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Van-Am Installs New 5-axis Laser and CNC Turning Center

ST. JOSEPH, Mo.—Van-Am Tool & Engineering has installed a new Mazak 5-axis laser and a DMG Mori NLX 1500 SY CNC turning center, the company announced recently. The 34-year-old company offers a variety of capabilities that make it a full service source for tool and die manufacturing, metal stamping, machining, metal fabrication, and laser cutting.

The Mazak 4,000-watt 5-axis laser cutting system, the fourth laser cutting system at the company, can perform 2D and full 3D laser cutting and has a capacity of 131.6 x 60.8 x 28.3 inches, the company said in a release. It is well-suited for flat plate, formed, or drawn shapes and tubing, pipe, and structural items.

The DMG-Mori features a 2.4-inch diameter through the spindle, 15.1-inch maximum diameter, 20.2-inch maximum length, 10,000 rpm direct drive live tooling, and sub-spindle. The new equipment demonstrates Van-Am’s commitment to technology and growth and further diversifies its offerings to its customers, said Eric Bruder, president and CEO, in a release on the company’s website (

“This additional equipment is part of our ongoing efforts to leverage technology to improve our capacity, efficiency, and turnaround times,” stated Van-Am’s Preston Punzo, vice president of sales and marketing, in the release. “In some cases, this equipment will dramatically improve our productivity compared to older equipment.”

The company has also brought on Greg Smith, a veteran of more than 20 years in the industry, to handle outside sales. “We are pleased to have someone of Greg’s experience and caliber join the team,” stated Punzo.

Services offered by Van-Am Tool & Engineering include complete design and build of progressive, transfer, louver, blank, form, and draw dies; die maintenance and repair; short or long run production stamping; general and custom machine work (manual and CNC); wire EDM; design and build of jigs and fixtures; and design, build, and repair of special machines. The company also offers laser cutting and precision CNC press braking; custom fabrication and welding; robotic welding and plasma cutting; vibratory finishing; assembly; packaging, and warehousing.

Operating in an 82,000-square-foot facility, Van-Am serves customers nationwide in industries that include agriculture, automotive, construction, electrical, petroleum, government, HVAC, pharmaceutical, and transportation.

For metal stamping, Van-Am offers flexibility for low, medium, and high volume production stamping runs from carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. The company employs mechanical and hydraulic presses up to 600-ton clamping force and press beds up to 60 x 108 inches. These, along with multiple coil feed lines, support the production of progressive, blank, form, hand transfer, and draw dies.
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