By Michael Wheat (HE&M Saw Tech Support)
Advances in blade
and band saw technology in the past few years have resulted in
the creation of sawing systems that will out-perform older
band saws by a factor of two, three, or more. The word is
out, but the folks who are already aware of what the new saws
can do arenít talking.
The new saws are faster, more accurate, safer, and use less
energy than their predecessors. The new automatic saws can
also reduce labor costs, because they can run unattended. The
newest technology in saws designed and manufactured by HE&M
Saw completely eliminates the guesswork that used to be
required to achieve productive and efficient cutting rates.
The technology that we have seen to improve our lives in the
fields of communication, transportation, and medicine are also
being applied to band saws. New saws, like new cars, trucks,
and SUVís, are incorporating modern technology to create
faster, more powerful, more efficient, safer, and more
reliable equipment than ever before. Most steel executives
and managers would never allow their wives to drive vehicles
20 or 30 years old. But thatís exactly what they may have in
their warehouses when it comes to the age of band saws and
other equipment. Sure, some of these old saws are still
plugging along. Most of them are just about as productive as
when they were new. But, hereís the kicker: New saws cut
faster. They cut more accurately. They produce less scrap.
They are safer. They use less energy. They require less
labor, now and in the future.
The science of band saw design and band saw blade design is
creating a new generation of cutting machines that thoroughly
out-perform the last generation. New blades are using designs
with higher performing tooth geometry, improved tooth
compositions, and coatings that older saws simply canít
utilize. Itís like putting racing tires on a Pinto. Whatís
the point? Itís still just a Pinto. For example, several
blade manufacturers are offering new and proven blades with
carbide teeth. Many end users are reluctant to use these
blades on their old machines, and sometimes for good reason.
The old saws just arenít rugged, rigid, or smooth running as
the new saws.
HE&M Saw has developed computer-controlled sawing platforms
that, when combined with the new generation of double-column
saws, allow full use of the fantastic cutting capabilities of
the new generation blades.
Many new cutting houses, machine shops, fabricators, and
start-up steel warehouses are discovering the advantages of
having modern equipment. They have an instant competitive
edge over companies that are using technology that is ten,
twenty, or thirty years old.
It is understood that the economy has been in the doldrums for
the past couple of years, but that is going to change, and
itís probably going to change sooner rather than later. Keep
in mind that interest rates have never been lower in recent
Sure, that old mid-seventies Buick might still get you from
here to there, but youíd never make a long trip without a cell
See what the new technology
can do for you. Some of your competitors already have.