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.
July 10, 2007 | By Anthony Marzullo
Increasingly metal fabricators are turning to automated equipment to reduce production downtime and costs, streamline manufacturing, minimize material handling, and address a shortage of skilled labor. Automating punch press operations can range from adding a simple load/unload device to implementing a midlevel material handling system or lights-out production cell to robotics and full tower and storage capabilities. Deciding whether to add automation depends largely on the application.
January 9, 2007
Anderson Metals, a sheet metal fabricator with clients such as Volvo, Deere, and Cat, needed some specialized tooling in a hurry to win over a new client, Eaton Electrical. Its main punch provider didn't have the tooling in its inventory, so Anderson had to shake off the complacency that had set in and find another supplier. Happily, it found one that had the tooling in stock.
August 8, 2006 | By Andy Spence-Parsons
While the first step in successful punching is to pay close attention to the quality and features of punching tooling, other factors come into play. Punched slugs are clues, and examining them can reveal whether the punch and die clearance is too loose or too tight and whether the machine is properly aligned.
July 11, 2006
When Generac Power Systems, a generator manufacturer, went looking for ways to increase the useful life of its punching tooling, it tried several strategies before it settled on the Optima® coating provided by Wilson Tool International® Inc. When Wilson later introduced UltimaT, a tool steel, Generac tried it also. Generac eventually converted all of its punch tooling to the new tool steel and coating.
July 11, 2006 | By Dan Davis
European metal fabricators, among them a stainless steel cabinet-maker, an electronics contract manufacturer, and a commercial refrigerator appliance manufacturer, are staying competitive in the global marketplace with automated material handling systems that feed modern punching, laser cutting, shearing, and bending devices.
January 10, 2006 | By Joel Pierson
Many fabricators use fairly rudimentary methods to keep turret press punch tooling stored, but often tooling isn't really organized. A common method is to store tooling horizontally and group tooling by station (A-station tools a grouped together, B-station tools together, etc.). Storing them vertically and grouping them by size (all rounds go together, regardless of station) leads to an elegant and simple organization.
August 9, 2005 | By Andy Spence-Parsons
New types of punch press tooling make it possible to perform many secondary fabricating operations on the turret press as well as standard punching—in some cases eliminating additional equipment and part handling, and reducing machine downtime. Not only are new part features possible on the turret press using these new tools, the reduced costs fabricators may achieve by using these tools to may make the tools a variable in DFM.
July 12, 2005 | By Kate Bachman
Hayward Pools improves punching of pool heaters using DuraBlade parting tool.
May 10, 2005 | By Don Letourneau
If you're considering adding an ironworker, you should know not only what type of ironworker is best for your facility and end product, but also what options will offer you the productivity level you want. For this reason, you should learn about CNC controls as you investigate the ironworkers on the market today.
April 11, 2005 | By Henry Llop
From small custom job shops to large, multibillion-dollar companies, manufacturers are accommodating shorter product life cycles to meet the rapid innovation in today's marketplace.
March 8, 2005 | By Thomas O. Monroe Jr.
Even with all of the new advances in metal stamping technology, screws and threaded holes are still the trusted staples for metal fastening. Tapping the threaded holes has never been an easy task, however.
February 8, 2005 | By Art Hedrick
Figure 1Having a pierce or perforating punch chip, or worse yet break, can cause severe die damage. It also can result in nonconforming parts because of burrs or undersize holes. Broken punch pieces can fall into the die and crush pads, as well as forming and cutting sections. This article...
September 14, 2004 | By Rich Dapp
Recent improvements in press drive technology, machine control design, tooling, and CAD/CAM programming software are increasing the throughput capability and the overall versatility of CNC turret punch press equipment.
July 13, 2004
Augur Metal Products, a sheet metal fabricator that manufactures components for OEMs, punches large stainless-steel sheets for commercial separators. Its punches required sharpening after punching 10 to 15 sheets until it changed to Mate punches made from DuraSteel™ tooling with Maxima® coating and dies made with Mate's Slug Free® design. The new tooling allows the company to exceed 40 sheets between sharpenings and increase press speed by 20 percent.
March 25, 2004 | By Mark Pearlman
Ironworkers perform many functions that allow fabricators to simplify difficult tasks. No matter which type of ironworker you have, you probably have found yourself saying, "I don't know how I ever got along without my ironworker."