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What’s New In Turret Punch Press Tooling

Prestige SM Director

From its beginnings in the 1950s, the turret punch press has evolved into a versatile and vital tool for fabrication shops. The marriage of CNC to the machine has pushed its usefulness even further.

Paralleling the technological development of the turret punch press has been the tools that do the sheet metal fabricating work. Driving developments in tooling are demands from fabrication shops to get more productivity from existing resources.

The sheet metal fab shop, like virtually all metalworking businesses, is faced with seemingly relentless pressure on its margins. Customers of all shapes and sizes are swinging the cost-cutting ax with a vengeance. Fab shops find themselves squarely in the path.

To find out how turret punch press tooling is helping fab shops improve their productivity, we talked to Ken Herreid, marketing specialist at Wilson Tool (White Bear Lake, Minnesota). Wilson is a leading manufacturer of punch tools for most of the world’s turret punch press machine builders.

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After East New York Zoning Change, City Pushes Nearby Job Growth

Prestige SM Director

An industrial tract in East New York is the linchpin of a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to bring more jobs and affordable housing to one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
The de Blasio administration intends to spend almost $17 million on infrastructure improvements and promote existing grants and low-interest development loans for the 105-acre stretch, one the smallest and oldest industrial business zones in the five boroughs.
City officials see the move, supported by community advocates, as a counterpart to a plan approved by the City Council in April that rezoned other parts of East New York for retail shops and apartments. The rezoning calls for as many as 6,000 residential units, with half expected to be rented below market rates.

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Cost Effective Laser Cutting Solutions

Prestige SM Director

World class manufacturer and distributor of CNC tube bending machinery, Horn Machine Tools, Inc. now offers both flat sheet and tube laser cutting machines. The machines utilize highly efficient fiber laser technology and are configured in four different models which can be customized to fit customer’s requirements.

The lasers feature high quality components found on many of the other more expensive machines on the market. The fiber laser power source is from IPG Photonics, the laser cutting head is from Precitec, the servo motor system is from Yaskawa and the control system is from Power Automation. The machines utilize Lantek software to facilitate programming and nesting functions. All the major components on the machines have worldwide support and are readily available.

According to company president Kent Horn, “The market has been seeking a lower cost solution for laser cutting for some time now. Until recently this valuable manufacturing process has been out of reach for many fabricators because they can’t justify the high cost. We can now provide both a high quality CNC tube bender and laser cutter, for much less than the laser would cost from other sources”.

HMT will be exhibiting an automatic style tube laser at Fabtech Expo November 16th – 18th in Las Vegas, NV along with two all electric CNC tube benders. They cordially invite show attendees to stop by and view how they are innovating laser tube cutting and bending technologies.

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Integrating Additive Manufacturing without Inhibiting Machining

Prestige SM Director

Mitsui Seiki is a machine tool builder that aims to excel in the area of precision. It provides machines, often custom-engineered, to meet machining challenges related to high-value parts with particularly demanding tolerances. Therefore, the company’s introduction of additive manufacturing as a capability it can now deliver might seem like an odd fit. Additive manufacturing—building up parts or features through a controlled process of adding material in layers—cannot by itself achieve anything like the fine tolerances that machining can.
But Robb Hudson, technology and business development manager for the company, says additive manufacturing is an addition to machining that brings both design freedom and process efficiency to complement machining’s precision. And by consolidating more of a part’s processing into a single machine, it potentially reduces part handling, which facilitates precision as well. During the past year or more that the company has been preparing to come to market with additive capability, he says, it has been experimenting with how to use metal cutting and metal deposition effectively within the same machine tool, without having to compromise the effectiveness or promise of either capability.

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Metal Additive Technology Creates Large Parts

Prestige SM Director

TransFormAM by DM3D is an additive manufacturing technique which combines existing metalforming technologies and the company’s Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) additive technology. The approach uses technologies such as casting, forging, extrusion and roll forming to fabricate a metal preform, and then adds metal via DMD to transform it into a functional metal part. The technique is said to improve throughput and reduce cost; simplify the fabrication of large parts; provide better quality to the finished part with wrought microstructure of the preform; and reduce manufacturing risk. DM3D offers TransFormAM services as well as systems.
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Enthusiastically mesh long-term high-impact infrastructures

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Integrate enterprise-wide strategic theme

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Rapaciously utilize enterprise experiences

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