Perforating, the process of punching holes in a given material, requires presses capable of generating a great enough penetrable force and tooling made specifically to withstand the pressure of repetitious blows yet versatile enough to produce a number of desired patterns.
While different machines can produce holes (i.e., turret presses, CNC presses, etc.), full-width perforating presses are designed specifically to quickly and accurately produce the largest number of holes per hit – making them the most efficient and therefore the most economical in producing perforated material.
In addition to being able to produce as many as 300,000 holes per minute, perforating presses can be programmed to leave areas blank, vary spacing of holes, create margins, and place locator holes – all with extremely tight tolerances. These varying capabilities not only allow for a multitude of designs to be produced, but can eliminate subsequent production processes. With their speed, accuracy, and versatility, full-width perforating presses provide considerable cost savings.
Once equipped with the tool to make the desired pattern, programmed for the correct distance between holes, panels, and/or parts, and set with the specified material, the perforating process is ready to begin. Before it reaches this point, however, much work is performed and many decisions are made. None are more important than those that result in the specifications of the product because they determine production requirements and directly affect the quality, cost, and delivery.