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The sawing technology area has enough depth to cover more than just band and circular sawing machines. It has information on blade selection and use, lubricant selection, and sawing safety.

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Turbulator

Applications: Carbide circular cold saw brings turbulator production back in-house

January 10, 2014

Learn how a saw helped shorten an oil industry equipment provider’s supply chain and eliminated the need to use outside machine shops.

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Fabricator switches saw blade, improves throughput - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator switches saw blade, improves throughput

December 2, 2013

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When fabricator SF Tube Inc. noticed a falling productivity in its welding department, it discovered poorly cut tube that required an added step, end facing, before welding. The band saw blade was the culprit, which led to one change, a different brand, but ultimately a handful of improvements in productivity.

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Cutting away at band sawing costs - TheFabricator.com

Cutting away at band sawing costs

November 5, 2013

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For years the band sawing operation was a bit of a tortoise, at least relative to other processes in sheet metal, plate, and structural fabrication. Compared to other cutting operations—be it with a laser, plasma torch, or turret punch press—it took a long time for a saw to cut...

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Band sawing structurals - TheFabricator.com

Band sawing structurals

May 15, 2013

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For performing structural cuts with a band saw, a few simple tips will help in your quest to make straight cuts, which can ultimately lead to better welds.

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What's the best approach for sawing aluminum? - TheFabricator.com

What's the best approach for sawing aluminum?

November 2, 2012

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Interest in incorporating more aluminum parts into final product designs is causing fabricating operations to reconsider how they approach sawing aluminum. Traditionally, the conversation centered around circular saw technology when it came to cutting aluminum, but now new band saw developments have helped to expand the discussion.

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Less lubricant results in better sawing? - TheFabricator.com

Less lubricant results in better sawing?

November 7, 2011

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For fabricators looking to reduce the amount of lubricant they use for sawing applications, lubricants designed for near- dry sawing may be the answer. These minimum quantity lubricants, as they are called, are designed to provide complete coverage of the blade with as small an amount as possible.

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Abrasive cuttoff saw

Making the abrasive cutoff saw work for you

May 6, 2011

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Providing exact advice on how to get optimal performance from an abrasive cutoff saw is very difficult because each application is unique. Rough guidelines, however, can help a metal fabricator understand the cutting process, troubleshoot problem areas, and determine the right equipment for the cutting job.

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Transforming structural cutting challenges into profit - TheFabricator.com

Transforming structural cutting challenges into profit

January 27, 2011

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Cutting structural steel can pose an incredible challenge because of the different material types and shapes. This challenge is not an impossible task, however, and can be made much easier with the correct blade choice, proper machine operation, and thorough maintenance of the blade and machine.

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Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws - TheFabricator.com

Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws

November 22, 2010

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The process of deciding between a band saw and a cold saw is not always clear-cut. Here are some short answers to this and other frequently asked sawing questions

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circular saw cutting tubing

Selecting a cold saw to fit your requirements

May 7, 2010

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When it’s time to purchase a cold saw for your fabricating operation, how can you be sure that you’re choosing the right equipment? Knowing the questions to ask can help you make the appropriate selection.

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band saw blades

A band saw blade survival guide

May 3, 2010

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A fab shop has diverse cutting requirements, so choosing the proper blades to suit all the required applications is vital.

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interrupted cut blade

Band saw blade basics

November 4, 2009

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Making interrupted cuts on materials like structurals, tubes, bundles, and angle iron can wreak havoc on your band saw blade. Not following proper blade break-in procedures can be just as damaging. Following a few tips for both can keep your band saw blade in good working order longer. It can also improve the quality of your cuts.

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band saw circular cold saw

Band saw or circular cold saw?

November 2, 2009

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The latest technology advancements between band saws and circular saws have made the choice between the two technologies less clear-cut.

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Automated saws

So what if one saw cuts faster than another?

April 15, 2008

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Two similar saws might have significantly different cutting speeds, and given a choice, most fabricators would choose the faster saw. However, the saw's speed isn't the only factor that affects efficiency. Material handling before and after the cut also plays a big role in process efficiency. Fabricators who overlook material handling don't gain all they can in terms of increasing throughput.

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Band saw blades

Sawing with the times

December 11, 2007

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Modernization has brought us many advancements, and two big advancements that fabricators must deal with are in technology and commerce. On the technology side, advancements have led to modern alloys; on the commerce side, we have increased globalization. Many modern ferrous alloys are harder to cut than carbon steel, and while the cutting is more difficult, globalization is increasing the competitive pressures and reducing the profit margins. Other advancements have modernized band saw blades, giving fabricators a fighting chance to stay profitable.

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