Architectural Fabrication Masterpieces

Since 1897 and across four generations, the family-owned business of A. Zahner Company has produced some of the most innovative, complicated, and beautiful products in functional and ornamental architectural metal forms. We are proud to be their preferred machine solution provider.

An example of their work is the Zahner Image Wall, which is a unique architectural product that combines art and functionality to create a stunning visual display. It is a custom-designed metal panel system that can be used to create large-scale, high-resolution images on building facades or interior walls. Production of these panels presents unique challenges, requiring extreme precision and accuracy combined with complex programming capabilities. The team at Zahner realized that TRUMPF’s TruLaser and TruPunch machines are the right solution.

TRUMPF TruPunch 5000

TRUMPF TruPunch Machines

One of the key benefits of using TRUMPF punching machines for the production of architectural pieces is their ability to produce flat, high-quality parts. Zahner’s image walls consist of massive amounts of punched holes & perforations of varying sizes to create a unique image. Traditionally, turret style punching machines have struggled with parts “bowing” or “oil canning” when removing so much material. The benefit of the TRUMPF punching machine design and technologies like integrating flattening can deal with this challenge and produce extremely flat, high quality parts.

Another advantage of the TruPunch machines is their speed. The TruPunch 3000 and 5000 machines feature industry-leading punching stroke rates and positioning speeds, which are essential when working on large-scale projects. This speed also helps to reduce production time and costs, allowing for faster turnaround times and increased profitability.

TRUMPF TruLaser 3040 Fiber

TRUMPF TruLaser Machines

With the evolution of the fiber lasers capabilities including: increased cutting speeds, the ability to process exotic materials, and requiring no tooling setup…the TRUMPF TruLaser 3040 was the perfect addition to Zahner’s punching capability. The Zahner team being new to laser cutting, Sterling Fab Tech’s Post Sales team helped them with all aspects of the installation, including training on how to get the most out of the machine for their application.

In summary, TRUMPF machines can help streamline the production process, increase productivity, and improve the overall quality of architectural and structural pieces, making them an excellent choice for producing the Zahner Image Wall and other complex designs.

Witness the Epitome of Architectural Innovation: To appreciate the remarkable installations brought to life through the Sterling Fab Tech and Zahner partnership, we invite you to explore the awe-inspiring projects showcased on Zahner’s website. Each installation is a testament to the visionary collaboration between two industry leaders: