Strippit  vs  Amada
Advice,   Facts,   History,   Gossip,   Rants  &  Raves,
and  CNC Punch-Machine Brand Comparisons.
I have been hearing more Complaints about Machines built with Hydraulic Rams.   All Manufactures have gone to Hydraulic Rams and Quit making Mechanical  (Flywheel & Crankshaft)  Rams.   Manufactures Think its Easier & Cheaper to Build them  (I Don't Think it's Really True),  and Marketing & Sales can use Theoretical Great New Features to Sell New Machines  (The  "Sizzle" ,  The Real Reason).    Features like Controlling
Ram-Stroke for  Die Penetration,  Louver Adjustments,  Marking & Stamping,  Shear & Rib Tools,  Low Tool Hover-Height for Faster Punching,  Etc.     It Does Sound Great!

Problem is,  there are Questions about it Working Correctly As Advertised,  and Worse,  it may Not Even Be Technically Possible to Work Correctly at All!    Hydraulics work just fine in Press Brakes at only 10 Strokes a Minute or so.   But CNC Punch Press Manufactures Proudly Advertise 400 to 600 Hits per Minute and Even Faster!    At Full Speed,  it seems they Can Not Accurately Control Hydraulic-Ram Position,  which Negates All Advantages over a Mechanical Ram.    Do the Math.    Some Manufactures Advertise 500 Hits Per Minute and More.   So they are making a X & Y Axis Move   AND  a Full Power Punch Down-Stroke   AND   a Up-Stroke in  120 Milliseconds!    Finn-Power Says some of their Machines Nibble at 1100 Hits a Minute,  that's  Only 54 Milliseconds  for the  X & Y Axis Move   AND   Down Punch Stroke   AND   Up Nibble Punch Stroke!
So,  How much Time is Actually Spent in the Punch Stroke?     Do You Think it's   "Under Control"?   I Don't.

In My  (and Other's)  Opinion,  it's Laughable to Think you can Really Read Position-Data off the Ram Encoder, Send & Process that Data in Your CNC Control,  Have CNC Adjust your Electro-Mechanical Hydraulic Valves,  and Maintain Position-Control on that Fast-Moving Punch-Ram   (Some Pesky Laws of Physics are Involved)   to a Accuracy of a Thousands of a Inch,  Over & Over Again,
All in Real Time While it's Actually Moving Up & Down and Punching Metal at that Hi-Speed.

The Result is the Ram,  and therefore Your Punch Tool,  Is Not Where it   "Should Be"   &  Where CNC Control
"Thinks"   It Is.     Sometimes Position Errors seem to Accumulate until something Bad Happens.    Result is Poor Hole Position Accuracy,  Poor Hole Quality,  Broken Punch & Die Tools,  Ripped & Crumpled Sheet Metal Parts,  Machine Breakage,  Lots of Machine   "Down Time",   Etc.   Manufacture's Scapegoats are to Blame it on Customer's   "Bad Tooling"  (Very Popular),  Poor Tool Maintenance  (Also Popular),  Poor Machine Maintenance,  Poor Operators,  Poor Programming Practices,  Etc.,  ---   Anything but Manufacture's Machine.

These Types of Rams seem to  Wear-Out Quickly,  Blow-Out Seals,  and Leak Hydraulic Oil all the time. 
They are Usually Difficult and Very Expensive to Repair.       Manufactures  "Get Away"  with this because:
---  Most Shops don't use Special Features & Special Tools that were used to Sell the Machine.
---  Most Shops don't Even Recognize where Problems are Really Coming from.
---  Most Shops think these are just Standard Problems & Just Tolerate it as  "Normal".
---  Manufactures   "Help-Out"   by Advising Customer's to   "Slow Down The Ram Speed",   and Various Programming Tricks like  Dwelling at Top or Bottom of Punch Stroke,  Dwelling Before & After Punch Stroke,  Slowing Down X & Y Axis Speed,  and even Doing a Full-Upstroke  (from the Low Hover-Height)  every Few Hits   "Just To Re-Calibrate the Ram".   Why the Hell do you have to   "Recalibrate"   if CNC Control   "Knows"   Where the Punch-Ram is?  There is at least 1 Law Suit over these Problems & Losses they   Caused.
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Early 2007,  Update on the Law Suit.
I've followed this Law Suit for Several Years,  Here's the Story as I know it.    You can Believe What You Wish.
A Customer Said there was Machine Defect & Sued Strippit.     Strippit Said there was No Machine Defect.
The Suit Centered on Whether or Not Strippit Machines in Question,  the Late 1990's Vintage Hydraulic-Ram Machines with  P.C. Computer Controls,  could in Fact Control their Punch-Ram,  and there for, 
it's Punching Tools.     It was Alleged that Machine & Control Could Not Control the Ram Position.
This Caused Both  Long Punch-Strokes and  Short Punch-Strokes with No Consistency at all.

Those of you who Know Anything about Punching,  can Imagine the Many Problems this would Cause.
Long-Strokes could  "Blow-Up"  Punch Tool as it Bottoms-Out,  and of course would Jam & Ruin Piece-Part Sheet,  and maybe Damage Sensors & Workclamps.     Imagine what it would do to a  $3000 Louver Tool,  Wilson-Wheel Tools,  Stamp-Tools,  or other Special-Tooling where Depth Must Be Controlled.
Short-Strokes would leave Punch Slug Half in the Die,  and Half in the Partially Punched Hole.
X  &  Y  &  T  &  C  Axis would then make the Next Move,  Ripping  &  Jamming  &  Ruining Piece-Part Sheet, 
Breaking Various Machine Parts & Sensors and Workclamps,  depending on Direction of next Axis Move.

Story Continues as Strippit Drags-Out Suit for Years Hoping Their Customer would Go Bankrupt or Give-Up Suit from Huge Legal Fees Incurred.    This Didn't Happen.     Eventually,  Before Trial,  Strippit Employees were Deposed and Admitted that there was Indeed Problems with Ram-Control on these Machines.     At this Point,  The Game is Over for Strippit.    Strippit Settled with Customer.   In This Settlement,  In Our Unique American  "Justice"  System,  Nobody Admits any Guilt or Fault or Fraud or Problems,   Money Changed Hands,  Secrecy & Non-Disclosure Agreements were Signed,  All Suit Documents were Shredded,  Now Nobody  "Knows Nothing",  and The Suit  "Never Existed"!
But if You are Really Interested,  Start your Discovery Search at  the  Erie County,  NY  Court Records Office.

My Opinion is there were Problems with Hydraulic Rams of That Era  (1996-2001)  that May or May-Not have been as Bad as Alleged.     Strippit has Changed Venders and Improved Hydraulics & Rams & Controls since then.    I also think that Strippit was Certainly Not the only Manufacture with Hydraulic Ram Problems.
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Some Manufactures,  Like Trumpf,  have Always-Used Hydraulic Press Drives,  and Theirs seem to Work Well. Others Like Strippit,  were on a Learning-Curve in the 1990's & Early 2000's,  and have Gone-Through about
4 Generations of Hydraulics Figuring it all out.    Strippit's Latest Machines  (about 2002 & Up)  seem to Work Well,  but there were Reports of Ram-Problems on All their Earlier  (Pre-2002)  Hydraulic Machines.
I Obviously Prefer Mechanical Press Drives,  but  You Need to Investigate & Form Your Own Opinion!

Another Dirty Secret Manufactures Forget to Tell You About is Very High Electricity Usage of their Hydraulic Machines.    They use 4 to 8 Times Electricity of a Mechanical Press Drive and that Expensive Wasted Electricity is Spewed-Out of the Heat-Exchanger into your Shop.    Where Did You Think Energy came from,   for All that Heat?   A Typical Classic Mechanical Press Drive used a 3 to 8 HP Motor that Turned a Flywheel.   Once Flywheel was up to Proper Speed,  Motor just Coasts-Along,  and only draws Minimum Power to keep it at that Speed.   When you Punch,  Stored Energy is used from Flywheel,  Motor Briefly Draws a Burst of Electrical Power to get Flywheel back up to Speed,  then it Coasts at Minimum Power again,  until you Punch again.   If Machine is On,   but Not Punching,   it Draws Very Little Power.     Very Efficient!

Hydraulic Press Machines Typically have a Huge 25 to 40 HP Power-Pack sitting next to Machine.
These Hydraulic Power-Packs Run Wide-Open All The Time  (No Coasting)  as they Must have Full Hydraulic Pressure Available All The Time as they wait for a Punch Request from Machine.    Even if you are Not Punching,  if Machine is On,  Hydraulic Pack is Running Wide Open,  and Drawing Full Electrical Power All The Time.    All that Wasted Electricity is Turned to Heat,  and if Manufacture Cut-Corners and put Too-Small of a Radiator on Power Pack  (Very Common),  Hydraulics Will eventually Overheat,  and Cause Odd Intermittent Punching Problems,  or even Shut-Down Machine.     Very  Very  Inefficient!

Recently a couple of Manufacturers  (Muratec,  Amada,  Finn-Power)  have come out with a Interesting New Concept.   They take a Large Servo Drive  (Which Can be Very Accurately Controlled)  similar to Large Y-Axis Drive on your CNC Machine,  and Coupling it with Toggle-Linkage or Geared-Crankshaft to Punch Ram.   No Pneumatic or Hydraulic Problems,  Saves Lots of Electricity,  and lets them Gain Complete Position &
Speed-Profile Control over the Ram.    It Sounds Good.   It will be Interesting to see how it Develops,  and if it Solves some of above mentioned Hydraulic Ram Control Problems.    Check Them Out!





Here is a Rare Copy of Strippit's Brochure on their
Bridge-Frame  FM48/60 Machine  Dated April 3, 1967!

This is 7 years before Amada's Machine,  &  4 Years before Amada even Incorporated their U.S. division!

But Strippit Management was Too Short-Sighted to embrace Bridge-Frame Machine Concept,
"Too Expensive"  they said,  and only a couple Machines were build.

Dandy Don  (My Service Manager) & Other-Sources told me that Strippit Engineer who Designed Bridge-Frame,  then went to work for Amada,  and took Concept there when Strippit would not use his Design anymore.  To their Credit,  Amada did Embrace this Superior Frame Concept,  and was
one of their Advantages for many years.

How Ironic that
Strippit Designed Amada's Bridge Frame.

I saw Machine Still Running in N.Y. City & another in Texas in early 1980's,  in their 3rd Decade!   It's a Shame it took Strippit 30 years to Reincorporate Bridge-Frame Concept   (Which They Invented!)  into their Machines in late 1990's.
Another example is Amada's False Claim to be  "First"  in Sheet Metal Laser Machines.   Again Not True!
Above is picture of Strippit's First,  and Industry's First,  Sheet Metal Laser Cutting Machine,
Patent  #EP0008773 A1.     This Punch & Laser Combination Machine was Shipped to
Lyons Metal Products,  Hamilton,  Ontario Canada,  way back in  1978,  Many Years Before Anyone Else!
Strippit  &  Houdaille Electronics  was also an Early Inventer of CNC Technology   Patent  #US4150427A.

Some Faults & Pluses with Strippit;      But Once Again,   Strippit & Houdaille Management Pulled Defeat
Out of the Jaws of Victory!    This is Strippit's Chronic Problem,  Good Engineering,  Good Manufacturing, 
But  Greedy Self-Enriching  &  Clueless Top Management.

Though Strippit had Many Years Head-Start in Laser Cutting Business,  they Squandered their Huge Lead.
In early 1980's when Industry moved toward easy to use Flat-Bed Lasers with more features,  Strippit offered Same Tired Old FC1230/30/1500 Punch Machine,  1st shipped in 1978,  with Punch-Hardware Removed & a Purchased Laser-Head Bolted-On called the  "Laser Center" and Wondered why they only Sold 6 Machines. 

Reality-Was,  The "Managers"  of   Houdaille Industries  /  Ken Slawson  /  Strippit-Div.  /   KKR  Buy-Out-Boys
/  Idex Inc.  /  Strippit-Inc.  /  LVD Corp.   /   Etc.  were  All So-Busy Buying & Selling each other Back & Forth,  Doing  "Stock Buy-Outs",  "Going-Private",  "Going Public",  Re-Selling Stock,  Buying & Selling & Closing Companies,  "Laying-Off"  Long-Term Employees,  Managing  "Cash-Flow",  Paying-Off Their Buy-Out Loans,
and  Making Each-Other Millionaires,   That they had No-Time or Inclination for Properly Investing-In & Running Their Pesky Little Cash-Cow Machine Tool Companies.     And, They Certainly Didn't.

One Executive at Strippit Bragged  "I have a MBA degree,  I Can Run Any Company,  I Don't Need to Know Anything about Machine Tools".     What an Ass.     I Think Car Companies Need to be run by Car Guys,  and Machine Tool Companies Need to be run by Machine Tool Guys.   Strippit was run by  Houdaille  &  Idex Executives and their  Bean-Counters,  and when business was bad,  they Blamed Japan,  Economy,  Congress, The Reagan Administration,  Weather,  Etc.     Everything & Everyone But Themselves!
The Results of their   "Executive Decisions"   are Quite Self-Evident.

