Top 10 Service Center Equipment Brands
Service center executives reveal their favorite makes of metal processing equipmnet in this informal brand survey by Metal Center News.

Coil Processing's Top 10
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Cutting's Top 10
Material Handling's Top 10

Capital spending among service centers is on the increase in 2011, up over 16 percent on average, according to MCN data. The industry’s leading equipment vendors report renewed sales and inquiry activity following two weak years for the U.S. economy.

Herr-Voss Stamco, DoALL, Hypertherm and the Caldwell Group lead their respective categories in the Metal Center News Top 10 Service Center Equipment Brands lists for 2011.

Information for these brand rankings was compiled as part of MCN’s Outlook survey conducted in October and November 2010, as well as the magazine’s December 2010 poll of toll processors. 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 is on the increase in 2011, up over 16 percent on average, according to MCN data. The industry’s leading equipment vendors report renewed sales and inquiry activity following two weak years for the U.S. economy.
Coil Processing
ading makers of coil levelers, slitters, cut-to-length lines, straighteners, shears, press brakes, etc.

1. Herr-Voss Stamco—Herr-Voss Stamco, Callery, Pa.: coil leveling, cut-to-length, slitting, multiblanking,           

2. Red Bud Industries—Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Ill.: cut-to-length, blanking, multiblanking, slitting, stretcher leveling, coil and sheet cleaning and descaling,

3. Braner USA/Loopco—Braner USA, Schiller Park, Ill.: leveling, slitting, cut-to-length, blanking, multiblanking, packaging, scrap chopping, traverse winding, specialty coil processing lines,

4. Butech Bliss—Butech Bliss, Salem, Ohio: coil processing, cut-to-length lines, levelers, rolling mills, extrusion and forging presses, engineering services,

5. Bradbury Co.—The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan.: coil processing, cut-to-length, leveling, shearing, rollforming,

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,

7. Chicago Slitter—Chicago Slitter, Itasca, Ill.: coil slitting, blanking, cut-to-length, packaging,

8. DBI—Delta Brands Inc., Irving, Texas: coil processing, cut-to-length, slitting, shearing, recoiling, cold rolling, pickling, galvanizing, tempering, coating lines,

9. Leveltek—Leveltek International LLC, Benwood, W.Va.: leveling systems for light- to heavy-gauge cut-to-length, coil-to-coil lines,                    

10. CWP/Iowa Precision—CWP and Iowa Precision brands from the Formtek Group, Warrensville Heights, Ohio: coil processing, slitting, shearing, cut-to-length, stamping, rollforming,

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

1. DoALL—DoALL Sawing Products, Wheeling, Ill.: bandsaws, blades, cutting fluids, material handling,

2. HE&M Saw—HE&M Saw Inc., Pryor, Okla.: band saws, metalworking fluids, material handling equipment, accessories,

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

4. Marvel/Spartan—Marvel Manufacturing Co. Inc., Oshkosh, Wis.: bandsaws, plate saws, circular saws, ironworkers,

5. Hyd-Mech—Hyd-Mech Group Ltd., Woodstock, Ontario: band saws, circular cold saws, material handling,

6. Kasto—Kasto Inc., Export, Pa.: band saws, circular saws, hacksaws, storage systems,

7. Metlsaw—Metlsaw Systems Inc., Benicia, Calif.: circular saws, plate saws, cutoff saws, cold saws, extrusion saws, remnant saws, combination saws,

8. Behringer—Behringer Saws Inc., Morgantown, Pa.: horizontal band saws, plate saws, hacksaws, circular cold saws, structural fabricating equipment,

9. Kaltenbach—Structural Machinery Solutions, Columbus, Ind., formerly known as Kaltenbach Inc.: circular cold saws, band saws, ironworkers, press brakes, structural fabricating equipment,

10. Peddinghaus—Peddinghaus Corp., Bradley, Ill.: structural band saws, miter saws, material handling, plate processing, ironworkers,

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

1. Hypertherm—Hypertherm Inc., Hanover, N.H.: plasma, laser cutting equipment, controls, consumables,

2. Trumpf—Trumpf Inc., Farmington, Conn.: laser cutting, machine tools,

3. ESAB—ESAB Welding & Cutting Equipment, Florence, S.C.: welding, plasma, oxyfuel cutting,

4. Messer MG—Messer Cutting Systems, Menomonee Falls, Wis. (formerly Messer MG): CNC laser, plasma, oxyfuel cutting systems,

5. Cincinnati—Cincinnati Inc., Harrison, Ohio: lasers, shears, press brakes, stamping presses,

6. Mazak—Mazak Corp., Florence, Ky.: cutting tools, machining centers,

7. Amada—Amada America Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.: lasers, turrets, press brakes, fabrication equipment,

8. Koike Aronson—Koike Aronson Inc., Ransome, Arcade, N.Y.: oxyfuel, plasma, laser, waterjet cutting, welding equipment,

9. Komatsu—Komatsu America Industries LLC, Cutting Technologies Div., Rolling Meadows, Ill., plasma cutting machines,

10. Bystronic—Bystronic Inc., North America, Hauppauge, N.Y.: laser cutting, waterjet cutting, automation,

Material Handling
Leading makers of automated storage and retrieval systems, racks, shelving, coil-handling equipment, conveyors, cranes, etc.

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

2. Coiltech Corp.—Coiltech Corp., Schiller Park, Ill.: coil processing and handling equipment, coil cars, coil upenders, coil grabs, coil lifts,

3. Kasto—Kasto Inc., Export, Pa.: automated storage and retrieval systems, bar/liner storage systems, sheet metal storage systems,

4. Butech Bliss—Butech Bliss, Salem, Ohio: coil cars, stacker lift tables, conveyors, upenders,

5. Canrack/Metal Center Systems—Canrack Storage Systems Inc., Mississauga, Ont.: racks for sheet, plate, bar, coil products,

6. Walker Magnetics—Walker Magnetics, Worcester, Mass.: magnets for workholding, clamping, lifting, separation,

7. Morris Material Handling—Morris Material Handling, Oak Creek, Wis.: overhead cranes, hoists,

8. Cattron Group—Cattron Group International Inc., Sharpsville, Pa.: radio remote controls for overhead cranes,

9. Bushman—Bushman Avontec, Butler, Wis. (formerly doing business as Bushman Equipment, Avon Engineering, West Bend Equipment and Flaton Clutch): wide range of below-the-hook and floor-based coil lifting and packaging devices,

10. Alcos Machinery—Alcos Machinery Inc., Newmarket, Ont.: coil packaging equipment, coil cars, turnstiles, turntables, upenders, downenders, stackers, strapping machines, conveyors,

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