Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Custom Channel Blades

The Spartan IW66D is a dual cylinder ironworker with a maximum capacity of 66 tons. Within the power cavity, the machine is equipped with round and square bar blades with an option to shear up to 5” channel. Below are 3” and 4” channel shear blades along with the stripper plate used to shear 1/4” channel. These blades are interchangeable with the round and square bar blades that come with the machine. The dual cylinder capability allows the customer to use these blades while punching at the same time. Custom blades are our specialty, let’s see what custom blades we can manufacture for you! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mandrel Punch

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With help from the customer, our engineers designed this mandrel set-up for the Geka Hydracrop 55A Ironworker. This custom designed attachment allows the customer to quickly and easily punch four oblong holes in 2" schedule 40 pipe. By adding a location spring, the pipe can easily be rotated at 90° for accurate punching. Prior to this design, the customer was milling each hole individually; a costly operation requiring multiple touches from the operator. This solution allowed the customer to punch four holes in less than one minutes, increasing throughput and dramatically reducing cost per piece. Reach our engineering team at 800-451-4342 to start designing your custom application.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Extrusion Punch

The bullet punch is used to manufacture extruded edges from a pre-existing hole. These extruded holes are typically used to accept sheet metal screws, provide spacing in panels, strengthening holes in parts that are mounted with rods or bolts, or to allow tapping into a deeper distance past the material thickness. On what applications do you use extruded holes?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Urethane Strippers

Stripping material is a crucial part of the punching process. The video on the left shows the standard stripper assembly on the Piranha P-50 ironworker. The yellow base is the stripper foot and the black tubes on either side of the punch are the urethane strippers. When released the urethanes press down on the stripper foot. The stripper foot then strips the material off the punch.

The photos on the right show the different urethane strippers we stock. Unlike the black Piranha strippers, the red and blue strippers slide over the punch to strip the material. The colors signify different hardness/durometer of urethane. The harder urethane (red) is used for thicker material, while the softer urethane (blue) is used for thinner material. It’s important to use the correct urethane to ensure the material will not distort while stripping. When the urethane starts to crack, it is time to be replaced. This helps ensure quality holes and extended tool life. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Piranha Angle Blades

These Piranha P-90 angle blades are capable of shearing 5" x 5" x 1/2" angle with no problem! We stock flat bar, coper, round bar, and angle blades for all the Piranha Ironworkers. These blades are all made in the USA! Contact us today for any of your ironworker needs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Special Punch

The punch and die industry is in contact with all types of industries ranging from manufacturing to jewelry, but recently we received a request to manufacture this punch for creating animal tags.  These tags are used by scientist to track the movement and habits of different water animals ranging from fish, like bass or tarpon, to shellfish. The punch is used to punch out a plastic tag that’s identified with a specific number.  This number is specific to the animal and the region it originates from. Scientists use this tag to track an animal’s habits and migration patterns.  No matter what industry you’re in, contact us today for all of your punching needs!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Louver Assembly

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Louvers have been around for hundreds of years, in the beginning these were made from barrels to allow ventilation while cooking or for a fire place while keeping the rain and snow out. With the evolution of technology, louvers can now be manufactured in metal to act as an air vent. These can be used on a variety of products such as lockers or any type of equipment that would need ventilation and temperature control. We manufacture louvers in form up and form down positions from 2” to 6” long. The louvers are manufactured with a spring load system to help strip the material off the cutting blades. These cutting blades are replaceable components within the louver assembly. Check out the video below to watch a louver in action on our Piranha P-50. Give us a call to get a quote on your louver today!