KKR  &   Houdaille Industries  &  Ken Slawson  Closed the  Burgmaster CNC Machining-Center Plant  
in  Gardena, CA.  where it had been for almost a Half-Century.

The Di-Acro Saga.   KKR  &  Ken Slawson  &  Houdaille Industries  Closed the Venerable  Di-Acro Facility  in Lake City, MN.,  where it had been a Half-Century.    Houdaille Palmed-Off Di-Acro's Lines on to Strippit where it was Unwelcome.  Strippit was Forced to make Crappy  Di-Acro CAP1000 Punch Machines,  and sell them as
"Entry Level"  Strippits.   CAP Machines were Obsolete  (based on Old 1970's Di-Acro VT-36 Machines),  Light-Duty  (will Break Rams & Crankshafts if you Punch Heavy-Material)  and were considered  "Junk",  especially compared to  "Real"  Strippits.   Strippit Stopped making CAP's as soon as they could,  and CAP's are now     "Orphans",  with Little or No Parts & Service Available.     Avoid  CAP-Machines!

Strippit was also Forced to make  Di-Acro Press Brakes.    This could have been a Good Thing,  as Di-Acro Line of Hydra-Mechanical Brakes were Popular and had a Good Reputation as they were Accurate,  Reliable,  Easy to Use,  and Relatively Inexpensive.    But Strippit Management Struck Again!   They had Bright-Idea of having Brakes Made In Taiwan,  then they would Import & Re-Paint Them,  and make Lots of Money!    Except,  Quality was So-Bad when they Came-In,  Strippit had to Completely Disassemble Each Machine and Rebuild it from Ground-Up before they could even Sell Them.    So,  they Sold-Off Brake-Line to Pacific Press Co.,  where they made them under  "Tri-Acro"  Trade Name for a few years,  before  Pacific finally Killed-Off the Great Old  Di-Acro  /  Tri-Acro Hydra-Mechanical Brake Line for Good.    Another Orphan.

I Keep Getting Calls Looking for The Di-Acro Co.    There Is No Di-Acro Company!    The  Real Di-Acro Factory Was Closed Over 30 Years ago Century Ago in 1983!    There are No Di-Acro CNC Repair Parts,  
No Di-Acro Repair Service,   No Di-Acro Prints,  Manuals,  or Information.    You Pretty-Much have to Figure Out Problems Yourself,  Make the Repair-Parts,  & Fix it Yourself.    Or Buy a New Replacement Machine.

The Di-Acro Manual Punch & Bender Lines were Sold-Off  to a Small (Garage Shop) Private Company in Ohio,
that had Rights to the Di-Acro Name.   This Company has Now Closed.
Update Summer 2006.    A Quarter-Century after Di-Acro was Closed,  Things Go Full-Circle.   Company in Ohio had an Auction,  and a Group from Defunct Original Di-Acro Co.  bought Remnants of Di-Acro.   They Restarted Some of the Di-Acro Manual  (Hand)  Machine Lines  back in their Original Home in Lake City,  MN.    So,  There have been  5-Di-Acro Companies!   The Original in Lake City,  Di-Acro at Strippit,  Di-Acro (Tri-Acro) at Pacific,  Di-Acro in Ohio,  and now  Di-Acro at  Acrotech Co.    I Wish them Well & Hope they Expand.
But There is No Parts or Service Support for Old Di-Acro  CNC Turret-Punches &  Power Press-Brake Lines.
If anyone Knows of Di-Acro CNC Turret & Brake Parts & Service,  let me know.  
Note,  But if You have a Di-Acro CNC Turret or CNC Burgmaster that uses the General Electric Servos,
We Do Have Servo Drive Parts!    Click-On  "Servo"  &  "Servo RepairButtons  on Our Home Web-Page.



This page was last updated: June 4, 2016
  I,  as an Ex-Strippit Service & Tech-Support Escapee,  Had a Very Positive Bias towards Strippit, 
though I have now Lost This Bias from   Strippit's Bad Attitudes  &   "Staff-Policies".
The Fabrication Industry Is Full Of Ex-Strippit Alumni.     The Standing Joke  at  Machine Tool Shows is
How Strippit Trains Good People for the Rest of the Machine Tool Industry to Hire & Use.
For Your Punching-Pleasure,  Here are Some of the  Manufactures of CNC Punch-Presses.
Note,  Some of these Companies No Longer Even Exist!     Amada,   Behrens,   Boschert,   Comeq,   Danobat,   Di-Acro,   Durma,   Euromac,  Ermak,   Ficep,   Finn-Power,   Gasparini,   Haco,   Hindustan Hydraulics,  ITEK,  LVD,   Muratec,  Nisshinbo,   Pierce-All,   Pivatic,   Pullmax,   Raskins,   Rainer,   Salvagnini,   Shape,   Strippit,   Tailift,   Technology Italiana,   Trumpf,   Wiedemann,   Whitney,   Yawei.
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Punch-Tooling    Punch-Tooling    Punch-Tooling    Punch-Tooling
Since you can  No Longer Buy   "Strippit-Tooling"   From Strippit,
Here are the  U.S. Sources of   "Strippit-Tooling",   or as it is Now Known,
"Thin-Turret" Tooling.
Click-On  The 6 Tooling  Web-Links Below  for More Information;
When Considering a Machine Purchase,  Ask about Service and Tech-Support that Sellers & Manufactures provide.   How Big is Service Dept.?   How many Machines and Territory do they have to Cover?   What is Response Time?   Do they have a Factory-Trained Serviceman Local,  or do You have to Pay to Fly-In a Guy Every Time you need Service?   Do they have Phone Support?   What are their Hours?   Do they Charge Extra for it?   Is it Any Good?    Even if its Free,  if its Not Any Good,  its Worthless!   Do they Stock Mechanical and Electronic Parts?   Where?   Do they Provide Complete Service,  or does a 3rd Party provide CNC Control Service which can lead to Finger-Pointing between Machine Manufacturer and CNC Control Manufacturer.   Ask for Customer List you can Call to see how they like their New Machine Purchase,  and Service & Support.

You are the One Writing the Big Check!     Ask The Tough Questions Before You Buy,   Not After!!!
Move-On to Another Machine Brand if you Don't like the Answers you get!!!

Management Hates to spend Money on providing Really Good Service,  and it's the First thing they Cut when times get bad.   The Saying goes  "Sales Dept. Provides 1st Machine Sale at a Customer,  but Service Sells the 2nd and 3rd",  which is Actually True!    But Management Never puts their Money where their Mouth is,  and Considers Service a  "Cost",  not a  "Profit"  Center at their Companies,  and cut it every change they get.
This Very Directly Affects You & Your Business!
How Selling Field Service to Your Customer's at  2 to 3 Dollars A Minute can be a  "Cost"  is Beyond Me!!!
I would Expand Field Service & Provide Good Customer Tech-Support  (Now, There's a Novelty),  Which would also Help Boost Machine Sales,  and Try Not to Laugh on the Way to the Bank.    I Charge Much Less than Manufactures  (Yes,  My Overhead is Lower Too),  and Can Happily Embellish on This
"Service & Support Subject"   At Length,  at my  Beach House on TopSail Island.    You Bring The Margaritas!
And So, Strippit & Houdaille & KKR & Idex & LVD MBA Management Rocket-Scientists
Gave-Up All Of Strippit's Market Leadership Positions In
CNC Punch-Machines
         &  S.A.F. Punch Machines
                           &  F.M.S. Systems
                                        &  Laser-Machines
                                                        &  "Strippit"-Tooling 
                                                                       &  Unitized-Tooling 
                                                                                 &  Hydra Springs
                                                                                            &  CNC-Controls
                                                                                                        &  Press-Brakes
                     What The Hell Were They Thinking???
More Importantly,  What Are They Thinking & And Where Are They Going Now?
Make No Mistake,   Strippit STILL Makes Excellent Turret Punch Machines ,  which are Fast & Accurate  (20 Year Old Strippit's are Still Faster than New Amada's).
But Strippit is Just Not the Dominant Industry Force that they Once Were,  and
Still Could Be Today Corrections on  Facts,  History,  and  Opinions are Invited!
And I will Update this Page from Time to Time,  as It's Really a Lot of Fun!
Machine Technologies Specialty Is the
HECC80 CNC Control Strippit Turret Machines  Built in 1975 to 1988
Much Has Been Said About
"Which Is Better,  Strippit or Amada Punch Machines?"
The Fact-Is,  Electronic & Mechanical Technologies have Advanced So-Much,  that CNC Punch Machines are a Relatively Stable & Mature Technology,  and All Manufactures make a Good Product.

What is Most Important,   Is the  Level of Factory Technical Support,   Field Repair Service Availability,
Expertise Level,   and  Repair Parts Availability!      Now,   a Year,   5 Years,   and  10 Years After the Sale!
I have seen Many Imports   (And U.S.-Made Machines Too!)   become   "Orphans"   after a Few Short Years with No Support at All!      You Will have to Live with Your Decision for Many Years!

All Machines And Controls Break!     If You Can Not Get It Fixed,  It Is Not Worth Anything!    In this regard,  it would seem Larger Players,  such as  LVD-Strippit,  Amada,  or Trumpf would be the way to go over some smaller players,  that do not have a large enough customer base to maintain a proper Service & Parts Organization.     This,  of course,  Varies Greatly by Country and Region. 
You Need to find out what Parts & Service Support is Available where You Are,  Before You Buy,  Not After!

In my 37 Plus Years in CNC Punch Industry,  I have heard Customer's Stories on Every Brand of Machine Tool.   Every Manufacturer has Customer's that Love them and Customer's that Hate them.   Problems are Not-Always caused by Manufactures.   Many Shops are their Own Worse Enemy because They Don't Follow Manufacturers Recommended Practices & Procedures.   Talk to as many people as you can,  and beware of Salesmen's claims,  if not Lying,  often Stretch The Truth.   Because to eat,  they must Sell what they have, which is not necessarily what you need.     One Used-Machinery Salesman told me  
"The Best Machine for a Customer is Whatever Machine I have in my Warehouse!"   I Certainly Do Not Agree!

You Need To Do Your Own Homework!
Talk to  Machine Operators,  Programmers,  Shop Owners,  Tool Salesmen,  Machine Servicemen.   Visit Machine Shows,  Visit other Shops,  Read  "The Fabricator",  "MetalForming",  and Other  Magazines.   Then  Form Your Own Opinion on Your Specific Needs!   Click-On Web-Links BelowThey are a Great Resource!
Hydraulic   vs   Mechanical Rams
Summation
As this Web-Page Rambles-On Way More than was Originally Intended,  Let me Try to Sum-Up the
"What Machine To Buy"  Question.    These are My  (and Much Input from Fellow Servicemen & Salesmen & End-Users)  Opinions Only,  But are Based on Over 3-Decades of Wide-Experience in the CNC Punch Business.    You Decide if I know what I am Talking About.    Some of My Experience Credentials Are;

1  ---  Strippit Factory Senior Serviceman,  and have worked in Strippit's Machine Building  "Pit".
2  ---  Started Strippit  "Tech Support"  Interfacing with Service & Engineering on Difficult Problems.
3  ---  Wrote In-House Service-Newsletters,  Servo-Manuals,  and Taught a Servo-Drive School at Strippit.
4  ---  Independent Electronic & Mechanical Service Provider as Machine Technologies Co.
5  ---  Independent Buyer & Seller of Used Strippit Machines at Machine Technologies Co.
6  ---  Spent Time with LVD Factory in Belgium,  and with Trump Factories in Germany & Switzerland,
         and Toured European Job-Shops to Gain New Perspectives on Manufacturing.
7  ---  Buyer & User of New CNC Punches as Half-Owner of  60-Man  8-Million a Year Sheetmetal Job Shop.
8  ---  I Am Not a  "Rocket-Scientist"  but,  Before My Strippit Days,  I Did Work at  Westinghouse Aerospace
         (now Boeing)  Troubleshooting   E-3 AWACS  Electronics Systems.    Take a Look at;
For those of You who have Not-Yet had their 2nd Cup of Coffee,
The Subtitles Here Are,
"Yes,  There Is Money In Parts & Service"
  and  Sooooooooo......
"Why Don't Manufactures Embrace It?"

Click-On Photos for More TopSail Island Info!
---  Some of my Customer's have Amada's with Fanuc Controls built in the mid-1980's,
and could Not Get Parts to Fix their Controls   (  Parts & Service,  Remember?  ).  
Amada Made them get a New Fanuc Control Retrofitted to their Machine at a Cost of over $80,000!  

Strippit Service & Parts,  while Certainly Not the best on Older Machines,  is still Sort-Of Available on Machines built in the 1980's & late 1970's.    But, Their Knowledge on HECC80's is Fading Fast though.
---  Amada Top Turret Tool-Stations
     Are Just Bored,  Not Bushed.    When  (Not If!)  Stations become Worn and Scarred,   That Tool Station Becomes Worthless.

There are some Service Companies that have offered Mickey-Mouse Repairs
(Plastic-Strip Liners, etc.),  But,
Stations Can Not Really Be Fixed!

