The struggle is real when trying to use a standard punch and die set to punch a hole close to the web on a piece of angle iron, as it restricts just how close you can get to the edge. Punching close to the web shouldn't be a struggle. It's not when you use an offset die. By using an offset die you are able to get within 1/4" of the web.
Standard vs. Offset
On a hydraulic ironworker, punching takes the place of drilling and is proven to be more efficient. Punching gives you the ability to produce holes of varying shapes and numerous sizes in a timely manner. In order for your ironworker punch station to be efficient in saving you time and money, the operator needs to know the proper ways to operate it.
One thing to remember is to NEVER punch material thicker than the diameter of your punch, doing so will increase the risk of your punch shattering and will put your operator in danger. This is just one thing to think about when using the punch.
How to Change a Punch and Die
We’ll be taking our ironworkers, circular cold saws, and other metal fabrication products to THREE different locations in North America so metal fabricators across the continent can see first-hand how our machines have the ability to add value to their businesses.
At Scotchman, we’re always looking for opportunities to make connections with fabricators and businesses–– learning about their metal fabrication needs and discussing how our products and dedicated sales and service teams can help.
Although it’s still a few months away, registrations are officially open for FABTECH Mexico and FABTECH Canada. Keep reading for a preview of both events, and learn why you should make plans to visit the Scotchman booth!
Today's U.S. manufacturers are facing an impending skills gap as a generation of manufacturing workers prepare themselves for retirement. In the future, it is likely that U.S. manufacturers will try to bring back millions of factory jobs, to the United States, at the same time the industry is experiencing an increase of retirements from the aging workforce. If this prediction is correct, the manufacturing skills gap will continue to grow and create an even greater challenge for American manufacturers. The shortage of skilled workers is a serious challenge which needs to be addressed with high priority.
Combating the Manufacturing Skills Gap by Inspiring Women
Every business claims to have excellent customer service, but we all know this claim isn't always the truth.
In today’s world, it has become harder to find a real person to speak with on the phone, let alone see them face to face. All too often, when trying to navigate through an automated phone system it can become a long and drawn out process. When you’re provided with a long list of options to choose from, with many of these options leading you to a voice mail box anyway or directing you to a website.
This form of “service” is rarely helpful, and usually quite frustrating. Luckily for you, Scotchman Industries believes in the human connection and highly values open communication. Which is why we ALWAYS have someone answering our phone during office hours.
At Scotchman, our business is building ironworkers and cold saws, but our company was also founded on the principle of providing well-built machinery to help our customers find efficient solutions for their shop needs.
Good Bye 2017, Hello 2018. Wow, that was quick!
The new year is a time when many people make personal resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, save money, and a wealth of other goals. In addition to your personal new year’s resolutions, do you make a resolutions and goals to improve your business?
If you work in the manufacturing industry, why not make a resolution in 2018 to increase production, efficiency, and output with metal fabrication automation. Keep reading to learn how adding metal fabrication automation, at any level, to your Scotchman circular cold saws and ironworkers can bring immediate benefits to your business.
2017 was another fantastic year for Scotchman Industries, bringing major company milestones & anniversaries, developments in cold saw and ironworker products, and the continued support of our loyal customers.
Before we jump into 2018, we’re taking a look back at the things that made the year 2017 so special at Scotchman by sharing the most memorable blog posts from 2017, ranging in topics from FABTECH, to President Donald Trump.
For the 50th anniversary year of the Scotchman ironworker, we wanted our celebration of the past to contribute to American manufacturing's future.
That's why our 50-ton giveaway contest was set up to award one school a brand new ironworker. We asked our incredible customers to submit their Scotchman stories and nominate the school of their choice to be the recipient.
And we officially have a winner!
Are you trying to figure out how to make your Cold Saw Blades last longer?!
Our latest download goes through what you need to know about Cold Saw Blades.
This document will help you answer questions from what saw blades are made out of to how coolant effects the life of your saw blades.
There's been a lot to celebrate this year. Scotchman Industries has reached five decades making the best hydraulic ironworkers in the country. Our team is constantly innovating with manufacturing automation to bring the best machines possible to our incredible customers.
Still, the most important milestone from my perspective is seeing Jerry Kroetch, our president, hit 40 years with the company.
I can't imagine having grown up without Scotchman. My grandfather built this company, and my dad has been dedicated to it since before I was born.
45 years with one company is nothing to shake a stick at! It takes perseverance, dedication, and a come what may attitude.
Alvin joined Scotchman Industries on Nov 13, 1972. Over the years he has worked in almost all aspects of the company: welding, assembly, paint, final assembly, and parts room.
