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Packaging Lines Complete Slitters
Slit coil packaging lines are an essential part of any slitting line.  An efficient high-speed slitter’s work can be undone if it has to sit idle while coils are banded and removed.  A well-designed packaging line gives you the ability to band, sort and store coils efficiently. 
From basic to fully automated systems, Red Bud Industries designs and manufactures each packaging line to fit a customer’s application. Fully automatic ID and OD banding, automatic pick and place downlaying, orbital stretch wrappings stations, and a fully automated stacking system are all features that are found in a Red Bud Industries packaging line. 
New packaging lines can be incorporated with a new slitting line or retrofitted with an existing slitter as well. All of the company’s systems come pre-piped and pre-wired, which allows the equipment to be set up and tested in its entirety before leaving the facility, ensuring the fastest and least costly installations in the industry, Red Bud claims. 
For more information, visit www.redbudindustries.com

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AMADA Introduces Locus Beam Control
Amada America Inc., Buena Park, Calif., has introduced the world’s first fiber laser cutting system with Locus Beam Control, available on the VENTIS 3015 AJ fiber laser cutting system. LBC technology can freely manipulate the laser beam to create an infinite number of locus patterns and greatly enhance cutting performance, the company claims.
In conventional fiber laser cutting systems, energy density reduces as material thickness increases, resulting in a lack of efficiency. In contrast, LBC technology offers flexible beam pattern control matched to each application, while retaining high-efficiency cutting and high-energy density.
As a result of this development, the VENTIS achieves cutting speeds up to three times faster than a conventional 4kW fiber laser while producing superior edge quality,  Amada claims.
For more information, visit www.amada.com/america.



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Butech Slitters Process Ferrous, Nonferrous Materials
The slitting lines from Butech Bliss are designed to process ferrous and nonferrous metals. High-efficiency, reliability and optimal productivity is engineered into every aspect of its equipment, the Salem, Ohio-based company claims.
Butech Bliss has a history of going from a first-time product provider to a technology leader in a very short time.  The products added to its portfolio are quickly regarded as the best in the industry and the standard to which its competition strives to match, the company claims. This experience and drive make the progression into slitting lines a natural next step. 
Butech’s large team of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical engineers are continuously refining and upgrading its equipment designs to keep it in front on performance and reliability, with the idea of giving customers the best possible ROI for both the short and long term. 
For more information, visit www.ButechBliss.com.



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LT8.20 Allows Users to Choose Options

BLM Group’s LT8.20 laser tube cutting system allows users to choose their preferred laser source, loader/unloader style and positioning of peripheral equipment to maximize floor space. Featuring a 3D-tilt cutting head, the LT8.20 performs high-precision angular cuts in round, square, triangular, I-beam and other special shapes, handling diameters up to 9.5 inches and bar weight up to 27 pounds per foot.  With a tilting axis of 45 degrees, it can cut complex patterns, reach hard-to-access locations and is suited for weld prep cuts in thick-walled tubes.
It’s available with a 3.5-kW CO2 laser source for cutting mild steel, stainless and some aluminum alloys, or with a 3- or 4-kW fiber laser that can also cut highly reflective materials such as copper, brass and galvanized steels.
The machines accommodate step-by-step loaders, single bar loaders, and bundle loaders for maximum unmanned productivity. Loaders can be positioned in front or behind the machine, enabling users to adapt it to available space. For unloading, users can choose from standard, short part and scrap styles.
For more information, visit www.blmgroup.com/en/lasertube/lt8.20.

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Big Kaiser Adds  Noventa from Sphinx to its Milling Cutter Lineup   

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling, Hoffman Estates, Ill. has introduced the Noventa from Sphinx, the newest addition to its milling cutter lineup. The Noventa is ideal for 90-degree front and back chamfering and deburring holes up to 4xD, the company claims.
Chamfering the entry and exit of 0.80-millimeter to 6-millimeter holes can be a tedious process. The Noventa from Sphinx can transform the process using an innovative geometry that improves cycle time, tool life and surface quality. 
In addition, finished holes and parts are often deburred using time-consuing, inefficient operations that lack repeatability. Noventa is equipped with four flutes and four coolant channels to optimize performance and cycle time. 
Outstanding tool life in most common and exotic materials is achieved using modern, double-layer coating techniques. This milling tool also provides great surface finish due to its reinforced shank diameter and edge-breaking capabilities – a critical final step to create a part that looks and feels like a finished product and is safe to handle. For more information, visit www.bigkaiser.com.

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SB Launches New Tool Steel Line
SB Specialty Metals, LLC, Dallas, Tex., has introduced a line of cost-competitive tool steels produced using the spray forming process.  
The first product in this line to hit the market is PSB27 – available from 2-inch diameter to 10-inch diameter. PSB27 has properties that are between D2 and PMM4 with a price closer to that of the D2 grade. This creates a long-lasting tool with a lower total cost of ownership for the right application, SB claims.
Spray forming is a method for producing premium particle metallurgy tool steel ingots. The ingots are then forged and rolled into round bars or plates. The spray forming process produces a structure that results in improved wear resistance, toughness and chip resistance compared to conventionally produced tool steels. In addition, spray formed tool steels have larger, spherical carbides than hot isostatic pressed powdered metal tool steels. This imparts improved wear resistance while still maintaining toughness. For more information, visit www.sbsm.com.

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Ecosort Designed for Long Goods
Implementing an entire long goods order picking system with standardized, and, if possible, cross-sector storage system technology presents a unique challenge. Fehr, Charlotte, N.C., believes it has met these requirements with the Fehr Ecosort. 
The cross-process structure and extremely high performance which this product offers is unique on the market, Fehr claims. With up to 120 picking items per hour, Fehr Ecosort is the fastest sorting system for long goods.
Among the benefits to the Fehr system include 70 percent savings on order picking, increased productivity, individual link to downstream processes through flexible trolley systems, automatic and permanent inventory and transparent tracking throughout the process.  For more information, visit www.fehr-usa.com



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ASTES4 Reduces Bottlenecks
Manual sorting can be a labor-intensive bottleneck that contributes to increased manufacturing costs. MC Machinery’s ASTES4 is a single integrated multifunctional system capable of controlling the entire production process from loading, cutting, sorting, palletizing, and unloading through to the storage of the finished parts.
With the increasing speed of fiber lasers, cut-parts stack up faster and create challenges for workers at the de-nesting area. 
De-nesting, sorting and stacking the parts is a time-consuming process that also is subject to human error.
A recent study revealed that a stack of nests that would typically take three people 2.5 hours to separate would take the ASTES4 only 37 minutes. Not only was automation much faster, it also resulted in every part being arranged perfectly and palletized for the next step in the process.
The ASTES4 has four robust sorting heads, each capable of lifting 1,100 pounds (for a combined weight of 4,400 pounds), putting it far above its competition in capacity, the company claims.  A maximum speed of 9,600 inches per minute ensures that each part is sorted quickly. The system is highly configurable to fit many different shop floors. Its modular production cell adapts to a customer’s production requirements and space available on site. For more information, visit www.mcmachinery.com.