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.

NextGen Spaceframe Combines Lightweight Construction and Flexibility

A functionally integrated, bionically optimized vehicle structure offers new potential for lightweight construction and greater manufacturing flexibility of automobiles.
Experts
Additive Manufacturing Systems

The Additive Manufacturing Factory of Tomorrow

This modular integration of machine technology and plant architecture is an Internet 4.0 promise of new levels of quality, flexibility and increased performance in additive manufacturing, as well as a radical new approach to the design of process components that could ultimately create faster and more economic industrial production solutions.
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

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

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

Cutting Corners: The Idea Behind Power Ramping

Although power ramping has proven to be highly beneficial, it is often underutilized on the shop floor because fabricators either do not understand its benefits or they just don’t know how to use it. By simply applying the given values and principles presented here, they will see a visible improvement in corner and radii cut quality.
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

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.
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

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. 
Waterjets

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

Accurate, Economical Sawing of Structural Steels, High-Tensile Strength Solids and More

The HBE-663A has a large cutting capacity of 26.0 in for round stock and 28.0 in x 26.0 in for flat stock. It utilizes a 28 ft 8 in x 2.0 x .063 in saw blade with a standard speed range from 33 sfm to 360 sfm. The saw offers a single stroke feed length of 21.2 in with an optional  118 in feeding unit available. The large diameter inclined cast iron band wheels decrease blade twist from wheel to guide, reducing bending fatigue in the saw blade, providing exceptional blade life. The saw also features induction hardened contact surfaces on its band wheels and all vice jaws, which reduces wear.
Ideal for both steel service centers and job shops, the new heavy-duty HBE-663A high-production, hydraulic horizontal bandsaw from Behringer provides accurate, versatile and economical cutting in all materials, including structural steels and high-tensile strength solids.

Heavy Duty Moveable Frame Press for Straightening Applications

ThePMM 200MD Movable Frame Press with optional pendent control operates at 5.5 hp and has rapid advance ram speed of 47 ipm. The press has 31 daylight inches, is 80 in wide between the uprights, has a 3 in thick table with at length of 98 in, and a left-to-right work-head travel length of 57 in.
The PMM 200MD Movable Frame Press from Dake is ideal for assembly work and straightening applications.

Advanced Heat Treating of Aerospace Parts

The TITAN H8 system is integrated with Ipsen's PdMetrics software platform for predictive maintenance. Offering sophisticated monitoring of critical systems and key parameters, the software platform gathers data, analyzes it and provides real-time diagnostics that help improve the health and integrity of the equipment.
A key feature of the TITAN H8 vacuum furnace system from Ipsen is its center elements option, which helps optimize the brazing process and ensures high-quality parts emerge bright and clean.