Up-Date;    The API Co. now has a Good Steel Bushing Fix,  using a  3rd Party
Sub-Contractor,  but it is Very Expensive.

All Strippit Turrets have Hardened-Bushings  which can be  Easily Replaced  to make that
Turret-Station like New again.
Some Faults & Pluses with Amada;
Amada has much to Admire.   They make good solid & reliable Machines.   They Used to have a large Service Organization,  though it has Shrunk Greatly from Many Service Lay-Offs,  as Amada Also seems to have Fallen on Hard Financial Times and has  Cut Back on Service & Support  Personal.
In their Heyday,  Strippit had 450 Union Machine & Tool Workers.    At their Low,  it Dropped to a Low of 38!!!
A Fascinating Read on Fall of   Burgmaster,  Strippit,  Di-Acro  and Other  Houdaille  (Pronounced  'Who-Dye' )
Companies  (And Problems with American Machine Tool Industry)  is  Featured   in Harvard Business School Press's  Book    "When The Machine Stopped"   by Max Holland.
Houdaille and Strippit were a  Case-Study   on   How Not-To Run a Company.      It Is Well Worth Reading !!!
Max Should Do A Up-Dated Edition!    You Can See Strippit,  and Rest of Machine Tool Industry,   Repeating
The Same Old Mistakes Again!    Just Substitute  China  for  Japan  in The Book.   It's That Old   "Those Who Cannot Learn From History Are Doomed To Repeat It"   Thing!    Maybe They Should Read The Book!
"Not Only the Wealth,
But the Independence
And
Security of a Country
Appear to be Materially Connected
With The
Prosperity of Manufactures"

Alexander Hamilton, 
1791,  The First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Mr. Hamilton Understood,  but Someone
Please Read It Slowly To Bush As
Mr. Education Brags  "I Don't Read Books!"
Strippit Management Did However,  Waste 2 Years of their Best Mechanical & Electronic Engineers Time  (and 2 Million Dollars)  Developing in Secret  "The Robot"  back in 1982 to 1984 era.    Industry Pundits of that time thought that  "Robots"  would be Next  "Big Thing".    Pundits Are Always Wrong I Saw Robot Run.    It was Bigger,  Faster,  and Lifted More than Anything on Market at that time.   Very Cool Toy.    But Market Never took off for Robots.   New Houdaille Division that would have been created,  never happened.    Strippit / Houdaille tried to sell technology,  but no takers.    I believe it was eventually sold for a Dollar,  so Bean-Counters could make Money on it as a Tax Deduction.    Few now Know it Ever Existed.

Next,  Strippit Wasted More Millions of Dollars & Years Trying to Develop   "FMS Systems"   (Flexible Manufacturing Systems -- Load / Punch / Shear / Stacking Cells),  which Also Never Took Off.   Strippit was an Early Leader in FMS,  but  Shortsighted Management  lost Interest,  and let Others Take The Lead on FMS's.
These Engineering & Money Drains Greatly Slowed Development on all the Main Products of Strippit.

If only Management had let  Carbone,  Stein,  Marzullo,  The "Shark",  and other Bright Engineering Boys & Girls,  Design New & Innovative Stand-Alone  Punch Machines,  Laser Machines,  and Tooling,
Which Is What Built The Strippit Co.  In The First Place!

Amada Leapfrogged Strippit with  "Bridge-Frame",   "Auto-Index"  Tool Stations,  and   "Long Tooling".
The Door was Left-Open for Mazak & Cincinnati to take the Burgeoning Laser Market.
It's Hard To Believe  (But it is True)  that   Strippit Shipped It's First Laser 7 Years Before Cincinnati 1st Laser!

Kenny Slawson  (the CEO Du-Jour)  Always Wanted Strippit to be a  "HI-Tech"  Co.,   and Didn't Like 
"Low-Tech"  Tooling.    The Many Dumb-Kenny Jokes from Strippit Alumni are Amazing.   This Allowed Wilson Tool to make Huge Inroads in to Lucrative Tooling Market,  and  Wilson eventually Bought All of Strippit's Tooling Division.    Strippit Doesn't Even Make   "Strippit Tooling"   Anymore!     How Pathetic.
Wilson Tool is Now a Far Larger Company than Strippit!    Another,  Of Many,   Real Smooth-Moves by Kenny.

Strippit had Unique Advantage of making their Own CNC Control Tailored just for their Own Machine Tools.   This made them Very Easy To Use & Operator Friendly.   But they were first shipped way back in 1978 when they were Not quite ready  (didn't even have Program-Store Memory in a CNC Control,  because Engineering was still working on design),  but Management & Marketing Guys said   "Ship Them"  anyway.    These Early HECC80 Controls had some problems.    Engineering Rapidly Improved these HECC80 Controls until they were Quite Good,  but damage to Strippit's &  HECC80 Control's  Reputation had been done.   To this day,  HECC80 Controls have a Undeserved bad reputation in the industry,  even though it is Certainly no worse  (and Better than Most)  than anyone else's Control made in that  Early Pre-IBM PC Computer Era of Late 1970's.   To Strippit's Credit,  they Still,  Sort Of,  Support their old CNC Controls. 
Try to get  Repair Parts & Support from  Fanuc or  Amada on your  Old Fanuc 3000 Control!

See    My Web-Page on the Various Strippit  HECC80 Control Types,  Problems,  and Fixes,    Our Specialty!

Eventually,  Houdaille Electronics Division was Closed as Strippit decided to Get Out of Control business  (100% of it's output now went to Strippit,  as Houdaille had already Killed-Off Burgmaster and Di-Acro Companies).    Strippit then Dabbled with  Apple Mac  &  DOS  &  Windows  PC Controls for a while,  which are now  Very Hard to Support Nightmares.     I Would Avoid All These PC Controls Machines!

Finally Strippit went with Fanuc CNC Controls on all Machines.   This is not a bad thing,  as Fanuc makes reliable Controls,  there is World Wide Support,  and Fanuc's have Finally become easier to operate & use.  
Old Fanuc Controls had a  Zillion Buttons,  Knobs,  Dials,  Bells & Whistles,  and  Looked like Tokyo At Night!

Only Problem is,  Everyone uses Fanuc's,  so your Punch becomes more like everyone else's.   You have Lost Selling-Point of having a Custom CNC Control Crafted just for Your Strippit Punch Machine.    Also,  HECC80 Strippit Controls were Famous for Good Schematics and Troubleshooting Guides,  and you could Actually Fix them!     Don't think so?    Ask-For & Look at Any Other Manufacture's Manuals Before You Buy!!!
Fanuc Believes In Total Secrecy,  They Won't Even Let Their Own Servicemen Have Schematic Drawings!
You Will Never Have Electrical Schematics Drawings For Any Fanuc  Machine Controls!

It's said LVD had a Cash Flow Bind after Buying Strippit.     So  LVD-Strippit Sold Strippit's  Hydra Spring Product-Line to the   Noble Die Components Co.         LVD-Strippit then Sold-Off Strippit's Unitized-Tooling,
CJ & BN-Units,  to   Unipunch Co.     For Unitized-Tooling & Part-Replacement,  Click-On 3 Hot-Links Below:



For More on Rollicking, Fun-Loving, Company-Killing, Leverage Buy-Out, KKR-Wall-Street Boys,
See  "Merchants of Debt:  KKR and Mortgaging of American Business"   by  George Anders.

And Of Course,  Romney's  American-Company-Killing  Bain Capital  was a Direct Copy of KKR.
Another Odd Thing,  Is How Manufactures Talk about How  "Important Customer Service Is",   But they Treat their Service Dept.,  Tech-Support, and Service Personnel as Bastard Children.  

This,  Of Course,  Tends to Drive-Away your Best Service & Support People,  and All the Valuable Experience they have.
And You,  The Customer,  will Pay for this Turnover Trend with
Incompetent,  Slow,  and  Expensive Service & Tech Support.
Demand Better Service!     Your Business Depends on it!
One Thing I Really Don't like about Amada Company,  is their Claiming & Bragging to be  "Best"  and  "First"  in Everything they make.     Common Sense Says this can Not Be True.   An Example is   Amada's False Claim
to having  "First Bridge Frame Turret Punch Press in the U.S."   in 1974.     This is Absolutely Not True!
Notice to All Strippit Alumni;
If You Worked for Strippit or Any Other Houdaille Company in the 1980'sYou May Have a Retirement Annuity Set-Up for You that You May Not Know About!    During Their  Buy-Out Shenanigans,  
By Law,  You Became  Instantly  "Vested"  when  "Houdaille"  was  Magically Transformed into  "Idex".
It Does Not Matter if you Later Quit,  or if You worked Less than 10 Years with a  Houdaille Co.
There also May be More of these  "Instant Vesting's",   From the  Later   "Idex"   to   "LVD"   Buyout.
Call Strippit's  "Human Resources"  Dept. at  800-828-1527  for More Info,  and Call  Metlife.   It's Your Money!!!
To Satisfy Legal Retirement Vesting, 
Strippit  /  Houdaille  /  Idex   Bought Annuity Contracts with the Travelers Insurance Co.
However,  Strippit was Not the only Company in  Stupid Buyout Shenanigans.
Citigroup Bought Travelers.    Then Citigroup Sold Travelers.     Now Metlife Bought Travelers.

So,   Check-Out  Metlife Co.  at   The New-Address ;
"Idex Corporation  /  Strippit  /  Di-Acro - Houdaille, Inc.    Group Annuity Contract: GR-13111"
Metlife Insurance Company of Connecticut
One City Place
Hartford,  Connecticut  06103 - 3415        Phone  800-521-3099       Web Address    http://www.metlife.com/

The Old-Address Was   (   Travelers Life & Annuity Co.
                                           (    P.O. Box 990023
                                           (    Hartford,  CT  06199-0023        Phone 800-521-3099

I'm Looking Forward to 120 Guaranteed Payments going into TopSail Beach  "Extra-Sweet Margarita"  Fund!
Note #1,   The Thor Tooling Co.  has Closed its Business.
Note #2,    Wilson Tool Co.  has Bought-Out  the Canadian  Exacta Tooling Co.
Note #3,    Most New CNC Turret Machines are Gravitating toward  Thick-Turret  Tooling,   Not  Thin-Turret.
Note #4,   People New to The Punching Business,   Are Confused by the  4
"Strippit  Thin-Turret"   Punch Tooling Sizes.    A  Discussion of these  4 Types and How to Tell Them Apart
is on My   "Super 30/30 & Other Strippit Single-Station Machines"   Web-Page.    Go  Read  it !!!

There Are Other Styles of Punch Tooling besides  "Thin-Turret".     Some Other Tooling Types are;
"Thick-Turret",   is also known as   "Long-Tooling"   &   "Amada-Tooling"
"Salvagnini  Type  1,  2,  &  3 Tooling",   Type 1 for Older,   Type 2 & 3 are for Newer Salvagnini Machines
"Trumpf-Tooling",    Special Tooling Made for Rotating Punch-Head Trumpf Machines &  the Many Imitators.
"28xx-Tooling",    Heavy-Duty Tooling used in Old Whitney  and  Old Strippit  FC1500/45 Machines.
"36TC & 44TC-Tooling",    Heavy-Duty Tooling used in Newer Whitney Machines.
"Wiedemann-Tooling",    Heavy-DutyTooling used in Old Wiedemann  &  some Old DiAcro Machines.

And of  Course,   None of these Types of Tooling are Interchangeable!
It's a Short-List of Tooling Manufactures,  if there are Others,  Please Let Me Know!
You have to Identify Your Shop's Needs  (Not Wants).    Identify Table-Size Required,  Tonnage Needed,  is Auto-Index Needed & How Many A/I Stations,   Flexibility & Features of Hydraulic-Ram,  Or the Proven Repeatability of a Mechanical Press,   How many Turret-Stations,   Tooling-Type,   CNC Control Compatibility & Features,   Programming-Code Types,  Down-Loading Capability,   Programming Software Needed, 
and  The All Important  Repair-Service  &  Tech-Support  &  Repair-Parts  Availability and Cost.

Most Customers make their Big Mistake getting Hung-Up on a   "Cheap-Price"  or  "The Deal",  and buy a Machine on Price,   instead of Best Machine for Their Applications.    I see Shops that have  2,  3,  or Even  4 Different Brands of Turret Punches Side by Side!   I ask them about their First Machine,  The Story usually goes like this;   "Well,  We did Really Well with that First Machine for Years,  But then The Salesman from XYZ Co. made us a Good-Deal,  So We Thought We'd Try It".   Try It?   This is Juvenile & Unprofessional Thinking to be Betting Your Business On!    Perhaps they saved Some Money on Initial Purchase,  but they Pay for it Every Day After,  with Hidden Costs of  Incomparable Software &  "Part"  Programs,  Different Tooling,  Control & Machine Operation,  Table Sizes,  Electronic & Mechanical Spare Parts,  Operator Retraining,  Etc.  Do your Research,  Pick a Brand,  and Stay with them Until they give you Good Cause to Switch!

