Sheet Metal Punching

Rapid sheet metal punching is a highly accurate and cost-effective method of fabrication.

We specialise in rapid sheet metal punching.

The ideal choice for perforated fabrications

Punching is often the most cost-effective solution for those looking to fabricate a product from sheet metal. 

At Hitherbest we have 2 rapid punching machines, including a state-of-the-art Trumpf TruPunch 5000, capable of 1600 strokes per minute. 

Our machines are ideally suited to the fabrication of perforated parts, such as anti-ligature products destined for the health care sector, where they are a faster and cheaper route to production than laser cutting.

Punching is also ideally suited to the fabrication of parts requiring geometrically perfect cut-outs, such as circles and squares.

More than just punching holes

In addition to punching holes in sheet metal, the punching machines used at Hitherbest can undertake complex contouring and tapping, generate louvres, stand-offs and countersinks. 

They can also be used for embossing work, which is an attractive method for branding products.

Our machines have:

  • a 2.5m x 1.25m bed size, able to accommodate sheets up to 4m in length
  • the ability to punch up to 6mm mild steel, 6mm aluminium and 2.5mm stainless steel 
  • an extensive tool library.

Experienced staff

While punching machines are highly automated, enabling customers’ designs to be faithfully and consistently reproduced, experienced operators are still key to success. A skilled punch operator is essential to ensuring that these complex machines are set up correctly and that any quality issue is spotted and resolved as quickly as possible.

At Hitherbest, our punch press operators have over 46 years' combined experience. This is just one of the reasons why Hitherbest has such an excellent reputation for quality, as indicated by our BSI certification to ISO 9001:2015. 

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