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July 8, 2014
Portable laser marker moves to the workpiece
The TruMark 5010 Mobile Marker, a portable laser marking unit from TRUMPF, will make its North American debut at IMTS. This new laser marking concept features a compact, hand-held marking head. The operator moves the laser marking unit to the... Read more...

News

July 3, 2014
TRUMPF Inc. names president/CEO, senior VP
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., a manufacturer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers for flexible sheet metal processing, has announced that Peter Hoecklin has assumed the role of president and CEO. In this position, he is responsible... Read more...

Article

June 30, 2014
From looms to thermal spray to laser cladding
Dan Hayden’s grandfather probably wouldn’t believe how the company he launched in 1919 has evolved. Hayden Corp. began as a supplier of wire cloth for papermaking. That wire cloth was used in cylinder molds that lifted pulp out of chests and... Read more...

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June 2, 2014
The ripple effect of high-speed laser cutting
The laser has evolved to become the heartbeat of precision sheet metal fabrication, and in recent years it has gotten a lot faster. Fiber and disk lasers cut through thin sheet at unprecedented speeds, while at the same time CO 2 lasers have... Read more...

News

May 12, 2014
TRUMPF enters joint venture for 3-D printing
TRUMPF, Ditzinger, Germany, has entered a joint venture in additive manufacturing with Italian laser manufacturer SISMA S.p.A. to co-develop production systems for 3-D printing of metal components. The new enterprise, TRUMPF SISMA S.r.l.,... Read more...

Article

May 12, 2014
Operator-friendly punching
Metal fabricating shops don’t part with old equipment very easily. Punching machines are a great example of that. Often tucked away in a corner, these older machines let you know that they are making the company money. They shake the walls... Read more...

Article

April 28, 2014
Beveling plate without the HAZ
Say you need a way to bevel that’s fast, extremely accurate, and, thanks to material property requirements, has little or no heat-affected zone (HAZ). Such application requirements have driven companies to alternative beveling technologies... Read more...

News

April 22, 2014
TRUMPF appoints managing director in Mexico
TRUMPF Inc., a producer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers in Farmington, Conn., has named Alberto Pancardo as the new managing director of TRUMPF Mexico. He is responsible for sales and service of the company’s machine tools and... Read more...

Article

April 14, 2014
Quality assurance gets an upgrade at Eaton Fabricating
When it comes to quality checks and first-article inspections, which add value, and which do not? A shop may have thousands of active part numbers on the floor, and they don’t share the same quality requirements. Say a fabricator... Read more...

News

April 3, 2014
TRUMPF adds Codatto Intl. to group
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced the addition of Codatto Intl. S.p.a., Lonigo, Italy, to its TRUMPF Group. The panel bending manufacturer employs 40 people. Its machines, which handle large metal sheets and leave almost no... Read more...

Article

March 3, 2014
TUBE expo exhibitors agree that signs bode well for the coming year
Because tube and pipe are used in myriad applications, it’s not an exaggeration to say that size of the biennial TUBE ® expo in Düsseldorf, Germany, reflects the state of industry throughout the world. Construction equipment, agricultural... Read more...

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December 11, 2013
TRUMPF and partners win German Future Prize
Dr. Dirk Sutter of TRUMPF, Dr. Jens König of Bosch, and Professor Stefan Nolte of the University of Jena have received the German Future Prize, presented by German President Joachim Gauck at a ceremony in Berlin, for establishing the ultrashort... Read more...

Product

December 6, 2013
System is fastest for automated bending of small parts
TRUMPF Inc. has released the TruBend Cell 7000, which the company says is the fastest system available for the automated bending of small parts. With an average cycle time of 4 sec./bend, it delivers parts twice as fast as conventional bending... Read more...

Product

December 6, 2013
2-D laser uses fiber function to cut stainless steel up to 1 in. thick
TRUMPF Inc.'s TruLaser 5030 fiber, a 2-D laser cutting machine with a 5-kW, solid-state laser, uses the manufacturer's new BrightLine fiber function to cut stainless steel up to 1-in. thick. The fiber enables the laser to produce small holes... Read more...

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November 5, 2013
RFID lens records laser lens condition-monitoring data
TRUMPF has combined its LensLine sensor system for 2-D laser cutting machines with a radio frequency identification (RFID) lens. The condition-monitoring function analyzes the degree of contamination, helping to improve the reliability of... Read more...

Product

October 23, 2013
Modular laser system cuts, welds small components
TRUMPF® offers the TruLaser Cell 3000, a 5-axis laser machine for fine cutting and precision welding of 2-D and 3-D small and medium-sized components. It processes applications from one-off prototypes to high-volume production. With its... Read more...

Article

October 9, 2013
Sidestepping punched-part deburring
The idea of throwing labor at a deburring job just doesn’t cut it in most job shops today. Metal fabricators want to reign in labor costs so they can be more competitive in bidding against the competitor down the street or across the... Read more...

News

September 18, 2013
TRUMPF to host Manufacturing Day tour
In celebration of national Manufacturing Day, Oct. 4, 2013, TRUMPF® Inc. will give visitors a firsthand view of manufacturing at its headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The company will provide a guided tour to highlight the process behind the... Read more...

Product

July 31, 2013
Fiber laser cutting machine cuts variety of materials, thicknesses
TRUMPF's TruLaser 3030 fiber solid-state laser cutting machine delivers 3 kW of power and 1-micron wavelength. It can cut up to 0.75-in. mild steel, 0.625-in. stainless steel and aluminum, and 0.25-in. copper and brass. The machine is designed... Read more...

Article

July 12, 2013
Joining aluminum with laser
Editor’s Note: This article is based on David Havrilla’s presentation at the Aluminum Laser Welding Symposium, co-sponsored by TRUMPF Inc. and Fraunhofer USA in Plymouth Township, Mich. Aluminum possesses many characteristics... Read more...

News

July 10, 2013
TRUMPF Inc. names new president/CEO
Fabricating machinery manufacturer TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Dr. Lars Gruenert as president and CEO, succeeding Rolf Biekert. In this position, he is responsible for all of the company’s subsidiaries and business... Read more...

Article

July 2, 2013
Inspired fabrication atop One World Trade Center
Sam Kusack remembers the sunshine and the clear, pollution-free air of a seemingly perfect day. He remembers leaving his industrial loft, a humble Brooklyn workspace where he had recently launched Kusack Architectural Metals, or Kammetal Inc., to... Read more...

