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Top 10 Service Center Equipment Brands
 
Service center executives reveal their favorite makes of metal processing equipment in this informal brand survey by Metal Center News.
 
Red Bud Industries, DoALL, Hypertherm and KASTO lead their respective categories in the Metal Center News Top 10 Service Center Equipment Brands lists for 2012.

Information for these brand rankings was compiled in a series of e-mail polls conducted in fourth-quarter 2011 and first-quarter 2012. Respondents were given an alphabetical list of the 14 largest companies in each product category with instructions to “check all they would endorse and buy from in the future.” Respondents also had the opportunity to write in additional company names or brands not on the lists. The final ranking, based simply on the total number of votes each company received, gives a rough indication of which brands currently command the largest share of mind, and highest levels of customer satisfaction, among service center executives. This methodology does not attempt to rank companies by size or market share, but rather to measure the relative level of brand awareness they have achieved among respondents to MCN’s surveys.

Capital spending among service centers continues to increase in 2012. The average service center in North America will spend about $418,400 on new equipment this year, according to the latest MCN data. The industry’s leading equipment vendors report that sales and inquiries have continued the strong rebound that began in 2011, following two weak years for the U.S. economy.

Coil Processing

Leading makers of coil levelers, slitters, cut-to-length lines, straighteners, edge conditioners, shears, press brakes and accessories.

1. Red Bud Industries

Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Ill.: cut-to-length, blanking, multiblanking, slitting, stretcher leveling, EPS acidless pickling, www.redbudindustries.com

2. Herr-Voss Stamco

Herr-Voss Stamco, Callery, Pa.: cut-to-length, multiblanking, slitting, Strand Extensioner slitting, tension leveling, process lines, www.herr-voss.com.

3. Braner USA/Loopco

Braner USA, Schiller Park, Ill.: roller leveling, slitting, cut-to-length, blanking, multiblanking, packaging, scrap chopping, traverse winding, specialty coil processing lines, www.braner.com.

4. Delta Steel Technologies

Delta Steel Technologies (formerly known as DBI), Irving, Texas: cut-to-length, slitting, shearing, tempering, pickling, cold rolling, galvanizing, coating lines, www.dbimfg.com.

5. Butech Bliss

Butech Bliss, Salem, Ohio: coil processing, cut-to-length, slitting, pickling, leveling, shearing, scrap chopping, material handling, tempering, mill equipment, extrusion and forging presses, engineering services, www.butechbliss.com.

6. Bradbury Co.

The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan.: coil processing, cut-to-length, leveling, shearing, rollforming, stacking, automation, www.bradburygroup.com.

7. Leveltek

Leveltek International LLC, Benwood, W.Va.: stretch leveling systems for light- to heavy-gauge cut-to-length, coil-to-coil lines, www.leveltekint.com.

8. Chicago Slitter

Chicago Slitter, Itasca, Ill.: coil slitting, blanking, cut-to-length, shearing, punching, bending, packaging, scrap handling equipment, www.chicagoslitter.com.

6. SMS Demag/Pro Eco

SMS Demag/Pro Eco Strip Processing Systems, Oakville, Ontario: slit coil strapping, cut-to-length, leveling, coil coating, galvanizing, edge trimming, pickling, specialty purpose lines, www.sms-demag.ca.

10. Machine Concepts

Machine Concepts, Minster, Ohio: coil processing, slitting, side trimming, specialty equipment, www.machineconcepts.com.


Sawing

Leading makers of band saws, plate saws, circular saws, blades, cutting fluids and accessories.

1. DoALL

DoALL Sawing Products, Wheeling, Ill.: bandsaws, blades, cutting fluids, material handling, www.doallsawing.com.

2. Hyd-Mech

Hyd-Mech Group Ltd., Woodstock, Ontario: band saws, circular cold saws, material handling, www.hyd-mech.com.

3. Amada

Amada Machine Tools America Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.: bandsaws, circular saws, blades, pipe cutters, chip compactors, material handling, www.amadabandsaw.com.

4. HE&M Saw

HE&M Saw Inc., Pryor, Okla.: band saws, plate saws, metalworking fluids, material handling equipment, accessories, www.hemsaw.com.

5. Marvel/Spartan

Marvel Manufacturing Co. Inc., Oshkosh, Wis.: bandsaws, plate saws, circular saws, ironworkers, www.sawing.com.

