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.

X(-5) Marks the Spot

From metal service centers in the U.S to industrial plant contractors in Turkey, fabricators everywhere are discovering how 5-axis waterjet cutting capabilities can be used to grow their business in heavy industrial applications. 
Experts
Additive Manufacturing Systems

Bionics and the Future of Flight

Of all the advances taking place in the aerospace industry, none holds more promise than additive manufacturing, a disruptive mother lode of quicker throughput, more cost-effective components, and unimaginable freedom of design in lightweight construction and function integration.
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.
Automation/Robotics

Collaborative Robots in High Mix, Low Volume Shops

Take a look at how robots optimized sheet metal production by 20 percent by taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks.
CAD/CAM Software

Plasma Cutting Keeps Milk and Cheese on the Table

Tetra Pak uses Lantek Expert CADCAM software to laser cut large stainless steel sheet metal parts for diary and cheese processing vats. Here's how they do it.
Coil Handling Equipment

Flat Metal Doesn’t Always Mean Stress Relieved Metal

Parts leveling can't free a shop from the stress caused by a missed shipping date, but it CAN relieve those production frustrations caused by metal components loaded with internal stresses that are released during welding, laser cutting, punching or bending. 
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.
Laser Cutting Systems

A High Fiber Diet

Fiber laser cutting systems are sweeping through metal fabrication shops because they are faster, more consistent, more cost effective, and more competitive.
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

A Little TLC Means a Lot to Press Brake Tooling

Press brake tools are the only parts of the machine that ever touch the finished parts being formed. The best precision CNC press brake cannot produce good products with poor tooling, and bad tooling makes all the good hardware in the process – including the machine operator – useless. 
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

Sawing by the Numbers

On a cost per square foot of cutting basis, circular carbide saws come out on top.
Software

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

Automatic Bending Cells for Automotive Parts

Automatic bending cells simplify the manufacturing process, offer a high degree of occupational safety, withstand nonstop operation effortlessly, and increase productivity of hollow profiles for body and chassis construction, exhaust gas technology and other applications demanded by the automotive industry.
Turret Presses

Three Tricks to Keep Punching Performance at Its Best

There is still a place for punching in fabrication, and here are some practices and applications to get the best performance out of your punching equipment.
Waterjets

Understanding the Impact of Pressure and Velocity in Waterjet Cutting

The move to higher pressure has improved the productivity of waterjet cutting systems, but the increase in jet velocity is actually the driving force behind these dramatic gains in efficiency.
Metal Forming & Fabricating: Products

Polishing Up Operations with Collaborative Robots

Using this UR10 collaborative robot from Universal Robots in polishing applications has significantly increased production, eliminating bottlenecks while improving the work environment for the workers. 
Introducing a collaborative robot in the polishing department increased production by 50 percent at Paradigm.

Effective Marking of Flat and Cylindrical Surfaces

Booth C-1330: Ideal for marking large, difficult-to-access metal and plastic parts on both flat and cylindrical surfaces, the portable e10-p63 Portable Dot Peen Marking System from SIC Marking is a handheld dot peen marker with an e10 controller for linear, angular, radial, and mirror image marking. An optional booster card provides deep marking.
With the e10-p63 Portable Dot Peen Marking System from SIC Marking, files can be up/downloaded from a PC to the controller using a USB key, or entered and edited directly on the machine.

Panel Bending Redefined

TruBend Center
The TruBend Center 5030 panel bending machine from TRUMPF handles 10 ft long aluminum and mild steel sheets up to 0.120 in thick and stainless steel sheets up to 0.090 in thick.