Product

June 19, 2013
Fiber laser performs marking, engraving, ablation
TRUMPF® offers the TruMark 5070 marking fiber laser, featuring increased average output power and a high repetition rate. Its high pulse frequency makes the laser suitable for deep engraving on metal or ceramics, ablation, and high-speed... Read more...

Product

June 18, 2013
Integrated flattening allows hole punching without sheet metal distortion
TRUMPF® has introduced a new integrated flattening concept, available on the TruPunch 5000 punching machine and the TruMatic 7000 punch/laser combination machine. The process allows punching of a large number of holes in thin sheet... Read more...

Product

May 28, 2013
Nibbler transitions to process different materials
TRUMPF Inc. has released the latest-generation TruTool N 200, a hand-held nibbler that transitions to the TruTool PN 200 or PN 201 professional nibbler with a simple change of the working tool. Able to process sheet metal up to 0.080 in.... Read more...

News

May 19, 2013
Kammetal fabricates One World Trade Center spire with TRUMPF laser
On May 10, 2013, the spire for One World Trade Center was permanently installed in New York City. The 40-ft. top of the spire was fabricated by Kammetal- Kusack Architectural Metal Inc., an architectural and ornamental metal fabricator based... Read more...

Product

May 14, 2013
Lasers designed for thin-gauge metal welding
TRUMPF Inc. has introduced the 150-W TruDiode 151 and 300-W TruDiode 301 lasers. Smaller than previous Trudiode lasers, they are suitable for thin-gauge metal welding. Wavelength is between 920 and 970 nm with CW or modulated CW up to 3... Read more...

Article

April 30, 2013
Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication
Sloan MacKarvich remembers eating at downtown Chicago’s Firehouse Restaurant, an all-too-appropriate venue considering the cellphone call he received there. This was 2011. MacKarvich had just spent the day at FABTECH®, and he was... Read more...

News

April 9, 2013
TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center names West Coast regional sales manager
TRUMPF Inc.'s Laser Technology Center, Plymouth, Mich., has added Gene Bonacum to its sales team as West Coast regional sales manager, promoting sales of the company's lasers and laser systems in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana,... Read more...

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March 19, 2013
TRUMPF names new sales representative
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Materials Integrity Testing Inc. (MIT) as a sales representative for its fabricating machinery in the Caribbean. This territory includes Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, British Virgin Islands,... Read more...

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March 14, 2013
TRUMPF expands laser development facility in Germany
TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co. KG has expanded its primary solid-state laser development facility with a new building in Schramberg-Sulgen, Germany. The building provides 6,200 sq. m of floor space, housing office space and laboratories. All the... Read more...

Article

March 7, 2013
Strong metal, light cutting
The automotive world is undergoing a sea change in vehicle design. Fuel efficiency and crash protection requirements have led to smaller and lighter yet stronger passenger vehicles. Center stage in this development is ultrahigh-strength steel... Read more...

Article

March 7, 2013
Tooling changeover can be a pressing issue
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of CIM-Canadian Industrial Machinery . It’s tough for a press brake department to keep up when jobs coming through are for small quantities, each... Read more...

News

February 20, 2013
TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center names managers
TRUMPF Inc.'s Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich., has named Rick Davis as key account manager and promoted Dan Willson to technical service manager for lasers and lasers systems in North America. Davis has an extensive sales and... Read more...

News

February 14, 2013
TRUMPF names North American sales manager
The TRUMPF Inc. Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich., has appointed Pat Grace as North American sales manager, lasers and systems. He has almost 10 years of laser sales experience at the company, most recently serving as regional sales... Read more...

Product

February 12, 2013
Laser deposition welding system produces pore-free pieces
TRUMPF Inc. offers DepositionLine for laser deposition welding. The laser generates a molten bath on the prepared surface before powdered material is guided through the nozzle to the surface. Once this new layer of material has cooled, the... Read more...

News

February 7, 2013
Microprocessing lab opens at TRUMPF
TRUMPF Inc., a manufacturer of fabricating machinery and lasers, has opened a new laser micromachining applications laboratory at its headquarters in Farmington, Conn. At the lab, the TruMicro team can demonstrate microprocessing technology... Read more...

Product

January 15, 2013
Programmable focusing optics feature increased laser work area
TRUMPF Inc. has introduced the latest generation of its programmable focusing optics, the PFO 3D, for scanner welding, cutting, and drilling. The maximum work area of the laser has been increased to 20.8 by 30.7 in. in elliptical form with... Read more...

Product

December 13, 2012
Improvements made to UV laser marking system
TRUMPF Inc. has introduced the new TruMark 6350 UV laser marking system with improved laser parameters for marking in an increased variety of applications. Average power also has been increased, while beam quality has been maintained to... Read more...

Article

December 3, 2012
EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency
Leading indices indicate that manufacturing output has declined for almost a year. Certain geographic areas are suffering greatly from very high unemployment rates. Local governments are unable to inject stimulus funds because of skyrocketing... Read more...

Product

November 30, 2012
2-D laser cutting machine features 5-kW disk laser
TRUMPF's TruLaser 5030 fiber laser features the 5-kW TruDisk 5001, making it the highest-powered solid-state 2-D laser cutting machine on the market, according to the company. It can cut mild steel up to 1 in. and, depending on material type... Read more...

News

November 26, 2012
TRUMPF Inc. hires Northwest direct sales rep
Fabricating machinery producer TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has hired Christopher Gildehaus as Northwest direct sales representative. In this role, he is responsible for machine tool and power tool sales activity in the Northwest,... Read more...

Product

November 13, 2012
Laser cutting machine option keeps material cool during cutting
TRUMPF Inc. has introduced CoolLine, a new option for its 2-D laser cutting machines that implements a water mist to cool material as it is laser-cut. The option is integrated fully into the cutting process via a special laser cutting head,... Read more...

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July 26, 2012
TRUMPF expands disk laser production
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has opened a production location for disk lasers at TRUMPF Japan in Yokohama. The new facility is the company's third production site for disk lasers after Schramberg, Germany, and Farmington. Read more...

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July 16, 2012
TRUMPF announces staff appointments
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed Shane Simpson as regional manager of machine tool sales for the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. and Tom Bailey as product manager – TruBend Product Group in North America. Simpson has 17 years of... Read more...

