START THE ASSEMBLY PROCESS RIGHT IN THE PRESS

Fastening parts together typically requires a labor intensive assembly process like spot welding, screwing or clipping, and often demands the purchase of separate hardware. There’s a way to avoid those secondary processes by using tools we call “connective forming tools” that run right in the punch press. You may already have tools in your shop that will allow you to create fasteners directly on the part, preparing it for assembly without a secondary operation.

Connective forming tools fall into two categories: common tools you’ve likely used for other purposes, and those that are made specifically for fastening. Below, see a list of tools you can use to make part assembly more efficient while eliminating secondary operations.

FAMILIAR FORMS THAT DOUBLE AS CONNECTORS

Connective Form Samples

Lance and Form: Lance and Forms work in air flow, card guide and other roles. For fastening, slide a lance and form into a rectangular hole for secure part assembly.

Extrusion or Half Shear: Extrusions or half shear forms can serve as screw holes, tube holders, locators and more. When paired with a round hole, the extrusion or half shear snaps and locks two parts in place.

Louver: Louver forms typically create vents for airflow. However, a common louver and a rectangular hole work like a tab and a slot to securely hold parts together.

Forms Made for Connecting

FORMS MADE FOR CONNECTING

Thread Form and Thread Loop: These forms eliminate the need for secondary threading operations. Simply formed in the punch press, these thread forms emerge ready for assembly.

Hinge: Hinge forming tools integrate hinges directly onto the sheet. This eliminates the need to  procure and fasten hinge hardware onto the part as a second step.

Zip-Tech: By creating a series of interconnected snaps, the Zip-Tech tool is an innovative fastening solution for exceptionally secure attachment between sheets.

Read about a pizza oven fabricator that eliminated secondary operations with the use of connective forms.

To see connective forms in action, watch this video highlighting the above techniques.

Connective Forms Video

These are just a selection of forms that can be used to join parts. What other methods have you used?

Visit wilsontool.com/connectiveforms to explore more connective forming ideas. Or, contact our punching tooling technicians at punching@wilsontool.com or 800-328-9646 for help in determining if you may have an operation that can be streamlined through the use of connective forms.

TOOLING FROM TWO NORTH AMERICAN LOCATIONS

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Did you know that punch press tooling from Wilson Tool International is manufactured out of BOTH the Minnesota, USA and Ontario, Canada facilities? Receive tooling as quickly as possible by ordering from the plant closest to you. The full line of tooling for turret or rail-style machines can be made and shipped to you from either one of these plants.

Not familiar with Wilson Tool Canada? Here is some recent customer feedback:

  • Over 85% of customers award Wilson Tool Canada a 4 or 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over 85% of customers rank Wilson Tool Canada’s inside sales support (tooling technicians) “good” or “excellent”
  • Over 92% of customers rank the manufacturing quality at Wilson Tool Canada as “good” or “excellent”

Canada Location

Contact Wilson Tool Canada, Punching facility.

PARTNERS IN GROWTH

Continuous improvement only happens when you have partners challenging you to be better.

Wilson Tool International is grateful that our customers have provided us the fuel to grow and innovate over the years. With the questions and challenges they’ve brought, we’ve been able to partner with them to solve complex issues that didn’t always have a clear resolution.

Our long-standing relationship with Define Metal Fabrication, Inc. has helped both companies to grow and improve. The case study stories below detail some of the ways in which we’ve worked together to find solutions to common and specific challenges within their operation.

Define Metal FAbrication

Define Metal appreciates how the traditional punch press is cost-effective, and has unique flexibility to cut and form with accuracy and speed. However, punch presses often don't provide the clean, finished edge that lasers can. This story details how we worked with Define Metal to create the burrless edge they needed to make their customers happy.

Read “Accuracy, Speed, Flexibility Keeps Turrets Punching” in Canadian Metalworking.

Like most fabricators, Define Metal is always looking for ways to be more efficient and save on unnecessary costs. This case study looks at how they chose to tool their turret press with replaceable insert tooling so they could save on retooling.

Read “Profiles of Success” in Shop Metal Technology.

Tool Maintenance

TOP FIVE TOOL MAINTENANCE TIPS

One of the proven ways to extend the life of your punch press tooling is to treat it with care. But naturally, time is at a premium in any busy shop. So when it comes to tool maintenance, what steps are most important, and why?

This article details the five key areas of proper tool maintenance and what happens if you miss them.

Read “Punching Productively” in Canadian Fabricating & Welding.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF AT EUROBLECH

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Visit the Wilson Tool Challenge Centre at EuroBLECH 2018 in Hanover, Germany from October 26 – 28 to see how innovative solutions to your sheet metal challenges can reduce your manufacturing times and drive cost out of your components.

Launched at the show, the new Corner Former tool manipulates sheet metal in the press brake to produce high-quality corners in doors, covers, panels and trays without the need for expensive welding and finishing operations. Also see the range of tapping tools, designed to quickly produce tapped holes directly on your punch press.

Learn More about Wilson Tool at EuroBLECH.

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GET TO KNOW WILSON TOOL INTERNATIONAL

Roger McKee

Roger McKee began working for Wilson Tool in 1992 as a sales engineer and has since taken on the role of Regional Sales Manager for Canada.

He enjoys a good challenge, and counts helping solve his customers’ most difficult punching and forming issues among his greatest accomplishments at Wilson Tool.

Roger thanks his wife and daughters for playing an instrumental role in his success at Wilson Tool. Outside of work, Roger enjoys hot vinyasa yoga which he has practiced for over 16 years.

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FABTECH®

Step into the future of fabrication at the Wilson Tool booth. Explore new and upgraded solutions to eliminate secondary operations, increase your speed and breathe new life into your processes. You will also have the opportunity to meet with tooling technicians and enter a drawing to win prizes!

Details:
Wilson Tool International
Booth B6251
FABTECH Expo
November 6 - 8, 2018
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

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EUROBLECH

EuroBLECH is the world's largest trade fair for sheet metal working. Visit Wilson Tool International at the following booth locations.

Hall 11, Stands A126 & A136
Hanover, Germany
23rd - 26th October 2018

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THANKSGIVING CLOSURE

Wilson Tool’s Minnesota, USA headquarters will be closed November 22-23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We thank you sincerely for your business in 2018 and wish you all a happy holiday season.