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Dual Column, Parallel Down-Feed Design: Improves Accuracy and Productivity at Schwartz Steel

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HBP430A Metal Cutting Saw

HBP430A Cuts solids up to 20.8″ wide x 20.4″ high quickly and accurately.

Thanks to improved sawing capabilities, Schwartz Steel Service, based in Gastonia, NC has seen its business grow over the last few years. Established in 1978, this full-service distributor/warehouse of ferrous & non-ferrous rounds, bars, shapes & plates is best known for “cutting to length” on-time. Customers are mostly job shops, manufacturers who do a little bit of everything – from making parts to fixing machinery.

Several years ago, Schwartz Steel was having enormous problems with their sawing operations. Their machines were old, slow and inaccurate. Jobs constantly had to be re-cut because parts were coming off of their saws with both tolerance and “squareness” problems. As a result, Schwartz Steel was wasting too much valuable time correcting their machines’ mistakes.

Customers were starting to grow impatient with the inaccuracies and delays on their sawing orders. Benjamin Schwartz (VP) realized that unless he improved the quality of the work that was being produced by his current machines, Schwartz Steel ran the risk of losing a lot of business.

Benjamin started the arduous process of finding saws that would fit his company’s needs. His research led him to a trade show that featured a booth from Behringer Saws. After spending some time with the sales rep and watching a demonstration that illustrated the machine’s capabilities, Benjamin knew he had found the solution to his production problems.

“The sales pitch I heard was convincing,” he said. “For me, the greatest selling points were the design of the machines, the accurate & square tolerances on cut material and the saw’s bundle clamping system.” After seeing the demo at the trade show, the Behringer rep took me to several facilities that were currently using Behringer saws. After watching the machines operate in environments very similar to the one at our facility, I knew that these saws would strengthen and expand Schwartz Steel’s sawing capabilities.”

In September of 2002, the company purchased both the Behringer HBP-530A (USA) and Behringer HBP-430A (USA) to better meet its cutting needs. Design, function and operational criteria were all important factors in the decision making process.

According to Schwartz, there were many advantages to Behringer’s dual column design, which dramatically influenced the machines’ productivity, accuracy and all aspects of the performance. Being a parallel down-feed machine moving in a linear motion, and supported on two columns, resulted in constant feed rates. Double columns also gave Schwartz Steel maximum rigidity and cutting performance. The horizontal band arrangement and hydraulically tensioned tungsten-carbide guides afford the blade excellent support right up to the material.

Designed to cut solid materials up to 20.8″ in diameter and rectangular shapes up to 20.8″ wide x 20.4″ high, the HBP-530A is constructed using heavy-duty guides and wheel bearings. It’s designed with a strong cast iron frame for long- life in the shop and low-vibration through the cut. Weighing 9,240 pounds, the machine is fully automated and does not even require straps when bundle- cutting. Plus, there is no need to weld ends of material together before making a cut.

Both the HBP-530A and HBP-430A offer the same benefits, except the HBP- 530A offers larger capacity. Weighing 7,500 pounds, the HBP-430A cuts solid materials up to 17″ in diameter and rectangular shapes up to 17″ wide x 17″ high.

According to Schwartz, the HBP-530A and HBP-430A (USA) have brought Schwartz Steel long-term savings, ultimately increasing the company’s bottom line. In fact, at a time when manufacturing was hit hard by the economy, Behringer single-handedly helped Schwartz come out from under its economic slump. The company has enjoyed such an increase in its sawing business that Schwartz Steel bought a second HPB-430A in June of 2005.

“Our investment in Behringer has already paid for itself” Benjamin said. “These machines have allowed us to eliminate our company’s sawing problems and have enabled us to go after business that we couldn’t even quote on in the past. We are now confident that we can compete with anyone on producing cut orders in a timely and extremely accurate manner. The machines are assets to the company and will invariably continue to save and make us money over the saws’ lifetime. They do everything Behringer said that they would do.”