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Komatsu Twister Superb Edge Quality

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

TFPL6082 726b Komatsu Twister Superb Edge Quality

Twister Fine Plasma is appreciated for its superb edge quality on mild steel and stainless steel. This 1/2 in. sample cut on a Root Twister TFPV 60 k Wdemonstrates both the precise edge quality of the Twister Fine Plasma torch, and the versatility of the bevel cutting torch head on this model. Note the precise two pass cutting on the outer edge, with both curved and straight cuts. Note also the clean cut edge of bevel cut central hole. The excellent edge is typical of cuts on all Twister models from the versatile TFP3051 with 5 x 10 ft. table and 30 kW (150 Amp) fine plasma torch.                                                   twister3 Komatsu Twister Superb Edge Quality

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Strippit / Pullmax 720 up to 40 tool Stations.

Monday, July 9th, 2012

pullmax turret  Strippit / Pullmax  720 up to 40 tool Stations.


• Provides additional 40 tool stations (60 total)
• Works with Indexable Multitool (OrbiTool)
• Each station is fully indexable 360 degrees

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• Minimizes tool change/set up time

• Flexibility to use varying material thicknesses                            • Enables flexible, unmanned production                                                    • Ideal for automated systems                                                              • Factory installed or retrofitted                                                                        Compatible with 720 series

KSI Swiss adds a You Tube Channel

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

KSI has added a YouTube channel for videos of our machines.   Check it out at


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KSI Swiss provides the highest quality world-class Swiss Style Automatic CNC Lathes that can be offered. KSI Swiss, in partnership with machine tool builder HJM Automation, is the only American owned provider of this type of machine tool. KSI is a family operated company located in Minnesota. You will not find a better value anywhere. The KSI Swiss machines are known for their ‘more’ factor, more mass, more rigidity, more tools, more stroke, more thrust, more gripping force, more included options, more training, more room, etc. Put our machine against any competition, and you will see that what we have to offer, is the best value on the market.  We listen carefully to what our customers say, and use their feedback to help make our products better.  We’re constantly striving to improve our products, as well as add new products as demand rises.


Punch Press

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Punch presses are used when processes require hole to be punched in material. From small and manual to large, complex CNC machines, punch presses vary depending on the scale of the operation. Most punch presses have either a portal (bridge) frame or a “C” type frame. The following are some of the criteria used to determine what type of punch press you need:


Size of work area

Drive type

Force rating

Weight of the workpiece


Drive Type

The drive type is the system used to deliver force to the ram. There are several different types used for different purposes.


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Flywheel Punch Press














A flywheel is a constantly rotating machine. With flywheel, adjusting the speed during the process is difficult. With the advent of newer systems, these types of presses are no longer common.



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Mechanical Punch Press














There are two types of mechanical punches: full revolution and part revolution. The full revolution requires the crankshaft to rotate a full turn before coming to a stop. The full turn is necessary because specific slots must catch raised keys in order to stop the rotation. More advanced machines use a part revolution which works with a braking system.



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Hydraulic Punch Press














These presses use a hydraulic cylinder are can be controlled by a valve or by a valve and feedback system. Valve controlled hydraulic presses let the ram stroke up and down in a one-stroke operation. The valve and feedback system offers control proportionally so the stroke can be set to fixed points. This system provides more flexibility and increases punching rates.


Servo drive turret

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Servo Drive Turret Punch Press









This type of punch press uses twin AC servo drives connected to the drive shaft. This system is effective because it has the speed of hydraulic systems as well as the control provided with clutches and brakes. Although this type of punch matches the speed of hydraulic systems, it has no hydraulic parts which means it needs less maintenance. Servo drives also reuse the energy that gets generated during deceleration. This lessens the amount of power needed to run the machine.




Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

LVD provides a full range of standard press brake tooling to accommodate machines from 400 to 3200 kN (40 to 360 tons). A variety of single, multiple and adjustable V-dies are also available.


Our exclusive STONE® radius (LVD patented) V-dies assure accurate bend angles along the entire bend length. This tooling is produced with a progressive radius on both sides of the V-opening, allowing the material to flow into the die more evenly and with less drag. This unique design reduces the friction between the material and the die.

A full range of vertical removable tooling is also available. This style facilitates quick and easy tool changes for enhanced flexibility and productivity. Single tools or complete tooling sets are available.

