Is Band Sawing Ready for the Twenty-First Century?
There should be a sub-heading to title line above, and it should read, “how much sophistication is out there, and how much of it do I need?” Well, that really depends on: 1) How much band sawing do you have? and 2) How are you handling it now?
In today’s modern, advanced production facilities, every process conducted there has undergone rigorous time studies, production improvements, and accountability of the process, all intended to ensure a certain amount of production. Band sawing has finally been included in the overall production output, and companies are reaping the benefits. Industry insiders suggest the major manufacturers are all working on the next generation band saw that will be more integrated to the factory main frame (as if the current flock of the most advanced band saws really need any more capabilities).
How Sophisticated Do Band Saws Get?
A good example of a sophisticated band saw machine currently available is one that has the capability to draw from any one of 16 inboard supply conveyors, each with a different order of material for a different customer. This saw will draw the material in, process any number of pieces required and then send the bar remnant back to its original inboard conveyor. The band saw is totally controlled by a CNC controller which gives the saw some interesting capabilities beyond its ability to process from many sources.
Such a band saw is totally automatic and self-controlled. The operator has but to enter material spec for each inboard conveyor and how many pieces he needs for his order and hits the “Go” button. The band saw measures the material diameter via encoder in the positioning vise, advances the material into position and begins cutting the bar to make the required number of pieces for his order, all automatically without any further operator input.
Incidentally, the cut pieces are carried out of the machine via picker robot arm and deposited into any of the 32 parts bins located on the outbound end of the saw system. The saw system sets the band saw blade speed, proper feed rate, and then monitors the cutting straightness of the piece being cut so as to keep that important requirement ("squareness") within a set parameter controlled by the operator. The machine is simply called a "system saw" and it can cut anything you bring to it as long as the band saw has the proper saw blade for the material being cut.
If You Need to Invest in a New Band Saw, Look No Further!
If production is your intent for your metal cutting band sawing needs, you have found the right place for the right saws. JMT is proud to present our well-designed and engineered line up of high speed ultra-accurate metal cutting band saws. We don’t sit pat — when innovations for any of our machines comes along, we adopt them as quickly as we can. Consequently, our band saws have every innovation currently available built into them.
You Buy a Saw Once, You Buy Saw Blades Forever — Get a Good Saw!
You purchase a metal cutting band saw one time, you purchase band saw blades for years to come — if your band saw machine is not properly constructed the end result will show up in increased costs of saw blades over the life cycle of your metal-cutting band saw machine. Metal band saws can be constructed in many different ways, and frankly some designs are better than others. Accuracy of the build process is critical to the long term functionally of the saw. JMT band saws are constructed like no other band saw machines in the industry. The benefits of an accurate build are numerous and will determine the life cycle of the machine. Band saws consist of two major components: the base and the cutting head. If concentricity is not maintained between the major components, a considerable number of problems are likely to arise.
What’s the Right Way to Run a Band Saw? (And Is It Important?)
What is the benefit of researching the industry-accepted norms for band sawing cut times, band saw blade speed, and ultimately band sawing output? Why would it be important to apply all of these known industry norms to each and every cut job in-house?
- First, improved output. It has been established that non-optimized band saws usually run at a considerably lesser rate, thereby reducing daily output.
- Second, better, higher quality cut face of the piece part, more square while running at an increased speed!
- Third, longer blade life, with a more predictable output and a reduction in yearly cost to operate the band saw machine.
Go Where You Know You Can Get the Best Band Saw: JMT
Our selective line of sophisticated metal cutting saws includes automatic, semi-automatic and manual versions that would lend themselves a perfect fit for any cutting operation. All of our new saws are cast from meehenite nodular cast iron, where the saw calls for base casting or bow casting. This much-improved type of cast iron is as much as six times more vibration absorbing than a typical weldment. Meehanite cast iron is widely known for its uniform soundness, physical properties, and its capability to absorb vibration.
Our metal band saws also include cast iron guide arms, pivot bases and in many cases, cast iron vise components. All of this use of meehenite cast iron has but one single purpose, to improve the band saw machines stability. Vibration is the number one cause of shortened band saw blade life. Another benefit of a more rigid platform is the reduced cost of maintenance as all the moving parts last longer. Stability must be engineered in; it can’t be added on.
In addition to the quality of materials used to produce our metal cutting band saws, our exclusive process of building up the saw machine from the base on, while still in the original production jig is unique to our industry. This production process is intended to produce the most accurate part to part matching as the machine takes shape, again with the purpose of producing the most stable platform to attach the bow head.
JMT’s lineup includes pivot type or scissor band saws, dual column band saws with both configurations incorporating straight cutoff style machines, single miter saws or in many cases double miter saws so you can cut a wide variety of parts with speed and precision.
If you have a piece of any kind of metal in your shop you can’t cut, maybe it’s because you don’t have a JMT high quality cutting band saw in your shop.
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