The Arc-Fit method is a simple and dependable way to create notches in pipe or tubing, slots and many other types of end notches.
The tooling consists of Housings and interchangeable Punch & Die Assemblies. Each different tube or pipe size or notch configuration requires a different Assembly. Many different Assemblies will fit the same Housing, up to the maximum capacities listed in the charts below. The final component is a press, to provide power.
Our Arc-Fit tooling can fit many ironworkers, punch presses, or even press brakes. We offer presses, either manual, pneumatic, or hydraulic, to power your Arc-Fit tooling.
Your tube or pipe is slid, horizontally, over the Tube Rest, onto the Punch. The punch fits the ID of your material. The Punch Holder functions as an end-stop.
The Press pushes the Punch & Punch Holder downward, through the bottom wall of your material. The Tube Rest is also a cutting edge, supporting the underside of your material, preventing deformation. In most cases (round pipe fitting round pipe, for example), the material is rotated 180° and a second notch made. Simple scribe lines on the Punch Holder help line up the material for the second notch.
Arc-Fit tools are designed for many years of use. Our Punches and Tube Rests are designed to be sharpenable. We have made thousands of custom Arc-Fit assemblies to suit specific applications. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
If you have higher volume notching requirements, our Arc-Twin tooling will notch each tube end in ONE press stroke.
Assemblies listed below for are just a few examples of tools that will fit our #35 Housing. For Custom Tools, please contact the factory at 800-272-8946.
To notch with the Arc-Fit method you need a HOUSING, ASSEMBLIES for each size tube or pipe and a PRESS, [hand or power].
Watch Vogel Tool and Die Arc-Fit Video