Metal Forming & Fabricating

Material forming through stamping, notching, punching, bending, shearing, drawing and more using machinery such as mechanical presses, hydraulic presses, punch presses, turret punch presses, press brakes, shears, hydroforming machines, cold forming machines, hot forming machines and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), automation and robotics.

Is Your Plant Running in Place or Gaining Ground?

The deep-seated cultural change required by Lean manufacturing is difficult for many metal fabricators that are trying to become more competitive by attempting to apply certain Lean principles without a deeper understanding of the process itself and its parts. The willingness to transform firmly established business approaches is not easy, but it is a requirement for success that will pay dividends in the long run.
Additive Manufacturing Systems

Wind of Change May Reroute the Future of Electric Cars

Reduced gas spending and environmental impact are big with electric cars. But instead of refilling, the need to pull over for recharging has still limited them. What if that changed? Take a closer look at a new concept that is pushing the limits of what is known today.
Angle Rolls

Hot Rolling Zirconium Pushes Possibilities

British engineering company Charles Thompson Ltd breaks ground with a scarce source possibly never seen before – a heat exchanger component rolled from an unusually thick (40 mm) flat plate.

Automated Deburring of Mission-Critical Parts

Burrs cannot be part of the equation in mission-critical part applications. Here are some ways to switch from manual to automated deburring to improve part-to-part consistency and quality, produce more parts per shifts and increase uptime, and reduce labor costs and time lost to operator injuries. 
CAD/CAM Software

Six Business Processes Every Shop Should Micromanage

In Industry 4.0, process micromanagement is the new baseline for shop operations, an opportunity to increase your bottom line in every step of your business. It’s a tough feat to accomplish, but the integrated MRP functions found in next generation nesting software can help you make it a reality. Here’s how.
Coil Handling Equipment

Precision Cutting of Very Thin Metal Without Burrs

Take a closer look at how extremely thin strips of anodized aluminum are slit and processed for electronics applications.
Cut-To-Length Lines

The Art of Slitting

To fully grasp the cutting edge technology used in the slitting/shearing process is to understand the fracture mechanics of material.
Heat Treating

Choosing the Best Hot Zone

This look inside the heat treating furnace examines the reasons behind the shift to graphite hot zones and identifies how shops can choose the best hot zone for their heat treating application.

Factors to Consider When Selecting an Ironworker

As versatile as the ironworker is, it is still possible to purchase the wrong machine – or at least not the best one – for your application. Here are some reasons why careful examination of these factors will prevent that from happening.
Laser Cutting Systems

Create a Clean Pierce Point That is the Same Diameter as the Cut Width

This feature is important in cutting medical devices, electronics and fine mechanics components from thin materials with features that are too small to allow for piercing the drop-out scrap portion of the material.
Oxyfuel Cutting Systems

Limited Space, Unlimited Returns

The SGX automated plasma and oxy-fuel cutting machine is ideal for the small fabricator needing to cut high volumes of mild steel parts with a minimal investment in capital and floor space. 
Plasma Cutting Systems

Precision Plasma Cutting: Make a List, Check It Twice

The list of items needing regular maintenance in your shop is likely long. It probably seems there is always something to be done. Unfortunately, while most shops are great at inspecting equipment like cranes, forklifts, and air compressors, one machine …
Press Brakes, Panel Benders

Closing the Loop: Strategies for Bending Closed Forms

With a bit of creativity and thought to overcome limitations, it is often possible to form closed profiles and other difficult parts with a standard press brake. Here are some tips on how to do it.
Punch Presses

Understanding Sheet Distortion During Punching

Sheet bowing is a common problem, but also predictable and therefore able to be addressed.
Roll Forming

From Producer to Partner

From product design and prototyping to metal fabrication and assembly, companies need an expert, all-in-one supply chain partner to help them take their business strategy to the next level.
Sawing Systems

Sorting Out Aluminum Sawing

When choosing the best saw for cutting aluminum it’s important to consider your application. While both circular and band saw methods can effectively cut aluminum, it pays to weigh all of these factors before deciding which saw is best for your operation.

Welcome to the Internet of Things

On this playing field, anything that can be connected, will be connected. Those who can adapt to connecting will thrive. Those who can’t, well . . .
Stamping Presses

Stamping Out a New Generation of Automobile Parts

The question Ford and General Motors asked was how to produce hoods and doors with improved productivity, design flexibility and reduced costs. The answer from Schuler, Bosch Rexroth and Morrell was a compact crossbar transfer press that does all that and more.
Tube & Pipe Fabrication

Intelligent Bending

This plant heralded a complete shift to all-electric tube bending technology to meet huge demand for their new product with an integrated tube processing system that merges robotic handling of the material to bend extremely long tubing in very short cycle times and almost double their manufacturing output from 1,800 units to 3,500 units a day.
Turret Presses

Shaping Tomorrow’s Production

A new IT services platform supports the entire production value chain – regardless of the manufacturer – with modular solutions that allow shops to transition into Industry 4.0 at their own speed, step by step. 

Going for the Right Formula to Compete

Gopher Motorsports has enlisted Jet Edge to cut carbon composite, steel and aluminum parts for their Formula SAE race car using waterjet technology.
Metal Forming & Fabricating: Products

Plug and Play Plasma Cutting

Ideal for steel fabrication used in HVAC manufacturing, the Plasma RED “plug and play” plasma cutting system from Soitaab cuts ferrous, steel and aluminum materials in thin to medium thick plate sizes up to 2 m wide and 6 m long.

Sophisticated Waterjet Cutting Increases Versatility, Productivity

Booth C-27047: The 80X JetMachining Center from OMAX quickly and accurately cuts a wide range of materials and thicknesses for large-scale components and multi-part projects, and handles materials from metals to advanced composites to non-tempered glass. It uses the exclusive 100 hp EnduroMAX pump for faster part processing with 60,000 psi continuous operation, lower operating costs and a longer operating life.
The 80X JetMachining Center with Tilt-A-Jet and Rotary Axis, and the cost-effective MAXIEM 1530 with an A-Jet are waterjets from OMAX that tackle difficult cutting challenges in a wide range of materials.

Create Job Estimates More Quickly and Accurately

Booth C-31079: CADMAN-SDI (Smart Drawing Importer) from LVD Strippit simplifies 2D and 3D CAD file import and calculation of cost drivers so shops can more quickly and accurately create job estimates that include part name, 3D and unfolded 2D drawing, material type and thickness, contour length, netto and bruto part area, bounding box 2D, 3D outside dimension, the mass of the part, cutting length, number of contours, number of bends, and more.
CADMAN-SDI (Smart Drawing Importer) from LVD Strippit simplifies 2D and 3D CAD file import and calculation of cost drivers so users can more quickly and accurately create job estimates.