LVD offers specialized tooling to accommodate press brakes over 3200 kN (360 tons). Designed to withstand extremely high forces, this tooling provides reliable performance and long life under rugged production conditions.

LVD has developed specialized tooling for many custom applications. Contact your representative for information on how we can meet your application needs.

The Brake Press

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The brake press, also known as press brakes are very useful shaping sheet metal. Typically they work with a table below which holds the die and a moveable beam above where the punch is located. There are several types of brake presses available and they are described by the types of force applied in the process.


Mechanical Press – A clutch is used along with a flywheel to operate a crank. Mechanical presses are known for their speed and accuracy.

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Mechanical Press












Hydraulic Press – Uses two hydraulic cylinders located on the sides of the press. They move the upper beam.


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Electro Hydraulic Press














Servo-electric Press – Exerts force by driving a belt drive or ballscrew with a servo-motor (a motor with encoders to provide accurate positioning and speed).


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Servo-electric Turret Punch Press











Pneumatic Press – Uses air pressure to provide force.

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Pneumatic Press















Mechanical presses have long been the dominant type in the world of machining. But since the 1950s, hydraulic presses have become the most popular as a result of advances in hydraulic and computer technologies. Now, hydraulic presses are known to be very reliable and accurate. They are also considered a safe option because the ram’s motion can be stopped much easier than that of flywheel-driven mechanical presses. Servo-electric and pneumatic presses are ideal for processes requiring lower amounts of force (tonnage).


ECO-JET Direct Drive Waterjet Pump – 30HP, 60KSI

Friday, June 15th, 2012


eco pump 2 ECO JET Direct Drive Waterjet Pump   30HP, 60KSI

Energy efficient and economical, Jet Edge’s ECO-JET direct drive waterjet pump produces up to 1 GPM of 55,000 psi ultra-high pressure water for precision waterjet cutting and surface preparation applications. Like all Jet Edge products, the ECO-JET features Jet Edge’s signature rock-solid construction for lasting performance.


  • Energy-efficient and eco-friendly – Uses up to 40% less electricity than a 50hp pump, but produces same output!
  • Economically priced without sacrificing quality.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Powers any manufacturer’s waterjet system!*

* Waterjet table or tool must be capable of sending a pressure relief signal to the pump.

eco pump 1 ECO JET Direct Drive Waterjet Pump   30HP, 60KSI


  • Power: 30HP (22kw)
  • Output Pressure: 55,000 psi (3800 bar) continuous
  • Flow Rate: 1 GPM (3.8 L/min)
  • Maximum Orifice: .015 in (.38 mm)
  • Power Supply: 3-Phase, 460 VAC (60Hz), 35AMP
  • LWH: 50 inch x 32 inch x 46 inch (1270 mm x 820 mm x 1170 mm)
  • Weight: 1500 lb (680 kg); approximate

Standard Features

  • High-efficiency TEFC motor
  • 1800 nominal motor speed (rpm)
  • User serviceable attenuator to reduce pressure fluctuations
  • Liquid-filled pressure gauges
  • UHP safety shielded tubing
  • U/L, CU/L listed industrial control panel


  • Ambient Room Temperature: 50°-95° F (10°-35° C)
  • Relative Humidity: Non condensing, maximum 95% at 95ºF (35ºC)

Electric Motor

  • Motor Output: 30 hp (22 kw)
  • Motor Type: High Eciency TEFC electric motor
  • Full load current: 35A @460VAC (60 Hz)
  • Requires a voltage/frequency option kit to match local electrical requirements.
    eco pump ECO JET Direct Drive Waterjet Pump   30HP, 60KSI

Low-Pressure Water

  • Supply Requirements:
    Coolant Water: 4 GPM (19 lpm)
    Feed Water: 4.5 to 5 GPM (17-19 lpm)
    Minimum pressure 60 psi (4.2 bar)
    Maximum temperature 70ºF (21ºC)
  • On-board filtration to 0.45 micron
  • Type: Pretreated, <100 TDS, PH 6-8, Silica <15PPM


Novel Use For a Water Jet

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Water jets are great for processing metals for food-related uses.  But what about food itself?  Paprima’s Ultra-High Pressure water jet is a great method for cutting food for several reasons.  Water jets are much more hygenic than traditional methods because they don’t involve blades which have been known to transfer bacteria and pathogens onto food products.  And this particular water jet uses a continuous stream of drinking water rather than mixing water with an abrasive.  The UHP water jet has an opening of about .004″ which is small enough to cut delicate foods producing a clean cut with no bruising.

