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.

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.
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

CAD/CAM and the Smart Factory

Integrated sheet metal fabrication software is moving far beyond nesting and production functions to step into Industry 4.0 management of end-to-end data flow and business administration tasks.
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

Tower of Strength

Automated handling dilutes sheet metal fabrication costs in this shop with lights-out running and quick changes between jobs.
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

Optimize the Use of Your Plasma Cutting Consumables

Often neglected in the push to get more parts of higher quality off the cutting table per shift are the very components that generate the high temperature plasma cutting arc. Up to 40 percent of the torch consumable parts that are typically scrapped can often be re-used with excellent cut quality.
Press Brakes

Tooling Up for Large Radii: Four Methods for Forming Radius Parts

Is your shop having problems forming parts that require a large radius with a press brake? These four proven techniques can increase your part quality and eliminate scrap with minimal investment.
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

Rethinking Your Parts: Combining for a Competitive Advantage

You may discover a whole new profit method in a combination processing machine that can produce all of the geometries you need at the same cost, regardless of the number of parts required. 

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

Fineblanking Breaks the 200 SPM Barrier

These parts would normally need to be stamped and then drilled. Using the XFT 1500speed, they were produced in one step at high stroke rates. Aerospace, medical and turbine engine parts are made on these machines because of high volume and extremely high tolerances. Top row left to right: Arm vane for a turbocharger, 3.25 mm thick, 16 mm length, material X8CrNi25-21 / 700 N/mm2; Brown gun tube for electronics, 1.35 mm thick with scrap bridge of 0.6 mm, 22 mm length, material SUS 304L; Locking plate for lock technology, 1.5 mm thick, 15 mm length, material Ck45; lower right, Plunger for electronics, 3.0 mm thick, Hole ø1.8 mm, 10 mm length, material RFe80.
Never before has a fineblanking press been so fast, so versatile and, above all, so productive at up to 200 strokes per minute.

FABTECH 2015: Tube & Pipe Fabrication

Booth N-8103: The "Quick Tool Unlock" rapid clamping system for tube bending machines from Schwarze-Robitec makes changing bending equipment simple and fast without the use of any additional tools.
Technical reviews of some of the tube & pipe fabrication machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibited on the show floor. 

Value-Added Fabrication Services

Booth N-1032: Using state-of-the-art tube bending machinery and inspection technology, Sharpe Products provides custom pipe and tube bending, rolling, laser cutting and fabrication services on a variety of shapes and schedules of simple to complex parts.
Sharpe Products will showcase the custom pipe and tube bending and rolling services they provide that competitively meet the needs of many industries, including automotive, medical, furniture, and handrail applications.