Ironworker machines are machines that can perform many different functions for processing steel plate. Such functions include punching, shearing, and notching. These self-contained machine tools can include multiple workstations equipped with specially-designed clamps and hold downs, and can be reconfigured based on the user's needs. Most ironworker machines are hydraulically powered, and are rated based on amount of force generated. This force can range from 20 tons to over 220 tons. Ironworker machines are relatively simple to use and can be operated by a single person. Contact us at (844) 262-6789 and we will help you find the ironworker machine model that is right for your facility.
All ironworker machines perform multiple functions. But the primary differences between the different ironworker machines are which functions the machine performs, the accessories the machine comes with, and the size of material it can accommodate.
Prominent ironworker machine brands include Scotchman, Piranha, Pedinghaus, GEKA, and Edwards. When looking at Ironworker pricing a Ironworker machine can run anywhere from $3000 to $15,000 depending on the brand, model, age, condition, and available components.
All ironworker machines can perform one or more of the following actions:
Punching is the act of forcing a tool through a material in order to create a hole. A die on the opposite side of the material is used to provide support and prevent excessive shearing. Punches come in different sizes and shapes depending on the nature of the application.
Shearing, aka die cutting, is when a piece of a material is cut from the main body without chipping, melting, or burning, which may affect the properties of the material. The shear is made by forcing two metal blades past each other similar to how scissors function.
Different shearing tools are used depending on the type of shear or dimensions of the material required. For example, shears can be applied to either sheet metal or to steel bars, and applied perpendicular to the material or at an angle.
Notching is a type of shearing process where a section of metal is removed from the outer section of the parent material. This is normally applied to sheet metal, bar stock, or tubes. It's normally used for in situations where the metal woud be awkward to drill. A notching workstation on an ironworker machine can make notches of different angles.
Ironworker machines are designed to be as safe as possible, but you need to make sure your workshop is set up according to proper safety procedures and guidelines. Most materials that go through the ironworker machines can be up to 20 feet long, and so this is the minimum distance your safety boundaries should cover.
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