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FABTECH 2022 is a Major Success

FABTECH 2022 is a Major Success. In FABTECH’s second full-blown show since the pandemic, the show did not disappoint and attendance seems to have been the strongest our team has ever seen. The FABTECH Expo is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event that provides a convenient ‘one-stop shop’ venue where [...]

By |2022-11-28T17:32:33+00:00November 28th, 2022|General, Ironworker Tooling|

Piranha Ironworker Machines…What You Need to Know

Piranha Ironworker Machines…What You Need to Know  Ironworkers are a necessity in nearly every metal fabrication shop. These machines are the workhorse in most shops and are the go-to machine for punching, shearing, notching, coping, bending many other fabrication processes. With many add-on options for ironworker machines, it can be hard to know which [...]

By |2022-10-25T19:36:49+00:00October 25th, 2022|General, Ironworker Tooling|

Why Does Punch and Die Failure Happen?

In a general application, we like to hear that our punches, dies, and other tooling are producing hundreds if not thousands of holes. When punch and die failure happens, our first concern is operator safety, but it can mean losses in production, missed deadlines, and more. But the better question is probably, why are [...]

By |2022-09-01T19:22:47+00:00September 1st, 2022|General, Structural Steel Tooling|

2022 NASCC The Steel Conference Recap

NASCC Steel Conference Recap 2022 The NASCC Steel Conference 2022 was back and in-person after a two-year hiatus and continued its reputation of being the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry. The conference again brought together a diverse audience ranging from structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors and detailers.  Education at [...]

By |2022-04-20T17:59:33+00:00April 20th, 2022|General, Structural Steel Tooling|

2022 Metal Fabrication Outlook

2022 Metal Fabrication Outlook As 2021 wrapped up there were many opportunities, challenges, highs and lows all impacted by the new economic landscape we work in. Has your metal fabrication business thrived during this time? Many haven’t and one of the biggest failures is the lack of planning for potential changes to the industry [...]

By |2022-02-25T15:50:11+00:00February 25th, 2022|General, Ironworker Tooling|

What does ISO 9001 Certification Mean for Precision Tooling?

What does ISO 9001 Certification Mean for Precision Tooling? You may have heard the term ISO 9001 and if you are like most aren’t quite sure what it is or why ISO 9001 certification is important to you. When American Punch first started the ISO 9001 certification process back in 2009, we were concerned [...]

By |2021-08-18T15:00:02+00:00August 18th, 2021|General, Precision Tooling|

Find the Right Punch and Die Manufacturer to Meet Your Needs

It’s important to find the right punch and die manufacturer that you can rely on. Your punches and dies are at the core of your metalworking operation. There are several characteristics that identify a reliable manufacturer. Large Inventory You’ll want to find a supplier with a large inventory in stock and ready to ship. [...]

By |2021-03-29T20:02:36+00:00March 29th, 2021|General, Ironworker Tooling, Structural Steel Tooling|

Avoiding Punch Failure to Boost Performance & Worker Safety

Avoiding punch failure to boost performance and worker safety should always be a priority. Even though punches are made of hardened steel designed to withstand extreme pressures, they eventually will wear out. But they shouldn’t break. When punches do break, it’s important to understand what happened and why. Manufacturing defects are very rarely the [...]

By |2021-01-07T14:50:03+00:00December 21st, 2020|General, Ironworker Tooling, Structural Steel Tooling|

Better Design of our Max Force Shoulder Punch Offers Longer Tool Life

Let's talk about shoulder punches. Many punch manufacturers have a “heavy-duty” tooling series option for their shoulder punches. It makes sense because any time a punching application exceeds 20,000 psi, you’re running the risk of breaking the punch head. Punch heads break for two primary reasons: Improper fit of the punch body to the [...]

By |2020-11-02T13:10:57+00:00October 30th, 2020|General, Precision Tooling|

Pandemic Lessons Learned from Our Perspective

It’s been a rough year and there have been some lessons learned. Well, FABTECH 2020 is canceled. The pandemic is lasting a lot longer than anyone hoped, and the economy continues to teeter. But, in looking back over the last several months, we’ve discovered a number of insights that are worth sharing: At the [...]

By |2020-09-01T18:15:51+00:00August 27th, 2020|General, Ironworker Tooling|
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