What Does an Ironworker Machine Do?

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Publish Date: November 8, 2022

What Is an Ironworker Machine?

The Ironworker machine is a sheet metal processing machine, which is able to cut, bend, punch, slot, etc. on a metal sheet.

The ironworker machine is equipped with punches of various shapes that can cut bars, rods, angles, and channels.

It can also be used for notching, bending, punching, and forming many tubes, bars, and steels.

The Ironworker has diversified functions, which can perform a variety of metal processing tasks and improve production efficiency.

Compared with other machines, the workpieces processed by ironworkers have smoother cutting surfaces and holes.

An ironworker is large in size and heavy in weight. because it has multiple functions, and its structure is relatively complex.

An ironworker is designed for different sizes and capacities, ranging from 20 tons to more than 200 tons.

The ironworker also has a double piston, which can be operated by one or two operators.

The operator can adjust the distance of the piston stroke according to the thickness of the metal material.

The types of ironworkers are divided into manual ironworkers, hydraulic ironworkers, and mechanical ironworkers.

What Is an Ironworker Used For?

The ironworker is mainly used for cutting, punching, grooving, and bending different metal plates, bars and channels.

The ironworker is widely used in metal processing in various industries, such as wind power generation equipment, construction engineering, mechanical equipment, etc.

The punches of ironworkers can punch pipes, angles, rods, flat bars, etc. The shape of the hole is determined by the shape of the punch, such as round, square or other shapes.

The ironworker also has the shearing function, which can perform angle shearing and bar shearing.

The ironworker can cut different bars, like flat bars, round bars, square bars, angle bars and beams.

The ironworker fixes the metal plates between the blades through the hold downs.

The ironworker fixes the metal plate between the blades through the hold downs and then cuts the material into the final profile.

The ironworker is also equipped with a special metal notching station, adjustable rectangular unit and threading platform, which can perform V-shape and square grooving.

The ironworker can also bend and form, although the bending of the ironworker may not be as accurate as that of the press brake.

However, ironworkers can be used to bend some banisters, supports, etc. with low accuracy requirements.

How Does an Ironworker Work?

The ironworker has 5 different workstations and is equipped with standard tools. Punching, rebar shearing, sheet metal shearing, corner shearing, slotting, etc. can be carried out separately.

The ironworker is consist of a punching station, angle cutting station, bar cutting station, notching station, and shearing station.

Each workstation is equipped with a particular hold down, which can fix and align the materials in a proper position.

The ironworker uses the power system to drive the blade on the ram to move up and down for shearing.

Each workstation provides corresponding upper and lower molds, which are generally made of diamond and other materials.

It can cut angle steel, channel steel, square steel, round steel, flat steel and flat angle steel with high efficiency and good cutting quality.

The hydraulic ironworker can control the stroke and speed through the hydraulic cylinder drive, and the movement of the shaft is also very flexible.

The mechanical ironworker drives the blade or punches up and down through the flywheel and crank.

What Are the Components of Ironworker

The body of the ironworker is the frame that carries the drive system, ram and other parts.

So the frame should be strong enough to prevent it from breaking or curling during operation.

The worktable is used to place the materials for cutting and notching and is used to fix the punching hole at the punching station.

The ironworker is also equipped with a “hold down”, which is the clamping device located next to the shear blade.

It can hold down tightly the shearing material to prevent the material from moving.

The hold down can also introduce the material as a wedge between the upper and lower blades to make the gap larger.

The blade of the ironworker is used for grooving and shearing. It is made of tool steel, wear-resistant and sharp.

The blade is generally installed on the ram and the workbench at a certain interval so that the edge of the sheared workpiece is smooth and clean.

The control device of the ironworker includes a control lever, control button and foot pedal.

The ironworker can also be equipped with a CNC gauging device, a hydraulic cooling system, customized toolings, a light curtain, and guard fence.

How to Determine the Capability of the Ironworker?

The Ironworker has different sizes and different working capacities, which can also be called tonnage.

The capacity of ironworkers ranges from tens of tons to hundreds of tons, and the plates that can be sheared and punched are getting thicker and thicker.

Before determining the tonnage, it is necessary to determine the maximum thickness of the plate.

Also determine the maximum thickness of punching materials, the maximum hole diameter of punching, and the maximum thickness and width of angle steel and channel steel.

When punching, the throat depth of the ironworker shall be at least more than half of the width of the material.

Different materials have different tensile strengths. During punching, the tonnage shall be increased by half according to different materials.

The required tonnage can also be determined through the machine specification information and tonnage chart provided by the manufacturer.


Ironworker machine is a multi-functional, flexible, and efficient machine. If you are looking for an ironworker, you can check our products.

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What Is the Hydraulic IronWorker Machine?

The hydraulic ironworker drives the machine's ram and blades up and down through the hydraulic device.

The hydraulic ironworker can be divided into the one-cylinder operation and the dual-cylinder operation.

The stroke and speed of the hydraulic ironworker can be adjusted, and the movement of the shaft can also be adjusted.

The dual cylinder ironwork has two independent hydraulic pistons, which can be used for punching, forming, shearing, and grooving respectively.

The dual-cylinder ironworker can operate the machine with two operators. The functions of this machine are relatively complicated.

What are the Benefits of Using an Ironworker Machine?

The ironworker is a machine with multiple functions, which can cut, punch, and even bend and shape bars, flat steel, and angle steel.

The processing technology of ironworkers is highly efficient and very accurate. Long-term use of ironworkers for production can reduce the waste of materials.

Workstations with different functions can handle different processes, improving productivity and reducing the cost of purchasing machines.

Ironworkers can handle a variety of materials, including stainless steel, cast iron, low-carbon steel, copper, aluminum, and other materials.

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