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See-Through Plastis Plus

Powerful Panel Saw Technology

Stiles Machinery proudly provides the HOMAG HPP 400 P (U.S. Edition) Panel Saw to the plastics industry. This powerful and versatile machine combines state-of-the-art technology with innovative German engineering for the ultimate in power and precision. With advanced standard features and a wide variety of highly customizable options, HOMAG’s HPP 400 P is designed to meet all of your unique production needs.

The machine’s main saw motor features variable RPM speed control for high-quality performance, while its reverse cutting capabilities enable processing of thin plastic sheets without the risk of damaging delicate materials.

Featuring a central side pressure device integrated into saw carriage that works from below the machine bed, the HPP 400 P is able to achieve precise alignment of thin sheets as well as full stacks of dense material. This machine also comes standard with air tables at the front of the saw and a complete air bed with dustEx at the cut line for effortless material handling and superior chip collection.

HOMAG’s HPP 400 P U.S. Edition features HOMAG’s easyto- use CADMatic operating software and powerTouch control system for intuitive machine control and operation. Moving graphics on the controller walk the operator through even the most complex cutting operations with ease.

For more information, contact David Mays, Stiles Machinery, 3965 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, 616-698-7500, E-mail:, Web:

Horizontal & Vertical Saws

Heavy-duty production requires top-of-the-line equipment – maximize your power while minimizing errors with the HC6 Panel Saw. Precision is built into every inch, with pneumatic material grippers for automatically loading and securing your material, a split hold-down beam, and dual fully automatic side aligners. This high-speed computerized model is configured with a unique solid back table, solid pusher plate & gripper combination - specifically for plastic applications.

Key features include: full 6" depth of cut, robust 25hp variable speed RPM main blade motor, spray mist blade coolant system, quick blade change, dual fully-automatic crosscut side alignment devices, rack & pinion saw carriage traverse and closed loop digital AC servo rack & pine ion pusher - featuring digital magnetic scale read back for precision positioning, embedded Windows Industrial PC controller, including on-board optimization software and diagnostics.

Save valuable floor space without sacrificing any function. The PRO-V stands tall when it comes to precision, using a unique full-length pneumatic pressure beam to clamp stacked panels. The fully-encased saw blade enhances dust collection and safety while providing superior cut quality in all three of its cut modes: top-to-bottom, scoring, and reciprocating. Pressure sensitive safety tapes along each side of the pneumatic pressure beam for additional safety are standard.

Reduce man-hours while maintaining control – the PROV’s fully automatic cutting cycle starts with the press of a button and is controlled with the turn of a dial. The compact saw offers single blade scoring and three cutting modes: normal, reciprocating and scoring.

For more information, contact Hendrick, 32 Commercial Street, Salem, MA 01970, 978-741-3600, E-mail: sales@, Web:

Beam Saw Line

The Giben SIZING beam saw model Icon FAST LM is available in 3300mm (10 ft.), 3800mm (12 ft.) and 4500mm (14 ft.) cutting lengths and pusher strokes. It offers high capacity sheet cutting at a proportionately low cost of ownership.

The base structure is built using heavy steel structural support elements with the now well-known Giben “LINEAR MOTOR DRIVE” saw carriage system. The 150mm (6 inch) blade projection, with automatic, high speed blade projection control according to the stack height, allows for clean, precise cuts in either single sheets or multiple sheet books. The automatic, double roller side alignment system dynamically squares parts no matter the size.

The standard 40hp main motor, with variable blade rotation speed through electronic inverter allows adjustability for various types of materials and cutting requirements. The optional main blade lubrication system ensures efficient blade cooling for optimum cut quality and blade life. Plastics cutting specific grippers with narrower bottom gripper fingers and narrow gripper openings in the table surface ensure excellent cut quality, even when processing very thin sheets.

The safety features on the Icon FAST LM include a safety barrier at the cutline as well as a safety curtain for added protection. The entire pusher area is guarded with full height safety fencing and a convenient access gate for easy access when cleaning or servicing. The high speed movements of the saw carriage and pusher using the Giben optimized positioning logic ensure excellent performance and output even when processing single sheets.

For more information, contact Mark Craig, Giben America, Inc., 2915 Courtyards Drive, Norcross, GA 30071, 770-448-9140, E-mail:, Web:

In-Line Trim & Cut To Length Machines

Progressive Systems In-Line Plastic Cutting Saws are available for a variety of sheet widths, extruder speeds and sawing arrangements. Machines incorporate the latest engineering features and functions to provide quality saw cuts, close tolerance sheet trimming to width, splitting, cross-cutting, cutting to length, optimum dust collection and trouble-free operation. A touch screen control is available for automatic set-up of trim/split saws and selection of cross-cut sheet length.Progressive Systems trim, split, cross-cut saws, reciprocating in-line cross-cut carriage and hold down beam are mounted on hardened steel rails and linear bearings. Cooling is provided on all saw blades for better cut quality. A squaring adjustment is provided on split-type machine base frames for positive cross-cutting of square sheets.

