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.

The Secrets to a Long-Lasting ERP Implementation

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. 
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Additive Manufacturing Systems

Human Powered Submarine Team Produces 3D-Printed Propeller

Testing of the 3D-printed propeller was successfully performed on the test stand at the University of Michigan’s Engineering Department. 
Take a look at how metrology and 3D printing distributor Burton Precision applies 3D printing technology to solve a variety of CAD issues and challenges for producing a unique plastic propeller design for a human powered submarine.
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. 
Coil Handling Equipment

Flat Metal Doesn’t Always Mean Stress Relieved Metal

Whether it's coming from a service center or an upstream process, most sheet or plate will contain residual stress, as shown in left sample, compared to same material (on right) after processing in a parts leveler.
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. 
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.
Turret Presses

How Well Do You Know the Capabilities of Your Punch Machine?

New punching machine capabilities make it easy to manufacture a complete part with bends, forms, shear edge quality, all with a finish that is free of scratches, nibble marks or burrs, without any secondary operations.
Are you missing opportunities to produce parts profitably? Which of your parts currently require two or three machines to produce a completed piece? Let’s consider how you might put more profit in your pocket by producing those same parts with just your punching machine.
Waterjets

Specialty Precision Fabrication Shop Grows with Waterjets

Precision Waterjet Concepts uses a Jet Edge 4 ft x 4 ft High Rail Gantry system equipped with four abrasive jet cutting heads that is powered by a 150 hp waterjet intensifier pump.
Precision Waterjet Concepts uses waterjet cutting systems from Jet Edge to cut virtually any material, especially AR Plating and titanium.
Metal Forming & Fabricating: Products

How to Model Machining and Sheet Metal Fabrication Costs

MTI Costimator cost estimating and quoting software is designed for manufacturers of all sizes including single-man job shops, large contract manufacturers, precision machining and fabrication shops, as well as full-service OEMs. (Photo courtesy of Ganesh Machinery)
Costimator® V12.1 from MTI Systems can estimate machining, fabrication and part assembly processes so shops can quickly quantify the impact of changes to product design, materials, geographic locations, manufacturing processes, volume requirements and more.

Waterjet Cutting at a Fraction of the Cost

The Emerald Series allows operators to load material into the cutting area from all four sides. The system is also capable of indexing sheets of unlimited length in all directions – a feature no other low cost waterjet offers.
Featuring greater accessibility, the Emerald Series waterjet from WARDJet is a high quality, low cost waterjet system that is capable of indexing sheets of unlimited length in all directions.

Powerful Turret Punch Presses

Both the Motorum M3048TG (shown here) and M3058TG are available in either Wiedemann or Spring Style tooling. The powerful ram drive delivers 33 tons of heavy-duty punching force at 510 hits per minute with servomotor drive mechanisms that only use energy while punching.
M3048TG and M3058TG turret presses from Murata Machinery incorporate servo-driven ram drives that deliver 33 tons of heavy-duty punching force at 510 hits per minute.