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Boosting band saw blade life

August 10, 2004 | By Dave Burkhart

Because intermittent cutting can be hard on blades, you should find ways to increase blade productivity for your environment. Several guidelines, such as selecting the right blade tooth size, breaking in the blades, and choosing the right blade for the job are ways to help improve the productivity of your band saw blade.

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Miter sawing adds eye appeal to structural steel

August 10, 2004 | By David D. McCorry

As a structural steel fabricator, you may have operated a miter saw. The fact is, however, in many other shops the miter feature has rarely been used because, traditionally, most steel buildings—from the skyscraper to the humble warehouse—have been designed without miter cuts. Beam ends...

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Pursuing a plate-cutting saw

May 4, 2004

Metal Cutting Service, City of Industry (Los Angeles), Calif., specializes in sawing metals. President David Viel explained the company's strategy: "We do not buy or sell anything, we just add value to others' products." Although it does very little advertising, the 26-employee company has customers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, even though the cost to ship material can be substantial.

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Band sawing bundled shapes

October 9, 2003

Bundled side by side or top to bottom, thin-walled structural metal shapes pose a productivity dilemma for sawing shops. Band saw efficiency typically is measured in cubic inches of stock removed per minute, and the most efficient cuts are those made in large, solid pieces.

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Making hands-free straight, saddle, and miter cuts

June 26, 2003 | By Eric Lundin

Rovanco Piping Systems Inc. designs and fabricates piping systems for applications such as water (hot and cold), steam, and jet fuel. It sells fabricated pipe—typically with straight or miter end cuts—up to 36 inches in diameter. It provides preinsulated, high-temperature, low-temperature, and containment systems.

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Take the old with the new - Selecting saw blades with new technologies in mind

May 29, 2003 | By Dave Byrley

New methods for cutting tube and pipe have been introduced to welding shops in the last few years—methods designed not only to cut metal, but also to cut costs.

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Boatmaker finds new saw for trailer production

April 24, 2003 | By Kaltenbach USA

At its factory in Vonore, Tenn., MasterCraft builds boats and trailers in adjacent bays. It offers the option of a trailer with every ski boat it sells.

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Cutting exotic alloys

April 24, 2003 | By John Manchester

Cutting tubing with a circular cutoff saw is a common metal fabrication operation. This type of saw can produce a smooth finish that requires little secondary finishing.

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Making the cut

April 10, 2003 | By Håkan Hellbergh, Susan DeJesus

Band sawing is the starting point for many tube and pipe fabricating operations, and it can help determine the throughput and profitability of your whole shop. Maximizing the productivity of tube or pipe cutoff requires a coordinated approach to saw blades, sawing machines, and your cutoff process.

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Automating reciprocating saw blade production

June 13, 2002

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation faced the problem of finding reciprocating saw blade production equipment that could withstand continuous on-demand operation, accommodate a variety of material thicknesses, and fit into its tight floor space parameters. This was solved, after a long search, by using an AIDA gap frame press, which limits frame deflection, has low overall bearing clearance, and a patented overload protection system.

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Anatomy of an abrasive cutting machine

June 13, 2002 | By Gerald Kaye, Ph.D.

This article discusses the components that make up a modern abrasive cutting machine. Many of the design considerations are based on the characteristics of the cutting wheel. The author also discusses feeding systems, vises, ejection systems, and the electronics and software that control the machine. Also included is some safety information.

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Sawing structural and architectural tubing

December 13, 2001 | By David McCorry

This article examines common fabrication processes for structural and architectural tube. It specifically focuses on cutting, sawing, miter cutting, bundle sawing, and cambering.

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Cutting through the obstacles

December 11, 2001 | By Dave Burkhart, Dave Byrley

Of all the materials that can be cut on industrial band saw machines, structural steels—such as pipe and tubing, plate, angle and channel iron, and I beams—are all among the most common and challenging.

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Putting a spark into cutting productivity

September 4, 2001 | By Phillip S. Waldrop

There are many ways to cut sheet, plate, tubing, and structural shapes, ranging from a hand hacksaw to power shears and lasers.

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What is your facility cut out for? Circular and band saw purchases depend on application requirements

April 24, 2001 | By David McCorry

What cutting equipment you buy depends very heavily on what area of industry you are supplying, throughput requirements, and, not least, finances. Don't let preconceived notions prevent you from making the very best possible decision.

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