TW Metals Installs New Amada Pulse Saw

Exton, PA, October 31, 2012 – TW Metals Chicago has purchased a new Amada Pulse cutting band saw (PCSAW430X). This machine differs from traditional band saws by sending controlled pulses to the blade, cancelling out unwanted vibration. It provides a dramatically improved surface finish on the cut as well as increased squareness. Pulse cutting also lengthens the life of the blade, decreasing down time due to replacing worn down blades.

The machine is designed for solid bar and heavy wall tube and pipe cutting – it’s best performance is on material from 3” to 16” in diameter and material with a wall thickness of 1/2” or greater. “Pipe that is either schedule 5 or 10 as well as light wall tubing cannot be cut effectively on this saw” says Nick Giancana, head of operations in the Chicago branch. “The machine is designed for production type cutting; the harder or larger the material is, the more effective and cost competitive it becomes.”

The saw has been operational since late June. Cutting capacity of the saw ranges from a minimum of 1.18” to 16.93”, and can shuttle material from .394” to 99.99”, holding tolerances of +/- .030” and even better with tremendous ease. Check with Chicago operations if tighter tolerances are needed because it’s possible. The machine has run at +/- .010”, and is capable of +/-.005” (it’s even run near 0). The saw will leave a minimum drop of 4” per bar, tube or pipe. Kerf allowances remain the same as the traditional saws that TW Metals has employed.

In time studies prior to the purchase of the saw, Giancana and others saw a 10x improvement in stainless cutting speeds and a 4x improvement in cutting aluminum product. This has translated into best in class pricing for production cutting. Keith Cookson, branch manager from Toledo, can attest to this personally. “We recently secured a job that we had quoted previously using our traditional cutting costs.” The project for his customer in the Toledo area required 10,000 pcs. of 3” square aluminum bar cut to 5” in length. Arnold Rogers, cutting specialist in Chicago operations, was able to stack the material, effectively increasing throughput and reducing the lead time and price to the customer substantially. The yield of usable cuts also improved – TW Metals has already delivered the first release of 5000 pieces; the balance ships 30-45 days after.

“This saw is the top of the class in the industry and is a huge competitive advantage for TW Metals.” says Giancana. In addition, in a stable to sliding commodity market, adding value can be a vital key to bottom line improvement. It’s a game changer for TW Metals and an opportunity to compete for business that may have otherwise eluded us.

About TW Metals

A dynamic and customer-focused organization, TW Metals is a leading specialty metal distributor with over 30 facilities worldwide. The company offers a broad range of products and services, including extrusions, fittings, pipe, tube, rod/bar, sheet and plate in Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Nickel, Titanium, Alloy Steel, and Carbon Steel. TW Metals was formed in 1998 through the merger of Tubesales (founded in 1946) and Williams and Company (founded in 1907). TW Metals is a member of the O’Neal High-Performance Metals Group.

About O’Neal Industries

With annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion in 2012, O’Neal Industries is the nation’s largest family-owned metals service center. The company consists of 13 leading brands working cooperatively to provide added value to customers in diverse markets throughout the world. The Industrial Metals Group (IMG), composed of O’Neal Steel, Leeco Steel, O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals and CHRG Metals provides full-line products and processing, while the High-Performance Metals Group (HPMG), which includes Aerodyne Alloys, Supply Dynamics, TW Metals, and United Performance Metals, is focused on spespecialty products and services. O’Neal Industries is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama and has more than 90 locations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

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