Article

July 16, 2012
Is a laser/punch machine right for you?
Most fabricators evaluate a part they need to process and think, “That’s a punch part, or that’s a laser part,” but it is not always so black and white. Often the part can be fabricated efficiently with either... Read more...

News

July 10, 2012
TRUMPF names VP of engineering, manufacturing
Fabricating machinery manufacturer TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Stephan Bundschu to the position of vice president, engineering and manufacturing. He is responsible for overseeing the machine assembly, components, sheet metal,... Read more...

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July 9, 2012
TRUMPF names general manager of Laser Technology Center
Dr. Christof Lehner has been appointed general manager of TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich. He is responsible for laser division sales, service, and support in North America, reporting to Rolf Biekert, president and CEO of... Read more...

Article

February 1, 2012
No holes in modern laser cutting story
When CO2 laser cutting machines made their debut on the metal fabricating scene in a big way in the 1980s, people wondered about the future of the punch press. How could traditional punching technology compete with a machine tool that required... Read more...

Article

January 9, 2012
Introducing solid-state laser technology
Lately many in the metalworking industry have been discussing solid-state lasers. New offerings from equipment suppliers in this field have generated many questions among fabricators. How are solid-state lasers different from conventional... Read more...

Product

December 6, 2011
Fiber-guided, solid-state laser cuts construction steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals
TRUMPF Inc.'s TruLaser 5030 fiber, with a TruDisk fiber-guided solid-state laser, is designed for cutting parts out of thin sheet material at high speeds. In fusion cutting of stainless steel up to 0.16 in. thick, the fiber achieves feed... Read more...

Article

November 7, 2011
Concentrating on little things leads to big success
This is a whole other world,” said Ted Zuercher, operations manager, Metal Dynamics, Wooster, Ohio. That statement was comparing his current job working in a fabricating job shop with his previous jobs working at a metal service center... Read more...

Product

October 31, 2011
Precision press brake produces small bent parts up to 40 in.
TRUMPF's TruBend series 7000 precision press brake is a compact machine for the production of small bent parts up to 40 in. Typical applications include sheet metal parts used in the production of vending machines and electrical equipment, as... Read more...

News

August 15, 2011
TRUMPF presents 2011 awards to distributors
TRUMPF Inc., a producer of lasers and other fabricating machinery in Farmington, Conn., has presented 2011 awards of sales achievement to three of its distributors. Fabricating Machine Technology, Cleveland, received the Outstanding... Read more...

Product

June 3, 2011
Slat cleaner removes mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel slag
In addition to removing mild steel and aluminum slag, TRUMPF's new TruTool TSC 100 removes stainless steel slag. The slat cleaner can be used on flatbed laser machines with an output of up to 7 kW. It removes slag from the sides of the slats... Read more...

News

May 16, 2011
Automotive expert heralds return of Big Three
"We’re back." That's how Emmy Award-winning automotive journalist John McElroy described the U.S. auto industry at a recent event at TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich. Trumpeting the triumph of U.S. automakers as "the... Read more...

Article

May 6, 2011
The personal side of metal fabricating
Probably the best reminder of the very early days of Southern Fabricators Inc., Polkton, N.C., is the customer that the job shop still makes parts for—just as it did in 1968 when brothers Ken and Everett Carpenter started work in a... Read more...

Article

February 25, 2011
The power of sheet metal design
Sheet metal design. These three simple words can have a tremendous impact on a company's bottom line. Ideally, effective, innovative, and creative sheet metal design ideas come early in the product design phase, because those ideas will... Read more...

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January 17, 2011
Sterling Fabrication Technology to represent TRUMPF
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has selected Sterling Fabrication Technology to represent its sheet metal fabricating equipment in Louisiana and Texas. The Dallas-based representative has worked with TRUMPF in the past as well. Read more...

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January 17, 2011
Laser cutting thick stainless steel—fast
The sale of safety products—especially ones designed to prevent unlikely but seriously scary disasters—doesn’t follow economic cycles, and one custom metal fabricator in Kansas is proof of that. That fabricator is part of... Read more...

Article

December 2, 2010
Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help
Ask a metal fabricator what’s on his plate and he’s likely to say “plate.“ The days of processing only thin sheet metal parts have gone the way of the five-week lead-time. Job shops and OEMs are processing metals of... Read more...

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October 25, 2010
TRUMPF earns CQIA Innovation Prize for its TruLaser 1030
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has received an award from Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership Inc. (CQIA) for its ability to successfully bring to the marketplace new products and services, even in a faltering economy. A letter... Read more...

Product

October 18, 2010
Laser cutting machine requires half the floor space of a typical 5- by 10-ft. machine
TRUMPF's TruLaser 1030 2D laser cutting system has two new options that allow fabricators to choose the model that best fits their preferences and business requirements. Initially available with the TruCoax 2000 diffusion cooled RF laser... Read more...

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October 4, 2010
New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering
In 1990 Drew Greenblatt probably couldn’t have imagined he’d be sitting before congressional hearings opining the virtues of U.S. manufacturing. The president of Marlin Steel Wire Products has testified that small manufacturing... Read more...

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September 16, 2010
Where the tool meets the sheet metal
Jerry Ward remembers blue ink, rulers, flat layout, and templates. As a young fabricator several decades ago, Ward would mark a hole location with a vertical and horizontal line, center the tool on those crosshairs and drill, then repeat until... Read more...

News

August 10, 2010
TRUMPF presents 2010 awards to distributors
TRUMPF Inc. presented 2010 awards of sales achievement to two companies at its annual distributor meeting held July 28 at TRUMPF headquarters in Farmington, Conn. Hegman Machine Tool Inc., Maple Grove, Minn., received the Outstanding... Read more...

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August 10, 2010
TRUMPF appoints new product managers
Tracey Ryba has been appointed product manager-lasers and Frank Geyer has been named product manager-laser systems for TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich. Ryba earned his degree in laser and electro-optics technology and has... Read more...

Article

July 30, 2010
Progress in punching
These days it’s often difficult—if not downright impossible—to simply look at a part and definitively discern if it was made with a punch machine or some other fabricating process. You know the stainless steel warming tray... Read more...

