Vogel Tool & Die began in 1934 in Chicago when Julius Vogel invented a punch & die process for pipe notching, so a pipe could properly fit against the side of another pipe.
To fasten a pipe to the side of another pipe require creating a radius at the end of one pipe that will match the side of the mating pipe. This is called commonly called pipe notching, but can also be called coping, fishmouthing, a birdsmouth and more. After notching, pipes are most commonly joined by welding.
The process consists of sliding a pipe over a punch. The bottom exterior of the pipe is supported by an external die. This technique means the punch can cut the correct radius notch through the bottom wall of the pipe without any deformation to the pipe end. Rotating the pipe around the punch for a second notch 180° to the first will complete the pipe end. A lever type hand operated press was one of the original power sources.
Prior to Mr. Vogel’s invention, time-consuming grinding or torch cutting was the most common method to notch pipes or tubes to prepare for joining. Julius Vogel’s invention, what is now known as the Arc-Fit method, was granted a US patent in 1938. The company was owned by 4 generations of Vogel family until 2009, when it was acquired by Manor Tool & Manufacturing Company, another Chicago-area family business.
Today, Vogel still offers our Arc-Fit hand operated tube and pipe notching tool, but power options are also available. High production options include our Arc-Twin line of tools that will notch a tube or pipe end in one stroke.
Vogel’s tube and pipe notchers remain one of our most popular products and are in use worldwide. Over the years, Vogel’s product line has expanded to include tools to cut tubes, piercing, slotting, mitering and much more. Since our founding, our tools have always been produced in the Chicagoland area.
We are pleased to announce that Vogel’s President, Tom Simeone, was awarded the 2017 Winzeler Award by the Tooling & Manufacturing Association [TMA]. The Winzeler Award is presented to individuals who have provided oustanding service to the industry and the Association.
The TMA supports the industry by providing educational opportunities, industry representation and services to foster global competitiveness.
Manor Tool and Manufacturing Company, the parent of Vogel Tool & Die was one of five finalists in the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year award. This event was cosponsored by mHUB, U of I Labs The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center.
Trade Associations and Publications
Vogel Tool & Die is proud to be current or past members of the following organizations
- American Fence Association
- Technology & Manufacturing Association
- Precision Metalforming Association
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers
- Made in Chicago
- Urban Manufacturing Alliance
- Manufacturing Extension Partnership