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Punching machine at the center of it all

A punch is a simple machine tool that ironworkers have used for centuries. While it is efficient there have been great advances in the last 30 years. The use of technology like laser, plasma, and waterjet to cut into metal have expanded the possibilities and efficiencies. Two companies, Mining Manufacturing and Timmerman Manufacturing have embraced this new technology to remain competitive. American Punch CO. is in a similar position. These companies still deliver the same type of product but with greater flexibility and speeed.

Key Takeaways:

  • Holemaking has seen rapid improvements in the last 30 years as companies wanted to improve on one of the most common operations.
  • Companies can put up to twelve holes in one beam that can weigh up to 500 pounds.
  • American Punch has had major expansions in the last twelve years including two 25,000 square foot building upgrades.

“Even a drill, which could make a hole in a piece of structural steel in 10 to 20 seconds, can do the job today in 3 to 5 seconds.”

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