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July 12, 2010
TRUMPF celebrates 10 years in Mexico
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced that TRUMPF Mexico is celebrating 10 years in business. TRUMPF filed its registration to do business in Mexico on June 6, 2000, to better service an existing customer in that market. Additional... Read more...

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June 14, 2010
TRUMPF LaserLab now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center
Where does laser power come from? How can lasers be made even stronger — and why do we need them to be power-packed in the first place? These are just a few of the questions answered at TRUMPF’s LaserLab, now on exhibit at the... Read more...

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May 10, 2010
TRUMPF names new sales managers
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed two new managers in its sales division. Mike Morissette has been named sales finance manager for TRUMPF Finance in Farmington, and Chris McMillin replaces him as regional sales manager based in... Read more...

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April 27, 2010
TRUMPF announces laser division personnel changes
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced several staff changes within its laser division. David Havrilla has been promoted to manager of products and applications. He has been involved with industrial lasers for more than 23 years and... Read more...

Article

April 1, 2010
How to make grinding safer and more productive
Even people who sell hand power tools for a living aren't shy about an obvious truth: No child dreams of one day working in a fab shop's grinding department. The job can be dirty. It can be loud. And without the proper tools, protection, and... Read more...

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March 17, 2010
TRUMPF Inc. donates power tools to Haitian rebuilding effort
TRUMPF Inc. recently donated 10 of its TruTool S130 power tools for use in Haiti's reconstruction efforts. The company made the donation to Relief International, a non-profit agency rated four stars by Charity Navigator. The power tools will be... Read more...

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January 12, 2010
TRUMPF Laser Marking division presents award to Robert E. Morris Co.
TRUMPF's Laser Marking division presented its annual TruMark Sales Award to the Robert E. Morris Co. during a meeting held recently at TRUMPF's North American headquarters in Farmington, Ct. The Robert E. Morris Co. is a provider of machine... Read more...

Article

December 4, 2009
Punching holes in aerospace manufacturing theories
Tin banging is not a term commonly used in aerospace manufacturing. The term—sometimes greeted warmly by metal fabricators, but derided by others in the field—is used to describe the general work of making parts out of thin sheet... Read more...

News

November 20, 2009
TRUMPF celebrates 50 years of nibbler technology
The hand-guided TRUMPF power nibbler is celebrating its50th birthday. The first tool, based on technical principles developed by Berthold Leibinger, came to market in 1959, when the company introduced the "THN100". The THN100 was a tool with a... Read more...

Product

November 10, 2009
Laser marking software helps optimize parameters for different processes, materials
TRUMPF's TruTops Mark Navigator is an interactive software used in conjunction with the company's TruTop laser markers to help optimize laser parameters for different laser marking processes and materials. No specific laser marking knowledge is... Read more...

Article

November 4, 2009
Laser welding update
Since industrial lasers were first introduced nearly 40 years ago, revolutionary developments in laser welding technology have enabled new and innovative joining applications. In the early years, advancements in the power and beam quality of... Read more...

News

September 9, 2009
TRUMPF presents award to distributor
TRUMPF Inc. presented a 2009 award of sales achievement to ICON Machine Tool Inc. at its annual distributor meeting held in July at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. ICON, of St. Louis, Mo., received the Sustained... Read more...

Product

August 11, 2009
Tube cutting system with broad chucking range engineered for heavy tubes
TRUMPF's TruLaser Tube 7000 laser cutting system processes tubes inside a tunnel-like safety enclosure and then moves them forward to the brush table or ejects them to a parts container behind the machine. Its heavy-duty drives are engineered for... Read more...

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May 12, 2009
Automatic load/unload storage system is adaptable
TruStore and LiftMaster Cart, a new storage system with automatic loading and unloading by TRUMPF, has a compact footprint. The shelves can be accessed at any time and additional modules can be added, allowing the system to be adapted to changing... Read more...

News

May 12, 2009
TRUMPF takes new direction in Taiwan
The TRUMPF Group, Ditzingen, Germany, is redesigning its business in Taiwan. In addition to marketing machine tools and lasers, the technology company is expanding the service and maintenance efforts in its electronics division, having increased... Read more...

Article

April 28, 2009
Redesigning parts for cost savings
Modern machine technology has changed in the past decade. But have your designs kept up? Now might be a good time to reassess existing designs for cost savings and optimal equipment utilization. The best part of this type of reassessment is... Read more...

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April 14, 2009
TRUMPF Inc. names West Coast sales representative
Larry Johnson has been named a district sales representative for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn. In this role, he is responsible for sales activity on the West Coast, specifically in Southern California and Nevada. Johnson has 33 years of... Read more...

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March 24, 2009
TRUMPF receives Innovation award from Daimler
Daimler AG honored TRUMPF with its Key Supplier Award in the Innovation category on March 12, 2009, in Stuttgart, Germany as part of its Key Supplier Meeting and the 2009 Daimler Supplier Awards Ceremony. In doing so, the automobile manufacturer... Read more...

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March 10, 2009
TRUMPF redesigning its business in Taiwan
The TRUMPF Group is redesigning its business in Taiwan. In addition to marketing machine tools and lasers, the company is strengthening its electronics division by expanding the service and maintenance efforts where, within just two years, the... Read more...

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January 27, 2009
TRUMPF names vice president, lasers
Dr. Christian Schmitz is joining TRUMPF Inc. as the vice president, lasers, effective February 1. He will be located at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The announcement was made by Rolf Biekert, president and CEO.... Read more...

Product

January 13, 2009
Next-generation laser cutting, welding system released
TRUMPF has released the next generation of the TruLaser Cell series 7000, which features overhauled laser system mechanics and software for processing 2-D and 3-D material. The laser system employs a piercing strategy designed for thin sheet... Read more...

Article

January 13, 2009
EuroBLECH 2008: A celebration of metal fabricating and forming
What does a European metal fabricating and forming tradeshow mean for a U.S. fabricator? Apparently, a whole lot. "It means everything. It has influenced who we are," said Don Begneaud, speaking about his company, BEGNEAUD Manufacturing, in... Read more...

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October 14, 2008
Reasons for a press brake upgrade
The press brake remains one of those last bastions of manual operation. Even the smallest job shops may use a welding robot, perhaps a small-footprint sheet metal cutting cell with automated material handling. But it's not uncommon to see most... 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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August 12, 2008
TRUMPF Canada names managing director
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed James Rogowski as managing director of TRUMPF Canada. The company recently acquired the remaining shares of Advanced Fabricating Machinery, which serves the Canadian market as a sales and spare parts... Read more...

