www.shopmetaltech.com August 2017
fabricating Punch Tooling
Two fabrication shops.
Two different punch
When Michael Grieger set up his metal fabrication shop in 2011 in
Toronto, ON, Define Metal Fabrication, during the tail end of the
recession, little did he know that many of his business decisions would
emulate scenarios his former boss faced in the mid-1990s.
The most recent example is the decision to select punch tooling for a
new all electric Accurpress turret punch press, the AccurMax Ultra.
“It’s ironic because with every decision I’ve made, I have been largely
emulating my former employer who I cut my teeth with. So back in
the 1990s, he had upgraded to a Finn Power turret punch press [now
known as Prima Power] and he was faced with the same decision about
which punch tooling to use with the machine.”
At that time, the decision was simpler, says Grieger, because one
supplier had thick turret tooling and another supplier had Nova tooling.
“Today’s it’s more complicated because the tooling manufacturers we
looked at make both types of tooling and in fact, the sales person for
Wilson Tool back in the 1990s, was the same sales rep I was dealing
By Mary sCIaNNa
If you’re exploring your punch
tooling options, these profiles of
two metal fabrication shops and
their experiences with different
tooling designs from two suppliers
may provide some insight into the
best selection for your business.
Define Metal Fabrication Inc.
Wilson tool HPX toolholders
with eXP thick turret tooling
Michael Grieger selected Wilson tool's thick turret tooling system, the HPX
toolholder with quick-change eXP punches, because he liked that he could
use the same toolholder for multiple punches instead of having to purchase full
assemblies for each job.