Pyramid Display Materials, the UK’s leading supplier to the sign and display industry, has bought a Striebig Evolution vertical panel saw for its newly-opened depot in Castleford, as well as investing in a second machine to replace a 10-year-old model at its Manchester site.
Both saws are used to size a variety of plastic sheet materials including foam PVC, a range of composites, including aluminium, and acrylics. They arrive in sheets of up to 3m x 2m in size and ranging in thickness from 3mm to 10mm, before being converted to the sizes specified by customers.
Automated Striebig Evolution improves efficiency
The Swiss-made Striebig Evolution features numerous automated functions making it the most efficient manually operated saw available. The model 5224 model chosen by Pyramid is one of nine different sized versions in the Evolution series. It has a maximum cutting size of 4300 x 2240mm and a maximum depth of cut of 80mm. Featured as standard is Striebig’s user-friendly “touch and saw” operating system which delivers easy and convenient machine control through a touch screen panel that operates all of the machine’s functions.
Features that are optional extras in other saws are included as standard. They include a digital measuring system, accurate to 0.1 mm, and an adjustable precision display that can be set to an accuracy of 1.0, 0.5 or 0.1 mm, according to the thickness of the panels being sized.
The Evolution has a fully automatic roller locking function, an auxiliary stop section with its own tape measure, three additional auxiliary stops for repeat cuts and small work piece support, and automatic moving backing support. Striebig’s highly effective TRK extraction keeps users well ahead of all European legislation, with the panel support system offering support for the thinnest of panels.
Said Pyramid’s group logistics manager Peter Richardson: “Because we were totally satisfied with the Striebig saw we had been using in Manchester for the last 10 years we had no hesitation in replacing it with the latest version, as well buying one for our new Castleford operation.
“It’s been a totally reliable saw which always gives us a perfect quality of cut, which is why we didn’t see the need to look for an alternative. When you know something’s good, why change it?”
Striebig’s sole UK supplier T.M. Machinery provided full operating training at both sites as well as supplying a stand-alone Al-Ko dust extraction unit for use with the Evolution at Castleford.
Pyramid Display Materials’ new Yorkshire site brings to four the number of depots operated by the company, which was set-up in 2002 and now employs more than 100 people. A third Striebig saw, a Standard TRK model, is used at the company’s Gateshead depot.
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