Article

July 15, 2008
6 keys to laser welding
Some of the keys to laser welding success may surprise you, especially if you are an engineer or scientist. In the world of high technology, it's very tempting to reduce the success of a manufacturing process down to a keen understanding of a... Read more...

Article

July 15, 2008
Laser optics: Special delivery
In CO 2 laser cutting and welding, optics is where the rubber hits the road. No matter how precise the motion control or the beam quality from the resonator is, a high-quality, highly efficient operation can't happen without the right optics... Read more...

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June 17, 2008
Laser slat cleaner introduced
TRUMPF has introduced the TSC 2 slat cleaner, which removes slag from the slats of laser cutting machines. It can be used on flatbed laser machines with pallet changers from any manufacturer. A result of changes to the TSC 1 slat cleaner, the... Read more...

News

June 17, 2008
TRUMPF combines operations in China
TRUMPF, Germany, recently broke ground on a new production building in Taicang, China. The building will bring the company's three existing production operations into one facility, starting in July 2009. In addition to combining machine tool and... Read more...

Product

May 13, 2008
Sheet metal nibbler cuts 0.197-in. steel in all four directions
TRUMPF Inc. has introduced the N500-8 nibbler, which cuts in all four cutting directions. According to the company, it is the only nibbler able to do so in the performance class that cuts steel sheets up to 0.197 in. thick. The company's... Read more...

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March 11, 2008
TRUMPF names distributor award recipient
The Laser Marking division of TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., presented its Outstanding Distributor Performance award to Gosiger Inc.'s Indiana subsidiary at the annual TRUMPF distributor meeting in February. The award recognizes Gosiger's... Read more...

Article

February 12, 2008
Nothing standard about this fab shop
After five years of working for a family-owned metal fabricating business in eastern Connecticut, Rob Marelli wanted to do things his way. He approached the president with an offer to buy the company from him, but he was soon gone with a... Read more...

Product

February 12, 2008
Portable power tools intended for coil line applications
TRUMPF offers portable power tools—the N700-2 nibbler, the C250-0 Plus double-cut shear, and the S250-6 electric shear—for coil line applications. The company says the nibbler is the world's smallest and lightest in the heavy-duty... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
It's a wrap
It's no surprise that show organizers, attendees, and exhibitors alike are billing the 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show as one of the best ever. If you were there, then you know why. If not, the numbers tell the story,... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
TRUMPF names director of spare parts in North America
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., recently named Claudio Schutz as director of spare parts in North America. Based in the Farmington headquarters, Schutz leads the spare parts team, including customer service representatives, buyers and planners,... Read more...

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December 11, 2007
TRUMPF marks 500th punching machine
TRUMPF, Farmington, Conn., has completed its 500th TruPunch 2020 machine. The model, which was built in 2001, was a design concept of Peter Leibinger, TRUMPF vice president of the management board and head of the Laser Technology and Electronics... Read more...

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October 9, 2007
Press brake features new crowning system
The TruBend 3180, the newest and largest model in the company's TruBend 3000 series of press brakes, features a new crowning system that uses hydraulic cylinders combined with a passive crowning technique, as well as a new five-axis backgauge... Read more...

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October 9, 2007
Laser cutting system automatically changes beam to suit material
The TRUMPF TruLaser 5030 incorporates a single cutting head with a newly designed beam guide and cutting head interface to process all sheet thicknesses with the same cutting head. The machine automatically changes the laser beam depending on the... Read more...

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October 3, 2007
TRUMPF acquires 100 percent of AFM, Canada
Sept. 6, 2007, TRUMPF Inc. acquired 100 percent of Advanced Fabricating Machinery (AFM), Canada. AFM was formed July 1, 1997 by TRUMPF Inc. and Robert Watson as an equal joint venture. AFM, under the continued leadership of Robert Watson, will... Read more...

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September 11, 2007
Fabrication in transition
Which comes first—the purchase orders or the equipment investment? It's not quite the-chicken-or-the-egg question, but it's an interesting debate in the world of metal fabricating. Management at Arcadia Waterjet, Albany, N.Y., has asked... Read more...

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September 11, 2007
TRUMPF, Jenoptik form joint venture
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., a manufacturer of fabricating machines and laser systems, has announced that the TRUMPF Group, Ditzingen, Germany, and Jenoptik AG, Jena, Germany, intend to bundle their new laser component activities, with each... Read more...

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August 8, 2007
3 ways to get the most from your laser operation
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. —Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. To say Mr. Gates lived his conviction successfully would... Read more...

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July 10, 2007
TRUMPF opens new offices in Seoul
TRUMPF officially opened its company headquarters in the TRUTEC building in Seoul, South Korea, June 12, 2007. The new offices are located in "Digital Media City," a business hub in Seoul. Four of the building's twelve stories are used by TRUMPF... Read more...

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June 12, 2007
TRUMPF names new distributors
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named its machine tool distributors for Louisiana and Michigan. The Hampton Co., Plano, Texas, represents the company's line of fabricating machines in Louisiana, and BGI, Grand Blanc, Mich., serves as... Read more...

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May 8, 2007
3-D modular laser processing machines introduced to North America
TRUMPF has introduced a new line of 3-D laser processing machines, the TruLaser Cell Series 7000, to the North American market. The modular laser cells, the company's largest available 3-D laser machines, offer flexibility for different... Read more...

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May 8, 2007
TRUMPF supports science center exhibit
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., is supporting an innovative new exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center. Now under construction in Hartford and set to open in fall 1008, the center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing science... Read more...

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April 10, 2007
TRUMPF opens manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico
TRUMPF has opened a new sales, service, demonstration, and production facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The 6,400-sq.-meter production building uses the company's state-of-the-art equipment and manufacturing techniques to produce frames for its... Read more...

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April 10, 2007
GOSIGER Southeast receives sales achievement award
At its annual distributor meeting, TRUMPF presented GOSIGER Southeast, Ocoee, Fla., with the Outstanding Distributor Performance Award in recognition of its exceptional performance in selling TRUMPF laser marking products during the past fiscal... Read more...

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April 10, 2007
TRUMPF names product manager, bending
as the new product manager for bending (press brake) products. Simpson is responsible for the company's TruBend product line of precision press brakes, including BendMaster press brake automation. Before his promotion to product manager, Simpson... Read more...

