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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Sheet marking system fits into turret punch press

July 14, 2014

Wilson Tool Intl. has released SmartMark®, which the company says is the first ink-jet sheet marking system that fits into a turret punch press. The ink-jet printer can be loaded directly into the C station of most thick-turret machines. Using a combination of the company’s SmartMark Writer...

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Parts chute helps eliminate need for microjoints

June 27, 2014

COMEQ Inc. offers an automatic parts chute as an option for 50- and 60-in. Y-axis Euromac punching machines, allowing the user to avoid microjoints. The chute unloads finished parts up to 47.24 by 35 in. without operator involvement. It can be combined with the Flex punching system to form a...

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Haco Atlantic launches new website

June 23, 2014

Haco Atlantic, Houston, has launched a newly designed website at www.hacoatlantic.com. The site presents the company’s metalworking machinery with large images and product...

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33-ton turret punch presses added to line

June 19, 2014

Murata Machinery USA Inc. has added two new 33-ton turret punch presses to its Motorum line. The M3048TG and M3058TG incorporate servo-driven ram drives that combine speed and power with tool availability and flexibility. Both presses are available in Wiedemann- or spring-style tooling. The ram...

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Thick-turret insert slitting die punches close to clamps

June 11, 2014

Mate Precision Tooling has introduced the VERSADIE™ thick-turret insert slitting die for D and E stations. According to the company, the die punches close to the clamps to reduce material cost and waste for slitting operations, and it allows users to replace die inserts without replacing the...

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Partners in THINC welcomes Allied Machine & Eng.

May 27, 2014

Okuma America Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has announced that Allied Machine & Eng. Corp., a Dover, Ohio-based manufacturer of tooling systems related to holemaking and finishing, has joined Partners in THINC. Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come...

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Deep-hole drills reach depth of up to 50xD

May 19, 2014

Walter’s standard Titex X.treme D40 and X.treme D50 deep-hole drills reach depths of 40x and 50xD of the drill, respectively. Previously the standard range of XD drills reached up to 30xD, with longer tools up to 70xD available as special versions. The drills enable holes to be drilled in one...

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Punch press available with Wiedemann-, spring-style tooling

May 15, 2014

Murata Machinery USA Inc. has introduced the Motorum M2048TS turret punch press. It incorporates a CNC servomotor-driven turret punch press with a new ram drive that combines high-speed punching, exceptional forming operations, and reduced noise, says the company. The press comes with either...

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Operator-friendly punching

May 12, 2014 | By Mike Kroll

Modern punching machines are designed to be more operator-friendly, which is a bonus for today’s fast-paced shop floors. Learn just how these sophisticated machines have evolved ergonomically.

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Microdrill includes wear-indicating TiN coating

May 1, 2014

Kennametal offers the GOdrill™, its first microdrill, which works with multiple applications and multiple materials. The drill is designed to make holes from 0.0394 to 0.5 in. dia. Features include high-end material grades, a wear-indicating TiN coating, and new proprietary geometries....

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Power-reverse punch feature helps increase hole puncher productivity

April 16, 2014

Hougen Mfg. has introduced the Hougen®-Ogura® 75002.5PR and 75004PR electrohydraulic hole punchers. The 24.9-lb. units feature single-body construction for punching holes in steel in as little as 2.3 sec. Both models include the new power retractable punch system, which allows users to...

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Wilson Venture Group seeks to acquire small to midsize businesses

April 9, 2014

Wilson Tool Enterprises, a manufacturer of tooling for the sheet metal industry in White Bear Lake, Minn., has announced the launch of Wilson Venture Group™, an acquisition arm dedicated to acquiring small to midsized manufacturing businesses. The family-owned firm is focused on the...

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Electronic control unit handles drilling applications on robots

April 3, 2014

Sugino Corp. has announced that its SSV2 Selfeeder™ servo series electronic control unit now has the capability to mount to robots for complex automated drilling applications. The system features a high-power motor and spindle speeds from 390 to 20,000 RPM for small-diameter drilling in...

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Voortman Steel Machinery opens Voortman Experience Center

March 25, 2014

Voortman Steel Machinery has opened the Voortman Experience Center, a showroom and training facility in Rijssen, Netherlands. All of the manufacturer’s plate-, flat-, and angle-processing machines are ready for demonstration in the showroom. The facility also includes office space and meeting...

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Carbide drill designed for aluminum machining

March 19, 2014

Kennametal offers the HPS solid-carbide drill, made from Beyond™ KN15™ grade fine-grain carbide, for holemaking in aluminum. The drill’s highly polished surface reduces friction on flutes, margins, and cutting edges for good chip evacuation, even in minimum-quantity lubrication...

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