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Wednesday | 11 October, 2017 | 10:35 am

Growth by cutting

By Colin Linneweber

Above: Team Pride is able to make low-volume customized cuts in shapes as large as 5 inches with tight tolerances.

Constant updates in technology and information help extruder meet higher demand

October 2017 - Benicia, California-based MetlSaw has been manufacturing tailored extrusion cutting and sawing systems since its establishment 45 years ago. Building and distributing sawing equipment that cuts ferrous and nonferrous materials, MetlSaw works with large-volume service centers and processors across the globe.

“All MetlSaw systems are made with simplicity in mind, and we constantly update the technology that keeps our saws at the forefront of the industry,” claims MetlSaw Sales Director Jim Kelly.

“By incorporating the latest Rockwell controls, customers are assured of modern automation features and can also rely on excellent parts availability and system support,” he says.

Standard on each model is “the ability to connect remotely through an Ethernet port for fast remote support. Our remote monitoring products provide management with up-to-date production statistics,” Kelly notes. “It doesn’t take an engineer to troubleshoot and maintain our systems, which makes them the most reliable systems on the market.”

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Team Pride has experienced a 50 to 70 percent increase in productivity since cutting with the CS Series model, Managing Partner Todd Lewallen says.

One user, Team Pride Extrusions in Megargel, Texas, has procured a solid reputation for producing custom precision aluminum extrusions for the LED lighting, signage, construction, electronics, point-of-purchase retail products, drapery and medical device and mobility device industries. In particular, Team Pride, in business 22 years, is able to make low-volume customized cuts in shapes as large as 5 inches with tight tolerances.

To bolster its output and efficiency during a time of rampant growth, Team Pride contacted MetlSaw for help on how to streamline its cutting operations. The company was experiencing bottlenecks as it ran four saws on two shifts, five to six days per week. This meant that operators struggled to produce enough parts through the sawing department to meet rising customer demands. To compensate, Team Pride was compelled to outsource many of its cutting jobs.

Todd Lewallen, a managing partner at Team Pride, contacted Kelly to learn more about MetlSaw’s systems. Lewallen explained to Kelly the issues that Team Pride was encountering. Kelly and his team determined that the CS Series system would be able to fulfill the extruder’s requirements.

The CS Series system is a fully automated cutoff saw designed for nonferrous extrusions and plate cutting. Extruders and service centers use the saw to cut aluminum, copper and brass from 8 inches to 14 inches thick. It has a cutting window of 24 inches. With automated loading and unloading handling options for solids, extrusions, tubes or rounds, the saw’s standard backgauge supports materials from 12 to 80 feet long but CS Series saws can also be customized to 100 feet.

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Almost immediately on installing the new saw, Team Pride eliminated outsourcing, bringing that work back in house.

ROI

Almost immediately on installing the new saw, Team Pride eliminated outsourcing, bringing that work back in house, even while reducing its equipment requirements from four saws and four operators to one MetlSaw and two operators. According to Lewallen, Team Pride has experienced a 50 percent to 70 percent increase in productivity since cutting with the CS Series model. The extruder also realized a return on investment through reducing lead-times and man hours while cutting larger volumes of materials.

“The new MetlSaw came with many new features, including with onboard and remote diagnostics,” says Lewallen. “Our MetlSaw is connected to the web where MetlSaw [the vendor] can monitor the saw and troubleshoot or customize whatever we need from their office in California.

“The other great benefit,” he continues, “are all the safety features. They protect our employees from injury and provide a safe working environment for all, and the safety of our employees comes first at Team Pride Extrusions.”

According to Kelly, all extruders encounter different challenges. To date, MetlSaw’s CS Series is helping Team Pride Extrusions to overcome obstacles and pursue even more business. MM

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