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Idro Water Jet Machine Available in Three Sizes

Water jet manufacturer Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, Minn., has introduced the Idro 5-axis precision water jet cutting machine. Capable of cutting virtually any material, the Idro line is available in three sizes, 5.5 by 6.5 feet, 5.5 by 13 feet and 6.5 by 13 feet nominal.

It features the IKC 5-axis water jet cutting head, said to be capable of making inclined cuts and controlling kerf to ensure optimal part quality. The IKC’s capabilities include 600-degree rotation, a maximum angle of plus/minus 60 degrees, and dynamic precision from plus/minus 0.2 to 0.5 millimeters per minute, depending on the tilt of the head.

The Idro line’s high precision ground rack-and-pinion X and Y axes and ball screw-driven 5.9-inch Z axis make it one of the most accurate water jet systems available, Jet Edge claims. It maintains a cutting tolerance of plus/minus 0.004 inch with a repeatability accuracy tolerance of plus/minus 0.001 inch. It also supports a contouring and rapid feed rate of up to 1,575 inches per minute.  

For more information, call 800-JET EDGE or visit www.jetedge.com.

Red Bud Introduces Automated Coil Prestage, Load System

Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Ill., has introduced a fully automated Coil Prestage & Load System for its heavy-gauge coil processing lines. The system automatically advances prestaged coils and loads them onto a dual stub uncoiler. 

The advanced system is comprised of an inline coil prestaging system, integrated coil car and dual stub arbor uncoiler. These components operate in concert to eliminate the need for operator attention or intervention when loading coils.

With the push of one button, the Coil Prestage & Load System’s integrated coil car retrieves the coil to be processed. The system then measures the outside and inside diameters of the coil. After measuring, the coil car will automatically position and raise the coil as required for loading onto the line’s uncoiler. The dual mandrel uncoiler will then spear the coil and center it automatically on the line. This sequence of events takes place unattended by the line’s operator. 

The Coil Prestage & Load System can also incorporate a coil reject station. Unlike traditional inline coil prestaging systems that have no means of their own to change the sequence in which coils are to be processed, this supplementary coil staging area allows the process order of the coils to be changed when required, Red Bud claims.

For more information, call 618-282-3801 or visit www.redbudindustries.com.

Components Work Together on Hypertherm’s Fiber Laser

The new Fiber Laser HFL015 system from Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., has been designed so all of the components are engineered to work together as one complete cutting system. Hypertherm’s system includes the power source, cutting head, gas supply, operator interface consoles, motion controls and software. Hypertherm claims this solutions-based approach will make it easier for customers to use the laser for their fine feature cutting requirements.

For more information, call 603-643-3441 or visit www.hypertherm.com.

Scotchman Introduces 65-Ton Ironworker

Scotchman Industries, Philip, S.D., designed its Model 6509-24M 65-ton hydraulic ironworker for versatility and flexibility. The company claims the machine offers the largest flat-bar shear capacity (1 inch by 6 inches, ½-inch by 12 inches and ¼-inch by 24 inches) and the largest angle shear capacity (5 inches by 5 inches by ½-inch) for a 65-ton ­machine.  

Additional standard features include: a nine-inch throat depth, keyed punch ram to ensure safe alignment of shaped punches, a punch gauging table with fence and scale, electric stroke controls, jog control, electric foot pedal, emergency stop button, lock-out tag out switch and fork lift accommodations. Optional tooling is available for additional fabricating functions.

For more information, call 800-843-8844 or visit www.scotchman.com.

Heck’s Deburring Tool Applicable on All Materials

Heck Industries, Hartland, Mich., offers the TURBO-BURR air turbine deburring tool. The tool uses a standard carbide burr rotating at 55,000 rpm to quickly and accurately deburr or chamfer straight-edged parts. One pass deburring and safety edging up to 10 feet per minute is possible, the company claims.

The TURBO-BURR is designed for cleaning sheet metal sheared edges and can be used on most materials, including carbon steel, stainless, aluminum and plastic.

For more information, call 810-632-5400 or visit www.heckind.net.

Linde Introduces New Line of Lift Trucks

Linde Material Handling-North America Corp., Summerville, S.C., has introduced its new 1313 Series of hydrostatic drive, cushion-tire lift trucks. The four models in the series are LPG-powered, have capacities ranging from 5,000 pounds to 6,500 pounds and are designed for the demanding conditions of the Class IV market, the company claims.

Features of the series include a massive structure, hydrostatic drive, high-economy engine technology, twin-drive pedals, microprocessor control technology, load control and advanced ergonomic design.