For more information, contact Gerald "Jerry" Joseph, Progressive Systems Inc., 2805 Shire Road, Medina, MN 55340, 800-841-1392, E-Mail Web:

Automatic Vertical Saw

The top-of-the-line STRIEBIG CONTROL model is a fully automatic machine with touch-screen controls, digital positioning, automatic set-- up features with optional auto top trimming, positioning, and cutting for plastics. The machine has variable feed speed for fine-tuning to different plastic applications as well as an optional variable blade RPM to adjust for perfect edge quality. The full wooden backer is great for supporting thin plastics.

STRIEBIG vertical panel saws from Switzerland have a renowned reputation for quality and precision cutting in all types of sheet plastic and solid surface materials. They are safe, easy to operate, and take up a minimal amount of floor space compared to horizontal saws, especially for larger sheets.

STRIEBIG offers the most complete range of machines with five models, each with a wide variety of frame sizes from 5’x 10’ up to 10’ x 50’ and cutting depths up to 3 1/8”.

For more information, contact Dave Bull, Colonial Saw, Inc., P.O. Box A, Kingston, MA 02364, 781-585-4364 x204, E-mail:, Web:

Cutting Precision

Selco’s Sektor Series of panel saws are the optimal solution for manufacturers looking for safe, efficient and flexible production. With the addition of the 4 Series Twin Pusher 1.2, the latest design from Selco, they deliver the most innovative, flexible and feature rich machine available. This system can improve the output of a standard Sektor Series machine by up to 25%, and because of the cutting-edge engineering of the Biesse Group, this is the most affordable twin pusher design available in the industry.

The 4 Series Twin Pusher 1.2, is configured with 1 controlled axis and 2 additional grippers. The main pusher is servo controlled, and through a unique breaking system, the independent grippers utilize the main pusher for positioning.

For more information, contact Gerri Yarbrough, Biesse America, 4110 Meadow Oak Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208, 704-357-3131, Fax: 704-357-3130, E-mail:, Web:

Saw Arbor Repairs

Precision Drive Systems (PDS), a global provider of high-speed precision spindle motors, support and repair, recently announced that they are now offering repairs on an extensive range of main and scoring saw arbors to better-than-factory standards.

“PDS repairs both main and scoring arbors at a fraction of the price of OEM replacement cost with a better-than-factory runout and upgraded bearing specifications,” explained Calvin Stiles, Market Development Manager for PDS. “PDS rebuilt saw arbors also solve runout issues with precision-face grinding and precise measuring in a micron/control room environment.”

PDS repairs both main and scoring arbors for all Altendorf, Biesse, Gabbiani, Giben, Holz-Her, Holzma, Homag, SCM, Schelling, and Selco among other brands. The industries PDS serves include cabinet manufacturers, RTA furniture, cut-to-size, millwork, institutional casework, plastics fabricating, PCB and advanced materials cutting, flooring and board manufacturing plants.

In PDS’ saw arbor repair process, the saw arbors are disassembled, cleaned and evaluated. Critical surfaces are precision ground. Bearing and spacer stack-ups are measured. Upgraded bearings are specified and installed, then each unit receives final assembly, run-in, temperature, balance and vibration analysis to complete the repair. PDS also backs each rebuilt unit with a six-month warranty.

Since 1996, PDS has been providing high-speed precision spindle motors, support and repairs for CNC machines in the plastics, wood, metal manufacturing and robotics industries. The company manufactures automatic and manual tool-change spindles and 5-axis heads under its own PDS brand and offers spindles from leading manufacturers Giordano Colombo, Hiteco and Spintec.

For more information, contact Calvin Stiles, Precision Drive Systems (PDS), 4367 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Bessemer City, NC 28016, 704-922-1206 Ext 108, E-mail:, Web:

Eco-friendly Coating

Amana Tool's “non-melt” saw blades (for example, Item #LB10801C) are specifically designed for cutting plastic, Plexiglas®, polycarbonates such as Lexan™ and other materials. Available in their signature ElectroBlu™ Ecofriendly non-stick coating, these blades feature a micron-thin translucent layer, which helps to prevent resin buildup and is even more resistant to corrosion. This yields super smooth cuts in plastic materials without damaging the edges. The non-melt Amana Tool saw blades provide optimum performance yet makes cleanup a breeze.