6. Metlsaw

Metlsaw Systems Inc., Benicia, Calif.: circular saws, plate saws, cutoff saws, cold saws, extrusion saws, remnant saws, combination saws, material handling, www.metlsaw.com.

7. KASTO

KASTO Inc., Export, Pa.: band saws, circular saws, hacksaws, storage systems, www.kastoinc.com.

8. Behringer

Behringer Saws Inc., Morgantown, Pa.: horizontal band saws, plate saws, hacksaws, circular cold saws, structural fabricating equipment, www.behringersaws.com.

9. Cut Technologies

Cut Tech USA Inc., Bellingham, Wash.: metalcutting bandsaws, circular saws, blades, www.cuttech.com.

10. Peddinghaus

Peddinghaus Corp., Bradley, Ill.: structural band saws, miter saws, material handling, plate processing, ironworkers, www.peddinghaus.com.


Cutting

Leading makers of oxyfuel, plasma and laser cutting systems and accessories.

1. Hypertherm

Hypertherm Inc., Hanover, N.H.: plasma, laser cutting equipment, controls, consumables, www.hypertherm.com.

2. Messer Cutting Systems

Messer Cutting Systems, Menomonee Falls, Wis. (formerly Messer MG): CNC laser, plasma, oxyfuel cutting systems, www.mg-systems-welding.com.

3. ESAB

ESAB Welding & Cutting Equipment, Florence, S.C.: welding, laser, plasma, oxyfuel, waterjet cutting, controls, www.esab-cutting.com.

4. Koike Aronson

Koike Aronson Inc., Ransome, Arcade, N.Y.: oxyfuel, plasma, laser, waterjet cutting, welding equipment, www.koike.com.

5. Trumpf

Trumpf Inc., Farmington, Conn.: laser cutting, machine tools, www.us.trumpf.com.

6. Amada

Amada America Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.: lasers, turrets, press brakes, fabrication equipment, www.amada.com.

7. Cincinnati

Cincinnati Inc., Harrison, Ohio: lasers, shears, press brakes, stamping presses, www.e-ci.com.

8. Mazak

Mazak Corp., Florence, Ky.: cutting tools, machining centers, www.mazakusa.com.

9. Komatsu

Komatsu America Industries LLC, Cutting Technologies Div., Rolling Meadows, Ill., plasma cutting machines, www.komatsuplasma.com.

10. Bystronic

Bystronic Inc., North America, Elgin, Ill.: laser cutting, waterjet cutting, automation, www.bystronicusa.com.


Material Handling

Leading makers of automated storage and retrieval systems, racks, shelving, coil-handling equipment, conveyors, cranes, magnetic lifters, and other devices and accessories.

1. KASTO

KASTO Inc., Export, Pa.: automated storage and retrieval systems, bar/linear storage systems, sheet metal storage systems, www.kastoinc.com.

2. Walker Magnetics

Walker Magnetics, Worcester, Mass.: magnets for workholding, clamping, lifting, separation, www.walkermagnet.com.

3. Butech Bliss

Butech Bliss, Salem, Ohio: coil cars, stacker lift tables, conveyors, upenders, www.butechbliss.com.

4. Coiltech Corp.

Coiltech Corp., Schiller Park, Ill.: coil processing and handling equipment, coil cars, coil upenders, coil grabs, coil lifts, www.coiltechcorp.com.

5. Caldwell Co.

The Caldwell Group Inc., Rockford, Ill.: pallet lifters, coil upenders, coil hooks and grabs, slings, lifting and spreader beams, mechanical, vacuum and magnetic sheet lifters, lift truck accessories, www.caldwellinc.com.

6. Canrack/Metal Center Systems

Canrack Storage Systems Inc., Mississauga, Ont.: racks for sheet, plate, bar, coil products, www.canrack.com.

7. Alcos Machinery

Alcos Machinery Inc., Newmarket, Ontario: coil packaging equipment, coil cars, turnstiles, turntables, upenders, downenders, stackers, strapping machines, conveyors, www.alcos.ca.

8. Cattron Group

Cattron Group International Inc., Sharpsville, Pa.: radio remote controls for overhead cranes, www.cattrongroup.com.

9. UNARCO/Kingway Inca-Clymer

UNARCO Material Handling Inc. (which now owns the Kingway Inca-Clymer brand), Springfield, Tenn.: pallet racks, shelving, mezzanines, automated storage and retrieval systems, www.unarcorack.com.

10. Morris Material Handling

Morris Material Handling, Oak Creek, Wis.: overhead cranes, hoists, www.morriscranes.com.

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