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Today, the Industrial Perforators Association (IPA) - an organization devoted to the advancement of perforated materials - announces the winners of its 2016 Perforated Metal Materials Photography Contest. In an effort to build awareness around the endless applications of perforated metal materials, the photo contest offers three cash prizes for representative photo submissions.

The Industrial Perforators Association (IPA) seeks the nation’s best photographs of perforated metal materials that feature a broad range of applications – from artistic design to functional spaces—capturing the endless ways perforated metals are used. And there’s a big reward – three cash prizes for best photographs, including a $2,000 grand prize...

In the acoustical context, there are many materials that are suitable for perforation. These materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, Inconel and titanium alloys, retain excellent strength with perforation. Multiple materials provide many options for hole shape, pattern and size.

The Fabricator

Posted on October 1, 2015
The Milwaukee-based Industrial Perforators Association (IPA) has refreshed the look and functionality of its online knowledge Center. The site, at, serves as a central resource of education and information on how to apply, specify, buy, design, and build with perforated metal.

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Posted on August 31, 2015
When specifying the use of metal for architectural applications designers have two primary choices, perforated metals or expanded metals. Both industries are represented by trade associations which promote the use of their respective products. The Expanded metal Manufacturers Association (EMMA) has been hard at work positioning its products in a favorable light to architects with claims of durability, flexibility and the claim of “no scrap”.

Metal Architecture

Posted on April 7, 2015
This is the March 2015 edition of Metal Architecture. Articles include: 29th Annual Architect Survey; Building Profile: Newport Beach Civic Center; Architect Profile: Edward A. Vance, FAIA, NCARB; and Sports & Recreation Projects.

A cover story in Metal Architecture's April issue, written by IPA's Bob Farber, provides the reader with an in depth look at the different architectural applications of perforated metal, expanded metal and wire cloth while at the same time expanding on the aesthetics, acoustics, and ventilation qualities of each.

An IPA member company case study discusses IAQ in hospital operating rooms. The role of air filters in HVAC systems is particularly important in IAQ applications. In the most advances of these systems, perforated metal can act as a cost-competitive and effective replacement in baskets, diffuser sections and downstream discharge grilles.

Design Concepts: Perfect Your Punch

Posted on March 19, 2014
Designing with perforated metal? Here's a handy guide, with emphasis on how to accurately specify, the diverse functions of the material, design challenges, material selection, and new technologies.

The IPA and association member company Ferguson Perforating offer a closer look at the unique metal-perforating process in Metal Forming magazine's August issue. The article expands upon the process' ability to create thousands of holes per minute without creating a heat-affected zone.

Punches and Weaves

Posted on March 19, 2014
Perforated metal and metal fabric have overlapping functions and aesthetic components within various applications. Although upfront cost can be a deciding factor for a designer, many other factors go into determining the value of one material versus another. Aesthetics, strength, durability, sustainability, resistance to environmental elements, fabrication costs, and application-specific needs all may play a role.

Metal punching may seem like a straightforward process with limited uses. In reality, however, it’s a sophisticated process suitable for a wide variety of applications.

Noise reduction is an increasingly important challenge for appliance designers, as OEMs seek to meet rising consumer demands for quieter, less intrusive products for their homes. Members of the IPA offer several tips in Appliance Design’s November issue on how to incorporate perforated metals in overcoming the challenge.

Perforated Metals: Clarifying Options

Posted on March 19, 2014
In many tough conditions associated with water filtration, perforated metals provide strength, structural integrity and flexibility for a long-lasting, cost efficient solution. IPA Technical Committee Chair, Keith Mailloux, offers key functions and advantages of perforated metals, as well as considerations for specifying the right hold configuration and metal options.

Mike Gilboy, IPA Director, discusses how forming a strong industry alliance is a way to overcome challenges, foster growth and produce benefits through several collaborative initiatives.

In today’s sustainability movement, it’s difficult to find a manufacturing process that is considered green. Yet that’s just what producing perforated metal is. In this blog post for EDC Magazine, experts from the IPA discuss how the scrap from perforation can be recycled for future use.