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October 16, 2014
Combination punch/right-angle shear made for short component runs
Prima Power has introduced the SGe5 Combi punch and right-angle shear. Using servo electric motors for low power consumption and low noise levels, they operate without human intervention from the blank to automated sorting. Suitable for... Read more...

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March 12, 2014
Servo-electric turret punch press fits in compact spaces
Prima Power offers the E5x Compact Express servo-electric turret punch press. Designed to offer versatile capacity, it features a new machine control and user interface software with touchscreen panel. Compact load/unload automation, which... Read more...

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February 5, 2014
Fiber laser processes thin sheets with 6g acceleration
Prima Power has introduced the Syncrono fiber laser, featuring 6g acceleration for processing thin sheets. The system is two synchronized machines in one: one small, light head with high dynamics, and one larger machine with a wide working... Read more...

Article

January 27, 2014
Controlling its own fabricating future
Jeff Mooney, general manager, Altec Body Manufacturing, in Burnsville, N.C., is pleased with the way his manufacturing facility is running today. Associates push for manufacturing efficiencies, so the fabricating of truck bodies and related... Read more...

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October 7, 2013
Punching up forms on a turret press
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of CIM-Canadian Industrial Machinery. For more stories on machining and fabricating in the Canadian metalworking market, visit www.cimindustry.com . From... Read more...

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November 9, 2012
How laser welding sets contract fabricator apart
Five years ago Estes Design and Manufacturing adopted laser welding not just because of its eye-popping speed. The Indianapolis fabricator is a high-mix, low-volume operation. Fast welding may be a bonus, but the contract fabricator... Read more...

News

May 16, 2012
Champion Tool Storage installs Prima Power press brake
Champion Tool Storage, Hood River, Ore., has installed a Prima Power Ep1030 servo-electric press brake, adding capacity to its forming department. The company manufactures toolboxes for industrial, professional, and military users. Read more...

News

March 12, 2012
Jean Gallay orders Laserdyne system
Jean Gallay SA, Geneva, Switzerland, has ordered a Laserdyne 795XL BeamDirector® system equipped with a 2-kW fiber laser from Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., for 2-D and 3-D processing of heat-resistant alloys, stainless steel alloys,... Read more...

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February 28, 2012
Out with the old batch, in with something new
Talking with John Hayden, a manufacturing engineering manager at Siemens Industry Automation Division, West Chicago, Ill., you might think you were talking to a member of Batch Manufacturers Anonymous. Before the summer of 2011, his company... Read more...

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February 22, 2012
Fiber laser system designed for sheet metal cutting
The new PLATINO® fiber laser from Prima Power is a flexible laser cutting machine designed for sheet metal processing. Supplying laser power from 2,000 to 3,000 W, the machine handles a sheet size of 59.06 by 118.11 in. The working area... Read more...

News

February 10, 2012
Prima Power Laserdyne expands operations with new hiring, new markets
Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has announced that it is expanding its North American business. The planned expansion includes hiring personnel for 20 newly created job positions and the introduction of products into new and existing... Read more...

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February 7, 2012
Servo-electric press brake introduced
Prima Power has introduced the eP-series press brake. The Electro CNC and servo-electric drive system provide high acceleration, deceleration, and fast response times, the manufacturer reports. The pulley-belt system distributes the force over... Read more...

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November 27, 2011
Prima Power Laserdyne names market sales manager
Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has appointed Allan Callander to the position of market sales manager. The appointment is part of the company's expansion of its laser systems business to include industries such as medical devices,... Read more...

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May 31, 2011
Prima Power Laserdyne begins manufacturing Rapido laser in Champlin, Minn.
Prima Power Laserdyne has begun manufacturing the Rapido laser system at its Champlin, Minn., facility. Previously manufactured and delivered to the North American market exclusively from Prima Industrie S.p.A. headquarters in Torino, Italy,... Read more...

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April 4, 2011
Prima Industrie and Finn-Power become Prima Power
Prima Industrie has announced a change in corporate branding as two specialists in laser and sheet metal fabrication technology — Prima Industrie and Finn-Power — have joined forces to create Prima Power. Since the acquisition... Read more...

Product

April 4, 2011
Software combines laser drilling, airflow measurement
FlowComp™, a closed-loop hardware and software feature that combines laser drilling with airflow measurement on Laserdyne 795 and 450 multiaxis laser systems, has been introduced by Prima Power North America. The feature has... Read more...

