June 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $198.9 million, according to the United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 6.8 percent from May’s $213.4 million and down 6.3 percent when compared with the $212.4 million reported for June 2018. With a year-to-date total of $1.25 billion, 2019 is up 3.2 percent when compared with 2018. These numbers are based on the totals reported by participating members. Members belong to 10 product divisions, including sawing.
Starrett Salutes Made in America
The L.S. Starrett Co. released a special-edition brochure that heralds the company’s history and commitment to American-made quality and innovation. The 18-page brochure includes overviews of Starrett’s five U.S. manufacturing facilities, an overview of the company’s key competencies, photos of skilled employees and a complimentary, laminated pullout Starrett/U.S flag poster. The printed brochure with poster is available free by request online at www.starrett.com/american-made. A digital flip-book of the brochure can be viewed also.
Cosen Introduces New Circular Line
Cosen Saws introduced its Circular Series line of saws. The carbide circular saws range from 0.314 in. to 10.236 in. in size and are available in ferrous and non-ferrous options. They come standard with a material feed carriage system, heavy-duty steel saw head drive device and automatic material loader. Optional accessories such as a bundle loader, third material vise and mist collection system are also available. Cosen’s Mechalogix software is also available for the saws that offers realtime machine diagnostic and utilization reports.
Lenox Partners With Firefighter Foundation
Lenox announced a partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) that includes assistance in professional firefighter training, funding and awareness events to first responders. From Oct. 8-12, Lenox and the NFFF will hold an expo to provide hands-on training, education and networking opportunities. Lenox will supply reciprocating saw blades to teach trainees technician-level vehicle rescue skills. In addition Lenox will donate $15,000 to the foundation in late October. Lenox has produced specialized fire and rescue blades for more than 20 years.
Tormach Releases New Auto-feed Bandsaw
Tormach Inc.’s AF50 Autofeed Bandsaw, the company’s first bandsaw offering, is programmable and fully automatic. By combining a pneumatic clamping system and hydraulic feed control, the bandsaw provides consistent and repeatable cuts. It operates on 115-VAC, single-phase power and cuts lengths from 0.157 in. to 50 in. The pneumatic clamping system features an adjustable soft-squeeze, which reliably holds material from thin-walled tubing to 7-in. round steel bars. Return on investment is quick because the saws require little operator intervention.