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.

How to 3D Print Precision Drills

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history.
Additive Manufacturing Systems

Make This to Print

How the technology and trends in additive manufacturing are changing the production methods of the future.
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.

The Ins and Outs of Laser Cutting Automation

Advancements in laser cutting productivity are shifting the bottleneck away from cutting the material to handling it. This means automation should match specific needs for different production setups. 
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

What You Must Know About Single Mode Fiber Laser Markers

The single mode fiber laser marker has best-in-class beam quality that translates to fine marking capabilities plus effective micromachining for drilling, cutting, scribing, ablation for a variety of applications. 
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 vs. Press Brakes

Bending vs. Folding: Does your shop have the right machine for the job?
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.

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.

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

Waterjet Technology Improves Productivity

Booth S-2767: Ideal for processing large, complex components or multiple parts from various materials and thicknesses with unmatched speed and precision, the 80X JetMachining Center from OMAX uses an optional A-Jet® cutting head for complete 5-axis machining that cuts beveled edges, angled sides, 3D shapes, and countersinks while compensating for taper.
OMAX offers OMAX 80X and MAXIEM 1515 JetMachining Centers and the Intelli-MAX Software Suite.

JIT Contract Manufacturing of Parts and Assemblies

Booth S-2305: The new TRUMPF 3030 4 kW Fiber Laser at Ohio Laser uses the tallest material storage tower in North America to cut steel and stainless steel parts from sheet and plate up to one inch thick.
Ohio Laser offers the largest contract manufacturing capability in the Midwest for cutting parts and fabricating assemblies with a just-in-time focus.

Marking Round Parts for Traceability

Booth S-2335: New Tube & Pipe adaptors for MarkinBOX MB3315S and MB8020 Portable Electric Pin Markers from MB Metal Technologies are made to either nominal tube and pipe diameters or any custom diameter to improve productivity when marking for traceability. They transform MarkinBOX pin Markers from flat plate marking to axial or circumference marking on round parts.
MB Metal Technologies offers Tube & Pipe adaptors for their MarkinBOX MB3315S and MB8020 Portable Electric Pin Markers.