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March 22, 2007
TRUMPF receives innovation prize
TRUMPF Inc. has received a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award silver level Innovation Prize. The award recognizes the company for its SYNCHRO production of the TruLaser 2025, an blend of laser resonator, cutting machine, and automated material... Read more...

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March 13, 2007
Tools create burr-free parts with punching machine
TRUMPF Inc. has introduced two new tools for producing sheet metal parts that come out of the punching machine burr-free. The new roller deburring tool and the deburring MultiTool eliminate the need for a separate manual deburring stage. In the... Read more...

Article

March 13, 2007
Air cutting revisited
Editor's Note: This is an update of " A breath of fresh air ." In the summer of 2006, industry reports were made public regarding the initial study results on the benefits of laser cutting parts using compressed air instead of oxygen or... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
Punching machine handles 4 ft. by 8 ft. sheets
Equipped with a 50 in. by 100 in. working range and the ability to handle 4 ft. by 8 ft. sheets, TRUMPF Inc.'s TruPunch 2020 offers a turnkey processing package designed to make prototype jobs easier and more cost-efficient for stamping houses.... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
Cutting lead-times with lasers
Midwest Precision (MPI), Tulsa, Okla., has held onto its goal of remaining flexible since opening in 1973. Known as Miller Manufacturing back then, the only equipment in the garage were a drill press and a small hand former. In the beginning... Read more...

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January 9, 2007
8 kW disk laser introduced
TRUMPF has introduced an 8 kW disk laser. The TruDisk 8002 can process almost any material, including highly reflective materials like copper or aluminum. The company reports that the laser can weld 10 millimeters deep in construction steel with... Read more...

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January 9, 2007
Safety still pressing for press brakes
The leading trend in press brake safety is to protect the operator without sacrificing speed or hampering operators' ability to work productively, according to press brake and safety equipment manufacturers. This goal is achieved with... Read more...

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December 12, 2006
TRUMPF names machine tool distributor
Fabricating Equipment Co. has been named as a machine tool distributor in southern Texas for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn. Lynn Moore continues as TRUMPF's regional manager serving Texas. Read more...

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November 27, 2006
Industry pioneer dies
Phillip Haynes, 78, a forerunner of the machine tool business in New England and North America, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23 in Essex, Conn. Born and raised in Wilmington, Ohio, Haynes attended the Miami University in Ohio, and later... Read more...

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November 22, 2006
TRUMPF breaks ground on new facility
TRUMPF Inc. broke ground Nov. 21 on a new laser building being built on its Farmington, Conn., campus. The new research and manufacturing facility will be used to develop new lasers and expand the company's production of laser resonators. The... Read more...

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November 7, 2006
Pulsed laser system introduced
TRUMPF Inc. has introduced the TruPulse laser system. The machine features a pulsed Nd: YAG laser and a burst function that allows the average power to be briefly exceeded, increasing pulse frequency. Quasi-continuous seam welds are possible with... Read more...

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October 10, 2006
Laser marking machine designed as mobile tabletop workstation
The VectorMark Workstation 150 from TRUMPF Inc. is a compact and flexible laser marking machine designed as a mobile tabletop workstation. The work area is accessible from three sides and can label a 4.72- by 4.72-in. area. A monitored safety... Read more...

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October 10, 2006
TRUMPF announces new distributors
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named new machine tool distributors in Nebraska, western Iowa, and Florida. Hegman Machine Tool now distributes TRUMPF equipment in Nebraska and western Iowa. The company continues its distribution efforts in... Read more...

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October 10, 2006
TRUMPF's laser facility construction plan approved
TRUMPF Inc. has received town approval to construct a new laser facility at its Farmington, Conn., campus. The laser factory is designed to consolidate the company's local laser R&D, manufacturing, assembly, testing, and sales. With a building... Read more...

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September 12, 2006
Laser cutter enclosure enhanced
TRUMPF Inc. has released a new enclosure for its laser cutting machines that the company says is 75 percent smaller in size than conventional enclosures. The enclosure features an ergonomic design that facilitates material exchange and allows... Read more...

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September 12, 2006
TRUMPF honors sales achievement award winners
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., presented its 2006 sales achievement awards to Advanced Fabricating Machinery, Hart Machine Tool Inc., and TECSA at its annual distributor meeting. Advanced Fabricating Machinery, Mississauga, Ont., received the... Read more...

Article

August 8, 2006
A breath of fresh air
Ten years ago laser cutting offered a distinctive advantage to those who invested in the technology. For the most part, successful laser cutting required gas, optics, and patience. The decade has brought many changes to laser cutting,... Read more...

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July 18, 2006
TRUMPF Inc. names vice president, laser
Dr. Holger Schlueter has been appointed as vice president, laser for TRUMPF Inc., a subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group. In this new role, Schlueter oversees all laser-related manufacturing, research, and development at TRUMPF Inc. Laser Assembly... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Buildup laser welding workstation offered
TRUMPF offers the PowerWeld multiflex laser workstation for buildup welding on large workpieces. The system is based on a Cartesian machine with a range of 39.37 in. in all three axes. The large stroke of the axes, combined with the flexible... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Laser cutting machine features new aircutting capabilities
The TC L 2510 laser cutting machine from TRUMPF Inc. features new aircutting capabilities. The unit can use compressed air as an assist gas to cut steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, and titanium. The company says air cutting is... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
TRUMPF introduces disk laser system
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., unveiled its TruDisk 6002 laser with 6-kW laser power and 8-mm mrad beam quality to international customers and interested parties during an event in Schramberg, Germany. The event featured live demonstrations of... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
Entry-level punching machine introduced
TRUMPF has introduced the Trumatic 1000 R compact punching machine designed as an entry-level model for beginners in the field of CNC sheet metal processing that don't need to integrate their machines into a fully automated production flow. The... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
INTECH North America challenges fabricators
TRUMPF Inc. brought 80 people from 60 companies representing 23 states, Mexico, and Canada to its INTECH North America 2006 in-house "tradeshow" and educational conference, held May 2-4 at its Farmington, Conn., North American headquarters. In... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
TRUMPF names regional managers
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed Dan Hoff and Carl Freehauf as regional managers. Hoff is responsible for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, western Wisconsin, and western Iowa, while Freehauf oversees northern... Read more...

