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  • Reducing Oil Canning When Perforating

      July 24, 2018

    Oil canning or sheet rolling and deformations is very common when perforating. When a border is used around the perimeter of the part the challenges are compounded. As the sheet expands and tension is released the sheet starts to warp adding complicated secondary work and in extreme cases scrap as the sheet will pull out […]

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  • Common Height Tooling American Style

    Mate American Precision Style Common Height Press Brake Tools

      June 26, 2018

    Mate American Precision Style press brake tools are purposefully designed with safety and productivity in mind. The best performing machines use safety systems that work together with the tooling. These systems maximize material processing, which requires common punch and die heights. Having a common pass line for the workpiece helps keep productivity high and unwanted […]

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  • Solid Models and Dimensioned Drawings

      April 18, 2018

    When I started designed sheet metal parts and the tooling to make, the best technology available to use was a good mechanical pencil and electric eraser. Time has moved us forward into the world where we now model parts instead of drawing parts. Sheet metal model of formed open end louvers. These model parts exist […]

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  • Choosing the Correct Punch Tip Radius for Air Bending

      March 21, 2018

    When we air bend sheet metal, the size of the die V-opening determines the inside radius of the bend. The metal forms to a natural radius based on the size of the die V-opening. The punch tip radius usually has little influence. Does this mean that one size punch tip radius will work well with […]

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  • 2017 In Review

      December 20, 2017

    Mate began 2017 by unveiling our new mission statement, which is the very essence of who we are: To personally respect, support and inspire sheet metal professionals around the world with high-quality precision tooling and services. We have worked to fulfill our mission daily in our interactions with you, our customer, through the products we […]

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  • Mate Laser Technology Expansion

      October 18, 2017

    Mate Laser Technology is expanding with hundreds of new products and lower prices. Whether you need a nozzle, nozzle holder, lens, or window for C02 or 1 Micron lasers, Mate Laser Technology has what you need. Mate offers additional services including Optical Disposal Service and C02 lens remounting for most Amada style mounts for customers. […]

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  • What Your Lens Can Tell You About Your Laser

      June 21, 2017

    Do you look at your lens during cleaning or replacement? Sure, you might look for metal spatter and scratches, but do you know everything that you should be looking for?  We know that a catastrophic lens failure can result in thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement parts, along with machine downtime and lost production, […]

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  • Determining the Correct Laser Lens

      March 22, 2017

    It seems like OEMs are introducing new laser machines into the market at a faster pace. When it’s time to replace the lens, customers can be confused, resulting in the frequently asked question: what lens is the correct one? Here are some ways to check: What type of laser is the lens for? CO2 or […]

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