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UK manufacturing alive and well, as orders  taken on the KASTO stand at MACH confirm

UK manufacturing alive and well, as orders taken on the KASTO stand at MACH confirm

Added to MTDCNC by Kasto on 22 April 2016

Immediately following the MACH show in Birmingham, (NEC, 11th - 15th April 2016), Ernst Wagner, managing director of KASTO’s subsidiary in Milton Keynes commented, “The end of 2015 was superb for sales of our sawing machines and storage systems, but the start of this year was uncharacteristically subdued.

“That was until the UK’s recent machine tool technology platform, MACH 2016, when everything changed.

“We are delighted to have secured multiple orders, which are always a bonus, as the priority at trade shows is to plant seeds for future business.”

He added that the number of attendees with authority to purchase was excellent, certainly during the middle three days, and interest was shown across all KASTO product ranges.

Existing and new customers gathered to see demonstrations of automatic and semi-automatic band and circular saws for the workshop, high-productivity KASTOtec bandsaws designed for cutting tough alloys with a carbide blade, and KASTOwin bandsaws capable of using either a carbide or bimetal blade for sawing a wide variety of materials, especially steels.

Star of the show was the patent-pending, upstroking KASTOwin tube A 5.0, which made its UK debut. A lot of interest was shown in the machine’s ability to saw pipe and tube efficiently using a carbide blade cutting from the bottom upwards. The action avoids the risk of damaging the teeth, which can easily occur when cutting downwards into the nest of swarf that collects inside the bottom of a tube.

Mr Wagner reported some rapid cycle times. Ovako alloy steel tube, 16MnCr5-1.7131, 254 mm OD, 180 mm ID, 255 cm2 total sawn area was initially processed at the recommended speed of three minutes per cut. However for exhibition purposes, the upfeed was greatly increased to 350 mm/min, allowing the same stock to be cut in less than one minute.

Part of the reason for the speed of the KASTOwin tube saw is the KASTOrespond feature built into the machine’s CNC system. The adaptive control feature is shared by five downstroking bar saws in the range, including the smallest A3.3 model with a maximum cutting capacity of 330 mm diameter, which was demonstrated on the stand at MACH.

KASTOrespond automatically records the force on the band and an algorithm continually varies the feed rate within milliseconds so that the force on the carbide or bimetal blade is maintained at a constant, optimised value.

The result is constant chip load per tooth (fz), taking into account the material width being cut at all points in the cycle, its hardness and toughness, blade type and condition, band deviation and power drawn from the drive. It leads to the fastest possible cycle times as well as long blade life through minimisation of vibration.

All KASTO saws are available for viewing and test cutting at the company’s UK headquarters and showroom in Milton Keynes. A similar service will soon be available in Sheffield at the company’s new Northern showroom, which is due to open in May.

Mr Wagner concluded optimistically, “We know that once prospective customers visit our showroom and work hands-on with any of our sawing machines, more often than not they buy one.

“Our sales success rate of far than greater than 50 per cent is down to potential users being able to see and experience the real differences with KASTO technology and how that leads to lowest cost per cut.”

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