DTE orders second Stromab crosscut

4 June 2018

DTE has ordered a second Stromab crosscut for its Ilkeston depot after successfully installing a first machine for the automated cutting of I-Joists.

The first machine was installed by supplier JJ Smith after DTE wanted to speed up the labour intensive process of cutting I-beams.

JJ Smith had experience with other clients of speeding up this operation, both in terms of getting the optimised data down to the machine from office software, but also the positioning and cutting of the required lengths.

“Martin Smith advised that they had a new heavier duty saw capable of pushing loads up to 750kg,” said Ed Kirk, DTE’s operations director.

“This was of particular interest to me, as we can cut heavy sections of glulam and LVL and I needed to be happy the equipment was robust enough for both this and standard I beam cutting”. ??

A detailed machine specification was agreed, with particular input from Donaldsons as to what they required. As a result an order was confirmed for a Stromab TR601 MX fully programmable cross cut saw with a 14m infeed capacity and a saw unit with a 600mm diameter blade giving a cutting capacity of up to 650mm wide x 200mm, a 12.5hp main motor and hydraulically controlled cutting action.

To enable pushing of such heavy weights, while maintaining a high level of cutting accuracy, Stromab redesigned their standard rack and pinion Matrix pusher unit so it had a 200mm profile and incorporating heavy duty precision linear guides and bearings.

The machine was also fitted with an outfeed monitor to display the actual cut sizes as they are produced, along with a with a special label printer which enables labels to be printed on polypropylene.

“The new machine has significantly increased productivity and as result we have now ordered a second machine which will also be installed at the same site,” added Mr Kirk.