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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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 | By Dan Davis

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 | By Sue Roberts

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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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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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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Combined saw/drill unit designed for railroad industry - TheFabricator.com

Combined saw/drill unit designed for railroad industry

September 25, 2013

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. (AME) offers the Amsaw R series saw, designed for high-production cutting of high-alloy rails for the railroad industry. Features include a saw blade changeover time of less than 3 min., hardened spindle gears ground for minimum backlash, a blade guide and...

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Tap tool processes many different materials - TheFabricator.com

Tap tool processes many different materials

September 24, 2013

WIDIA™ offers the VariTap(TAM) tap for processing multiple work materials, such as aluminum, stainless steel, and cast iron. The design includes a proprietary spiral point geometry that lowers tapping torque, extending tool life while driving chips forward in through-holes. The geometry...

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Turret punch press combines two configurations - TheFabricator.com

Turret punch press combines two configurations

September 17, 2013

Murata Machinery USA Inc. has introduced the Motorum 2048TS series turret punch press. The high-speed, 22-ton press has a 50- by 100-in. table. The press features a FANUC Oi PB touchscreen control, including Murata's Campath TRM as standard. The same large turret configuration in the Motorum 25...

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Magnetic-base drill makes holes through 2-in.-thick steel

September 5, 2013

Trick-Tools has announced the release of its Fein JHM Short Slugger magnetic drill. It features an electromagnetic base that secures it to the material being drilled. Annular cutters, which drill only the perimeter of the hole and eject the slug, allow this model to drill up to 1.1875-in. holes...

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