Fall is in full-swing, which means that it’s almost time for FABTECH 2017! As North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, you can bet that Scotchman will be making the trip to Chicago November 6-9, 2017 to exhibit and demonstrate our latest and greatest products.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about FABTECH 2017. You'll also learn how to register for this can't-miss convention.
Nobody is thrilled to pay taxes, but we need to do it. As both businesses and individuals, our tax dollars keep society moving at the local, state, and federal level.
Still, taxes create a little fun for small business owners now and then. This time of year, you get to muse on what to do with Section 179 tax incentives. For those of us in heavy metal manufacturing, that could even mean new circular cold saws or ironworkers.
All across the country, Scotchman machines are helping companies punch holes in, bend, and cut metal for American-made products.
One of those companies is Talley Manufacturing, where president Gary Turner says about their hitch feed cold saw, "we use the hell out of it every day."
Finally, a tool that has been requested for years is now an optional accessory for any Scotchman Ironworker. The Weld Coupon Bender has been designed to fit every Ironworker model, old and new!
This year marks a half century of serving your metal fabrication needs and we are honoring our past with America's future.
We are incredibly proud to cross another milestone in the history of the company and honored that we have been able to serve the manufacturing and metal fabricating industry in America and abroad since 1967.
We owe our success to our customers who trust Scotchman as their metal fabricating solution for the last 50 years. To show our appreciation, we're paying it forward by doing a big giveaway.
In 50 years working in the metal fabrication industry, one of our favorite things at Scotchman is hearing from satisfied customers.
Recently, architect and metal fabricating hobbyist Shawn Hobbs contacted us about restoring his well-worn, well-loved Scotchman cold saw. Graciously, Mr. Hobbs agreed to let us share his testimonial.
When you need help with your metal fabrication tools, we don't want you scratching your head searching the web for answers or wasting valuable time on hold. The Scotchman customer service team is a group of real people standing by to get you answers.
An artist in Mississippi has found an ingenious way to work Scotchman ironworkers into his craft.
Jason Kimes, a professional sculptor, said that he was able to get several drums of remnant punches from a local heavy metal manufacturing facility years ago - the same punches that drop into the slug bucket on your Scotchman ironworkers - and uses them to produce life-size
You have to see this guy's work!
Regardless of your political leanings, those of us in the manufacturing industry have President Donald Trump to thank for pushing the issue into the limelight. His campaign promised two economic goals: buying American and hiring American.
This aligns deeply with Scotchman’s standards. We’re an American-Made facility — and we’re proud to announce a new partnership with Made in America Co. to further cement those values.
FABTECH Expo 2016 was definitely one to remember. Fabricators came with a boosted morale and high expectations, and were greeted with the industry's latest innovations, ideas, and solutions for anyone invested in heavy metal manufacturing.
Scotchman had a blast discussing individual project needs and demonstrating our metal fabricating solutions. There was a lot to take in and see at the show, and we wanted to recap our major takeaway.
Across the country and the globe, Donald Trump’s electoral victory was a surprise. While stock brokers, pundits, and millions of Americans had braced for Hillary Clinton’s presidency, we awoke to a very different reality in mid-November.
But what does a Trump presidency mean for manufacturing in 2017, and the next four years? After such an unprecedented campaign, it is a difficult question to answer of what President Trump manufacturing plans will look like.
Here are our best guesses at how President Trump will affect manufacturing, though anything could happen with the next president.
There were many highlights of FABTECH 16, but one of the proudest moments for our team at Scotchman was receiving the Top Quality award from one of our dealers, Sterling Machinery.
Manufacturing is critically important to the American economy.
As many of our readers know, the manufacturing industry continues to be a major economic driver in the United States. Not to mention, the future of this industry relies on a skilled, talented workforce.
For these reasons and more, Manufacturing Day is needed to rally a growing and important mass movement. Read on to learn more about MFG Day happening on October 7, 2016!
Sawing automation is changing the way we work with metal. Even for small businesses and hobbyists, automation is increasing productivity and efficiency.
At Scotchman Industries, we're proud to be on the front end of automation options for the metal fabrication industry. That's why we featured many of our automatic cold saws at IMTS 2016 and will do the same at this year's FABTECH show.
Who’s gearing up for FABTECH 2016?
This year, FABTECH takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 16-18. More than 28,000 attendees and over 1,300 exhibiting companies are expected to gather and celebrate metal manufacturing at its best.
FABTECH provides educational sessions and presentations from the experts covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries.
If you’re attending FABTECH 2016, here are the top five must-do things we think you should try while in Las Vegas after the convention!
Scotchman Industries strives to remove any negative stigma surrounding manufacturing as a career for the younger generation. And, we hope to increase the number of millennials entering the industry.
We believe that our metal fabrication manufacturing niche is a place for them to succeed.
For these reasons, we created the Millennials in Manufacturing series on our blog.
