Sheet metal fabricators looking to quickly create unique forms and shapes have four new ways to get rolling on their punch presses. With the addition of the Rolling Logo, Rolling Knurl, Rolling EKO and Rolling Flare tools to the Wilson Wheel family, Wilson Tool International puts elusive levels of speed and flexibility within reach to speed cycle times. These four new special tools join the existing Wilson Wheel products which have long provided an unprecedented level of speed and performance for forming and shearing on punch presses with virtually no burrs, nibble marks or scrap. This groundbreaking tool line is built for speed, rolling at the highest traverse rate of the press to create slits, ribs, offsets and more.
Fabricators who need to make logos more visible can now produce them larger than the station size (e.g., 100 mm long in a C station) on a wide range of material with the high-speed Rolling Logo tool. This tool significantly reduces tonnage compared to single hit logo stamping and allows the fabricator to start and finish the mark anywhere on the sheet. There's a new way to get a grip on sheet metal with the Rolling Knurl tool. This tool has wide ranging application, rapidly producing knurls to create a grip-like effect on an array of material surfaces. Fabricating large electrical knockouts for electrical boxes and cabinets is now a snap with the Rolling EKO tool. This tool allows for an endless variety of shapes and sizes, as well as internal and external contours using Auto Index. Slits can be started and finished anywhere on a given sheet. Adding flare to sheet metal fabricating is easy with the new Rolling Flare tool. This innovative tool enables the production of larger diameter flares – even in greater sizes than the station normally allows. Other shapes are possible too. Each tool is specially designed to suit unique customer requirements. www.wilsontool.com
Manufacturing Industry Invited to Take Reshoring Survey
AMT and the Reshoring Initiative will use the survey results to identify which processes, products and components face the most pressure from imports and which offer the biggest opportunities to reshore. Part of AMT’s “Rebuilding the Supply Chain” initiative, the survey is open to OEMs, job shops, technology suppliers and distributors through the end of February.
Year-Over-Year November U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 1.4%
While November’s $330.3 million represent a decrease of 13.3% from October, AMT’s president says it’s clear ‘the sector did not fare as poorly as originally predicted.’