Small Shops make This Mistake Over & Over again with Used Machines.    If its  "Cheap"  Enough,
they Will Buy Anything!   Then they look around   (After they Buy It,  Never Before!)   and Are Surprised when there are  No Parts,  No Tech Support,  and  No Service Available,  and they Can Not Make It Run.

Pay the Money and Buy the Machine that You Really Need,  and will Do Your Work!     Not what is
"On-Sale"  this Week.     You will have to Live with it for Many Years after that   "Cheap"   Price is Forgotten!

I get Faxes & Emails from all over the World  from Shops in Countries like  Thailand,  Brazil,  India,  Dominican Republic,  Costa Rica,  Columbia,  Philippines,  Ecuador,  Turkey,  South Africa,  Korea,  Mexico,  Nigeria,  Pakistan,  Etc.    They Buy Old Used Cheap Machines and move them Thousands of Miles to where there is
No Service & No Parts Available,  and can Not make them Run.    They are Wasting their Time & Money
CNC Machines are Complex,  and Require Much Expertise in Operation,  Set-Up,  Programming,  Maintenance,  and Tooling,  before you can make even your First Part.    Its Not like moving 100 Identical Mechanical Textile Machines,  that local guys can get some running,  and then use those as Examples to Tinker with,  Scavenge Parts,  & Figure-Out How to get the rest of them running. 
These Shops would be Much Better-Off Buying a New Machine from a Local Dealer that
Sells  &  Services  &  Stocks  Repair Parts  &  Supports Their Machines in That Country!

There are Many Good Dealers,  But Beware of Bad Ones and their  "Bait & Switch".  Some like to  "Pawn-Off"  Old Machines in their Warehouses to Overseas Countries.   See prospective Machine Run and get its Serial Number.     I hear Stories of   "Oh, That Machine has been Sold,  but I have this Other Great Machine you can have at Same Price".   Especially if it's in a Warehouse & Not-RunningNegotiate Guaranteed Installation & Start-Up,  And a 60 Day Written-Warranty with Machine Purchase.     It Is Well Worth the Extra Cost!!!

Watch  This Video   &  Listen Closely!    It's Wicked-Funny, Sad,  But Very True.   "Click"  at Right to Start.
Now,  For a Case Study on  How-To Run a Company,  Do Research on Hass Automation Company.  They Do Everything Opposite to Strippit-Way of Running a Business.    CEO is a  Machinist   (Not a Harvard MBA)   who Believes-In & Is Involved-In Innovation of Their Products,  Engineering,  Customer Service,  and  Continuous Product Improvement.   They Don't  "Out-Source".    They Do Their Own Machining & Manufacturing,   All
"In-House".    And Haas Designs and Builds Their Own CNC Control,  Hardware & Software,  for  Their Machines.     Just Like Strippit Used to.    Result?    From Hass's Start in 1983  (When Strippit was at its Peak!)   Hass has grown from  0  to  $700,000,000.   in Annual Sales,  Employs over 1000  Here-In-The-U.S.,  and is Still Growing!    Proving that you Can Manufacture Here in the U.S.,   and You Don't Have To Out-Source!
You just have to be Smart,   and use Good Machine-Tool People,   and Not Stupid   "MBA Money-Grubbers".
Thank's  Strippit!
Go Get'em,  Chris!
There is a Pattern Here,  Can Anyone See what Strippit was Doing to Their Business & Reputation?

Another Misstep  (Which Strippit has Done So Many Times with Haeger Pem-Serters Machines,  AEM Finish-Sanding Machines,  Italian Power-Notch Machines,  Accu-Center Coordinate Measuring System,  Etc.)  was Importing Nisshinbo Punch Machines  (SPM500's & SPM750's)  from Japan,  Re-Painting them,  and Calling them  "Strippit"  Machines!    After CAP Machines,  this was their Next-Try at Cheap  "Entry Level"  Strippits.

They always do this a few years,  then Drop Machine Lines when they Fail to make Bags of Money off Sales, and Actually have to Stock Repair Parts & Service these Machines.    Strippit Dropped Nisshinbo Line,  which made it Very Easy for Nisshinbo to Open Their Own  U.S. Sales & Service Outlet with  More Ex-Strippit Alumni (Hi  Dave,  Bob, & Chris!)  as Owners.   Another Clever Strippit Management Move,  Help Set-Up Competitors!

Now Strippit is Working with the Chinese.    I'm Sure That will be a Really Big Help!   1800's were the British Century,   1900's was Definitely the American Century,   but I'm Afraid This Century will Shortly Belong to China & India.    Have your Kids Learn Mandarin,  so they can get a Good Paying Job with a  Multinational Company some day Real Soon.   You Have to Admire the Chinese though.   They Wisely Focus on Taking Care of China,  and  Do Not Waste Their  "Blood & Treasure"  Trying To Be  "The Cops of The World".
I Wish Our Boys & Girls in Washington were  Half As Smart & Dedicated as the  Chinese Leaders
Who have Played Us Like Fishes.      And Just Take Care of Our Own,  Here in The United States.
Required Reading in Washington should Include  "China the Gathering Threat"   by  Dr. Constantine Menges.
Strippit  vs  Amada
If you have Suffered with Me this Far,  you Deserve My Answer to the  "Strippit vs Amada"  Question.   I Again Say that You Must Do Your Own Research,  as each User has Unique Needs,  Requirements,  & Situations.

What is "Best" is an Arbitrary Term.   I think  "Best"  is the Most Reliable Machine.   Most People want Ability to Come-In in the Morning, Turn Machine On,  Run Parts All Day with No Problems,  and Shut It Down at End of the Work Day.    And do this Every Day,  Year in & Year Out.    Some Managers  (Long ago, in Another Era)  when I was at Strippit,  told be that   "Yea,  Our Machine's Break Down more than Amada,  But we're So Much Faster,  Our Machine's are Still More Productive".    This View Conveniently Overlooks many Factors,  like Repair Costs and Scheduling Nightmares,  and I have Never Agree with it.

Machine Companies Push Speed,  because they Sell to Companies by Doing   "Justification"   Studies.
If They can Show You,  on Paper,  that their  New Wizzy-Bang 1000ZZ  Machine  Can Punch,   Say,   30 Holes More Per Minute,  Times the Hours in Your Shop Work Day,  Times your Shop Rate,   Etc,   Etc., 
then This Machine will Pay for Itself in only 17 Months or so,   And   You Would Surely be a Fool Not to Buy it!

These are My Opinions based on  My Experiences Working on  Strippit's,  Amada's,  Di-Acro's,  Trumpf's,  Raskins,  Nisshinbo's,  Wiedemann's,  and other Machine Tools for 33+ Years.  

Companies & Technologies & Machines are Constantly Changing,  and Nobody is a Expert on Everything.
I Freely Admit My Opinions could be in Error or even Completely Wrong,  and are  Primarily for the North American Market.   I will Change my Opinions from Time to Time,  based on New Information,  and Will Update this Web-Page  & Web-Site as Time Permits.   I will Not Rate Brands  1,  2,  3,  Etc.,   But will Separate into 2 Groups,   The Best,  and  All The Rest.    Note there are Many Excellent Machines in  "All The Rest"  Group,  They are Not Presented in Any Order and All should be Considered!   Use  "Hot-Links"  to do Your Research!
"The Best",   3 for the North American Market
Trumpf
Used Correctly in Right Applications, Trumpf is probably the Most Versatile and Productive CNC Punch Machine there is.   Reliable Machines,  But just Not The Most Reliable.   Trumpf is a Fascinating Company that seems to be Engineering Driven,  instead of just Marketing & Bean-Counter Driven,  like most Companies.   They Do Everything Their Own Way.   Other Companies use Turrets, Trumpf uses a Tool Changer.   Others have 2 to 4 Auto-Index Stations,  Trumpf's Punch-Head Rotates so Every Tool can be Auto-Indexed 360 Degrees, their big advantage.   Trumpf's use only their  "Trumpf-Style"  Tooling,  though Mate & Others make this Tooling Type now.   Other's Buy Ballscrews for their Axis Motion,  Trumpf uses Precision Rack & Pinion Gears Made in Their Own Swiss Factory.   Trumpf has Probably Best Trained & Most Professional Serviceman in this Industry.    I Prefer their 27 Ton Machines over their lighter 22 Ton Machines.   There are now many Imitators of the Trumpf Tool & Rotating Head Concept.

Trumph-Way in Machines & Tooling & Service tends to be Expensive.    Trump buys very little  "Off The Shelf"  Parts as they like to make everything themselves, so there is No 2nd Sources of Repair Parts.   They can Raise Prices or Discontinue Parts on older Equipment if they chose,  forcing you to  "Upgrade"  to a New Machine.   Machines are Complex,  sometimes Too-Close to  "Bleeding Edge"  of Technology,  and Difficult to Repair without Factory Parts & Help.   They are Not Built to Take Day-In & Day-Out Use & Abuse with Zero-Maintenance that is Typically Given Machines here in U.S.,  Canada,  and Mexico.  Think of a Big Precision Sewing Machine.   Take Care of Machine,  and use it Wisely in Correct Applicants and it will work well for you.  Oddly Enough,  German Trumpf uses German Bosch and Siemens CNC Controls.   There is nothing wrong with this,  but they are not the most Widely Used Controls here in U.S.,  which limits 3rd Party Venders of Parts & Service.    Like Fanuc,  Good Luck trying to get Control Schematics,  and they would be in German.
I consider Trumpf's to be Precision Sheetmetal Machines and Not for Heavy Gage Materials like 7-Gage or 1/4" Steel.   One Reason is they use "C" Type Frame,  which acts like a Big Vibrating Tuning-Fork under Large Loads,  verse more Rigid "Bridge" or "O" Frame that is becoming Standard of the Industry.   Trumpf Disputes this,  but you would be better off with a 40 to 50 Ton Amada or Wiedemann or Whitney if you want to Punch Heavy Materials.   A 30-Ton Bridge-Frame Trumpf would be a Interesting development.

LVD Strippit
Strippit in Akron NY,  makes quite good CNC Punch Machines.   Engineering is good and build quality is good.    Combined size of LVD & Strippit gives them access to more resources to advance products.   Strippit has a Wide Catalog of Machines,  from small Entry Level Machines,  to Large-Table Models with Load / Unload Systems.   As they are Located-In and Built-For North American Market,  Strippit's Machine Designs tend to be more Robust than European Machines.   This is because of Unfortunate Fact that Most Shops in  U.S.,  Canada,  and Mexico,  do little Training of their Personnel,  use  "Button-Pushers"  to Run Machines,  and do little Maintenance.   European Shops I toured,  had Professional & Well Trained Personnel running their Machines,  and well organized Tool-Rooms that Delivered Sharp Tool Set-Ups Just-In-Time for next Job.
I used to see this in America,  but not anymore.   The Point is,  Strippits Hold-Up Relatively Well in this Tough Environment.   Strippit Turrets have Large Auto-Index Stations and Hardened Replaceable Tool Bushings.
I Prefer Thick-Turrets & 30-Ton Machines over Lighter 22-Ton & Thin-Turrets Machines.

Belgian Company LVD bought Strippit in 1998,  Latest in a Long String of Buys & Sells Strippit Co. has Endured in  1970's, 1980's, and 1990's.  These caused Strippit to Lose Focus on their Customer's and Machine.   And so,  Competitors passed them by.   Both Amada & Trumpf are now 2 Billion Dollar a Year Companies,  can afford more Research & Development on New Products,  and Spend More on Service & Customer Support.   Strippit's Machines seem to have 2 Problems.   First is some Inconsistency in Machine Building.  One Customer has a Machine with a Turret Problem,  another has Perfect Turrets,  but something Completely Different Wrong.   There are some Control Integration Problems on complex Machines like Combo Punch/Laser Machines.   Other is their Well Known Service & Support Problem.    I thought that I had Shamed Strippit into Hiring more Service People.   But,  a Customer called and Complained  "I'm only 30 Miles from Strippit,  and I Can't get my Machine Fixed!".    Another called Fuming-Mad,  as Strippit Tech-Support Told them they were "Not Smart Enough" to work on Their Machine!   This may have been true,  but you can't tell them that!   And this is in Good-Old 48 States of the U.S.A.,  where Strippit Service is at it's Best!   There is Damn Little Strippit Service Outside U.S.!   Canada is Just 22 Miles from Strippit's Akron,  NY PlantYet there is No Strippit Factory Service in Canada!    And There is No Strippit Service in Mexico,  a large market these days.   Yet Competitors manage to Service these Countries.

I,  and Many Other Independent Servicemen,  used to have a Good Relationship with Strippit.   I Pushed the  Strippit Brand and helped Strippit Sell New & Used Machines,  and for No Commission.   I sold Strippit Hard to find Parts and they gave me Part discounts.   Then LVD Strippit Decided to make Their Friends into Enemies.  That's Always a Real Good Business Strategy.   We though it was because we were perceived to be Service Competitors.    But Strippit Insiders told me their New Policies came from Strippit's Comptroller  (Head Bean-Counter).    His Wet-Dream was Thinking that some of Strippit's Dead-Beat Customers were getting their Parts & Service from us,  to Avoid Paying-Up on Past Due Bills to Strippit.   Strippit has always been Very Aggressive on Bill Collecting.   So He would Cut Us Out,  and Strippit could  Squeeze These Customers  into Paying-Up!    In so many ways,  LVD-Strippit shows that they Just Do Not  "Get It".   
Instead of being  "Partners",  Strippit has an Adversarial Relationship with Customer's,  Employee's,  and All Independent's,  and so keeps Relegating Themselves to  2nd-Class Status.