Besides spreading valuable information on our blog, we kindle the manufacturing spark for our local millennials by providing scholarship opportunities and gifting our local shop class with Scotchman Industries machinery. Read on to learn more!
What happens in Vegas could revolutionize the way your shop works metal.
We're gearing up for FABTECH 2016, the biggest metal fabrication industry event in North America, and we hope you are too. This year, FABTECH will be in Las Vegas, Nevada, and promises to be bigger than ever.
So, what will Scotchman have in store for the gambling capital of the world? We don't want to give everything away, but here's a sneak peak at which machines we'll have on display in Sin City.
Mom and Dad mean well and only want what’s best for their kids. But are some parents a bit out of touch when it comes to understanding what a career in manufacturing entails?
According to a recent survey, businesses and organizations that promote manufacturing careers to young people should spend more time reaching out to parents. This is because some parents might not be aware of new innovations in automation and equipment of manufacturing industry present day.
Findings from this survey were compiled and conducted by SME, a non-profit organization promoting advanced manufacturing technology and initiatives to advance new generations of skilled labor.
Summer will be over before we know it, but there's plenty to look forward to in the fall. At Scotchman, one of the things we're excited for is IMTS in Chicago!
Do you still need to register for the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show? It's the second largest metal fabrication show in the country, and not something you'll want to miss (September 12-17, 2016).
Here's a preview of what machines you can expect to see when you visit Scotchman at this year's conference.
As an American made manufacturer, Scotchman Industries believes corrective measures should be taken to solve economic problems caused by “fair trade” legislation. This legislation has hurt the heavy metal fabrication industry in the U.S., as well as other industries.
Millennials are the inevitable future of manufacturing.
Leaders in the prefabrication manufacturing business today must understand what makes the Gen-Y generation tick in order to grow.
We want to offer our knowledge and help other employers guide millennials and inform them of what the modern manufacturing world has become. In order for any manufacturing industry to grow, a younger generation of skilled and knowledgeable labor is needed.
So how can your manufacturing business inspire millennials? How can you encourage them to pursue a career in manufacturing?
More and more millennials are supporting the “Made In America” movement by joining the manufacturing workforce after high school graduation, which is fantastic news. We need them, and the industry contains great careers that are often overlooked.
Implementing lean manufacturing within your business or shop can seem like an overwhelming task at first, but it is definitely worth it in the long run.
By eliminating or reducing waste in a work process, you save time and thereby save money. Waste can be reduced in every department, including manufacturing, customer service, and distribution.
The best way to get started is by having a plan of action with attainable goals.
Scotchman Industries applies the lean principles to our manufacturing operations. We build heavy metal fabrication and metal working tools every day on the manufacturing floor. Here are our five tips for implementing lean manufacturing in your shop.
Unfocused. Entitled. Self-absorbed.
Millennials are perhaps the most misunderstood generation yet. Stereotypical traits (like the three listed above) can sometimes circulate through the thoughts of employers.
However, these three words completely misrepresent Gen-Y.
At Scotchman Industries, we understand the need to rely on millennials to keep the manufacturing industry successful. In order for the manufacturing industry to sustain and prosper, a younger generation of skilled labor is needed.
In the lobby of our Philip, SD, manufacturing plant, there is a Scotchman model 5014 CM covered in black sharpie. Hundreds of signatures decorate the never-before-used ironworker, each one a cherished name adding to the tribute to our company founder, Art Kroetch.
The 5014 CM in the lobby was the last machine built on the day he died, July 3, 2007.
During special American holidays like Memorial Day and Independence Day, employees at American-made manufacturer Scotchman Industries take time to reflect on our nation's independence and the bravery and sacrifice of those who made our country possible.
Scotchman Industries, founded in Phillip, S.D., joined the metal fabrication industry 48 years ago. Now an industry leader, the company's 80 employees work together to produce high-quality metal fabrication tools used all over the globe.
One of those valued employees is Monte Palecek, the focus of this Scotchman Employee Spotlight. Monte celebrated 35 years with the company on June 17!
As a leader in the metal fabrication industry, Scotchman is very aware that technology is changing manufacturing. In fact, we’ve embraced it with innovations like our new 50-ton 5014-ET hydraulic ironworker, a state-of-the-art machine with fully-electric stroke control.
Scotchman Industries is a leader in the metal fabrication industry. Based in Philip, S.D., the small-town, family-owned American manufacturer employs 80 people and provides metal fabrication tools worldwide.
Scotchman employees have worked hard to build the company's reputation. One such employee is Plant Superintendent Brad Heltzel, the subject of today’s Scotchman Employee Spotlight.
The “Made In America” movement continues as millennials decide to join the manufacturing workforce.