For more information, call 843-875-8319 or visit www.lmh-na.com.

RBI Offers Rotating Brush Dust Collection System

Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Ill., has introduced a new Rotating Brush Dust Collection System designed to remove both scale and hot-roll dust from the surface of the strip as it is processed in a coil line.

Other systems rely on vacuum power alone to remove debris from material, but the magnetic attraction with the metal’s surface leaves dust clinging behind. To improve the cleaning process, Red Bud developed a combination rotating brush and vacuum system that utilizes a pair of non-marking upper and lower rotating brushes in concert with a vacuum to agitate the surface of the material and remove a much larger amount of dust and debris from both sides of the strip. To increase brush life, the upper and lower brushes alternately move from side to side as they rotate so the brush wears more evenly. The unit is available on new lines and can also be retrofitted onto existing lines.    

For more information, call 800-851-4612 or visit www.redbudindustries.com.

Bowtie Conveyor System Made for Pipe Products

TKF Inc., Cincinnati, has begun offering custom bowtie conveyor systems designed to convey pipe and other cylindrically shaped products efficiently and safely within a small footprint. Sometimes called a “V” roller, the trough shape of the roller allows the product to be conveyed while virtually eliminating the side-to-side movement associated with a round object. 

While each system is customized to specific requirements, the driving mechanism can be a roller-to-roller chain drive or TKF’s roller-to-roller PosiGrip belt drive. The trough style design accommodates a wide variety of widths and lengths. 

For more information, call 513-241-5910 or visit www.TKF.com.

Techno’s New CNC Plasma Cutter Designed for Small, Midsize Shops

Techno Inc., Elgin, Ill., has introduced the new HPLC CNC Plasma Cutter Series, designed for small to midsized shops. Every HPLC is built from the same heavy-duty welded steel and precision drive system as the company’s CNC routers. Customers can choose from three standard table sizes, which can handle up to 1 1/4-inch thick material.

For more information, call 800-819-3366 or visit www.techno-isel.com.

Bushman’s Coil Grab Handles Densely Packed Slit Coils

Bushman AvonTec, Milwaukee, Wis., has developed a coil grab designed to easily handle densely packed slit coils. The adjustable coil lifter has flexible lifting legs that fit between the coils and rotate into the ID for a safe lift. The hooks are adjustable in two-inch increments to permit handling coils of varying thickness.

To remove a coil, the hooks are lowered with the feet parallel to the coils. Once the feet are in the ID of the coil, they are turned 90 degrees so they can lift the coil without damaging it or neighboring coils. The device can remove thin slit steel coils down to 1-inch wide from a storage rack with as little as 1 ½ inches of space between them.

For more information, call 800-338-7810 or visit www.bushmanavontec.com.

Messer’s FiberBlade Compatible with Plasma

Messer Cutting Systems, Menomonee Falls, Wis., now offers its Metal Master Plus machine with FiberBlade technology. The fiber laser works with continuous glass fibers with no deflecting mirrors or gas purging, which allows it to be used in conjunction with plasma. The machine can be equipped with one plasma and one fiber cutter or two plasma and two fiber laser heads. Parts can be cut with both or just laser or plasma for maximum part accuracy and flexibility. Fiber offers a cut part accuracy of plus/minus 0.005 and plasma plus/minus 0.020 over a 72-inch area.

The fiber laser is said to be three times more efficient than a C02 laser, making its 1,200-watt cutting power comparable to a 2,000-watt C02 laser. There are no moving parts in the laser resonator itself, and the emitter diodes have an operating life of over 50,000 hours, making for low maintenance and service costs. Messer’s slagger table comes standard for part drop and debris removal out of the cutting table and enclosure.

For more information, call 262-255-5520 or visit www.messercutting.com.

TRUMPF TruLaser 3030 Cuts Processing Time

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., offers the TruLaser 3030 single-head laser with up to 6 kilowatts of laser power suitable for cutting sheet up to 1-inch thick. The machine’s long X axis works with a maintenance-free gearless torque motor, while Y and Z axes are driven by oil-free linear motors, said to increase the simultaneous axis speeds from 3,346 to 5,512 ipm.

The FastLine process, now a standard feature, generates a flow transition between the piercing and cutting processes, which reduces processing times by an average of 20 percent in thin sheet. The unit can cut more parts per hour, with less energy usage, the company claims.

For more information, call 860-255-6000 or visit www.us.trumpf.com.

  
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