In spite of my Ranting's,  Strippit has,  Maybe,  Turned-The-Corner.    They are Recovering from Poor Past  (and Present?) Management,  and is a Player Again in  U.S. Market, and should be Carefully Considered.   They got rid of Excess Models and Fixed their Hydraulic Problems.   I like some of their Innovative Thinking  (Which was always Strippit's Forte)  like Robot Loader-Stacker.   Service & Support & Repair-Parts Availability Still Needs Much Upgrading Especially in Canada,  Mexico,  and Rest of the World.

Amada
They Build Big, Heavy, Tough Machines that were the Most Reliable in CNC Punch Machine Business.   Amada Works Closely with their Fellow Japanese Partner,  CNC Control Maker Fanuc,  who seems to Give Better Technical & Integration Service to Amada,  than they do to their Non-Japanese Customers.   This gives Amada an Advantage that is Hard to overcome, as Fanuc Controls just seem to Work Better on Amada's,  than they do on Everyone Else's Machines.    Amada has a Large & Relatively Good  (but Certainly Not Great)  Service Dept.,  with Many Support Centers in U.S. & Worldwide.   Good Repair Parts Availability,  offers Repair Service Programs,  and New CNC Control Retrofits if you desire them.

Amada is Certainly Not Perfect.   Their Machines Tend to be Slower,  usually are Not Innovators of Newest Features,  and Still have Old Turret Wear-Out Problems that they Refuse to Address.    I would be Wary of  "Thin"  Turret Amada's,  and only go with  "Thick"  Turrets & Thick Tooling.   Make Your Operator's keep Turret Bores & Tooling Very Clean,  and Turret Bores & Tooling Well Lubed with Premium Synthetic Grease,  or you will Need New $60,000 Turrets Installed every few years.   Amada's 1st Generation Machines used Mechanical Rams that had Crankshaft & Bearing Wearout Problems.   2nd Generation used Hydraulics that were very Reliable, but used Much Electricity.   Now they Only make "EM"  Servo-Electric Ram Machines.  

I thought Amada would Ease Into  "EM"  Machines and Offer them as a New Alternative to their Older Bulletproof Hydraulic Machines.    But,  Amada has Dropped All Hydraulic Punch Machines and Only offers EM's.    This is Unproven Technology.  They use 2 Big Electronic Servo-Drives that Drive 2 Big Servo-Motors,  that Drive Ring & Pinion Gears to Turn a Mechanical Crankshaft & Ram.   So they have returned to 1st. Generation Greased Crankshaft & Bearing Problems.   And Worse,  according to Amada,  2 Servo-Drives & 2 Servo-Motors would Cost over $80.000.00 to Replace if they ever go Bad in the Future.   If your Knuckle-Head Operator Crosses a Tool or Punches a Workclamp, a Mechanical "Fuse" will Break,  Requiring a Service Call to Repair.   Better get a 3 Year Warranty on a New Machine,  and Buy Amada's Extended Warranty afterward.   There are Reports of Design & Service Problems with EM's,  Owner's Please Fill me in on your Experiences.    I have 1 Customer with an Older Amada that will be "Down" for 2 Months while waiting for an Un-Stocked Part from Japan.    And,  Amada No Longer Offers  "Entry"  Machines for Little Shops,  preferring to Sell Only 2 Big Expensive Punch Machines with Pricing starting at $380,000 & $420,000!






"And The Rest" Good Machines to Be Considered, Listed In No Particular Ranking Order;
Finn-Power
Finn-Power builds Machines that seem to be High Quality & Innovative,  using Turret Punch Machines with Hydraulic Rams and  "O"-Frames  (Their Name for a Bridge-Frame) and also their own Servo-Mechanical Ram,  the "E" Series.    It would seem More Companies are Backing-Away from Problems of High-Speed Hydraulics.   While they make Stand-Alone Punch Machines,  Finn-Powers Claim to Fame is their Automation. Their Machines are built as Building-Blocks that can be Assembled in Different Configurations, depending on Customer Needs,  into Flexible Manufacturing Systems  (FMS) that Typically have Sheet-Storage, Sheet-Loader,  Turret Punch,  CNC Right-Angle Shear,  and a Unloader / Parts Sorter.

Some Years back,  Finn-Power had Financial Problems,  and a Private Equity Fund now Owns them.   This is Not necessarily bad,  but Repeated Buying & Selling of a Company is what Damaged Strippit.   New Owner's seem to be Investing Heavily in Finn-Power to Grow their Business.   They have some Really Large Table-Size Machines (Up to 169 Inches) but Strangely,  most of their Turrets are Small  (20 Stations) in Capacity.   Finn-Power's "E" Machine's approach to a Servo-Ram sounds kind of Hokey to me,  so user's,  Please give me a Update on it's Longevity after you have had it a while.
Nisshinbo
Nisshinbo is a Large Japanese Conglomerate that makes Textiles, Toilet Paper,  Brake Shoes,  Chemicals, Etc.   In early 1980's,  they made Small CNC Turret Punch Machines for their own use in making Textile Machine Parts.   In Mid 1980's, Strippit Imported SPM500 & SPM750 Nisshinbo Punch Machines,  Repainting them in Strippit Colors ,  and Sold them as  "Strippits".    For Small and Light Gage Parts,  these Machines Worked OK.    But many Job-Shops bought them because they were Cheap,  tried to Punch Anything on them in usual American Way,  and had Problems because they really had bought Too-Small of a Machine.   Many of these Machines were Returned to Strippit,  Rebuilt,  and Sold Again.

After a few Years, Strippit and Nisshinbo parted company.   Nisshinbo went on to Expand their Machine Line,
and came out with Larger MAP1000 Machines.   These were OK Machines,  and as they were inexpensive,  were a Good Value.   In 1990's,  Nisshinbo continued improving and came out with Big Machines like HIQ-1250 Series.   These were good Machines that were Robust,  Well Built,  and Reliable.    But there Is A Problem with Nisshinbo's.   They Quit Making Them!    Punch Machines were a Small Part of their Business and they had a small share of World Market,  so Nisshinbo Quit Manufacturing Punch Machines.    Parts, Service,  and Factory Technical Support Availability to keep Machines Running is Already a Problem!

Yawei
A Chinese Company that has Roots going back decades,  Yawei started to make Advanced CNC Machines in 1990's using Swiss, Italian, and Japanese Technologies.   As Nisshinbo Phased-Out their Punch Machine Manufacturing,  they Partnered-Up with Yawei and Transferred Nisshinbo Manufacturing Technology Know-How and Critical-Parts Kits,  to enable Yawei to build Copies of their HIQ Series Machines.   This Series has been Improved with Stronger  "O"  Machine Frame and renamed the HPI Series.   HPI Machines seem to have all the Required Good-Stuff,  a Strong "O" Frame,  Thick-Style Turrets with Hardened-Bushings,  Brush Tables,  German Hydraulics & Controls,  and All in a Proven Nisshinbo Design.  

I have little First-Hand Knowledge of Yawei Machines and this is Not an Indictment of Yawei Quality.   But I have heard of Yawei Quality Problems.   And I Do Have Knowledge of other Chinese Machine Tools that were of Poor Quality.   Chinese are Not Known for Good Quality Control,  and will Ship Crap if Not Watched Carefully and Constantly.    A Good Design is Only The-Start,  Machine Components Must be Manufactured Correctly,  with Proper Tolerances,  Made with Correct & Proper Materials,  and Assembled Correctly by Skilled Personal,  or you will Not get a Reliable,  Productive,  Long-Lasting Machine Tool!   Yawei Must Provide Good Technical Operation & Repair Manuals,  Repair Part Drawings,  and Electrical Drawings,  in English,  if they Expect to be a Respected Player.   Plus the All Important Repair Parts,  Tech-Support,  and Service Availability.   How well they Accomplish this will determine the Reputation they Build.

NC MEC USA
When Strippit & Nisshinbo Parted-Ways,  several Strippit-Guys left and Formed  NC MEC USA Co.   NC MEC is the Independent & Excusive North American Sales Distributor for Nisshinbo and Yawei Machine Tools.   They Stock some New & Used Machines,  Repair Parts,  Provide Technical Support,  and Field Repair Service.    Located in Buford, GA.,  NC MEC does a reasonably good Job,  but is a Small Organization which limits the Parts & Service availability.   They have some Service Personal and also use sub-contracted Independent Servicemen.   Phone Tech-Support is available,  but may charge for it.    If you have a SPM500 or SPM750  "Strippit"  Machine,  Strippit has Little or No Support & Parts,  so go to NC MEC USA.    Nisshinbo and Yawei Do Not Directly Support their Machines in North America,  you have to go through NC MEC.
Nisshinbo Machines have been Discontinued and Yawei has been Phased-In.   If Yawei Decides to build Quality Machines,  and if  Yawei &  NC MEC Decide to Support them Well,  they could be a Force in Marketplace,  as their No-Haggle Machines Prices are much Less than Competitors.   I was Disappointed NC MEC did Not bring a Yawei to 2006 Atlanta Machine Show  (Neither did Amada or Muratec) or to 2007 Chicago Show.   They believe it's a Waste of Money,  but I think they made a Mistake.   They have Low Brand Recognition,  so Bring Yawei to  FabTech  at  Las Vegas November  12 - 14,  2012 !


Tailift
Taiwan Company Tailift makes a variety of CNC Turret Punch Machines with  Mechanical,  Hydraulic,  and Servo-Hydraulic Punch Rams.   Different Technologies have Advantages & Disadvantages,  analyze carefully to get Punch Technology that will Best Fit Your Needs.  Machines appear to be Copies of Amada Punch Machines.   Advantages of Tailift are relatively good Pricing,  and Support of their U.S. Distributor,  API.    Downsides are that Tailift has a small U.S. presence,  and unknown Parts & Tech-Support & Service.

Alternative Machinery Sales Inc.
Upside for Tailift is their U.S. Distributor is Alternative Machinery Sales which is Really Part of Alternative Parts Inc. (API).    API is a Parts and Service Company,  that has done a Good Job of supplying Parts & Service for Amada Machines for many years.    I expect they will do a good job of supporting Tailift Machines and so I would give them consideration,  especially if your Shop was near their Yaphank, NY facility.
Murata   /  Muratec  /  Wiedemann
Wiedemann Company was Started in 1916 by Theodore Wiedemann,  and Invented  Modern Turret Punch Press Machine in 1964.   Later became part of Warner-Swasey Company and were Located in King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania.    In 1980's,  they,  like Most of American Machine Tool Industry,  fell on Hard Times. Wiedemann was bought by Japanese  Murata Machinery Ltd.,  and were moved to Charlotte,  NC.   
The New Murata Machinery USA Inc.  now makes Punch & Other Machines under Brand-Name  Muratec.

