January 6, 2017 | By Spencer Dick
Fabricators that cut a lot of aluminum extrusions probably end up with plenty of scrap. Traditional thinking suggests that’s not so bad because recyclers pay them for the aluminum scrap. Over the long term, however, that thinking is costing them money. If fabricators can minimize scrap, they can maximize revenue because that raw material, once destined for the scrap bin, will be transformed into something of high value. Optimization software and cutting automation can help fabricators keep their material out of that scrap bin.
October 5, 2016 | By Richard Klipp
Miter cutting tube and other workpieces can be extremely critical, especially when dealing with frameworks and other large assemblies. One seemingly small error in a miter cut can throw a large assembly significantly out of tolerance. This is where automation and precision control in sawing come into play.
May 2, 2016 | By Scott Allen
A fabricator that can find the right abrasive wheel for the job, can figure out the right cutting speed and downfeed rate, and can find the right saw with enough power likely doesn’t have to worry about poor-quality cuts while abrasive cutting.
March 12, 2015 | By Richard Klipp
Cutting ASTM A500 structural steel tube can be done more efficiently and cost-effectively by finding the saw that fits your shop floor production realities. It all starts with choosing either a band saw or a circular cold saw.
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.
December 2, 2013 | By Eric Lundin
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.
November 5, 2013 | By Dale Petts
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...
May 15, 2013 | By Dirk Herzog
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.
November 2, 2012 | By Richard Klipp
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.
November 7, 2011 | By Tim Walker
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.
May 6, 2011 | By Scott Allen
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.
January 27, 2011 | By Glenn Tatro
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.
November 22, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson
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
May 7, 2010 | By Peter Haas
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.
May 3, 2010 | By Gene Ramsdell
A fab shop has diverse cutting requirements, so choosing the proper blades to suit all the required applications is vital.