloped the entire building, all 96,000 square feet of building surface.

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orion energy systems

Bright lights, big opportunity

February 9, 2010 | By Bob Kolcz

Orion Energy Systems, Manitowoc, Wis., has found tremendous success as a company that manufactures energy efficient lighting. The company also found that the best way to keep manufacturing in-step with demand was to bring its metal fabricating activities in-house

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Reinvigorating your ironworker

February 9, 2010 | By Lyle Menke

Metal fabricators need to meet the challenges that new customers present, but they may not be in the position to invest in new equipment. With a small investment in accessories, however, that ironworker in the corner of the shop may be the answer to their production predicament.

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Punching holes in aerospace manufacturing theories

December 4, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Unison Industries, an aerospace partsmanufacturer, found out that a metalfabricator can offer a lot to theirmanufacturing efforts.

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Tapping into new capabilities on punching machines

October 1, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Whether in the guise of bolt-on tapping units or actual tapping tools that are housed in a turret, precision punch presses can handle tapping chores like never before. As a result, metal fabricators are considering these options to take the manual activity out of the fabricating mix.

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Keeping the (fire) door open

May 14, 2009 | By Tim Heston

A manufacturer of fire doors, in the South Bronx grows a business through market diversification and automation, just a few miles north of some of the most expensive real estate on earth.

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Tooling organization means punching optimization

May 12, 2009 | By Dennis Lowry

Turret punch press uptime will increase if you know your process capability, manufacture products within that capability, and optimize the layout of your tooling. It also will increase if you optimize programming, design, and tooling. It also is important to maintain proper die clearance and alignment of the press station.

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Punch tooling innovations help achieve lean goals

April 14, 2009 | By Jerry Dwyer

Punch tooling innovations help die builders and stampers improve lead times, reduce waste, and expand design options as well as eliminate slug pulling and minimize stripping pressures.

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Before you buy: Considerations for turret punch press shoppers

March 10, 2009 | By Terry Stewart

Making an intelligent, economically sound punch press purchasing decision requires careful consideration of many factors, including material size and thickness, material handling capabilities, part complexity and volume, and turret capacity. Take the time to accurately determine your needs. Is that great deal really a wise investment?

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Batched Punch Press Parts

Punching on demand

November 25, 2008

Until about a year ago, the staff at King Electrical Mfg. Co. manufactured parts by the thousands without much consideration of the actual demand for those parts. This doesn't happen anymore.

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Punch press nesting

Pushing nesting efficiency for the punch press

May 13, 2008 | By Glenn Binder

Nesting for punching must not only consider the part geometry but also the tool boundary. Some nesting software can respect the tool boundary rather than just the part boundary. The software respects the integrity of the punched part, the skeleton, and tooling all at once.

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Better tool management, better punching

April 15, 2008

McQuay international develops a strategy to prolong tool life for turret presses.

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Getting creative with punch tooling

April 15, 2008 | By Andy Spence-Parsons

Keeping a lean program running takes time, effort, and teamwork. To make the most of lean—that is, to understand all of their options in eliminating waste—companies that do extensive work in punching should keep up with innovation in punching tooling. Two such innovations are tools that tap holes and tools that make tabs for sturdy locking joints.

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