Old Wiedemann's Traditionally were Large, Solid,  and Heavily Build Machines that used Mechanical Press Drives Systems.   They used "Wiedemann Tooling"  in Turrets that were Bored,  but Not Equipped with Replaceable Bushings.    Machines performed well,  but were Slower in Speed than Competition.    Wiedemann seemed to Rest on Their Past Laurels,  and so became a Follower of  New Features other Companies were coming out with.   In 1990's,  Wiedemann Pioneered Servo Motor Driven Ram.   This Technology uses a CNC-Controlled Servo-Drive Mechanical Mechanism to Precisely Control Punch-Ram and it's Speed-Profile & Stroke-Length.    Technology does Not have High Electrical-Usage or Positioning-Problems Inherent in High Speed Hydraulic Punch Systems.    Murata makes a Wide Variety of Punch Machines,  Perhaps Too Many  to adequate support, Ranging from  Motorum Servo-Drive Ram Machines,  to Hydraulic-Ram Vectrum's,  to  Big 45 & 50 Ton Mechanical Press-Drive Centrum & Magnum Machines.
Pullmax
Pullmax uses a Turret just as a Tool Magazine,  as Tools are Selected,  they are Loaded into Punch-Head,  which can Rotate 360 degrees with All Tooling.   Newest Machines can Form-Upwards to 3 Inches,  so some Small Parts may not need a secondary Forming Operation in a Press Brake.   Punch Head is Hydraulic and can be 24 Ton or Optional 33 Tons of Punching Force.   Pullmax currently uses Fanuc Controls.
Turret is a Small at 20 Tool capacity,  though All Tools Rotating is a big help.    Pullmax has a small Presence in North America causing usual Trouble getting Parts,  Service,  and Technical Information.   Most Repair Parts are Not-Stocked here and have to be Flown-In from Factory in Sweden.
Rainer
Italian's have always been Innovative and Rainer in Bologna Italy is no exception.   A Sister Co. of Rainer-UK is Punch Press Services Co.  located in Sandbach, UK.   A line of 9 Models with Hydraulic Ram and  "C" Type Frame.   There are Manufacturing & Packaging advantages to "C" Frame,  but it is not as Ridge as a "O" Frame.   I remember Strippit Mechanical Engineers were Shocked at how Much More Ridge "O" Frame was than Their Computer Models Predicted when they started making this type Frame again.   Some Rainer Models use 2 Servo Motors & 2 Ballscrews to Move Y-Axis.   A Good Idea  (Nisshinbo did this years ago on HI-IQ Machines)  as it provides Better Positioning of Large Loads on Big Work-Tables and High Axis-Speeds.    An Innovation is Rainer's  "Orbital" Turret System with Lower-Turret  Larger Diameter and Off-Set to side of Upper-Turret allowing Easy access to Look, Examine,  and Simply Lift-Out Dies!    Turrets are In-Sync & Line-Up Only at Punch-Ram Position,  which is Only place it matters.   Rainer has a small Presence in U.S. which causes usual Problems of Limited Repair Parts, Tech Support,  and Repair Service Availability.
Durma
A large Manufacturer of Sheet Metal Equipment started over 50 years ago in Bursa, Turkey.    Machines seem to be Well-Built,  but I have little experience with Durma,  as they have a small Presence here on our East Coast.    Durma Machines are being sold Mainly by 1 Distributor on U.S. West Coast.   Punch Machines are fairly Conventional,  and use a  Bridge Frame,  Hydraulic Punch Head in 22 & 33 Ton Versions,   26 & 28 Stations Tool Turrets using  "Long-Tooling",   Siemens CNC Controls,  with Brush & Ball Work Tables.  
While Durma is a Large Company in Europe,  they have usual Problems of a Small Presence here in U.S.,  which Limits  Repair Parts, Tech Support,  and  Repair Service availability here.
Danobat
Spanish Company Danobat is part of a large Industrial Group that makes a variety of Machine Tools.  They make 2  "Medium"  Punch Machine Models with Large Work Tables and a Full 30 Tons of Punching Force,  unusual in small to medium Machines.   Danobat makes 4  "Large"  Models with "O" Frames which have Large Tables that can process a Full 4' x 10'  Standard U.S. Sheet of Metal without a Progressive-Move, a big advantage in Processing Speed & Accuracy.   Seem to be Good Conventional Machines with Tool-Turrets,  Auto-Index Stations,  Hydraulic Rams,  Brush Tables,  Etc.    I am told that there is only a few Danobat Punch Machines in U.S.,  so Repair Parts, Tech-Support,  and Repair Service is limited.
Whitney
Whitney is located in Rockford, Illinois.    If you Punch Heavy Sheet Metal,  Whitney is your Machine.   Their Lightest Machine is Rated to Punch 40 Ton Holes in 1/2" Steel Plate.   Their Big Machine is Rated to Punch 100 Ton Holes in up to 1 Inch Plate!    Machines use Tool Changer that loads a Tool-Set from X-Axis  (or a External Tool Caddy)  into Punch Head,  which Rotates 360 degrees,  so all Tools  "Auto-Index".   Punch Tooling is Heavy-Duty  28xx,  36TC, or 44TC Types,  and most Machines have Plasma Cutting  for Contour-Cutting Heavy Metal.   Expensive and Slow compared to Lighter Sheetmetal-Type Machines,  but this is a Heavy-Plate Punching Machine.    Buy The Correct Machine for Punching Jobs that You Need to do!
Pivatic
I thought years ago it would be smart to add a Coil-Line to Feed a CNC Punch Machine for High-Volume Part Production.   Pivatic,  in Hyvinkaa Finland,  has accomplished this.   Full Coils are Most Economic way to Buy Sheet Metal.   Pivatic makes a Line of  Un-Coilers,  Levelers, Sheet Stackers,  Loaders,  Punches,  Shears,  Benders,  and other Machine Modules to be used alone or assembled into a Flexible Manufacturing System  (FMS).   Punch Machine uses 2 Tool Cassettes that hold up to 104 Thick-Turret Tools with each Tool having it's own Hydraulic Ram so any Tool can Punch at any time.   Cassettes move Back & Forth in  "Y-Axis"  while Sheet Travels in  "X-Axis".    Both Coil and Sheet Versions of Punch Machines are made.   If you are a High-Volume Parts user,  you would want the whole Coil, Leveler, Punch, Shear, Bender, Stacker System so Metal Coils go in 1 End and Your Parts come out other End.   I see Salesmen and Distributors here in U.S.,  but I don't see a Service Organization to Supply Parts and Field Service to keep Complex Machinery running.
Salvagnini
Salvagnini, located in Italy & Austria, is probably Leader in Integration of High-Volume Sheet Metal Part Production.   Originated "Multi-Press Punching Head"  that hold 40 to 96 Tools, each with it's own Hydraulic Ram so each Tool can Punch at any time.   These "Heads" use Unique Salvagnini Type 1, 2, or 3 Tooling.   Some Models have Sheet-Rotator so Part Sheets can be Punched and Trimmed on all sides.   Salvagnini's are best used in large High-Volume FMS Systems using Integrated Sheet-Loaders, Punch, Shear, Bender, and Parts-Stacker.   Big, Complex, Expensive Systems that I have only seen running in High-Volume Carrier, Trane,  & G. E.  Plants,  and may Not be suitable for Smaller Operations.    Salvagnini has a U.S. Support & Service Center in Hamilton, Ohio,  but you need a Good Maintenance Dept. to take care of this Machinery.  
Next,  LVD Strippit Sold-Off Their Entire  Fabrication Tooling Product Line  "Strippit-Tooling",   Which Strippit Invented,   to Wilson Tool Co.     Another Incredibly Stupid Move!!!   It's an Interesting  (And Telling)  Comment on American Business Styles.   How Privately-Held Wilson Tool Co.  Prospered & Grew Making Strippit Tooling,  and is Now  Far Bigger than the Strippit Co.,  while  Strippit,   with
It's  Buy-Out Owner's Du Jour,   Floundered & Shrunk in Size for Years!    Go Figure.

SAF (Semi-Automatic Fabricator) Punch Machines.      More on Strippit Single-Station Machines,  Click-Here!
Strippit Has Quit Making Manual Single-Station SAF Punch Machines  like the 10A,  15A,  Sonic 18/30,  Custom 18/30,  Super 30/30,  Super 30/40,  Super 36/75,  Super 30/40HD,  Etc.,  That They Made Thousands of for the Better Part of a Century!   Strippit Company was Founded on Making Tooling with Build-In Punch-Stripping Guides  (Hence, The Strippit Name)  that Strippit Invented.   And Single-Station Punch Machines that this Tooling Went Into.     And Now they  Do Not Make Tooling  or  SAF Machines!

How Can You be A Manufacturer,  If You Keep Selling Off Your Product Lines?

It's Obvious that they have Decided to Concentrate on their  Big-Ticket CNC Machines  for Strippit's
"Core-Business".    But They Do Not Understand that All these Other Product Lines that they Sold or
Gave-Away,  Were Still Money-Makers,  and Represented a  Powerful Synergy in Punch & Bending & Tooling Business that Had Helped to Make Strippit the Market Leader,  and the First Name People Used to Think-Of when they Needed these Products.      And  LVD-Strippit  has Let it All Slip-Away!

Years ago,  Before Idex Sold Strippit to LVD,  The Cincinnati Press & Shear Co.  Almost Bought Strippit.  
Its Really Too Bad that Cincinnati Passed on this Deal,  as I Think it would have been a Much Better Fit than LVD,   and Strippit and it's Employees would have Prospered under Cincinnati's  Disciplined Private Owners.

Strippit is Currently Owned by the LVD Co. in Belgium,  and is now   "LVD-Strippit".    When I spent a week with them in Belgium a few years ago,  I was Impressed with LVD.    They were like the Old Strippit in late 1970's,  with Lots of Mechanical,  Electronic,  and Software Engineers because they Believed in making Machines the Best-Way they could,  and doing it all  "In-House".    Interestingly enough,  LVD is also a Privately held Co.,  Letters LVD are for Last Names of the 3 Families that own it. 
The Jury is Still-Out on their Ownership however,  as Integration of these 2 Companies has Been Less Than Spectacular,  and the What & Where of their Long Range Plans for these Companies.

I also Spent a week with the Trumpf Co. in Germany & Switzerland.    Lots of Progressive Technology.
They Proudly Showed us their New $150,000  "Load-Master"  Sheet-Loader System.    I Told them  
"Well, That's Nice.    But Down South,   We-All Use The Bubba-Master,   And He Only Costs $8 Bucks"
We were Rolling In The Isles,  but The Germans Didn't Get-It.  
When There,  Try to  "Do-Lunch"   with  Mr. Leibinger  (Since Retired)  in The Executive Dinning Room. 
McDonald's Will Never Seem The Same Again!     But, That's Another Story,  for Another Day.

I Certainty Do Not Know  "Everything"  about Strippits or Any Other Subject!
My Opinions are Based on the Above Experience,  and are Simply Offered as 1 of Many Opinions that
You Should Gather & Use,  and Combine with Your Own Unique Needs & Situation,
to Form Your Own Opinion,    Which is the Only One That Counts!!!

Recommendations & Opinions;
Opinions are for North American Market and Do Not Necessarily hold for other Countries on our Tiny Planet.
I Favor Machines Built with Mechanical Press-Drives,  but All Manufactures have gone to Hydraulic-Rams.
If you are Buying a New Machine and Need the Features of a Hydraulic Adjustable-Stroke Ram,  Make the Manufacturer Prove That It Really Works,  at Advertised Speeds,  with Your Tooling & Sheet-Materials.
I Greatly Prefer 30-Ton Punching Force Machines  Over Lighter & Cheaper 22 Ton Machines Manufactures often Push.   Negotiate a  2 or even 3 Year Parts & Service Warranty,   Don't Be Bashful!    It's Your Money!!!

I would Chose  "Long-Tooling" &  "Thick-Turrets" as it is More Accurate and Suitable for Hi-Speed CNC Punching over  "Thin-Turret Strippit-Style"  Tooling that was Invented  3/4 of a Century ago by Old Wales Strippit Co.  for Manually-Operated Single-Station Machines.     "Trumpf"  Style Tooling  and their Rotating Punch-Head Concept  as now used by Many Machine Builders is another Good Choice.

Avoid P.C. Controls & Most  CNC Control Retrofits,  as they Tend to be "Buggy",  Poorly Documented,  have Parts Availability Problems, and are Hard to Service & Support.    Latest Fanuc Controls are a  "P.C."  with  "Windows"  Running-Inside and have had some "Problems".    Their Hard-Drives are Expensive to replace.
The Strippit Co.
Historically,  a Company that has Good Build-Quality of Machines,  Good Engineering,  Average to Mediocre Field Service,  that has Been Hobbled by Poor Marketing & Salesmanship,  and During  Houdaille  /  Idex  /  Strippit Inc.  /  KKR Years,   a  Very Self-Enriching  &  Clueless-Management.   Hopefully,  LVD will Do Better.

Don't Misunderstand,  Strippit Has Many Excellent Servicemen & Support People,  and Salesmen.  They Also have some  (Just like All Manufactures)  that are  Unskilled,  Poorly Trained,  Burned-Out,  &  Worried about  The-Next Layoff.    Many are Over-Worked & Spread-Too-Thin,  as Strippit is Understaffed.
This can Negate Strippit's Good Points and Brings-Down the Whole Organization to Mediocrity.

LVD Strippit Management Doesn't seem to Understand North-American Market.    I get Calls from Small Shops and Large Corporations with Press-Brakes & Lasers & Punches,  that Complain about  "Arrogance of the Belgians"  (Their  Exact-WordsNot Mine).   The Strippit Company is Located in  Akron,  New York   (near Buffalo),   Yet Strippit Chairman  Jean-Pierre Lefebvre  (The Family  "L"  in LVD)  is  My Neighbor Here in Union County,  North Carolina.   It's a Long 700 Mile  (1100 Kilometer)  Commute to Strippit Factory in  Akron,  N.Y,  but I Guess a Short-One to his Beach House on Bald-Head Island on our North Carolina Coast.

I am also Amazed How I Travel all around the Country,  and Talk to Shop-Owner after Shop-Owner,  who have  Never Even Seen A Strippit Salesman!    Strippit's  "Distributors"  tend to be Order-Takers.    I wouldn't use Distributors at All!    Strippit should Stick to their  Own Professional Factory-Trained Salesmen,
and have them  "Beat The Bushes"  a Hell of a Lot More,  like Amada Salesmen Do.

Phone Technical Support is Poor Because of Lack of Manpower from  Many Layoffs of Support & Service Personnel,  and Too-Wide Present  &  Past Product-Lines.   When I was  "Tech-Support"  at Strippit,  I built a  Library of Manuals on Every Product-Line  in my  "Cubical".    After I Left,  CEO Kenny Slawson  (Known as "The Tall & Dumb One")  said it was  "Too-Messy",  so this  All-Important Support Documentation was Thrown-Out in the Dumpster!    Looks over Substance.    Personnel & Resources Should be Added to Important Tech-Support Group and Publicly-State what  Past-Products Strippit-Is & Is-Not Going to Support.