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Paprima UHP Water Jet












The nozzle on the UHP moves water at 3 times the speed of sound providing extreme cutting power. The diamond nozzle should be able to last approximately 3 months being used continuously.

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UHP Water Jet cutting apples

Milling 101

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Milling is basically the process of removing material. It began centuries ago as a way to process grains using stones.

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Ancient Greek Milling Stone










Eventually, it also came to include metal processing with rotating cutting tools. As milling evolved, the array of tools that could be employed increased greatly as did the precision. Choosing the right tool and the proper machining parameters in milling is essential to achieve an optimum outcome.

Types of Milling

Face Milling – Used for making flat surfaces. The cutters usually have a single row of inserts. The tools used for face milling will preferably have a lead angle for long tool life.

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Face Milling Machine














Slot Milling – Used to produce slot and channels. Mainly, slot milling is done with either a disk mill or an end mill. Disk mills are usually used for operations that are perpendicular to the spindle rotation. Types of disk mills are high-speed steel, brazed carbide, and indexable-insert-based. These will be used for operations perpendicular to the spindle rotation. End mills are used when the slot needed must be parallel to the spindle rotation and often result in poorer quality due to poor chip formation and other factors. End mills have a smaller tool diameter and greater length which causes them to be less stable than all other milling cutters.

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PVC Window Water Slot Milling Machine











Periphery Milling – Creates a primary surface that is parallel to the spindle rotation. Often times, there is also a secondary surface generated. Types of periphery milling cutters include: solid carbide, high-speed steel, and indexable-insert-based.

Specialty Applications

There are additional types of milling that can be used for specific jobs. Here are a couple:

Ramping – Used for making angled surfaces or for making a pocket at the point of entry.

Helical and Circular Interpolation – Used to create a cylindrical surface or to make entry points that can be used later.




Strippit LP-1225: Punching Productivity – Laser flexibility

Monday, June 11th, 2012

The Strippit LP-1225 machine redefines laser/punch combination technology with an efficient, economical design from the company that introduced combination technology to the marketplace in 1978. Why Combination Technology? In today’s manufacturing environment the need to produce piece parts more efficiently is a constant demand. Laser cutting reduces secondary finishing, cuts
exotic materials and processes intricate shapes. Combination technology is ideal for components that require holes, forms and profiles. While combination technology provides all-in-one processing, it often requires a substantial investment, forcing users to produce complex, higher value parts in order to achieve a return on investment. The Strippit LP-1225 redefines combination
technology with the perfect balance of functionality and economy, combining field proven LVD – GE Fanuc laser technology and LVD Strippit punch press technology in a price sensitive integrated machine.

laser punch Strippit LP 1225: Punching Productivity – Laser flexibility

The Laser
GE Fanuc CO2 laser resonator generates up to 2500 Watts of cutting power to cut intricate shapes in metals and non-metals Complete integration of the GE Fanuc laser source, CNC control, AC digital motors and amplifiers offers a high degree of reliability and superior processing speed. laser puch 2 Strippit LP 1225: Punching Productivity – Laser flexibility

GE Fanuc resonator is equipped with long-life discharge tubes, a cyclone cleaner unit, and photo catalytic elements to maximize resonator performance and longevity Laser power is matched to the axis speed to achieve a constant width of cut with a small heat-affected zone.

Large 11.8” x 17.7” (300 mm x 450 mm) programmable parts chute allows finished laser-cut parts to be directed through a drop door, eliminating the need to tab or micro-joint laser-cut parts for manual removal from a nested sheet.laser punch 3 Strippit LP 1225: Punching Productivity – Laser flexibility

The Punch Press

Stress relieved, single piece bridge frame and widespread axis bearing system provide rugged performance Precision servo controlled hydraulic system delivers high punching and forming rates Direct drive axis reliably maintaining accuracy of ± .004” (0,10 mm) with a repeatability of ± .002” (0,05 mm) over the entire table is consistently achieved.

Compactly designed 33-station thick tool style turret lends large capacity Three 2” (50,8 mm) direct-drive auto index stations accept standard, tapping or wheel style tooling Quick change dies bases in the 1/2” (12,7 mm) and 1-1/4” (31,7 mm) stations reduce tool change time and increase uptime Smart Clamp™ feature automatically determines exact clamp locations to provide the smallest possible nopunch zone.