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1st KASTO Win saw in UK

 

- SAWING & CUTTING OFF 

Engineering Subcontractor FEBRUARY 2015

The first bandsaw from the new KASTOwin

range to be purchased in the UK was

delivered directly from the launch at

KASTO’s Milton Keynes Open House to

Dyn-Metal, a specialist bronze foundry and

machine shop in Acton.

Since the machine was installed in August

2014, it has been the mainstay of the

company’s long production runs of

automatic sawing-to-length of bronze tube,

used principally in bearing production. The

material is used in ships’ transmissions, oil

and gas rigs, off-road vehicles, cranes, steel

mills, mining equipment and machines in

general, including machine tools.

The bronze alloys are produced in six

centrifugal casting machines at the Acton

foundry, one of which is among the largest

in the UK, capable of producing two-tonne

castings. The phosphor-, lead-, aluminiumand

manganese-bronze tubes can be cast

up to 1.2 metres in diameter, although

larger is possible depending on length and

weight. However, most material is below

330 mm, which is why Dyn-Metal chose a

KASTOwin A3.3 bandsaw of that capacity.

Managing director Stephen Capper says:

“We supply standard bronzes as well as our

own special varieties with modified grain

structures, which result in bearings lasting

up to three times longer than commercial

castings of similar composition. Selflubricating

varieties with embedded solid

lubricant are included in our range.

“Practically none of our customers hold

stock, so ask for quick delivery of material to

ensure that their production output is not

interrupted. To be successful in this

business, you have to be competitive not

only on price, but also on order turnaround.

“We needed another horizontal bandsaw

to replace an older model of a different

make that was causing bottlenecks, as our

order intake has returned to pre-recession

levels.

“When I saw the new KASTOwin at the

supplier’s launch, the machine’s competitive

price, small footprint and ability to tackle

long automatic runs made up my mind on

the day, so I placed the order there and

then.”

Dyn-Metal is no stranger to KASTO saws.

It has used the German manufacturer’s

equipment for more than 30 years, having

first bought a powered hacksaw. In the late

90s, a vertical mitre-cutting bandsaw was

installed and since 2005, the foundry has

used a KASTObloc U5 for cutting bronze

plate into wear strips and a KASTOtwin A4

bandsaw for general cutting of up to 400

mm diameter stock.

The foundry uses tungsten carbide tipped

blades, rather than bimetal, not because the

bronzes are tough to cut but to promote

straightness of the sawn surface. This is a

prerequisite of a high quality raw casting, as

it minimises the amount of subsequent

machining, whether it is carried out by

Dyn-Metal or its customers. Band speed is

generally 105 m/min and downfeed 40

mm/min.

Notable features of KASTOwin bandsaws

include ballscrew drives instead of

Bandsaw is ideal for continuous cutting

of tube

Centrifugally and continuously cast bronze alloy tube and plate at Dyn-Metal’s Acton foundry awaiting

processing and delivery

A length of tube being transported to the KASTOwin bandsaw for cutting

 

 

 

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hydraulics to ensure tight control over cutting and material feed,

constant monitoring and feedback of the force on the saw band,

and constant chip load throughout the cut, irrespective of material

cross section, which varies considerably

when cutting tube. A touch-screen

SmartControl manufactured by KASTO

monitors and controls order requirements

and sawing parameters.

Stephen Capper concludes: “We pride

ourselves on buying only the best

equipment on the market, irrespective of

price.

“Visitors to our company will see an

Inductotherm furnace, Lansing Linde lift

truck and a machine shop full of Mazaks and

DMG MORI machines.

“We think that KASTO bandsaws maintain

this tradition. The KASTOwin A3.3 is just the

latest example of high technology, top

quality equipment from this supplier, and at

a competitive price.”

 

 

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