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.

Industry 4.0 for Sheet Metal Manufacturers

Factories in the future will be able to run automatically, for the most part. We are only at the start of this revolution, with a lot more development and integration to come, covering every aspect of a business and the performance of its machinery and resources.
Experts
Additive Manufacturing Systems

3D Printing a Spacecraft Valve Body in Titanium

Printing a part of this size in titanium in such a short time was something that could not have been achieved had the part been machined out of a billet.
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

Sheariously Awesome Ironworker Automation

Automating the shear section of an ironworker with a simple stop and some software is a relatively easy way to reduce cycle times on both shearing and setup and improve part accuracy, eliminate rework, and improve material yield.
CAD/CAM Software

Six Business Processes Every Shop Should Micromanage

In Industry 4.0, process micromanagement is the new baseline for shop operations, an opportunity to increase your bottom line in every step of your business. It’s a tough feat to accomplish, but the integrated MRP functions found in next generation nesting software can help you make it a reality. Here’s how.
Coil Handling Equipment

Precision Cutting of Very Thin Metal Without Burrs

Take a closer look at how extremely thin strips of anodized aluminum are slit and processed for electronics applications.
Cut-To-Length Lines

The Art of Slitting

To fully grasp the cutting edge technology used in the slitting/shearing process is to understand the fracture mechanics of material.
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.
Ironworkers

Factors to Consider When Selecting an Ironworker

As versatile as the ironworker is, it is still possible to purchase the wrong machine – or at least not the best one – for your application. Here are some reasons why careful examination of these factors will prevent that from happening.
Laser Cutting Systems

Programming Must-Haves for Successful Laser Tube Cutting

Quality software is the first step to precision tube component manufacturing. Knowing what to look for based on your programming needs will help determine the best solution for your shop.
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

Closing the Loop: Strategies for Bending Closed Forms

With a bit of creativity and thought to overcome limitations, it is often possible to form closed profiles and other difficult parts with a standard press brake. Here are some tips on how to do it.
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

Intelligent Bending

This plant heralded a complete shift to all-electric tube bending technology to meet huge demand for their new product with an integrated tube processing system that merges robotic handling of the material to bend extremely long tubing in very short cycle times and almost double their manufacturing output from 1,800 units to 3,500 units a day.
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

Flexible Automation of Gear Deburring and Chamfering

CNC gear deburring machines from Koepfer America can be configured with brushes, discs, milling tools and to match the exact required application.

Robotic Inspection Made Easy

Metrolog X4 I-Robot version v7 from Metrologic controls both the measuring device and the robot directly, eliminating the need for several software packages and a complex integration to control a robotic cell.

Fully Programmable Automatic Cold Sawing

The CPO 315 HFA-CNC automatic circular cold saw and SUP 600 NF Upcut cold saw from Scotchman increase cutting capacity and reduce operation costs.