Seven-axis CNC press brake features Y1 and Y2 electronic ram synchronization and parallelism, +/- 0.004-inch repeatability and parallelism, a four-axis backgauge, and CNC crowning. It is available from Fab-Line Machinery. To learn more, visit www.fab-line.com.
Five-axis cutting table can perform bevel cuts. Equipped with a Hypertherm high-definition plasma, the cutting table is available from MultiCam. To learn more, visit www.multicam.com.
The Alfra Mini 40/2 DS magnetic base drill is designed for HSS and TCT cutters. It has a two-speed oil-bath gear box and 1.6-hp motor that can cut holes up to 1 1/2" in diameter. The magnetic base can hold up to 2,700 pounds. Made in Germany, the drill is available in the US through Alfra USA LLC. To learn more, visit www.alfra.de/us.
Trumpf touted its TruPunch 3000 as a punching machine that offers skeleton-free punching. The system uses common split cuts. Any possible geometric configuration is programmed into the machine software for maximum use of the sheet. The TruPunch shreds any remaining scraps from the sheet. With skeleton-free processing, an average of 10% higher material utilization is realized as well as additional process reliability. Part sorting or tabbing are available, and the machine also features scratch-free small part sorting for parts from the parts flap or the scrap sorting unit. The TruPunch 3000 with its electric punching head technology averages electrical consumption of about five kW. To learn more, visit www.us.trumpf.com.
A Kinetic Cutting Systems says this machine does it all—drilling, tapping, counter boring, chamfering, boring, plasma cutting, oxy—fuel cutting, and beveling. The Kinetic K5000 combination drilling and cutting machine makes it possible for parts to be produced in one setup. Cutting widths range from 6'8" to 14'8". It can handle lengths in excess of 20' 8". To learn more, visit www.kineticusa.com.
Diamond Ultra press brake relies on an advanced proportional control valve to keep the hydraulic cylinders parallel during the bending process. It features automatic tonnage adjustment, automatic stroke adjustment for bending angles, programmable bending speed and back gauge speed, and calculates the best bending sequence. It is a product of Mitsubishi's MC Machinery. To learn more, visit www.mitsubishi-world.com.
The Motorum 2048ST punch press has a new ram drive that allows the servo motor to control the ram stroke directly, increasing punch speed and improving productivity. It also has fewer parts, reducing maintenance. A more efficient motor runs cooler than previous models and is more energy efficient. To learn more, visit www.muratec-usa.com.
Lincoln introduced its VRTEX 360 virtual reality welding system. Developed as a means to train welders, the system simulates the welding experience. The trainee "sees" what is happening on a display inside his welding helmet, and the trainer can monitor the student's performance on a big screen such as the one shown here in the background. to learn more, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.
The iRVision system from Fanuc Robotics uses a camera to direct the welding torch to the seam, eliminating the need for precise positioning of the work piece. To prove it, Fanuc (and its partner Lincoln Electric) placed the workpiece on a carrier that could be moved around—without thwarting the robot. When the part has been programmed and the work piece has been placed within the scope of the camera, the robot finds the seam and executes the weld according to the parameters. To learn more, visit www.fanurobotics.com.
HyIntensity Fiber Laser from Hypertherm can be mounted on standard cutting machines. That's because the laser can be generated and delivered over a fiber optic cable to the laser head. The fiber laser cutting head is similar in size and shape to a standard plasma head. To learn more, visit www.hypertherm.com
The Cutmaster 42 plasma, which will be available in January, provides plasma cutting capability in a portable package. It is part of the smaller, portable power sources from Thermal Dynamics rated at 160-200 amps. John Henderson demonstrates. To learn more, visit www.thermadyne.com.
Fill-O-Matic is shown here welding a pipe, but it can be used to automate most fillet welding applications. It can perform stitch and weave functions, driven by an independent tractor. Tractor speed has a dedicated knob that can be used to set the speed on the fly. It is a product of Bug-O Systems. To learn more, visit www.bugo.com.
Combination punch and plasma is designed for lower volume production runs. The Whitney 657 can form, cut, and countersink using its punch for fairly standard shapes and the plasma to cut more complex profiles. A smaller machine than Whitney's 3400-XP, the 657 offers 72 inches of axis travel. To learn more, visit www.wawhitney.com.
