PUNCHING THICK MATERIAL HAS ITS OWN SET OF RULES

Thick materials, found in ironworking, shipyards and construction projects of all sorts, require a distinct approach when being manipulated – this isn’t sheet metal. When manufacturing with this material, you need tooling that can handle the increased stress and the knowledge of what it takes to be successful.

HEAVY DUTY TOOLING FOR HEAVY DUTY MATERIAL

For punching thick material, there are a variety of tooling solutions.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR PUNCHING THICK MATERIAL

To reduce the risk of down time when punching thick material, take these suggestions in to consideration.

  • Check Your Tonnage: When punching a material thickness outside of your normal practice, make sure to check your tonnage. Knowing your tonnage will help in tool selection – adding additional features such as a shear to reduce tool wear, tool breakage and machine wear. Download Tonnage Calculator.
  • Consider a Coating: Coatings can be quite beneficial, especially when your hole size is near the material’s thickness. Adding a coating will reduce friction and stripping forces. For example, hitting a 0.125" round in 0.105" thick material. Explore Coating Solutions.
  • Give up Grind Life for Strength: By reducing the tool's standard straight before radius (SBR) and increasing the tool blend radius, you add strength to the tip of the tool but sacrifice some grind life.
  • Increase Station Size: By moving up to the next punch or insert size, you increase the tool’s body size, which often is a key factor in the tool’s strength. The added mass enables the tool to absorb the shock and stresses from punching thicker material.

No matter your application, punching thick or thin material, Wilson Tool is available for support. Work with your local Sales Engineer or a Tooling Technician to explore solutions that will reduce your downtime and increase your uptime.  

Interested in learning more about punching thick material? Visit wilsontool.com/punchingthickmaterial

RESPECT THE PUNCH

With the advancement of lasers, many feel that CNC machines will soon be a thing of the past. This could not be more untrue. In a recent article with MetalForming Magazine, Susan Erler, Wilson Tool Punching Product Manager, discusses the misconceptions around CNC machines and their value for sheet metal manufactures.

Many secondary operations done post-punching can be done efficiently in the punch press. These include coins, hems, connectors, weld locators, sheet stops, tie downs and a range of sheet marking options.

Read the full article on the functions and benefits of CNC machines.

CHANGE IS NEEDED TO MAKE PROGRESS

When looking to improve quality at the source, it is important to recognize that change is going to be inevitable. Employers need to create an environment where change is valued and encouraged to facilitate forward progress.

APPLICATION STATION

The Application Station is a showcase of some of the latest Wilson Tool solutions intended to serve as a resource for customers in imagining the possibilities in tooling and manufacturing.

CREATE 90° BENDS WITH OPTI-BEND®

Eliminate Time Consuming Secondary Operations
Using a rotating cam built into the die, the machine stroke simulates the cycling of a press brake. Simple 90° bends can be produced with little or no sheet marking. Click here to explore more details on Opti-Bend tooling.

 

CREATIVE WAYS TO CONNECT PARTS

Use Common Forming Tools to Make Fastening Easy
Assembling sheet metal parts with fasteners, welds and clips adds extra time and cost. Watch this video to see how you can punch fasteners directly into components using common forming tools. Learn how to make strong, lasting connections quickly and easily. Click here to explore more on Connective Forms.

RESOURCES TO EXPLORE FOR COVID-19 IN MANUFACTURING

As a result of COVID-19, there have been a plethora of interim guidelines and procedures suggested to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in manufacturing facilities. Below are some resources to review when developing how your company will respond to COVID-19.

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