Strippit Field Repair Service is  Very  Very  Poor in our Close Neighbors in  Canada and  Mexico
and is  Even Worse or  Completely Nonexistent Overseas.    Check on Service & Parts Before You Buy!!!
All the Above are  Very Correctable Problems,   If LVD Strippit Ever Commits to Fixing Them.
New Strippits
Global 20-1215,  Global 20-1515,  Global 20-1225,  Global 20-1525,  Global 30-1215,  Global 30-1515,  Global 30-1225,  Global 30-1525,  Siena 1212,  Siena 1225,  Parma 1212,  Parma 1225,  Delta 1000,  Delta 1250,  Delta 1500,  ST 1212,  ST 1225,  1000H/30,  1250H/30,  1500H/30,  1000XP/20,  1250XP/20,  1000MXP/30,  1250MXP/30,  Alpha 1012,  Alpha 1212,  and the Super 750.     Plus the  "Omega" Systems.

Good Grief,  Strippit Has Way Too-Many Punch Machine Models!   They Currently  (Summer 2007)  List  28 CNC Punch Machines!   This puts a Huge Burden on  Engineering,  Manufacturing,  Purchasing,  Parts
Stock-Room,  Documentation,  Tech-Phone Support,  and the  Field-Servicemen.
How can Anyone  "Know"  &  "Support"  All These Current  (And the Past)  Machine Models?
To put it in Context,  Amada & Trumpf are Much Larger Companies than LVD Strippit,  yet Amada Lists 5 Punches,  and Trumpf Lists only 4 Punch Machines.   Strippit Needs to Get Rid of these Excess and Redundant Models,  and Concentrate their Efforts on Great-Support of Remaining  "Core"  Models.

New Machines seem to be Well Engineered & Built,  and are Fast & Accurate.   All have Reliable Fanuc Control & Servo-Drives,  which can be Serviced World-Wide by Fanuc & Independent Service Co's.  Integration of some Newer Machines & Fanuc Controls is Not the Best.   It seems Not Enough Engineering Time was Spent at Strippit to  "Get the Bugs Out".   This is Probably Caused by the  "Too-Many Models"  &  "Too-Many Laid-Off Engineers"  Problem.    Problems like Customer's getting  "Error Codes"  instead of Real-Messages on their CNC Controls,  Poor Documentation & Electrical Drawings,  and Mechanical & Electrical  "Bugs"  that are Poorly or Never Fixed.    Different Machine were done by Different Engineers,  who Didn't Talk to each Other,  and so used  Different Machine Parts,  Incompatible Controls & Software, Different Sensors,  Etc.  Caused by Poor  "Engineering Management".  This makes it Difficult for Even the Factory to Support!

Machines are now Hydraulic,  some of the Past Hydraulic-Versions had Various Problems,  But Newer Versions seem Much Improved.      I Prefer 30-Ton Machines with Thick-Turrets & Thick-Tooling.  
The Mechanical Press-Drive Versions have been Phased-Out of Production.
Used Strippits
Mid 1990's to 2002
Global 20's and Global 30's.   Most are Bridge-Frame Machines now, very solid & rigid.   Strippit has now used  2 or 3 Generations of Hydraulic-Ram Systems,  some have had Problems,  I greatly Prefer the Mechanical Press-Drive Versions.   Stay with the Fanuc Control Versions.   Some Machines had Apple-Mac / DOS / Windows  P.C. Computer Controls with Various Software & Servo Drives which are becoming Hard to Support.   Avoid the P.C. Controls!   All Strippit Upper-Turret Tool-Stations have Hardened-Bushings,  a Big Advantage,  especially in used Machines,  as a damaged Turret Station can be Easily made  "Like-New" again. Another Strippit Advantage is that all their Auto-Index Stations are Big  3 1/2 Inch Stations,  some competitors have only small station A/I's,  which are Much-Less Versatile.

1250H/20   This is 1250/20 Repackaged with a Hydraulic Press-Drive,  instead of Mechanical.   This was next Stab at Hydraulics,  and there have been Reports of Various Problems.   Some Blame Control,  Some Blame Hydraulics,  Some say there is No Problems at all!   I don't know,  so I report it here Only as "Hear-Say",  just be aware of it.   Customers that have this Machine with  Fanuc-Control Option  are seem Happy.
This was also Era of Strippit's Own  "Windows P.C. Control",   I would Avoid the P.C. Control Versions!

1250/20  and 1250XP/20    Basically,  The R-Machines with Mechanical Press-Drives that were repackaged with a Larger Bridge-Frame.   Good Machines if they have Fanuc-Control option,  most do not.

1000/20 and 1000XP/20    Some Minor Updates and Marketing gives New Names to same old FC1000R Machines.   Good Machines & Recommended,  if they have Fanuc-Control Option.   As  "R-Family"  of Machines have a Mechanical Press-Drive that does Not have Pressure Oil-Lube System of Past Machines,  Grease Press-Drive Often,  using a High-Quality (Mobil) Synthetic grease,  or Press Bearings Wear-Out.

EARLY 1990's
FC1000S,  FC1000SXP,  FC1250S,  FC1250SXP   Machines are some of the Best Strippit Ever Built,  and are Highly-Recommended!   Very Heavy-Duty C-Frames,  Reliable Mechanical Press-Drives with Desirable Wet  (Hydraulic)  Clutch & Brake Unit,  and Most used Fanuc Controls with A.C. Servo Drives.   
Fanuc Versions are Recommended!    A few Machines were built with  Odd-Ball DOS / Windows P.C.  & Apple-Mac P.C. Controls,   Avoid Them!!!    Note That most Strippit 30-Ton Mechanical Press-Drives were Built with a Filtered Oil-Lube System for their Crankshaft,  Ram,  and Bearings,  and these Items Last Forever.    However,  Amada Mechanical Press-Drives are Greased,  and tend to Need a  Very Expensive Rebuild and Replacement of their Press-Drive Bearings & Crankshaft Items every few Years.

FC1250M  Machines.    Strippit's Heavy-Duty Punch Machine,  sort of a replacement for Ancient FC1250/45,  yet was Rated at only 33 Punching Tons like  "S"  Machines.    Made in Mechanical & Hydraulic Ram Versions, I prefer Mechanical.    "M"  Machines are Basically  "S"  Machines with a  "Thick-Turret"  Option to use Amada Long-Tooling.   Plasma-Cutting & Laser-Cutting Options available.  Very Good Machines,  Recommended!

FC1000R and FC1250R  were Updated to become the  "XP"s (Extended Performance)  Machines.  Pretty much Same Machines,  only Speeded-Up.   Fanuc Versions are Quite Good Machines,  but Avoid P.C. Control Versions!   Good Machines when new,  but now Very Hard to Fix  P.C.  "Controls"  when they break as most  "Control"  Circuit Boards  ("PAC"  & "Motion")  &  Apple MAC Parts are  "Not Available"!      AVOID!

Mid to Late 1980's
2nd Generation FC1000/3 and FC1000XT Machines  are Very Good Machines.   Early Versions had Fanuc GN6 Controls with D.C. Servo Drives,  and good but Less-Desirable Air Clutch & Brakes.    Later Versions had Fanuc OP Controls with A.C. Servo Drives,  and Wet Clutch & Brake Units,  both of which are more reliable.   First Strippits with Auto-Index Stations.   Micron Parts for these A/I Stations are No-Longer Available,  ask Strippit if Engineering will Design a Retrofit to Newer A/I Versions that Can be supported.

FC1000R.   Strippit goes full Circle in Entry-Level Machines.   From Building Good HECC80 FC750,  Then Junk Di-Acro CAP1000's,  then Re-Painted Imported SPM500's & SPM750's,  to Finally Designing & Building their Own Machine again, The FC1000 "R"  (Rear-Address)  Machines.   20-Ton Machines with Mechanical Press-Drive,  made with Apple-MAC, Windows P.C.,  and Fanuc Controls.   Fanuc is Reliable and Supportable Control.  Strippit is even taking-in old Mac "R" Machines on Trade-Ins,  and putting New Fanuc Controls on them,  as it has become Very Hard-to-Support   Windows P.C.  &  Apple-MAC  /  Servo-Drive  /  Motion Board  /   System-Software Versions  /  PAC I/O Board Combinations,  Etc,   that Strippit used over the years.   
Fanuc Versions are OK.     Avoid  ALL  Apple-MAC  and  Windows-P.C. Control  "R"  Machines!

FC630R.   Same as the FC1000R above,  only with a Smaller (25 Inch) Y-Axis,  Too-Small to be very useful.
Note!     An Update on  "R"  & "XP"  Type Machines Listed above with  Apple MAC Controls.
The Company that made  "Motion"  Circuit Boards  that  Strippit used Will-Not or Can-Not make them anymore,  so they are  Just Not Available!    Same with  "PAC"  I/O Circuit Boards,  No PAC Boards and No More Obsolete  "Commodore"  Computer  I.C. Chips used to make PAC Boards.   Its Also Hard to get Old Mac Computers  &  Servo Drives  &  The Correct Software Versions.     More On Strippit Controls.
Avoid Buying MAC  or  Windows PC Control Machine!!!   Strippit Will,  for about  $80,000.00,  Cut-Off Your Old Mac PC Control and Retrofit a New Fanuc CNC Control,  which Strippit should have used in the First Place!

SPM500 & SPM750 Machines.   Small Light-Duty  Nisshinbo's Repainted with  "Strippit"  on them.
Strippit has  Abandoned Them!   Little or No Parts & Service Support from Strippit!
Not Bad Machines  (if you stay within their Size & Tonnage Limitations),  But if you can't get Parts & Service,
I would Avoid them.    Check on Parts & Service Availability Before you Buy,   Not After!
Maybe Mr. Sobocinski at NC MEC  (the U.S. Nisshinbo Dealer)  can Help us out here?    Let Us Know Bob.

Super AG 30/30.   These are Single-Station Machines  (Manual Super 18/30's, 30/30's, 30/40's)  with a little
Japanese  Earlix 2KH-700  2-Axis Auto-Gageing CNC Control Bolted-On.    The Earlix Company has gone
Out-Of-Business,  so there is  No-Parts & No-Service Available!     Another Strippit Orphan!    Avoid Them!

Early 1980's
The  HECC80 CNC Control Machines.   Fairly Simple Machines which are easy to Understand,  Operate, and Work-On.   No Auto-Index was ever on any HECC80 Machines.   Parts and Service are Available.
HECC80 Machines Are Machine Technologies Speciality!
Most HECC80 CNC Control Machines are now Good Inexpensive Entry Machines for small Shops,
and Cheap-Enough to buy an Identical  "Spare Machine"  if you already have one.     All Companies Should have 2 Machines,  so that your Business is Not Held Hostage by a Critical Machine being  "Down"!!!

FC750 and  FC750/2  are Good and Compact 1-Piece Machine.   Has 20-Station Turrets,  20-Ton Punch Rating,  30"x 40" Table size,  and are Very Easy to  Move, Set-Up,  Operate,  and  Repair.    FC750's are
Excellent & Inexpensive Entry Machines,  and Good replacements for the Junk T-SAF  &  FC75/30 Machines!

FC1000/2   Same as the 1970's FC1000/1 noted below,  only Updated with Newer HECC80 CNC Control. 
A  3-Piece Machine  (HECC80/1  Control,  Table,  Frame),  20-Station Turrets,  30-Ton,  38"x 48"  Table size.
A very Popular Machine,  with 450+  FC1000/1 & FC1000/2 Machines being built.

FC1000/3 Machines  was Replacement for FC1000/2 with same 38"x 48" Table-Size & 30 Ton Punch Rating. 1-Piece Machine,  which are More Accurate and Very Easy to Install.   Machines are Very Fast,  have big 33 Station-Turrets,  more Features,  and Very Easy to Operate HECC80/302 Controls.     Note,  at about Machine s/n 045,  FC1000/3's got New Heavy-Duty Turret Drive  (Can Identify by 2 Gearbox Output-Shafts,  not 1),  and at about  s/n 067  FC1000/3's got  Improved 3A Servo-Drive,  so  I Prefer s/n 067+  Machines.     At  s/n 200,  FC1000/3's received many Machine & Control  (HECC80/302A)  Improvements and were called the  "Reliability Machine"  In-House at Strippit,  and are Very Good Machines.   About 260 HECC80 FC1000/3 Machines were made before they Evolved into 2nd Generation GN6 Fanuc-Control Versions.

FC1250/30/1500  have bigger  50" x  60" Tables and are  Very Good Machines.    Early versions had HECC80/1 Control & 20-Station Turret,  later versions had HECC80/306 Control   &  33-Station Turret.
Final Versions had Fanuc Controls.   Strippit Supports HECC80 Controls but is Not good at it.     We Are.