Fast fabrication of thin material is the idea behind the Strippit VX-1225 CNC turret punch press from LVD Strippit. The 20-ton punch press has a 48-station turret. It can process workpieces up to 49” x 98” and material thickness up to 1/4”, generating up to 530 hits per minute on one-inch centers—all with +/- 0.004” accuracy. LVD Strippit’s VX-Series punch presses also feature a new energy reduction system (ERS) that reduces energy consumption by up to 15% (versus previous models). Visit www.lvdgroup.com
Knaack LLC of Crystal Lake IL, manufacturers of toolboxes and other storage systems, took delivery of this Salvagnini L1Xe fiber laser after Fabtech concluded. Salvagnini builds the laser with its own proprietary laser head. The laser also is equipped with Laser Tradjust, a set of proprietary functions incorporated into the Salvagnini SiX control card that optimize machine axis trajectories and optimum power values. To learn more, visit www.salvagninigroup.com."
This new four-roll machine from Americor can process sheets of 13-gauge to a half-inch thick steel. The top roll is fixed, with three adjustable lower rolls. The central lower roll is used for clamping, and the two outer rolls bend the sheet. Shown are Don Letourneau and Steve Lazinsky with Comeq Inc, the company that handles Americor sales in the U S. To learn more, visit www.comeq.com.
Brian Macaulay demonstrates the Accurpress press brake controller that also can be programmed wirelessly from an Apple I-Pad or other mobile device. Sketch a part and then input specific dimensions and angles. The Accell press brake controller stores multiple tool databases—what the owner of the brake possesses as well as what is available for sale. To learn more, visit www.accurpress.com.
The Hyd*Mech V-25APC vertical automatic band saw can 60° left, right or any angle in between. It has a 30” x 25” cutting capacity at 90°, 60-inch shuttle infeed system, and a 10-hp variable frequency drive. Visit: www.hydmech.com
The Scotchman 5014-CW is now available with a laser light for making it easy to locate the cut. The five-station ironworker has a 50-ton punch station that can put a 1 1/4" hole in half-inch steel. It has a new rectangle notcher capable of notching a 2 1/2"x 3" x 5/16" and/or 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 3/8" hole. Josh Kroetch demonstrates the machine's notching capability. to learn more, visit www.scotchman.com.
This Sunrise hydraulic ironworker is equipped with a semi-automatic CNC positioning table that is available as a factory-installed option for dual-cylinder ironworkers and punching machines with a throat of at least 20 inches. Positioning speed can be varied up to a maximum of 590 inches per minute for both axes. Accuracy is +/- 0.002 inches. They are available from Trilogy Machinery. To learn more, visit www.trilogymachinery.com.
The Tiger Rack is a rack and pinion system that attaches to machine tools such as band saws, iron workers and brakes to regulate the length of the part being fabricated. Operators enter a dimension into the keypad, and the TigerRack positioned will move the material to within 0.008-inch of the desired location. It handles loads up to 720 pounds. To learn more visit www.tigerstop.com.
Cordless punch from Hougen Manufacturing can put a 19/32" hole in 1/4" steel. It is driven by a Makita drill powered by an 18-volt lithium ion battery that can be recharged in 30 minutes. To learn more, visit www.hougen.com.
Henkel Corporation, manufacturers of Loctite adhesives, promoted its structural adhesives by displaying this trailer that was assembled almost exclusively with adhesives. Brian Noonan shows the flexibility of its Flextec two-part adhesive. The adhesive offers a 30-minute window during which pieces can be repositioned. Application videos, literature, and material safety data sheets are available at www.gluemytrailer.com.
The ESAB Powercut 1600 is the largest and most powerful member of the ESAB Powercut family. It can cut 1.5" steel and server 1.75" material, says Scott Francis. To learn more, visit www.esab.com.
The AlumaPower 350 MPa is designed specifically for welding aluminum. The matching wire feeder enables the torch to weld up to 135 feet from the power source, says Mike Vandenberg. To learn more, visit www.millerwelds.com.
Multi-wire wire feeder can handle stainless, steel, or aluminum wire. Matched with a Miller Invision 352 MPa power source, the combination matches power with wire speed. Built-in pulse programs generate "stack of dimes" welds in steel or aluminum, says Jeff Herb. To learn more, visit www.millerwelds.com.
Waterjet cutting is a viable option for fabricators, says Koike Aronson, because one machine can cut a wide range of materials—including mild steel, aluminum, and stainless—all with the accuracy of a laser. It also eliminates the heat that can plague certain applications. The KoikeJet M66 has a six-foot-square table, generates 100,000 psi of water pressure, and cuts to 0.003" accuracy. To learn more, visit www.koike.com.
BySprint Fiber 3015 is a fiber laser from Bystronic. Geared for thin-sheet-metal applications, the BySprint Fiber 3015 boasts of high energy efficiency, simple beam paths, and low operating and servicing costs. It cuts steel and nonferrous metals up to a half inch thick. To learn more, visit www.bystronic.com.
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