In fact, Ford Motor Company found that 91% of millennials believe American manufacturers make products equal to or better quality than foreign competitors, like China. And, 74% agree purchasing American-made products is important.
Scotchman Industries, a leader in the metal fabrication industry, was founded 48 years ago in Philip, S.D. With the help of the company's 80 employees, this small-town, family-owned American manufacturer provides metal fabrication tools worldwide.
Scotchman has had numerous longtime employees over the years, including Jason Rhodes, the subject of today’s Scotchman Employee Spotlight.
Scotchman Industries is excited to introduce a new and improved 50-ton, 3-station turret hydraulic ironworker, model 5014-ET. Now, with standard electric stroke controls, this ironworker is more precise and accurate than ever before.
Scotchman, a leader in the metal fabrication industry, was founded in Philip, S.D. 48 years ago. This small-town, family-owned American manufacturer provides metal fabrication tools worldwide with the help of the company's 80 employees.
Scotchman is a true pioneer in the world of hydraulic ironworkers, and has become a household name within the metal fabrication industry. The Philip factory receives hundreds of inquiries each day & every time you call Scotchman during business hours,an actual person will answer the phone!
Scotchman's reps provide free on-site demonstrations so you can see firsthand what our metal working tools can do for you. For this reason, we recently brought all Scotchman Reps (US and Canada) to the factory in Philip, SD, for a 2-day comprehensive training session on our new products.
Punching a hole in metal takes a ton of force -- tons, actually -- which is why our ironworkers pack so much hydraulic power.
So you've browsed online, viewed product photos, read machine descriptions and maybe even watched YouTube videos of our metal fabrication tools in action. You've done all the research, but how do you know if they'll actually meet your needs without seeing them in person?
Whether you bought metal working tools from Scotchman last week or 48 years ago, our support team is available to service any piece of equipment or part that came out of our shop.
Scotchman is an industry leader in ironworkers, cold saws, and other metal fabrication tools. It was founded in Philip, S.D. more than 50 years ago by the late Art Kroetch. Art's son, Jerry, is now the company president.
Ironworkers are the workhorses of the metal fabrication industry, excelling at drilling, punching, shearing and bending metal. Whether you run a small business or large corporation, an ironworker can save you a ton of time, especially if it is replacing an old-fashioned drill press.
Scotchman Industries, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of high-quality machinery for the metal fabrication industry, also offers a customized tooling service to provide you with tailored solutions for specific applications.
With different styles, tonnages, and functions -- searching for a new ironworker can be overwhelming. But buying the right ironworker is easy if you have all the information you need. That's why we've created a document that will guide you through the buying process.
FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event. This year, FABTECH takes place at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, IL, November 9 to 12. World-class suppliers, the latest industry products and developments, and tools to improve productivity and increase profits will all be there, plus more.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October—this year was October 2, 2015—any day can be manufacturing day.
Economic growth depends on manufacturing growth. Manufacturing continues to be a major economic driver in the United States. We invent things and we make things that are sold all over the world. The future of our country's manufacturing relies on a skilled, talented workforce.
Ironworkers, especially a Scotchman, are tough. But metal fabrication equipment has its limits. Exactly how hard can you push your ironworker? Here are some tips on how to avoid abusing the ironworker you own, and things to think about if you haven't purchased one yet.
If you’re in the metalworking, fabricating or welding field, you likely recognize the name FABTECH. This is the place to see the industry's latest and greatest products in action, educate yourself, network and dream big.
This upcoming conference is the biggest in North America for metal fabricators, and it should be on your must-attend list for 2015.
If you don't own a Scotchman Ironworker, how do you cut, bend or shear metal? The short answer: it's not easy!
The saw was one of man’s first tools — but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been technological advances throughout history.
For a long time, the best method to cut metal was with a hand-held circular saw, but it was inefficient, expensive and time-consuming.
There had to be a better way, and the folks at Scotchman Industries know there is: A cold saw.
When you purchase metal fabricating tools from Scotchman, you are buying more than just a piece of machinery. You are also buying peace of mind. Scotchman is an American manufacturer of quality equipment.
School budgets are limited, requiring you to allocate each penny carefully. So when you purchase metal fabrication tools for shop class, you need high-quality, long-lasting machinery. Scotchman is simply the best option.
A South Dakota company that developed into a worldwide leader in the metal fabrication industry began as a scrapyard. Now the oldest hydraulic ironworker manufacturer in the world, Scotchman Industries Inc. employs 80 people in Philip, S.D. while producing high-quality metal working tools for schools, one-man shops and Fortune 500 companies around the globe.
Ironworkers are powerful metal manipulators that have evolved in the nearly 50 years since Scotchman purchased the patent for the first hydraulic ironworker. So what exactly can an ironworker do?