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May 9, 2006
Power tool removes laser cutting machine slag
The TSC 1 portable power tool from TRUMPF Inc. removes slag from the slats of laser cutting machines. If slag builds up on the pallets it impairs the quality of the pieces produced. Instead of replacing support slats, and operator can move the... Read more...

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May 9, 2006
New laser systems introduced
TRUMPF Inc. has added the Lasercell 1000 Powertrain and the TLC 1000 Hybrid to its laser product line. The Lasercell laser-welds power train and gear components and is designed to meet the requirements of high-volume production facilities.... Read more...

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May 9, 2006
TRUMPF names Hart as exclusive distributor
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Hart Machine Tool as its exclusive distributor for machine tools in Georgia. The company continues to supply TRUMPF fabricating machinery in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle.... Read more...

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March 7, 2006
Heavy-duty nibbler is lightweight
The N 700-2 nibbler from TRUMPF Inc. is designed for cutting 0.275-in.-thick steel and 0.106-in.-thick stainless steel. The company says it is the lightest of the heavy-duty nibblers. The streamlined design offers guidance and mobility and can... Read more...

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January 16, 2006
TRUMPF announces management changes
TRUMPF Inc. has appointed Peter Grollmann as the new product manager for laser marking. He is responsible for managing TRUMPF's laser marking products in North America. An electronics and optical engineer, Grollmann has more than 12 years of... Read more...

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January 10, 2006
Laser cutter has automated material handling option
TRUMPF Inc. offers a material handling option on the TC L 2510 laser cutting machine that increases its capacity to run unattended. The new hydraulic transport cart loads and unloads different materials and thicknesses onto and off of the... Read more...

Article

January 10, 2006
Wading through the world of welding
Many high-tech gadgets that once were handy extras are becoming indispensable in the workplace. A personal digital assistant (PDA) device makes programming a welding power supply faster and easier than manual programming. Photo provided by... Read more...

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December 13, 2005
TRUMPF names new exclusive regional distributor
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Icon Machine Tool as its exclusive distributor for machine tools in Illinois and eastern Iowa. The company continues to represent TRUMPF products in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Icon... Read more...

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November 8, 2005
TRUMPF celebrates production of 100th laser resonator
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced it has produced its 100th TCF 1 laser resonator, two years after the product's introduction. Originally intended for use on the TC L 2510 laser cutting machine, it now is utilized on the TC 3000 L... Read more...

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October 21, 2005
TRUMPF to expand manufacturing operations
TRUMPF Inc., a subsidiary of the German-based TRUMPF Group, has announced plans to expand its North American business. As part of a multimillion dollar expansion plan, TRUMPF Inc. is building a laser research, development, manufacturing and... Read more...

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October 20, 2005
TRUMPF Group announces management changes
TRUMPF has long been preparing for the generation change. Today it became official. As the German machine tool manufacturer and laser specialist announced today at its annual press conference, Professor Berthold Leibinger is stepping down from... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
6,000-W laser resonator enhances cutting speed
TRUMPF's TLF 6000, its 6,000-W CO 2 laser resonator for flat sheet laser cutting, is available on its TC L 3050 and increases cutting speeds by 29 percent, the company reports. The resonator is integrated with the linear-drive technology to... Read more...

Article

October 11, 2005
'Star Wars,' move over: Presenting ... the Job Shop Trilogy
Laser welding is the basis of hybrid laser-arc welding. First flat-sheet bed cutting expanded job shop capabilities. Then multiaxis processing came along. Today, even as the dark side squeezes hard on job shop profits, new opportunities... Read more...

Article

October 11, 2005
Fitness equipment manufacturer pumps up
Given the spirited competition in the fitness industry these days, Los Angeles-based Paramount Fitness Corp. can't afford to get the slightest bit out of shape. A leader in the design and manufacture of commercial strength training... Read more...

Article

September 13, 2005
Tube mill cutoff die setup for square and rectangular profiles
Modern high-speed tube mills produce square and rectangular tubing very efficiently. They typically reshape square and rectangular tube from a welded round in the sizing section of the mill ( Figure 1 ). Figure 1 Tube Mill Cutoff -... Read more...

Article

September 13, 2005
Keys to success in laser welding
A technician explains the features of an Nd:YAG laser. Involving production personnel early in the process is an important way to ensure the success of a laser project. Engineers and project managers sometimes... Read more...

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July 12, 2005
Automatic nozzle changer eliminates operator intervention
TRUMPF Inc. offers a new nozzle changer for its the TC L 3050, TC L 4050, and TC L 6050 laser cutting machines. The automatic nozzle changer eliminates the need for operator intervention during job setup, enhances process safety, and provides... Read more...

Article

July 12, 2005
Laser welding in Singapore
Amtek uses this 3-kW, high-power CO 2 laser welding system to join steering column casings. The system is equipped with five-axis beam manipulation and robotic part loading and unloading. Prototyping parts for projects... Read more...

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June 10, 2005
TRUMPF delivers water treatment plants to Indonesia
As part of a tsunami relief project, TRUMPF donated 10 water treatment plants, eight of which now are in operation in Indonesian refugee camps. Almost six months after the horrific floods in southeast Asia, the people there still are dependent... Read more...

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March 8, 2005
Portable beveller is emission-free
TRUMPF offers the TKF 1100, a portable, emission-free beveller. With the beveller, an operator can remove a 0.35-in. beveled edge of high-grade steel or 0.43 in. of steel in a single cutting stroke on sheets up to 0.98 in. thick. The beveller is... Read more...

Article

March 8, 2005
Anchor's a way down the road to improvement
Anchor Fabrication has a reputation for the ability to form long and awkward parts. A 1,200-ton, 52-ft. Pacific press brake in the Precision Division assists in reducing downtime and material handling costs because the parts no longer have... Read more...

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February 8, 2005
TRUMPF names training manager
TRUMPF Inc. has named Annette Doyle as training manager. Doyle is responsible for the company's training program that offers classes for customers with new or previously owned equipment. She is developing the curriculum from basic operator... Read more...

Article

February 8, 2005
Manufacturing more efficiently south of the border
World-class manufacturing requires more than efficient, flexible, and productive machinery, according to Industrias John Deere (IJD), a subsidiary of John Deere in Mxico. It also takes reliability and service. In the 1990s IJD... Read more...

