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.

Leveling the Playing Field Flat — Very Flat

FlatMaster provides contract fabricator a competitive advantage because the ability to produce flat parts, fully stress relieved, improves downstream processes and quality.
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Additive Manufacturing Systems

3D Printing Combines with Medical Implant Design Software

Finger implants can be made out of cobalt chrome or titanium using DMLS. These can be designed to allow varying levels of porosity to encourage bone in-growth into the implant structure.
Targeting medical, surgical, and orthopedic designers and manufacturers, C&A Tool and WITHIN have launched a patient-specific, metal-implant design and manufacturing program using EOS Direct Metal Laser-Sintering software to facilitate the creation of highly customized products that improve osseointegration or bone growth.
Automation/Robotics

Practical Success: Measurable Energy Savings in Die Casting Automation

More than 40 percent of the energy consumption takes place in standby operations outside the production process itself. In many cases, systems are not switched off in standby operations between production cycles and so they continue to consume energy.  
The integrated control system inside this standard casting cell with trim press from Reis Robotics saves the Pierburg foundry up to 30 percent on energy consumption.
CAD/CAM Software

Using Software To Better Run Your Shop

2D blanks for cutting and bending are produced from 3D designs by using the bending factors and punching tool data gathered from the punching and bending programming software. Numerous 3D interfaces also make it possible to unfold different 3D designs, including those received from customers or an engineering department. 
In today’s manufacturing environment, software has evolved. No longer designed for simple NC code and nesting parts for the best material utilization, it has become an increasingly useful and necessary tool for any production facility. Look for software modules which can be tailored to your needs and can create an ideal interaction between machine, control system, and production software. 
Laser Cutting Systems

Advanced Software Drives Laser Cutting of Electrical Laminations

All three of the Trumpf laser machine tools are fitted with an automated pallet changing system that allows parts to be unloaded by the operator while the next sheet is being cut. Quantities of laminations from just 200 to around 6,000 can be cut with this process, which gives European Electrical Laminations a big competitive advantage over hard tooling to do the same job.
European Electrical Laminations uses Lantek Expert CAD/CAM software on its Trumpf laser cutting machines to produce electrical laminations for stators and rotors, armatures, stator segments, and pole laminations for motors and generators used in wind turbines, high speed rail and power generation.
Plasma Cutting Systems

Heavy Fabrication Shapes Up to Meet Demand for Natural Gas

Chart uses its new heavy-duty plasma shape cutting machine to process a wide range of material thicknesses and sheet sizes ranging from 6 in x 6 in up to 10 ft wide x 40 ft long, cutting carbon steel up to 4 in thick, and processing aluminum and stainless steel in thicknesses up to 3 in.
Chart Energy & Chemicals installed an Avenger 3 plasma precision shape cutting machine from ESAB that added new beveling and marking capabilities and enabled the shop to slash its processing times, increase its capacity, and eliminate a second shift.
Press Brakes

A Focused Look at Specialized Tooling

With off-line programming, a programmer can verify can prove out complex parts before they run on the machine.
How do you find out if a specialized tooling solution is right for you?
Punch Presses

Why Shops Lean on Turret Punch Presses

The Q-5 punching machine can reach a bending height of 3.0 in on a variety of angles and even on parts which are nested in other locations than 0 deg to 45 deg and 90 deg, where its forming and bending capabilities turn the turret punch into a multifunctional part processing machine that can possibly eliminate a bending operation downstream.
Before investing in that next machine, take a moment to review some of these lean manufacturing aspects of the latest turret press technology to make sure you are getting the best value and strongest competitive advantage for your money.
Roll Forming

Roll Forming Opens Door to New Business

The Samco roll forming machine is custom designed to fit the parts being produced by Premier and maintain the tolerances required for the door framing headers and jambs in varying widths and heights.
Samco roll former allows Premier Products to offer improved door framing system, maintaining the tolerances required for door framing headers and jambs in varying widths and heights.
Sawing Systems

Sawing Systems

The RingSaw™ from Graebener-Reika is capable of cutting tubes, bars, and profiles with diameters ranging from 10 mm to 610 mm, and wall thickness from 1 mm to 150 mm. The machine is operated electro-mechanically without hydraulics, and is therefore oil free.  The cutting process is either dry, with a mini-coolant, or with flood emulsion.
A review of some of the latest technologies in sawing systems that can reduce your operating costs, improve your part quality, and increase your shop profitability.
Tube & Pipe Fabrication

The Secrets to a Long-Lasting ERP Implementation

The Tube Specialties shop in Tempe employs 97 employees in tube fabrication and assembly, including bending, end forming, machining, welding, brazing, swaging and non-destructive testing for tube assemblies. 
Infor VISUAL enables Tube Specialties, a fabricator of complex tube assemblies, to improve their overall productivity and shop efficiency, and support customer requests without spending excessive time and absorbing additional costs. 
Waterjets

Waterjet Manufacturer Meets Growing Demand With Company-Wide Automation System

The recently integrated company-wide custom-designed automated management system includes more than 100 tablets for streamlining manufacturing plant operations.
The in-house system developed by OMAX helps eliminate bottlenecks, provides active real-time measurable data, makes it possible to quickly adjust to fluctuating production schedules, streamlines processes and shortens manufacturing lead times to get machines on customers’ shop floors faster.
Metal Forming & Fabricating: Products

CAD/CAM Sheet Metal Fabrication Software: The Latest Trends and Advances

The Lantek Factory suite from Lantek Systems covers manufacturing, CAD/CAM and management, from rapid quote generation based on accurate pricing sourced from historical data and the analysis of cutting and fabrication operations, through to customer relationship management that records sales performance, customer interaction and orders placed.
These new systems showcase how CAD/CAM software for sheet metal and structural steel fabrication is coming of age to meet the increasing needs for speed in job shops, contract manufacturers and metal service centers.

Lucifer Furnaces Supplies Hammond with High Temp Box Furnace

Hammond selected a Honeywell UDC 3500 temperature controller with enhanced set point programming, fast scanning and onboard diagnostics, as well as an Overtemperature Safety System for automatic furnace shutdown in the event of a high temperature excursion, an add-on recommended for unattended furnace operation.  
Hammond will use the Model 3027-K12 furnace for the development of PZT powders that serve the battery, ceramics and glass industries. 

Ipsen Builds Large Vertical Vacuum Furnace for PMF Industries

This MetalMaster vacuum furnace will be used manufacture stainless steel, flowformed products for the aerospace industry. It has a 48 in x 84 in all-graphite hot zone with a 6,000 lb load capacity and utilizes gas cooling to 2 bar, absolute pressure and operates at temperatures of 1,000 deg F to 2,400 deg F. 
This MetalMaster vacuum heat treatment system will be used to manufacture stainless steel, flowformed products for the aerospace industry.