Amana Tool also produces industrial-quality carbide tipped, solid carbide and replacement carbide cutting tools. They recently introduced their Spektra™ extreme tool life coated CNC router bit line. The bits feature a nACo® nanocomposite coating with an extreme Nano hardness and heat resistance and can say sharp up to 2.5 times longer than non-coated router bits.

For more information, contact Frank Misiti, Amana Tool, 120 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735, 800-445-0077/631-752-1300, Fax: 631-752-1674, E-mail:, Web:

No-Melt Blades

Modified triple-chip grind tooth style and specially engineered side clearances make Forrest Manufacturing's carbide tipped No-Melt blades the perfect choice for cutting single or multiple stacked sheets of plastic without chipping or melting.

The No-Melt blade is just one of the many award-winning general-, special- and custom- purpose blades and dados offered by Forrest Manufacturing, a family-owned business for more than 50 years. All Forrest blades are manufactured in the U.S. to exacting standards, using proprietary grinding techniques and hand straightening. The result is exceptional perimeter concentricity, an astonishing +/- .001” side runout and super fine tooth grind for smooth, quiet and precise cuts. The No-Melt blade is no exception. Its numerous teeth allow fast feeding of brittle acrylics. Super-hard C-4 micro grain carbide tips ensure 50 to 300 percent longer life between sharpenings. The No-Melt blade is available in 7” to 20” diameters with 60 to 120 teeth. It is particularly appropriate for cutting acrylics, Delrins®, ABS, styrenes, PVC, and high- and low-melt nylons. Forrest blades come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Factory sharpening services for all makes of carbide tipped circular blades is also available.

Forrest also offers their Duraline available in different tooth styles to meet different needs. The TCG for plastic cuts smoother than No-Melt due to narrower clearance angles. Use #11 TCG to prevent chipping edge of acrylic sheet. Also keep blade height low if on table saw. Made with double-hard C-4 Submicron Carbide for longer life between sharpenings.

For more information, contact Jay Forrest, Forrest Manufacturing Company, 457 River Road, Clifton, NJ 07014, 800-733-7111, Web:

Saw Blades & Sharpening

Atlas Saw & Tool, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Fletcher Business Group, has provided multi-industry customers with the highest quality saw blade technology and sharpening services since 1948. Atlas provides sharpening and cutting tools for the plastics, wood, metal and paper industries and manufactures custom tooling. Atlas has three regional locations within the US for its quality sharpening services.

Atlas offers customers its exclusive Zero Turn Services Program (ZTS), a program that encompasses both Blade Management Services and an Inventory Program to help companies prevent production downtime related to saw blade changes and rotations. Atlas’ Engineered Plastic Saw Blades include acrylic/mechanical plastics/phenolic, acrylic and acrylic RV saw blades that are engineered to reduce chipping on thin acrylic sheets and have a unique grind pattern that reduces heat and prevents melting.

Their mechanical plastic saw blades have a unique tooth geometry design that allows for a smooth, easy cut on ultra-low melt plastics (ex. nylon, polypropylene, UHMW and HDPE). And, Atlas’ phenolic blade design has a modified ATB grid that is ideal for cutting difficult engineered materials (ex. paper, linen and canvas).

For more information, contact Kent Kerns, Atlas Saw & Tool Inc., 7801 Industrial Dr. # B, Spring Grove, IL 60081, 815-675-1333/888-484-1488, Fax: 815-675-1753, E-mail:, Web:

Plastic Cutting Tools

Fabrication Tools and Materials Inc. (FTM) offers a large selection of saw blades, router bits and drill bits specifically designed and manufactured for cutting all types of plastics. These saw blades are manufactured in the USA with meticulous attention to every aspect of saw blade engineering and design. These precision saw blades exceed even the most critical cutting needs.

FTM also offers Whiteside Machine’s complete line of made in the USA router bits and stock the most popular choices use in the plastics fabrication industry, flush trim, round overs, chamfers, and “O” Flutes. From small fabrication to production routing, they have you covered.

Keeping with their theme, FTM’s offers a complete line of made in the USA drill bits with specialized rake angles and cutting edge clearance ideal for drilling acrylics. This line covers fractional sizes from 1/16” up to 1”, lettered AZ, numbered 1-52, and even metric sizes 2mm-13mm. If your size is still not here, it can be special ordered with a short lead time.

For more information, contact David Geer, Fabrication Tools and Materials Inc., 327 Industrial Drive, Unit 1 Placerville CA 95667, 530-626-1986, Fax: 530-642-2602, E-mail:, Web:

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