FC1500/45.   Heavy-Duty Bridge-Frame Machine that can Punch 5/8" Steel Plate and had Plasma-Cutting.   Uses Whitney 28xx style Tooling Only.   About 30 Machines were made.   There is Little Parts & Service Support by Strippit these days.   Most Service Work is now provided by my Associate Keith Coffee.   We (Machine Technologies) have Control Electronic Parts,  but No Mechanical Machine Parts for this Model. Good Machines,  but I Advise Avoid,  Unless you Need its Unique Heavy-Duty Punch & Plasma Cutting Capabilities, because of No-Strippit Support & Limited Parts Availability.   Buy 2 so you can keep 1 Running.

CAP1000 and CAP1250 Machines.   Really a  Cheap,  Light-Duty,  Obsolete Old (1970's) Di-Acro Machine with Strippit Painted-On.    Horrible to Work-On.    For Instance,  you have to remove Clutch & Flywheel, 
pull-out 6 Foot-Long Crankshaft out Back of Frame,  just to change a Brake O-Ring!    Poor Manuals, Little or No Service & Parts Availability,  Breaks Ram & Crank Parts if you do any Heavy-Punching.    Fitting a 1" Smaller Motor-Pully to Slow-Down Press-Drive Speed will help you some.     Avoid CAP Machines!

HPM1000.   A Wet-Dream of Strippit Marketing Dept.    Now Get This,  They took Cheap Table & Control of a Di-Acro CAP1000 Machine,  and Jury-Rigged it to Frame of a Strippit  FC1000/2 Machine,  to make their
El-Cheapo  30-Ton  "Houdaille Punch Machine" (HPM).    There is  No Schematic Drawings,  No Service, 
No Support,  and Strippit has Conveniently Forgotten that they Even Made Them!     Avoid At All Costs!

T-SAF30.   Strippit took their Great 40-Ton Single-Station Super 30/40 Manual Machine,  had a 12-Station Turret  & a Clunky Turret-Indexing Mechanism Just Bolted-On to its Side,  and called it the  T-SAF30.
Little or No Parts & Service Available.    These are Junk Machines.      Avoid Them!

FC75/30.   Strippit then took the T-SAF30,  had a  GE 1050 CNC Control & Servo-Drives Bolted-On,  and it was called the  FC75/30.    These are Automated Junk!     Little or No Parts & Service Available!     Avoid them!
Note,  a Good Replacement for  T-SAF30 &  FC75/30 Machines are  FC750  or  Fanuc FC1000R Machines.

FC1250/45.     Big Solid 45 Ton Heavy-Duty Machine,  but is a very old design that is hard to work on,  Very Difficult to Move & Install,  and Repair Parts are becoming Scarce.    Avoid,  unless you Must have its features, which are Big Tables  (50"x 72"),  a  5" Tool-Station,  and it can Punch  3/8" Material up to 45 Tons.

The 1970's  ---   Some Good NC  "A-Control"  Machines that We,  Machine Technologies,  Still Support.
But Lets Get-Real Here!!!    If you are Buying,   Buy a Newer CNC-Machine that can be Better Supported with
More Reliability,   Better Parts & Service Availability,   &   Newer Control & Machine Features!!!

FC1000/1   The Machine that helped Catapult Strippit Co.  to the Leader in Punching Industry.    It was Fast,  as X & Y Axis Moved at 2000 Inches-Per-Minute,  and could easily Punch 180+ Hits-Per-Minute.    First Machine with Contour-Nibbling  which allowed Machine to Nibble-Out Large Holes & Curves of Any Size.    A  2-Piece  (Table & Frame Assemblies)  Machine with a 20-Station Bi-Directional Turret that took Shortest-Path to next Tool-Station.    30-Ton Punching Force.    It used Stand-Alone NC  (not CNC)  Control off to Left Side of Machine.    Houdaille  "30S3",  "HC",  and  "A"   NC Controls were used,  with "A-Control"  being Last & Best.
These Machines are Stamped  "FC1000" on  I.D. Plate,  but I call them FC1000/1 to differentiate from later  FC1000/2  &  FC1000/3 Machines.   FC1000/1 Machines were built 1975 to 1978.   In early 1979,  Machine was Updated with New HECC80 CNC Control,  and Machine became FC1000/2 Model.   Some Late  "A-Control"  FC1000/1 Machines were Stamped  FC1000/2,  and some Early  HECC80-Control  FC1000/2 Machines were Stamped FC1000.    Many were  "Mis-Stamped",   be sure what  Machine & Control you have!












Euromac
Headquartered in Formigine Italy,  Euromac has been in North American Market for over 20 years and has Centers in  Newmarket, Ontario Canada,  Plainville, CT  USA,  and  Col. Torre Blanca Mexico.   In the 1980's they had Single-Station Machine that was Alternative to Strippit's Super 30/30.   Since Evolved Upward adding  CNC  X & Y Axis,  Rotating Punch Head,  MultiTools,  larger Work-Tables,  and now making small Turret Machines.  Euromac & Strippit have Discontinued Single-Station Manual-Gageing Punch Machines.
Ermac  /  Ermak  /  Ermaksan
Located in Bursa Turkey,  Ermaksan seems to also use the other 2 Names,  perhaps to seem more Western.
They have several Machines Models,  all with conventional C-Frames with Hydraulic Rotating Punch Head using a Single MultiTool.    A Couple of new Models have a 2 or 3 Tool Changer to change the  MultiTools.    There is Little Representatives for their Punch Machines here in the US at this time.
Haco
Headquartered in Belgium,  Haco has many Manufacturing Facilities across Europe,  and makes much more than Punch Machines.   They have several Punch Models ranging from simple Single-Station Fixed-Punch Head Machines,  to more upscale Indexable Rotating Heads, Tool-Magazine Turrets for the Rotating Head,  and Load / Unload Systems.    Haco has a small presence here in the US Punch Market.
FMS's,   Flexible Manufacturing Systems
These Consist of  Sheet-Storage Units,  Loaders,  Punches,  Lasers,  Right-Angle Shears,  Transfer Units,  Unloaders,  Part Sorters,  Etc,  all Configured for a Particular Customers Application.   FMS's are great when they are Working-OK,  but they are Very Complex and Difficult to Work on.   There is Much CNC Control & Software Integration to understand,  and all that Machinery is in the way of whatever you want to Fix.    And it only takes One Small Part Failure to Shut-Down the Whole System.   You will Need a Well Trained In-House Maintenance Man if you don't want to be Flying in Factory Serviceman for every little failure.

Some Companies Buy a FMS System,  and are Disappointed when it does Not perform as Expected.
The Machinery is only a Couple of the  "Links"  in a Successful FMS Production  "Chain".    You need to Upgrade the Skills & Competence of Personal in Your  Engineering,  Programming,  Scheduling,  Tooling,  Maintenance,  and Most Important of all,  the People that Operate the Machines  (No "Button-Pushers"),  or you will Always have  "Weak"  Links in your Production Chain that will Always Keep it from Reaching it's Full PotentialThis Necessary Personnel Upgrading Applies to Any FMS System,  Regardless of Manufacturer.
Gasparini
Headquartered in Istrana, Italy,  Gasparini is a large Manufacturer of Sheetmetal Equipment.   They have 1 Model of Punch Machine at this time,  using a Small Turret as a Multi-Tool Magazine for Rotating Punch Head.
22 Ton Hydraulic Machine using Siemens CNC Control.  There is Little Support in American at this Time.
See The Show!
If you are a  Shop Owner,  Manager,  Engineer,  Programmer,  or  Looking for New or Used Equipment, 
You are a Fool if you do Not go to a Good Machine Show  every couple of years to stay Current with Concepts & Techniques.   Go to  FabTech International & American Welding Society Show,   in   Las Vegas
November  16 - 18,  2016.    And  International Sheet Metal Exhibition  Euro Blech  in Hanover,  Germany October 25 - 29,  2016.     I  have Serious Doubts about  Any  Machine Tool  Manufacturer  /  Importer  /  Distributor  that could Not be Bothered to Bring a Machine & Exhibit to the Shows.    Go to The Shows!!!
Peddinghaus
If you work with  Really Heavy Metal,  call Peddinghaus in Bradley, Illinois.   Their Machines have up to
177 Tons to Punch  1.250" Steel Plate,  and can also  Drill,  Plasma,  and  Flame-Cut up to  3.000" Steel Plate!
Boschert
Headquartered in Germany,  Boschert makes several Sheetmetal Machine Lines,  including CNC Punches.   Most are fairly standard Rotating-Head Type Machines with a Tool changer,  but have only 4 to 8 Tool Stations,  depending on Machine Model.   They also have a Large Machine with 36 or 50 Ton Punching with
a Plasma Option.    Boschert is 1 of the Last Manufactures that makes a Manual Punch Machine.
Dalcos
This was like a Mini-Pivatic Machine.    Coil-Steel Goes-In & Punched-Parts Fall-Out the other end into a Bin.
If you need Hi Volume of relatively Small  (24 Inches x Any-Length)  Parts,  This Is Your Machine!   The Way to Replaces Progressive Punch Presses & Hard Tooling.  Tiny-Machine Footprint.   I was Impressed!
Much of what Follows is  History  from 10 & 20 Years ago,  and is Presented as just that  ---  History.    On Occasion,  I have been Accused of Bitterness & Sour-Grapes,  and there is some Truth in that.    I Am Bitter That Past  "Managements"  Walked Away with Millions of Dollars while Good Strippit Workers with  20, 30,  &  Even 40 Years were Laid-Off and Traumatized.
I get Emails from Alumni Thanking Me for The-Truth,  and tell me more Strippit Horror-Stories.

This Aside,  Strippit has New Management that has made Changes.   You as a Potential Customer,  Must Judge Strippit  on what they Are,  Can Offer You Today,  and their Believability of Promises to You for Tomorrow.     And Not for any Distant History or Past Sins.
Click-On Photo to Visit  White House!
My  1972 DeTomaso Pantera
  Beautiful & Fast,  it had a
351 Cleveland V8  Bolted to
5-Speed ZF-Transaxle 2 Inches behind Seats.   Primarily used to Chase Down my Young Bride Liza in Her  Cobra
I Only Repair Strippit's to
Buy Fast Cars and
Pay Liza's Credit Card Bills.
Adam-Christopher
Riding-Shotgun with His Mom Liza.

Troopers Caught Liza on the Beltway.
When Informed She was Clocked at Over  90 MPH,   She Replied
"Really, I Must have Slowed Down!"
The Trooper was So-Flustered
He Let Her Go!
But He Caught Her Again,  the
Very Next Week,  and Didn't let her go.
True Story.
The Pantera was Not really Fast Enough,  so I Ordered this New  C6 Corvette.
186 MPH Top-Speed,   400 HP,   6-Speed Manual Transmission, 
Factory Chrome-Wheels,   Velocity-Yellow Tint Coat.   A Great Toy!
Topsail Beach
at the South End of Topsail Island.

Atlantic Ocean
on the Right,  and Bank's Sound
on Left of Island.

Upper-Left, 
you can See the
Intracoastal Waterway
that goes from Chesapeake Bay
to  Florida.

In 1947 Island was Missile Test Range for
Operation Bumblebee
and there is still Observation Towers,  Assembly Building, and a Missile Museum.
  The Rare Megan-Mermaid
Please Note!
While I Update Information from Time to Time,  There are Too Many World-Wide Machine Companies with Far Too Many Machine Models that are Constantly Changing,  for me to be Current & Up-To-Date on!
So Comments Below Will Quickly Be Out-Of-Date!    Comments and   "Hot-Link"   Buttons are Offered as
Starting-Points   for You to do Research on Companies and Machines that can Fill Your Unique Needs.
Controlled Automation
Located in Bauxite, Arkansas,  Controlled Automation Manufactures Structural Steel Processing Machinery including a CNC Punch that is Rated 215 Tons Punching Force for Punching up to 1 1/2" Steel Plate.  They also do  Machine Rebuilding and CNC Control Retrofitting.
ITEK
Located in Schio, Italy,  ITEK has CNC Punching Machines,  and Other Sheet Metal Processing Equipment,  that use Single-Station Rotating Punch-Head Concept with a Turret used for Storing Punch Tools.
I've Always Wanted a Ferrari. 
A Favorite is The   458 Italia

My Wife Says  "Go Ahead and Order it"
How Many Of You Guys Can Say That?

But,   Enzo  said 
"Real Ferrari's have 12 Cylinders!"  
Who am I to argue with  Enzo? 
So I am looking at    599 GTB Fiorano !
Click-On  All  Photos  &  Hot-Links  for More Car Info!
Iowa Precision
Iowa Precision,  in Clinton, Maine,  is a Division of the Huge Formtek Machinery Group.   Iowa Precision also makes Coil-Lines Feeding a CNC Punch Machine for High-Volume Part Production.   Full Coils are Most Economic way to Buy Sheet Metal.   Using a Line of  Un-Coilers,  Levelers, Sheet Stackers,  Loaders,  Punches,  Shears,  Benders,  and other Machine Modules to be assembled into a Flexible Manufacturing System  (FMS).   Punch Machine uses 2 Tool Cassettes  holding 36 Thick-Turret Tools and 2  Auto-Index Tools.   Cassettes move Back & Forth in  "Y-Axis" Punching,  while Sheet Travels in  "X-Axis".    A Built-in Shear cuts parts to proper Programmed Part length.