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Oilfield Pump Manufacturer Sees Dramatic Improvement in Sawing Efficiencies

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Alberta oilfield pump manufacturer’s investment in a horizontal saw results in dramatic production efficiencies.

tri-altaWhen Chad Tomlinson saw a Behringer horizontal bandsaw in operation at the 2012 IMTS show in Chicago, IL, he knew it was the answer to his cutting problems. Tomlinson is the branch manager of Tri-Alta Oilfield Industries Ltd., in Edmonton, AB, a manufacturer of electrical submersible and sucker rod pumps for the oilfield industry. “The Behringer saw was integrated with a material handling system and when I saw how it worked, I was sold on it.”

Back in 2012, the 24,000 sq ft plant was using a manual bandsaw to cut solid bar from 20 to 36 ft long and heavy wall mechanical tubing with wall thicknesses up to 1.5 inches. The manual loading of material and other inefficient processes often lead to misalignment of products on the saw, resulting in increased man hours required to troubleshoot, and increased metal scrap as a result of poorly cut parts.

In 2013 Tri-Alta purchased a Behringer HBP-263A horizontal bandsaw equipped with an automatic chip conveyor, a hydraulic vertical bundle clamping system, an inclined bar loading magazine, and an automatic bar change function. Since installation, the Behringer saw at Tri-Alta’s facility has reduced human error by 80%, cut scrap rates significantly and reduced man hours by half.

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