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A fully-automatic Striebig Control vertical panel saw is has been installed at GRP gratings specialist, Sui Generis International Ltd, of Colchester.
Used in a wide variety of industrial applications, the gratings are produced at another of the company’s facilities. They come in three sizes; 3.66m x 1.22m, 3m x 1m and 2m x 1m; either 25mm, 38.5mm or 53mm thick and weighing between 56 and 125 kilo.
After being unloaded on pallets they are fork lifted into the trim shop where they are hoisted singly on to the saw.
The Striebig cuts them into sections as required by customers. This usually means ensuring they weigh less than 25 kilos each so as to meet Manual Handling regulations that allow one man to lift items up to that weight. Sui Generis’s Control model 5168 can handle panels up to a maximum size of 4,300m x 1,680m and has a depth of cut of 80mm.
Numerous automatic procedures can be carried out by the press of a button including locking and releasing the beam saw, setting the horizontal cutting height, plunging and swivelling the motor, locking the support rollers during sawing and fine saw blade adjustment.
It features the TRK dust and chips extraction system that ensures dust levels are kept well below permitted European limits, plus automatic moving backing support. A diamond-coated blade is used to cut through the GRP.
It is claimed that the saw has improved cutting performance by ensuring tighter tolerances – it works to an accuracy of 0.1mm – and reducing cutting times, with the cost savings passed on to customers. It has also improved the operators’ working life by eliminating the fatigue previously caused by using a non-automatic saw.
Sui Generis International’s director, Mark Went said: “”When investing in a new saw it was essential that not only would it give improved performance, reducing working times, but that it improved our health and safety and the working conditions of our employees. The Control has surpassed all our expectations. It’s rugged, easy-to-use, with excellent inbuilt extraction.””
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