Automated Extruded Aluminum Saw

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Why Should Companies Use Automated Saw Machines?

Do you need to precisely cut extruded aluminum profiles? Is your company needing bar stock cut to length but it is too thick to be sheared? Do you have a manufacturing process that is needing a high volume of parts cut to precise lengths? If you answered yes to any or all questions then an automated saw might be the right piece of equipment for you.

Traditionally, if a piece of material is needed at precise lengths, it is first rough cut from stock and then it is final machined to length. While this is may be a sufficient solution for low volumes, it is not adequate for high volume situations. Using this approach two operators are needed: One to rough cut the material to length and then another operator to machine it to its precise final dimension. Tennessee Tool and Engineering has looked at this manufacturing issue and has developed precise automated saws to reduce manufacturing complexity and decrease manufacturing run times. 

The automated saws that TTE designs takes a number of blank stock materials and cuts them all down to programmed lengths preset by the operator. The only task that employees need to be concerned with is loading up sufficient numbers of blank stock into the machine and pressing GO on the touch screen. This allows cell operators to manage other automated work stations while the saw machine produces precision length parts. The end result is an efficient workflow on the manufacturing floor and staff task multiplication. Staff multiplication being the solution to today's high labor costs.

About This Featured Automated Saw Machine

TTE was originally contacted to solve a manufacturing issue a part supplier was having. The customer was needing to speed up a sizing operation on blank extruded aluminum profiles, save floor space, and reduce operator hands on time. Additionally, what ever machine was developed it had to be able to size two different aluminum extrusions profiles. In the end, this machine was to be part of a full line of machines that would cut, pierce and weld the blank extruded aluminum parts to a larger assembly.

Based on the decades of experience TTE felt comfortable with the challenge and developed a fully automated saw cell for the customer. The machine would receive blank aluminum extrusion profiles, auto feed them into the saw, and cut them repeatedly to precise lengths. 

Machine Specifications

  • 670,000  Parts Per Year
  • 24 Second Part Cycle Time
  • 35 Minute Uninterrupted Run Time
  • Produces 2 Different Part Numbers Using 2 Different Extrusion Profiles
  • Dust Collection System to Remove Saw Chips
  • Simple In Operation

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