Article

March 10, 2011
Automated bending keeps the pieces flowing
A healthy skepticism about robotic bending still exists in the fabricating community. People fear having to program the robot for the hundred or so part numbers that might be suitable for the bending cell and are anxious about having to deal... Read more...

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July 8, 2010
Discovering the best path to better bending
Think about the old days for a second. A single-station duplicator punch press was the epitome of blanking precision for many a contract fabricator. Then this new technology called a turret punch press came along. It could hold multiple tools,... Read more...

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April 1, 2010
If you don't measure it, you can't improve it
In 2004 Impulse Manufacturing had your typical job shop floor. Jobs came in, bounced around the shop to various areas, and then headed out the door. Part flow wasn't top of mind. The company had made some significant machinery investments,... Read more...

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February 11, 2010
Waste not, want more
Waste is not tolerated at General MetalWorks (GenMet), Mequon, Wis. That includes waste related to transportation, processing, inventory, and production, as well as underutilizing people's talents. A tour of the facility reflects the... Read more...

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February 9, 2010
Bright lights, big opportunity
Orion Energy Systems is a company that doesn't take its business lightly. A Plymouth, Wis., company that started out in 1996 as a small manufacturer of lighting products for the agricultural industry is now considered to be a technology leader... Read more...

Product

January 12, 2010
Servo-electric bender performs multi functions with standard tooling
The Fast Bend is the newest member of the Prima Finn-Power servo-electric bender family. It can bend five different parts with different thicknesses and alloys in five minutes, the company states. The machine helps reduce or eliminate... Read more...

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October 5, 2009
Thinking outside the press brake
When fabricators think about automated bending, a robot tied to a press brake usually comes to mind. So do high volumes. But press brakes aren't the only automation option, and high volumes aren't always a prerequisite. Automated panel bending... Read more...

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October 1, 2009
Tapping into new capabilities on punching machines
Three years ago Sureway Tool & Engineering, Franklin Park, Ill., purchased a new precision punch press. Today the company is starting to tap into its full capabilities. The company was no stranger to punching, having been involved with CNC... Read more...

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November 25, 2008
Punching on demand
Dean Wilson has never been afraid of taking on a challenge. As executive vice president of manufacturing for King Electrical Mfg. Co., the heating products company that his father founded in 1958, he has tackled his share. But none has been... Read more...

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September 30, 2008
Automation helps ovenmaker cook up profits
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Bellingham, that's automation. That slight variation of the old Dean Martin tune makes a lot of sense for Wood Stone Corp., Bellingham Wash. The maker of wood-fired ovens has experienced dramatic growth... Read more...

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August 26, 2008
When does a punch/laser make sense?
Business growth led Hawkeye Industries President and CEO Bryan Hawkins to seek a machine that could punch and laser-cut material. The Tupelo, Miss., job shop—which fabricates parts for more than 100 customers in specialty lighting,... Read more...

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July 10, 2007
Knocked down, but not out
It would be an understatement to say that contract manufacturer EPMP Ltd., Seguin, Texas, got off to an inauspicious start. After just four years of operation, Ernest Plant sold the slumping company in 1988. This appeared to be just another... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Euros zoned in on competing
Ilinox's Express Bender panel bending machine, which features automated load and unload of sheet metal blanks, is fed by its large Night Train storage system. A strong independent streak exists in the American psyche. It helped forge an... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Making the sale
Why do some people purchase only Ford trucks while others believe in Dodge or Chevy products? Similarly, why do some companies prefer Strippit precision punches, while others favor TRUMPF, Murata, Finn-Power, Whitney, or Amada America? Is... Read more...

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January 13, 2004
Beating 'world' pricing
This Finn-Power Express Bending Cell, which automates complex bending and reduces tedious and costly work stages, has last bend negative capability and fully automatic operations cycles—from loading the sheet to unloading the bent... Read more...

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March 27, 2003
The art of laser cutting
On modern laser cutting machines, most of the internal functions are automated. Focus point is changed remotely via a cutting database or technology table. Assist gas change and pressure are system-controlled as well. The numerically controlled... Read more...

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October 10, 2002
Metamorphosis: Topeka fabricator automates to emerge
Patti jon Christensen might be amused to hear the changes her company, PTMW Inc., Topeka, Kan., has undergone in recent years compared to those of a butterfly. But they have been no less dramatic and produced equally remarkable results. Today... Read more...