Flatten, Trim, Pierce, Slotting, dimple punching and Notching

Custom Flatten, Trim, And Pierce Services
A punch press operation that is a cost-effective way to produce a flat tube end for tubular assemblies. Using a dedicated die set, this process combines three separate operations: flattening the end of the tube, trimming the end corners, and piercing a hole pattern for fastening the tube.

Custom Slotting Services
A punch press operation that introduces an open-ended slot into the end of the tube. This process requires a dedicated, mandrel-punching die that assists in shaping the tube in the desired manner. Typical shapes include a straight slot (rectangular or square) and a locking slot that has a curved end. Slots are commonly used as keyways for telescoping tubes or for locating the direction of a tube in a fitting during assembly.

Custom Notching Services
Combines a punch press with a dedicated punch die to reshape the end of a tube. Typical shapes include fish mouth and compound fish mouth ends that allow tube ends to fit tightly to one another. Another shape is an angled, or "V" notch that is more common for square and rectangular tubes.

CNC Dimple Hole Punching
One of the options that we purchased with the SOCO SB-32 left/right-hand bender was the CNC dimple hole punching capability. This machine allows us to not only program left/right rotary bending and push bending, it also allows the ability to punch a precise hole anywhere on the tube via the software on the bending machine. This hole punching feature is not only very precise, it is also the fastest way to fabricate structural tubing that requires holes.

Custom Dimple Style Services Hole Punching
Our cost-effective means of punching round, square, and rectangular holes into metal tubing. This type of hole punching has two styles, double-dimple and single-dimple. The double-dimple version uses two individual punches that travel towards each other during the press cycle. Since this style punches without an internal support (mandrel), the punches create a dimple. The single-dimple version uses a single punch that travels from one side and continues through the tube. The tube is supported on the backside, so there is only a dimple on one side of the tube. The tooling used with this type of hole punching is very inexpensive when compared to mandrel-style hole punching. Holes may be punched one at a time, or multiple holes in multiple locations and planes.

Custom Mandrel-Style Hole Punching Services
Our cost-effective means of punching round, square, and rectangular holes in metal tubing. This method of punching uses an internal support so the integrity of the outside diameter of the tube is not altered. Holes may be punched one at a time or multiple holes in multiple locations and planes. Mandrel-style hole punching is required when tubes need to telescope or fit inside one another. The tooling required for mandrel hole punching is more expensive than dimple hole punching, but is more accurate and holds tighter tolerances. Do you have any questions that we can answer? Please call us at (815) 633-5065 for details or shoot us an email.