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February 8, 2005
FMA goes to China
The group had just spent 11 days last November traveling through Taiwan and China, visiting sheet metal stamping and fabricating operations, as well as the facilities of tour sponsors SEYI Presses and The TRUMPF Group. They had seen global... Read more...

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November 9, 2004
TRUMPF training certified as IACET CEU provider
TRUMPF Inc.'s customer training programs now are certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Attendees will receive continuing education units (CEUs) authorized by the IACET. CEUs can be translated to... Read more...

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September 14, 2004
TRUMPF achieves laser delivery milestone
Nineteen years after producing its first CO 2 laser (the TLF 1000), TRUMPF has delivered its 10,000th laser of the series. A TLF 5000 laser with an output of 5 kW was part of a cutting system delivered in July 2004 to Avermann Maschinenfabrik,... Read more...

Article

September 14, 2004
Getting your assets in order
A new 4-kilowatt laser just hit the floor. The technician will arrive on Monday to install it. It's your responsibility to make sure the gases arrive. The preinstallation manual was faxed to your local gas supplier, and all is well. Not... Read more...

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August 10, 2004
Press brake has more bending space, repeat accuracy to 5 mm
TRUMPF will introduce an updated version of its TrumaBend V series line of press brakes at FABTECH 2004 in Cleveland. New four-cylinder technology replaces hydraulic cylinders and provides more bending space. New models in the series will... Read more...

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August 10, 2004
Flatsheet laser cutter accelerates up to 1.5 G
The TC L 3030 Plus, TRUMPF Inc.'s 5- by 10-ft. flat sheet laser cutter achieves acceleration rates up to 1.5 G through its Innovative Plus axis technology, the company says. The machine will be introduced at FABTECH 2004 in Cleveland. The small,... Read more...

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July 13, 2004
4-kW disk laser has 7 mm*mrad beam quality
TRUMPF will introduce the first 4-kW disk laser, the HLD 4002, to the North American market at IMTS 2004. Four disks provide the resonator power and result in beam quality of 7 mm*mrad. The beam is coupled to a fiber with a core diameter of 200... Read more...

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July 13, 2004
Diffusion-cooled annular CO2 laser outputs 2 kW
TRUMPF will highlight its new diffusion-cooled CO2 laser at IMTS 2004. The TCF 1 has a unit volume of 12.4 ft.3, weighs 550 lbs., and outputs 2 kW. The laser has an annular arrangement of electrodes. The laser light is generated between the two... Read more...

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April 8, 2004
Grinding machine maintains punching machine tools
TRUMPF has introduced the quicksharp® ITM grinding machine to maintain punching machine tools. The machine features updated electronic controls, a touch-sensitive keyboard, and LCD. A signal lamp indicates operating status, and operators can... Read more...

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April 8, 2004
Laser pierce control now standard on cutting machines
TRUMPF's pierce control system (PCS) now is a standard feature on the company's TC L 3030 and TC L 4030 laser cutting machines. The system continuously monitors and adjusts pierce parameters in real-time to reduce pierce time and improve pierce... Read more...

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April 8, 2004
Workstation safely laser marks large, heavy workpieces
The TRUMPF VectorMark® Workstation (VWS) 1200 is designed to mark large, heavy workpieces safely. The compact unit can handle big, heavy parts as well as a large number of parts lying side by side. The workstation features numerically... Read more...

Article

April 6, 2004
A most excellent fabricator
One recent afternoon Don Begneaud was on the phone with his contractor trying to drive home a point. "I don't want to drill shafts. I don't want to hear that we have to drill shafts," he said. It was an indication to the visiting... Read more...

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February 26, 2004
Three optional techniques for beveling
  All of these methods generate no dust or fumes and produce paintable edges without distortion or a heat-affected zone (HAZ). Finished edges have consistent angles along the bevel's entire length. Punch and Nibble Method Punch... Read more...

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February 12, 2004
Cutting through five myths about modern lasers
The following five myths about modern laser cutting machines can help the experienced user stay on top of the game and give the prospective laser user a few things to keep in mind. Myth 1: Automated laser cutting systems are too... Read more...

Article

November 20, 2003
Laser tube processing
Although many new applications are made possible by modern lasers, laser processing is not entirely new to tube production. Manufacturers have used lasers to cut tube and pipe since the late 1970s. At job shops most of this laser tube... Read more...

Article

October 23, 2003
Pinpointing future laser welding markets
While some laser welding equipment manufacturers are thriving right now, others still fight a battle as old as the technology itself—gaining acceptance for equipment that carries a hefty initial price tag (albeit one that can... Read more...

Article

June 26, 2003
Laser-integrated robotics for assembly
Recently a cell phone manufacturer set out to be the first to develop an all-aluminum flip-type package for its ultracompact cell phone. Conceptually, the manufacturing seemed feasible, except for the joining of the materials.... Read more...

Article

January 16, 2003
Five ways to add punch to productivity
  One of the easiest ways to increase productivity is by getting the most out of existing punching machinery. Following are some basic but often overlooked ways to do this. 1. Eliminate the Shearing Step According to lean... Read more...

Article

November 7, 2002
Focusing on tube cutting lasers
It travels at 186,287.490 miles per second (299,792,458 meters per sec.). Its visible spectrum ranges from 400 to 700 nanometers. Its smallest unit is a packet of energy, a photon. While its chief use is illumination, it has many other... Read more...

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August 8, 2002
Science Nonfiction
Forty years ago no one would have thought it possible to cut plate steel with focused light. Over time it has not only become possible but common in manufacturing operations. However, making this science fiction into fact wasn't enough,... Read more...

Article

July 25, 2002
Embracing change
It's been ages since horse-drawn carriages routinely transported passengers. In today's world, bypasses and interstates weave paths across the country, and many of the classic cars we see on the road are being carted from one classic-car show to... Read more...

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February 14, 2002
Cash in on lean manufacturing
Everyone is promoting lean manufacturing today, but some fabricators still have a lot of questions about it. The FABRICATOR® looked at three types of manufacturing operations to characterize lean manufacturing, what’s required... Read more...

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August 16, 2001
In search of the perfect bend
Press brake manufacturers have made tremendous advances in the art of machine design and manufacturing. Machine frame components are designed to use proven mechanical engineering principles combined with CAD technology to identify the areas most... Read more...